Christian conservatives have become the focus of Republican presidential candidates who are keen to garner the support of this large group who could be essential to winning a place at the White House in 2016. According to a report by Reuters, Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa and elsewhere have recently begun sounding a call to arms to Christian conservatives, describing what they say is an urgent threat to religious liberty. The potential threat to religious freedoms is being highlighted by candidates keen to show that they are the ones to protect Christian conservatives from becoming side-lined or coming under fire because of their faith.  “In the past month, we have seen religious liberty under assault at an unprecedented level,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition outside Des Moines, according to Reuters. In both the states of Indiana and Arkansas, bills aimed at protecting ...

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Budget negotiators from the Republican party have successfully managed to reach a deal to create the first joint House-Senate budget for six long years. The new budget has brought together the two houses and has seen a focus on increasing spending for the military while cutting funding to social programmes in a bid to balance the books and reduce the deficit within 10 years. The focus of the new budget, according to Reuters, will be to the use of budget procedural tools on repealing or replacing President Barack Obama's signature health reform legislation. A report by Reuters says that passing a budget will allow Republicans the opportunity to use budget "reconciliation" procedures to dismantle "Obamacare" with only a simple majority vote in the Senate, rather than a near-impossible 60 vote margin that would require some Democratic support. As reported by Reuters last week, the compromise budget will exclude Representative Paul Ryan's longstanding proposals to ...

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As we gear up to get ready to hear arguments in the US Supreme court regarding same-sex marriage, activists on both sides work to get their voices heard. The issue of same-sex marriages is perhaps one of the most controversial and contentious social issues of modern times, polarising opinion in many cases. In a bid to raise the profile of both sides of the argument, there have been rallies and demonstrations taking place in the US aimed at raising the profile of the debate even further. According to a report by Reuters, anti-gay rights activists rallied in front of the courthouse steps condemning same-sex marriage, while a line snaked around the block of people, many displaying gay rights messages, hoping to snag one of the limited number of seats available in the courtroom for the oral arguments. There will be nine justices hearing all of the arguments concerning gay marriage restrictions imposed in Kentucky, ...

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It has been revealed that Russian hackers manage to compromise White House security and gain access to the emails of President Obama. According to a report by the New York Times, the Russian hackers were able to read emails in President Obama’s unclassified emails, with the incident occurring last year. The hack had been admitted to previously but the report by the New York Times claims that the breach in the security that led to the emails being read had been on a far more intrusive level than had been previously admitted. According to a report by the BBC, officials have conceded that sensitive information was in the unclassified system the hackers accessed. When the incident occurred last October and was discovered it led to a partial shutting down of the email system within the White House as a precaution to prevent any further security breaches. "The hackers, who also got deeply into the State ...

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Loretta Lynch has won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general and in doing so has become the first black woman to occupy the post. The timing of the appointment comes as the country faces huge difficulties through deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men which are not only hitting the headlines but leading to civil unrest and questions being asked of the legal system itself. According to Reuters, the Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock over her nomination by President Barack Obama. She had waited for a vote longer than the last seven attorneys general combined. President Obama said that 55 year old, Lynch, U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, had credibility with both law enforcement and the communities they police which would make her a very valuable source. Obama told supporters from his Organizing for Action political group that he would work with ...

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Republican presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio, has been making moves to court a socially liberal faction of his party that represents gay conservatives. According to a report by Reuters, senior staff of the Senator from Florida, have been holding meetings with the Log Cabin Republicans "going back some time", their executive director, Gregory Angelo, told Reuters. The meetings with the advocacy group were to discuss legislation, issues and opportunities to "partner on," Angelo said, however there was no comment made from the office of Mark Rubio, highlighting the difficult line Republicans need to tread when it comes to more liberal issues. The Republican party have found themselves in a difficult position regarding any of their presidential candidates, because while the traditionally conservative support will give them a large amount of votes, this will not be enough to secure the position in the White House.  This means that more liberal Republicans will be needed to ...

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It may be early days still for the Hillary Clinton campaign but she is already outlining what some of the themes of her candidacy are going to centre on with tax forms being key. Since Hillary Clinton officially announced that she would be standing for the presidential elections in 2016, she has been on the road, sharing her beliefs and giving prospective voters an insight into where she will be focusing her attentions on the big issues, including the economy and inequality. In one of her latest speeches, Hillary Clinton has confirmed that she would be considering changing the tax codes that are currently in place to effectively reward companies that produce real goods and services, opposed to helping out companies that she described as “playing games” According to a report by Reuters, campaigning in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, Clinton underscored the anti-Wall Street rhetoric she used in the launch of ...

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It has been seven years since the global economic crisis and as the US economy shoes recovery the Republican Presidential candidates are working to target the insecurities about the economy among voters. Traditionally the Republican candidates have been seen as only appealing to the very wealthiest Americans in the country but now some candidates are trying to appeal to a wider sector of the electorate by creating a more sympathetic tone with lower income workers. Republican candidates have in the recent past been able to drum up support because of the economic situation in the country but as things turn around for the better they are going to have to be more inventive in their approach. According to a report by Reuters, with the jobless rate at 5.5 percent, the 18 Republican White House hopefuls who gathered this weekend in the key early primary state of New Hampshire faced the challenge of arguing ...

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It has been more than one hundred days since the Republicans took control of Congress and during a period marked with deadlock it looks like progress is finally being made on Capitol Hill. The American public is showing signs of becoming severely disillusioned with the political process as the Republicans flex their muscles and put a stop to any Democrat proposals by the President as far as they can but things look as though they are about to change and could this new wave of positivity continue on for the rest of the year? According to a report by Reuters, back-to-back successes on bipartisan initiatives, one overhauling parts of the Medicare health programme, and one giving Congress a say in any Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama administration, have lawmakers optimistic that gridlock may not be a permanent condition, after all. But putting an end to partisan hostility is not something that can be ...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has admitted that he will be taking a risk in his presidential campaign by putting Social Security and Medicare at the centre of his candidacy. Christie is proposing cutting social security and Medicare if he makes it to the White House following the 2016 Presidential elections. According to a report by Reuters: "There is no political upside to it," the Republican told more than 200 local residents who gathered to size up Christie ahead of a summit of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates this weekend. Christie is looking to bring in radical changes to the social security and Medicare programmes in the US with plans to not only cut social security benefits for some upper-income seniors in the country but also raising the premiums associated with Medicare. He said that he considered the entitlement programmes that have long been in place in the US have been considered for too ...

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