Photo credit: Reuters/Dominick Reuter Donald Trump proposed on Tuesday forcing Mexico to pay for his planned border wall by threatening to block remittances from illegal immigrants, which he said amounts to "welfare" for poor families in Mexico that their government does not provide. The Republican presidential candidate's campaign said in a memo that if elected in November, Trump would use a U.S. anti-terrorism law to cut off such money transfers unless Mexico made a one-time payment of $5 billion to $10 billion for the wall. Trump's pledge to build the wall has been a much-touted highlight of a platform targeting illegal immigration in the United States that has helped make him the front-runner to be the Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 election. The memo elaborated on an idea Trump floated in August, when he suggested seizing all remittances tied to "illegal wages." It said that upon taking office a Trump administration would ...

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Photo Credit: Reuters After reports from President Barack Obama's interview, which seemed to back current Democratic Hillary Clinton as the likely nominee, Vermont Senator and Hilary's closest rival Senator Bernie Sanders said on Thursday it was "absurd" to suggest he drop out of the race. Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Sanders was nearing the point at which his campaign against Clinton would end, and that the party must soon come together to back her, the New York Times reported. "The bottom line is that when only half of the American people have participated in the political process ... I think it is absurd for anybody to suggest that those people not have a right to cast a vote," Sanders told MSNBC in an interview. The White House on Thursday said Obama did not indicate which candidate he preferred in his remarks to the donors. Clinton, a former secretary of ...

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The Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to try to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. This decision by the billionaire industrialists comes after a period of speculation over their intervention of Republican Presidential Frontrunner Donald Trump's run for the white house, and is another setback to Republican establishment efforts to derail the New York real estate mogul's bid for the White House. "We have no plans to get involved in the primary," said James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners, the Koch brothers’ political umbrella group. He would not elaborate on what the brothers' strategy would be for the Nov. 8 election to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama. Three sources close to the Kochs said the brothers made the decision because they were concerned that spending millions of dollars attacking ...

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Photo Credit: Getty Images Jeb Bush bowed out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Saturday night, putting to an end one of America’s most prominent political dynasties and, frankly, one of the saddest campaigns in recent memory. No single candidacy this year fell so short of its original expectations. It began with an aura of inevitability that masked deep problems, from Mr. Bush himself, a clunky candidate in a field of gifted performers, to the rightward drift of the Republican Party since Mr. Bush’s time as a consensus conservative in Florida. “I’m proud of the campaign that we’ve run to unify our country,” Mr. Bush said, his eyes moist, in an emotional speech here Saturday night after his third straight disappointing finish in the early voting states. “The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision.” Mr. Bush’s campaign had ...

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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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Hillary Clinton's speech at Roosevelt Island shows that she has learnt from the 2008 campaign and that we'll be seeing an entirely different Hillary this time around. Hillary Clinton's epic address at Roosevelt Island has set the speed for her entire campaign.  Although it started as the standard state of the unionesque address that we expect from candidates, Hillary's spiel soon deviated into the issues that matter most to her and show that she will be running a radically different campaign this time around. During the 2008 campaign, Clinton did everything she could to avoid being labelled as a tax and spend liberal, but this time around, she's making Clinton addresses supporters at her kickoff rally. statements that would not be out of place in a speech by Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. “While many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more ...

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to announce his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States on Thursday from Dallas. Perry, whose 2012 bid went down in flames following a momentary memory lapse during a Presidential candidate’s debate in Michegan, November 2011, when he seemed to forget the third of three Federal Agencies he planned to close if he were elected. Unforgiving GOP voters immediately erased Perry from the list of likely candidates. But, in spite of his gaffe, Perry has an impressive resume as a phenomenally successful leader who made his state an economic force to be reckoned with. Perry is banking on that record to pave his way to the White House. Perry spent 14 years as Texas’ governor. He left office in January. During his record tenure there, Perry’s state generated more than one-third of the new private-sector jobs in America since 2001. An ...

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During a Friday campaign stop in New Hampshire, former Florida Governor and potential 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, rolled out a plan for keeping the financially troubled Social Security system afloat by gradually raising the eligibility age over time. While Bush’s plan would not change the program for current beneficiaries,  people who are in their earning years now and have not yet entered the system would be expected to wait to enroll in the program until they have reached the age of 68 or 70. “I think we need to raise the retirement age, not for the people that are already nearing receiving Social Security or are already on it, but raise it gradually over a long period of time for people that are just entering the system,” he said. “And I think we need to do that in relatively short order.” “And Social Security can be sustained, just as it was ...

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Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland has launched his White House bid on Saturday and spoke about social injustice and breaking Wall Street. He positions himself to be the strongest rival to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democrat nomination in the 2016 elections. Martin O’Malley has had a very successful two terms as the governor of the blue state Maryland and a mayor of Baltimore for 6 years. In the previous months, he has been campaigning in states like Iowa and New Hampshire and has been searching for support from the liberal and progressive base of the Democratic Party. This Saturday in Baltimore, he announced his official candidacy for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination and has positioned himself as an alternative to the Democrat forerunner Hillary Clinton, gaining support from the Democratic Party’s liberal wing. He is the latest Democrat to make a bid for the White House, after the ...

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George Pataki launches his long shot White House bid George Pataki -Image Credit:  Getty Images Yet another Republican candidate emerged with a speech in New Hampshire’s Exeter. George Pataki has announced his bid for President in 2016 elections and acknowledged that the run will be a long one. George Pataki, a former New York governor with three terms under his wing, has been making some low-key campaigning in the previous months in Florida and New Hampshire and only this Thursday he has officially announced his White House bid with the GOP, making him the eight Republican candidate to make a formal bid. His campaign is a long shot, since he barely makes the polls of the Presidential race nationwide and it is very uncertain that he will even make the first Republican debate of the top 10 Republican candidates, especially when there is still an expectation of other White House hopefuls to announce their ...

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