Photo credit: Ben Baker/REDUX, Politico President Barack Obama offered a boost to Hillary Clinton's argument that an experienced candidate is needed to succeed him at the White House, while also rebutting comparisons between his 2008 campaign and Bernie Sanders. In a candid 40-minute interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast, the President couldn’t hide his inclination towards the former Secretary, whom he seems to suggest better understands the pragmatic demands of a presidency in what he likened to "the world’s most challenging walk-and-chew-gum exercise". A week before the Iowa caucuses launch the nominating process, Clinton is working to link her campaign more closely to the president and garner more support from his backers. She is arguing that while Sanders is arguing for laudable goals, some are unobtainable and he lacks the experience to tackle a wide range of issues. Obama, who remains very popular within his own Democratic Party, has said he will not endorse ...

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Photo Credit: Reuters Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday night, near John Wayne stadium. Trump is holding onto his lead in Iowa where the caucuses are less than two weeks away. In a report by the Washington Post, Palin’s endorsement is a much-needed boost for Trump’s campaign in the state, as it saw a surge of Republican caucus-goers supporting Sen. Ted Cruz. In the past two and a half months, support for Cruz has gone up in various national polls, which pushed him into second place among the Republican presidential candidates. In fact, his popularity almost led to a tie between him and Trump in Iowa. And it is this threat posed by Cruz in Iowa that has perhaps lead to the reignition of the "birthier issue", and now Palin's endorsement would come as a shot in the arm that could help Trump ...

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Photo Credits: AP Politicians in the US have blocked a bill that would have made it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the country. The result of Wednesday’s vote was 55-43, with "yes" votes falling short of the 60 needed after Democrats refused to support the Republican-backed measure in the 100-member Senate. No Republicans voted against the bill, and only two Democrats backed it. Among other things, the bill would have required high-level US officials to verify that each refugee from Iraq and Syria posed no security risk before they were allowed into the US. Republicans said the tighter screening was essential to ensure the safety of Americans and prevent attacks within the country by Islamic State and other militant groups. "This bipartisan bill would allow Washington to step back, take a breath and ensure it has the correct policies and security screenings in place," Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in the ...

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Photo Credit: Reuters Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has vowed to force Apple Inc. - America's most profitable manufacturer - to keep its production lines inside U.S. borders. The billionaire businessman used a speech at Liberty University on Monday to unveil his plan, which was skimpy on specifics about how he could force a private business to change its production strategies. But the real estate mogul did propose a 35 percent tax on businesses who produce their goods overseas despite claiming to support free trade, and having made his personal fortune as a free-market capitalist. Most of his wealth has been built as a developer through his real estate firm. 'We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries,' Trump said near the end of his speech, according to a report in the technology blog Gizmodo. The report noted that Apple already builds its Mac Pro ...

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Photo Credits: Huffington Post As Democrat Presidential forerunner Hilary Clinton slips behind polls in Iowa against fellow Democratic Socialist candidate Sen Bernie Sanders, the Clinton camp has launched an attack on her rival on one issue that has been fiercely discussed of late - gun control. During Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton released an ad, titled I’m with Him, in which she aligned herself with the president on gun control. “It’s time to pick a side,” the Democratic candidate said in the ad, which aired on Wednesday in Iowa and New Hampshire, states which will vote next month in the first caucuses and primaries of 2016. “Either we stand with the gun lobby or we join the president and stand up to them. I’m with him.” While Clinton still maintains a lead over Sanders in national polls, the once overwhelming favourite for the nomination is ...

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Seven Republican presidential candidates will participate in Fox Business Network's prime-time debate on Thursday, but Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and former business executive Carly Fiorina did not qualify for the main event, the network said on Monday. The seven candidates chosen for the main debate by Fox Business, based on the network's polling criteria, were billionaire businessman Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Debate host Fox Business Network announced the debate lineup Monday evening, dealing a blow to both candidates three weeks before Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses. Just seven candidates — the smallest Republican group so far — will be featured in Thursday's 9 p.m. ET main event, based on criteria established by the network that relied on recent polls. Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania ...

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Photo credit:Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Obama will first present a long-awaited plan to Congress about how to close the facility, and seek its approval, McDonough said in an interview. If Congress fails to act, the White House will determine what steps to take, he said. McDonough's reply, according to TIME, came after he was pressed about how Obama was going to accomplish that goal, especially given some Congressional lawmakers’ aversion to letting the detainees go. "He feels an obligation to the next president. He will fix this so that they don't have to be confronted with the same set of challenges," McDonough said. Obama pledged during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would close the military prison, which housed foreign terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. That pledge, still unfilled, has been a feature of his annual State of the Union addresses to the nation ever since. Obama ...

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Photo credit: Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama will not publicly endorse a candidate before the 2016 Democratic primary election, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday. His statement comes from NBC's "Meet the Press" interview, where he states that the President and his team would "do exactly what has been done in the past," He said Obama will be "out there" campaigning after the primary election to help support the Democratic candidate. During the course of the show, McDonough also responded to questions about whether Obama's op-ed in the New York Times about gun control was an attempt to call out Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has waffled on the gun issue over the years. The New York Times article that President Obama had written had stated that he will only campaign for candidates who support gun reform. "This isn't only about the primary," McDonough said. "We've got a ...

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Photo credit: Philadelphia Police Departm Philadelphia Police announced on Sunday that they were reviewing the prospect of "radical beliefs" in the suspect who shot and wounded a Police officer earlier this thursday. According to Reuters reports, the Police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to verify the credibility of the tip, which led to charges of attempted murder, assault and aggravated assault against Edward Archer, the man accused of seriously wounding Police officer Jesse Hartnett. According to a Daily Mail report, Edward Archer, 30, said he was acting in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to ISIS after pumping 13 bullets through the window of officer Jesse Hartnett's cruiser just before midnight on Thursday, investigators said. "The citizen alleged the defendant had an affiliation to a group with radical beliefs," police said. "The Philadelphia Police Department has alerted all department personnel of this matter and will continue to have officers work with a partner ...

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Credit: AP Faced with legal and political obstacles that have consistently slowed his plans, US President Barack Obama nevertheless vowed to stop the gun violence that has been turning small areas into pits of doom. Acknowledging the pain and heartache that many families and friends of victims, Obama is pushing for concrete steps to prevent further violence. The statement, which also called for new gun-buying, restrictions heralded the highest monthly gun sales in about twenty years. Narrower definitions of gun dealers and more stringent background checks for buyers would be required before a gun can be purchased. However the move faces much opposition both practically and theoretically. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch told reporters that she was unable to say with confidence that had the proposed stricter restrictions been in place, the recent series of mass shootings, including last month’s attack in San Bernardino, would not have taken place. Practically, most of the executive ...

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