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Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates, with the exception of Donald Trump, will test their messages in New Hampshire at a forum on Monday ahead of their first head-to-head debate in the 2016 campaign later this week...

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Obama poised to unveil major climate change plan

US President Barack Obama will unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacyUS President Barack Obama will unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to combat climate change Monday, slapping tough emission targets on power plants. Obama will tell plant owners they must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, in the first ever mandatory targets. The president was to deliver his eagerly anticipated remarks at the White House at 2:15 pm (1815 GMT), firing the starting gun on a months-long environmental drive that will shape his legacy.


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GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate_and Donald Trump

FILE - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during a news conference on the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland. Republican presidential candidates dismissed Trump's dominance in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.


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Trump coy on releasing tax returns

Billionaire Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Sunday he tries to pay as little tax as possible, and kept Americans in suspense as to whether he will release his tax returns. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton did so on Friday, maki...

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Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.


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Clinton’s Super PAC belies her small-donor campaign image

Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a speech on Cuban relations at Florida International University in MiamiA Super PAC backing Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised $15.6 million in the first six months of the year, according to a report filed on Friday with the Federal Elections Committee. The Priorities USA Action’s haul was dwarfed by the record-shattering $103 million raised by Republican Jeb Bush. Saban Entertainment CEO Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, each gave $1 million.


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Texas attorney general indicted by grand jury on fraud charges: reports

The attorney general of Texas has been indicted on securities fraud and other charges over an alleged scheme to mislead investors in a technology company, the New York Times and other media reported on Saturday.The three-count indictment against Ken Pa...

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Prosecutor: Texas AG indicted for felony securities fraud

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, Kent Schaffer, a special prosecutor, told the New York Times that Paxton has been indicted on felony charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before taking over as the state's top law enforcement officer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he took over as the state's top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said Saturday.


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Graham says he can win New Hampshire – and McCain agrees

Attendees raise their hands when asked a question concerning Social Security during a town hall meeting with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., campaigning with Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz, in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's confident he can win the Republican presidential primaries in New Hampshire and his home state of South Carolina, two of the first voting states in the nomination contest.


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