If Republican Debates were not confrontational enough, last night's CBS News debates marked a more personal mud fest between the contenders. The most important exchange of the evening came early in the night, when Donald J. Trump and Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida, collided in an extended, personal clash over the Iraq war and President George W. Bush’s record on national security. But for all of the candidates, the debate helped illustrate the broader state of the race, and each man’s approach to the final seven days before the crucial South Carolina primary on Saturday. Jeb Bush Is Finally Going for It After stalling and sputtering in his past confrontations with Mr. Trump, Mr. Bush came into Greenville eager for a fight. He went at Mr. Trump repeatedly, assailing him as insensitive to women and minorities, and criticizing his support for using eminent domain to annex private property. In South Carolina, a ...

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Photo Credit: AP As John Kasich makes a surprise second placed finish in New Hampshire, we examine the rise of this man, and discuss if he has the momentum going into other states, where his centrist views might not be as welcome. Budget Hawk Kasich was born in the town of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 1952, the son of a mailman and a post office worker mother. After completing high school, he enrolled at Ohio State University, where he graduated in 1974. A few years later he won his first election to become the youngest-ever member of the Ohio State Senate at the age of 26. He then went on to win a seat in the US House of Representatives, where he would serve a total of nine terms from 1983 to 2001. During the 18 years he spent in Congress, Kasich earned a reputation as a budget hawk, rising up the ...

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Bernie Sanders won and won big here on Tuesday. He earned 60 percent of the vote in New Hampshire and won nearly every town and city in the state. The size and scope of his victory should give his campaign hope, but he still has work to do. It would be tempting to say that Sanders won here only because of latte-drinking liberal New Englanders, but he won across ideological groups. Sanders earned the same 60 percent from moderate and conservative voters as he did from liberal voters. If he can attract that share of moderates and conservatives in other states, he won’t hit a brick wall among whites in Appalachia or the South who tend to be more conservative than those in New Hampshire and Iowa. Sanders may not be able to win in the Deep South, where black voters are a majority, but he can be competitive if he ...

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Photo Credit: ABC News The ABC debate at St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire begun with much confusion. The debate began on a bizarre note with several candidates, including Trump and Carson, apparently not hearing their introduction amid the noise of the crowd at St. Anselm's College. Both stood awkwardly in the wings as other candidates including Rubio and Bush pushed past them. Then Ohio Gov. John Kasich apparently was not introduced at all, and had to be called on stage by moderator David Muir. Things didn't get much better for Ben Carson after that. He once again was absent from the conversation for long stretches of time. In his closing statement, he told the audience: "I'm still here, and I'm not going any place either." The main storyline surrounded republican contender Marco Rubio, who came under assault from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over his level of experience as a first-term ...

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After a disappointing fifth-place finish in Monday’s Iowa caucuses – and a late challenge for his Senate seat – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he would suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. “It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,” Paul said in a statement. “Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty.” Despite struggling to break 10 percent in most polls since launching his campaign last year, Paul nonetheless hoped a surge of young voters, much like the intensely loyal group who propelled his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, through several presidential bids of his own, would help carry him beyond Monday’s Iowa caucuses. His positions – from legalization of marijuana to criminal justice reform and minority outreach, seemed to be the sort of topics which would garner most youth vote. However, he ...

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As the Iowa caucuses drew to a close, it saw an upset victory for Republican Senator Ted Cruz over front-runner Donald Trump, while a virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders. This is very much an interesting development, as Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was able to catch up with Clinton in Iowa despite polls showing him at least 40 points behind some few months ago. Four in 10 caucus-goers voted for the first time, a segment that overwhelmingly favoured Sanders. More than one in four Democratic voters listed income inequality as the election’s top issue. Some Democratic caucus sites decided their winner with a coin toss. In all six situations, Clinton won. However, it has been generally agreed that Bernie Sanders has won - in terms of how far his underdog journey has taken him to, and the man himself could not hold back his excitement. “We went up against the most powerful ...

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Photo Credit: US News As the Iowa caucuses begins its drawdown, most Politicians are clamouring for a piece of media action - but not Donald Trump. What made Thursday Night's debate one of the most unusual debate nights in history was that it was a showdown without a front-runner. Donald Trump skipped the debate, claiming Fox News and moderator Megyn Kelly were biased against him. That left seven rivals on stage, just four days before the Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Trump held his own event at the same time at Drake University, setting up a split-screen kind of evening. Below are some of the key highlights that happened during the debates. Mockery of Donald Trump continues Ted Cruz, who is very much expected to win the Iowa Primary, opened the debate with a sarcastic impression of Donald Trump's frequent insults of his opponents. "I'm a ...

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Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning to pull the last American troops out of Afghanistan by year's end, are now quietly talking about an American commitment that could keep thousands of troops in the country for decades. This change is in part down to US President Barack Obama's reversal of his earlier plans for the final pullout. Political commentators believe this is mainly down to the Afghan government's vulnerability to continued militant assault and its terrain and geographical proximity to the Middle East, which has allowed terrorist organisations such as  al-Qaeda to continue to build training camps and continue their operations. The military outlook mirrors arguments made by many Republican and Democrat foreign policy advisers, looking beyond the Obama presidency, for a significant long-term American presence. "This is not a region you want to abandon," said Michèle Flournoy according to the Washington Post. She is a former Pentagon ...

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday drew their sharpest contrasts yet in hard-hitting final pitches to Iowa voters as the competitive race to win the first in the nation caucuses enters its last week, with solid passionate pleas for supporters to caucus on February 1. Sanders offered a vigorous performance punctuated by calls for a progressive revolution. Clinton matched him for energy by arguing that only she had been on the front lines of progressive change for decades and uniquely had the multi-tasking skills at home and abroad needed of a President. "It's hard," she said. "If it were easy, hey, there wouldn't be any contest. But it's not easy. There are very different visions, different values, different forces at work, and you have to have somebody who is a proven fighter -- somebody who has taken them on and won, and kept going, and will do that as President." Sanders, going ...

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A U.S. Treasury official said the United States considers Russian President Vladimir Putin to be corrupt and that it has known this for "many, many years,"according to the report by BBC. Adam Szubin, acting Treasury secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, said in an interview with BBC Panorama that the President had portrayed a "picture of corruption". "We've seen him enriching his friends, his close allies and marginalizing those who he doesn't view as friends using state assets. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't. To me, that is a picture of corruption," Szubin was quoted as saying. The BBC report said Szubin declined to comment on a 2007 Central Intelligence Agency report that estimated Putin's wealth at $40 billion, but he said the Russian leader's stated wealth is an underestimation. "He supposedly draws a state ...

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