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The Republican Road Block Ahead

The Republican Road Block AheadThe answer is the emerging, even dominant force in the GOP—an angry, anti-establishment, anti-leadership populism that was triggered by the financial crisis and the 2008 bailout, cynically exploited in 2010 and 2012 by the “Young Guns” in the House and other GOP leaders in Congress to convert anger into turnout and elect Tea Party-oriented candidates. This force is now turning on those leaders, creating problems not just in the presidential race, but in a Congress whose leaders face the possibility of implosion ahead. The sharp drop in Republican Party favorability shown in a recent Pew survey was driven by disenchantment among Republicans—an 18 percent decline in only six months.

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Debate line-up illustrates power of Fox News in GOP campaign

Debate line-up illustrates power of Fox News in GOP campaignIowa and New Hampshire are still on the horizon — but first there's the Fox primary, and the buildup to this week's first Republican presidential debate shows that the influence of Fox News Channel on ...

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Truck driver wins Dem nomination for Mississippi governor

Mississippi ElectionsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has $2.8 million in his campaign fund, and his Democratic challenger in the November election is a truck driver who reported spending no money so far and who said he didn't even vote in Tuesday's primary.

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Obama warns of dangers to Israel if Iran deal blocked

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit in WashingtonBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told U.S. Jewish leaders it was likely rockets would fall on Tel Aviv if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked and military action ensued, one of them said on Wednesday. In a separate appeal to American Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the July 14 accord, pushed back in a webcast on Tuesday against the Obama administration's argument that the agreement was the only way to avoid eventual war with Iran. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to reject the agreement when lawmakers return to Washington in September, party leaders said on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with the president.

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Obama to evoke ghosts of Kennedy, Iraq War in new Iran plea

President Barack Obama will present the Iran nuclear debate as the most momentous US foreign policy decision since the Iraq war Wednesday, in a fresh bid for support. With the deal due to be voted on by a Republican-dominated Congress, Obama will give ...

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Hillary Clinton slams Bush on immigration, women’s health

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at La Rumba, a Denver dance club and restaurant, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Hillary Clinton on Tuesday repeatedly slammed Jeb Bush and the rest of the Republican presidential field over immigration and women's health during a campaign stop in Denver.

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Indicted Texas attorney general rode tea party to power

This handout photo provided by Collin County, Texas shows Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton, who was booked into the county jail Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in McKinney, Texas. A grand jury last week indicted Paxton on felony securities fraud charges. (AP Photo/Collin County via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — That newly indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may have broken securities law isn't news to voters who elected him: Blistering TV attack ads during the 2014 elections reminded them that the Republican had already admitted that.

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Jeb Bush wades into women’s health funding spat

Republican 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush (pictured) stepped into a heated debate about funding for women's health and abortion, offering a critique that earned a swift rebuke by Democratic rival Hillary ClintonRepublican 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush stepped into a heated debate Tuesday about funding for women's health and abortion, offering a critique that earned a swift rebuke by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Controversy has simmered in recent weeks following the release of undercover videos that showed officials from women's health provider Planned Parenthood cavalierly discussing the use of fetal tissue for research. The footage appalled conservatives and prompted renewed calls to end all federal funding for the organization, which last year received about 40 percent of its $1.3 billion funding -- more than $500 million -- from taxpayer money.

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Bush earned over $9 million from business, speaking gigs

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush earned more than $9 million over the last 17 months from speaking fees and an assortment of business interests, including a health services firm in Puerto Rico ...

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