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Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Paul speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America's role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out. There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more." That drew a rebuke from Graham, a South Carolina senator and Air Force reservist who frequently criticizes Democratic President Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough with adversaries like Iran and the Islamic State.


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Here’s one White House hopeful who wants to get big money out of politics

Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has an unusual message for a potential Republican presidential candidate: He wants to stem the flow of unregulated money in politics. Graham agrees with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Democrats that a 2010 Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for unlimited spending has given too much power to wealthy donors. "We've got to figure out a way to fix this mess, because basically 50 people are running the whole show," Graham told Reuters at a gathering of Republican hopefuls in New Hampshire. Graham is a leading voice on foreign policy within his party and his disarming humor on the stump recalls Senator John McCain of Arizona, a close friend who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.


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Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Paul speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America's role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out. There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more." That drew a rebuke from Graham, a South Carolina senator and Air Force reservist who frequently criticizes Democratic President Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough with adversaries like Iran and the Islamic State.


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Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2005, file photo, then-Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, left, holds a sword presented to him by then-Gov. Jeb Bush, right, during ceremonies designating Rubio as the next Florida Speaker of the House in Tallahassee, Fla. Devoted political allies for more than a decade, the alliance between Bush and Rubio is beginning to splinter as the one-time mentor and his political protégé face off in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up.


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Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. "What are we doing here?" Obama said. "I have to say there are times when the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. "Call Loretta Lynch for a vote," he said emphatically. "Get her confirmed." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change.


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5 things from former Bush press secretary Perino’s book

FILE - In this Jan. 16. 2009, file photo, then-White House press secretary Dana Perino says goodbye to reporters during her final appearance in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Perino, President George W. Bush's spokeswoman at the end of his presidency, is out with a book that is part memoir, part career advice. Perino is the only Republican woman ever to serve as White House press secretary and is now a co-cost of "The Five" on Fox News Channel. Here are five tidbits from "And the Good News Is ...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side," which goes on sale Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's spokeswoman at the end of his presidency, is out with a book that is part memoir, part career advice. Perino is the only Republican woman ever to serve as White House press secretary and is now a co-cost of "The Five" on Fox News Channel.


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