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At Christian University, Jeb Bush will seek support from evangelicals

Bush addresses the National Review Institute's 2015 Ideas Summit in WashingtonBy Steve Holland LEXINGTON, Va. (Reuters) - Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will seek on Saturday to increase his appeal among evangelical Christians, a significant voting bloc, in an appearance at a Christian university. Bush is to deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in nearby Lynchburg, Virginia. The school was founded by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell and it is where conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential campaign in March. Bush's appearance at Liberty allows him to demonstrate to evangelicals his deeply held Catholic faith.


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U.S. Senate Banking committee delays financial relief bill

By Sarah N. Lynch and Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Friday delayed a vote on a regulation relief bill, as Democrats showed frustration with what they said is a lack of information coming their way. The com...

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Democrats suspect Benghazi panel delaying Clinton appearance

Hillary Clinton campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Las VegasBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats complained on Friday that a congressional panel probing the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, appeared to be putting off calling Hillary Clinton to testify, prolonging a partisan attack on her. Former Secretary of State Clinton has been hounded by the Benghazi inquiry. A Republican-led House of Representatives investigatory panel set up last year is digging deeper as Clinton ramps up her 2016 campaign for the White House. One sentence in an interim progress report released Friday by the committee's majority Republicans, Democrats said, suggested that Clinton would not be called to testify to the panel in May, as had been anticipated.


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Deadline may force compromise on U.S. surveillance law

An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, MarylandBy Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leaders insist that spy agencies continue to have access to data on Americans' telephone calls despite a court ruling that the practice is illegal, but aides said on Friday they may have to compromise on proposed reforms of the program before it expires on June 1. Senate aides said the deadline could force supporters and opponents of the bulk data collection program to work out a deal before May ends. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader, and Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, defended the data collection shortly after a federal appeals court three-judge panel in New York ruled the practice illegal on Thursday. McConnell and Burr vowed to fight efforts to scale back the phone surveillance, a counter-terrorism measure in the USA Patriot Act, known as Section 215.


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Patriot Act renewal splits GOP presidential hopefuls

FILE - In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Washington. Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators eyeing the presidency split over the renewal of the Patriot Act surveillance law, with civil libertarians at odds with traditional defense hawks who back tough spying powers in the fight against terrorism.


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Jeb Bush to jab Obama administration on religious freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing nagging questions about his conservative credentials, Republican White House prospect Jeb Bush will praise the power of "the Christian conscience in action" in a commencement speech at a prominent Christian university on Saturday, jabbing President Barack Obama's administration for being "small-minded and intolerant" on issues of religious freedom.

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Walker drops WEDC merger plans, hours after audit released

Republican Gov. Scott Walker abruptly scrapped plans Friday to merge the troubled Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation with an agency that provides low-interest housing loans, a decision that came ...

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Christie: GOP pays VIP box costs out of abundance of caution

AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he made the decision to stop billing taxpayers for the cost of entertaining guests in luxury boxes at three New Jersey sports venues in part because he was worried about the appearance of impropriety.

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Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

People wait in line to sign up for health insurance at an enrollment event in CommerceBy Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it. President Barack Obama's signature policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost 21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent. Within that group, almost two-thirds were satisfied with the healthcare they were getting, including 73 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans. "I'm happy to have it and I'm happy to get a little subsidy" to help pay for coverage said one Republican, Richard Rubenstein, 56, of Cincinnati, a Type 1 diabetic who was without health insurance for a year before signing up for a plan on the Obamacare federal website, HealthCare.gov.


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GOP leaders ready late-term abortion bill for vote next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders are planning a House vote next week on a bill banning nearly all late-term abortions after dropping a requirement for reporting rapes that sparked a January rebellion among GOP women and moderates.

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