The Clinton Foundation, set up by Bill, Hillary and now including their daughter Chelsea Clinton, has been at the centre of much speculation now for months and is still facing some challenging questions. Thanks to Hillary Clinton formally announcing her intention to stand as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the White house, she and her family have come under intense scrutiny – including the Clinton Foundation. According to Reuters, the Clinton Foundation has acknowledged that the government funding totals omitted from their tax returns cannot be found on their website either, despite the foundation's acting chief executive officer earlier suggesting they were available there. This acknowledgement from the foundation shows that there have been no clear totals about government grants given to the foundation made available to the public for the last three years of Hillary Clinton’s four years as Secretary of State. These charity rules are not only for the Clinton ...

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Much has been made about the differences between Jeb Bush and his father and brother who were both previous Presidents of the US, however it seems that Jeb Bush agrees with his family members when it comes to the crucial question of the Iraq War. According to a report by Reuters, Jeb Bush, who is widely predicted to announce his candidacy as the Republican candidate for the Presidential Race in 2016, has said that he would have done what his brother done and would have authorised  the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The authorisation of the invasion in 2003 by George W. Bush was hugely controversial and remains an issue debated by many. The invasion of the Iraq by the United States came after a case was made claiming that Saddam Hussein was in possession of biological weapons.  It has since transpired that this assumption had been made upon flawed intelligence information and no ...

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The problems in the US relating to class and race have been discussed on a personal level by US president Barack Obama. It is well documented that the wealth gap between the rich and the poor in America has been growing with the Occupy Wall Street movement highlighting the 99% of people who live on the same means as the remaining 1%. The favourable tax loopholes that have allowed the super rich and wealthy hedge fund managers to be able to dodge paying taxes that average Americans have to pay has been highlighted by the President. Speaking at a discussion focusing on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama said: "The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all the kindergarten teachers in the country." He added: "If we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then, really, this conversation is for show." President Obama has been a long ...

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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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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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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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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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