With the term of President Barack Obama coming to an end, the United States is only weeks away from the first primary election debates.  In this post, we look at the various potential candidates that would be running for their respective nominations for the Blue or Red half in 2016. Mike Huckabee In his second tilt at the Republican nomination, Huckabee plans to use harness the frustrations of blue-collar workers in order to capture the White House. It’s unlikely however, that the former Arkansas Governor will be able to count on the same strong support amongst social conservatives that he commanded in 2008. He also faces strong challenges from small government advocates, who point to tax increases whilst he was governor. Huckabee has always resonated with voters, many of whom are attracted by his down-to-earth attitude and principled conservatism but taking a break from politics during the 2012 presidential race may prove to ...

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Jim Justice, the billionaire coal mining executive, has announced that he intends to stand for the Democratic nomination for governor of West Virginia. Justice is the owner of the famous Greenbrier luxury resort in West Virginia and while he may sound like the perfect Republican candidate, he will be standing instead for the Democrats after it was found that he changed his party support from Republican to Democrat earlier this year. According to a report by Reuters Jim Justice will be looking for the backing of the Democrats for his first run at public office and has also stated that if he is to be successful in his bid, he intends to take a salary of only one dollar per year for his work if he is elected as Governor. Justice becomes the second Democrat to officially launch a campaign to succeed incumbent Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Tomblin is barred by term limits ...

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The Patriot Act continues to be a hugely controversial piece of legislation but the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he continues to stand by it. Mitch McConnell  has made it clear that he intends to continue to defended his support for a measure in the USA Patriot Act that is responsible for the controversial National Security Agency programme which allows the agency to collect phone data from the phone of Americans. During a speech given at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Mitch McConnell called the measure “an important tool to prevent the next terrorist attack,” according to Reuters and added that he pledged to continue fighting for it against recent challenges. The Patriot Act’s counter-terrorism measure, Section 215, is set to expire on June 1, and McConnell is seeking to extend it through 2020, according to a report by Reuters. The Patriot Act continues to be at the centre ...

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U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is planning to reveal to reverse the current US oil export ban. According to a report by Reuters, Murkowski has said she will unveil a bill next week to reverse the U.S. oil export ban in an effort to build support for killing the 1970s-era restriction that drillers say threatens to choke the domestic energy boom. Murkowski is the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and has admitted that while she plans to push her bill forward she is not certain of support and votes from her committee. "I am going to be looking for every opportunity we might have to advance it," Murkowski said in a press conference, adding that the bill will be a "great talking opportunity at a minimum." According to Reuters, the legislation, which faces opposition from Democrats including Ed Markey and Robert Menendez, could eventually take the form of a free-standing ...

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The U.S. Senate has voted in favour of passing a bill which would allow Congress to review and potentially reject and international agreement with Iran regarding nuclear weapons. The vote passed with an overwhelming majority and has now been sent on the House of Representatives for them to consider the contents of the bill there. According to a report by Reuters, the White House said President Barack Obama would sign it into law if it also passes the House, as expected, without significant changes. "I look forward to House passage of this bill to hold President Obama's administration accountable," John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House, said in a statement supporting the bill shortly after the Senate vote. Within the bill it states that Congress is allowed to have 30 days to review a final nuclear deal after international negotiators reach such an agreement.  The bill also includes the stipulation that during that ...

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A new candidate has announced his intentions to run as the Republican candidate for the Presidential elections in 2016 and Mike Huckabee is focusing on blue collar Americans to help him all the way to the White House. Republican Mike Huckabee has launched his bid for his party's 2016 presidential nomination and has already shown the focus of his candidacy by targeting blue collar workers in America, who he believes have struggled to bounce back from the recent recession and are struggling to improve their lives. "Ninety-three million Americans don't have jobs," Huckabee said according to Reuters. "And many of them who do have seen their full-time job with benefits they once had become two part-time jobs with no benefits at all. "We were promised hope, but it was just talk," he said, referring to a theme of Obama's successful 2008 presidential bid. According to a report by Reuters, the 59-year-old former Arkansas governor ...

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The former U.S. President Bill Clinton has declared that he intends to continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president. Mr Clinton and the Clinton charitable foundation have come under fire with people Hillary Clinton coming under question as her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government. As Hillary Clinton gets her own presidential candidacy underway her husband is working to play down the influence of the foundation and how it could possible effect Hillary Clinton if she comes to office. Bill Clinton said that he may consider stepping down or taking "less of an executive role" at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president, according to Reuters. The Clintons' political opponents have criticised the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad. Speaking to NBC news, Bill Clinton said: "I gotta pay our bills". It has ...

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New names have entered the race to the White House, standing as potential candidates for the Republican party. Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, has announced that she is running for president, becoming the only woman among the many Republican candidates, who has so far declared she intends to stand for the White House in 2016. Fiorina is considered to be by many as formerly one of the most powerful women in the American corporate world but she used the familiar media of television to announce her intentions while being interviewed on the ABC News' "Good Morning America" show. She said on the television show: "Yes, I am running for president. I think I'm the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works.” While Fiorina may consider herself to be the best person for the job, according to ...

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Republicans have revealed plans hoped to make it more difficult to transfer any inmates from the infamous Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The new plans have been unveiled at a time when President Obama continues to work to close down the controversial detention centre, a position that is not favoured by members of the Republican party. According to a report by Reuters, the proposed 2016 National Defense Authorization Act renewed an annual ban on spending to transfer prisoners to the United States from the detention centre. Within the bill there are new restrictions that have been added with some including rescinding Obama's authority to unilaterally transfer detainees.  The bill would require any transfer to only be allowed to take place when the Secretary of Defense could certify that a country receiving prisoners would maintain control over them to ensure they cannot threaten the United States, according to Reuters. As well as imposing rules to make ...

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Now that Hillary Clinton has officially announced that she will be running as a candidate for the Presidential elections in 2016, her business and personal life are under scrutiny with the Clinton Foundation the latest to come under attack. Hillary Clinton is still yet to fully recover from the scandal surrounding her personal email account that she used while she was secretary of state and now questions are being asked about the Clinton charitable Foundation and its tax returns. According to a report by Reuters, the Clinton Foundation's acting chief executive admitted that the charity had made mistakes on how it listed government donors on its tax returns and said it was working to make sure it does not happen in the future. The Clinton Foundation is a non-profit foundation and already its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.  Critics have questioned donors from countries that have poor ...

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