Why Pence worries Trump supporters on immigration

(link to post)Donald Trump officially, if belatedly, rolled out Mike Pence as his vice presidential choice Saturday. While many Republicans who have otherwise been skeptical of Trump were happy, some of the New York businessman’s biggest fans are not. The biggest reason is immigration. Ten years ago, while still a member of Congress, Pence floated…

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Pence: 'I'm going to take Hoosier ideals to Washington'

(link to post)Gov. Mike Pence returned to Indiana Saturday evening after attending a campaign event in New York earlier that day alongside Donald Trump, who welcomed Pence to the presumptive Republican ticket at their first joint appearance since Pence withdrew from his re-election bid. In brief remarks outside Indianapolis, Pence thanked members of his family…

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Lawmakers promise fresh push on wildfire bills after summer break

(link to post)Republican lawmakers pledge to tackle an issue burning up the nation’s forests when they return from their seven-week summer break in September. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas plan to push legislation in September tackling reforms to how the U.S. Forest Service fights…

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Lawmakers promise fresh push on wildfire bills after summer break

(link to post)Republican lawmakers pledge to tackle an issue burning up the nation’s forests when they return from their seven-week summer break in September. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas plan to push legislation in September tackling reforms to how the U.S. Forest Service fights…

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Coal gets leading role in GOP's energy platform

(link to post)Coal is looking at a starring role during the Republican national convention, as support for clean coal takes a step toward greater bipartisan support. The fossil fuel was included in the draft political platform ahead of this week’s convention in Cleveland. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who serves as the Republican National Committee’s platform…

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Return to supercommittee mulled in Senate

(link to post)Although overshadowed by the presidential campaign, a serious move is underway in Congress to try to end the dysfunction around the budget process and set up new fiscal commissions to reduce the debt. The effort, led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi and bipartisan interlocutors, is not an attempt to reach a…

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Mike Pence vouches for Donald Trump

(link to post)CLEVELAND — Donald Trump on Saturday formally introduced Mike Pence as his running mate in an unscripted speech that was more about him than it was about the man he tapped for vice president. The presumptive Republican nominee unveiled the Indiana governor as his pick during a news conference attended by supporters in…

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Wasserman-Schultz challenger outfundraises her

(link to post)A professor who launched a primary challenge against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, outraised the incumbent congresswoman by nearly $400,000 during the second quarter of this year. Tim Canova, who has the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders, raised $1.7 million over the past three months while Wasserman Schultz…

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Turkish president calls on U.S. to hand over cleric

(link to post)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reportedly calling on the U.S. to extradite a cleric he claims is responsible for the attempted military coup that swept Istanbul and Ankara Friday evening. The demand suddenly involved President Obama and the United States in the struggle for power in Turkey. Fethullah Gulen, a moderate Muslim…

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Clinton proposing amendment to undo Citizens United

(link to post)Hillary Clinton is reportedly set to announce a constitutional amendment designed to overturn the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision that removed many barriers to political spending. Throughout the Democratic primary, Clinton echoed calls from her progressive rival Bernie Sanders to implement strict campaign finance reform measures that would cut down on corporate donations…

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