4 August 2015

Dems hit Bush after comments on funding for women's health

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, is interviewed by Dr. Russell Moore at the Send North America Conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush vowed Tuesday to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood if elected to the White House, but drew immediate fire from Democrats for adding, "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."


4 August 2015

Bush earned over $9 million from business, speaking gigs

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush earned more than $9 million over the last 17 months from speaking fees and an assortment of business interests, including a health services firm in Puerto Rico and an online lending operation, according to newly released financial records.


4 August 2015

Christie files financial disclosure report

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newly released financial disclosure records show Republican presidential contender Chris Christie earned nearly $277,000 in wages over the last year and a half as New Jersey governor.

4 August 2015

Netanyahu implores US Jews to oppose Iran deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on August 2, 2015Benjamin Netanyahu personally called on US Jewish groups to thwart a White House-backed Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, while hitting out at "disinformation" over Israel's trenchant stance against it. The agreement would curb Iran's nuclear program in return for international sanctions relief. Netanyahu said that instead of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon it would "pave the way" for Iran to get one, while legitimizing Tehran's leadership.


4 August 2015

Democratic governors focus on congressional redistricting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democratic Governors Association is looking to give its members a greater say in drawing congressional boundaries during the 2020 redistricting process.

4 August 2015

Debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Scott Walker speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)Fox News has named the Republican candidates who will take part in Thursday night's debate — the first of the 2016 White House campaign.


4 August 2015

Ukraine's debt faces 'high risks': IMF

Ukrainian security forces patrol in the village of Bobrovyshche on July 14, 2015The IMF, which recently released a loan installment for Ukraine, said Tuesday it views the country's debt as sustainable but facing "exceptionally high" risks linked notably to the pro-Russian conflict. The International Monetary Fund, in a report on Ukraine's $17.5 billion loan program awarded in March, highlighted the government's progress in implementing required reforms, putting the economy on a tentative track to stabilization. The global crisis lender, which extended a $1.7 billion loan installment to Ukraine on Friday, said that the Ukrainian public debt was "sustainable with high probability," a prerequisite for the IMF to lend to a member country.


4 August 2015

Qualified praise for Obama's clean power plan

Politicians and analysts said Obama's Clean Power Plan, which faces fierce opposition in Republican quarters back home, should foster global goodwill and spur the international effort to pin down a climate rescue pact by year-endPresident Barack Obama's plan to slash electricity-generated CO2 emissions was welcomed Tuesday as a courageous step towards a lower-carbon future, but not yet enough to brake dangerous planet warming. Politicians and analysts said Obama's Clean Power Plan, which faces fierce opposition in Republican quarters back home, should foster global goodwill and spur the international effort to pin down a climate rescue pact by year-end. French President Francois Hollande said the first plan ever to limit US power plant emissions would be a "major contribution to the success" of the November 30-December 11 UN conference his country will host to ink a new global climate deal.


4 August 2015

US bill requiring carriers to report 'terror' criticized

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014A coalition including civil liberties and human rights activists urged US lawmakers Tuesday to reject a bill that would require Internet companies to report signs of "terrorist activity" on their networks. More than 30 organizations endorsed an open letter urging the Senate to reject the measure included in an intelligence authorization act which cleared a committee and had been on track for Senate passage without debate. "Turning Internet companies into informants for the government flies in the face of individuals' fundamental right to privacy," said Emma Llanso, at the Center for Democracy & Technology, one of the groups leading the opposition.


4 August 2015

EU, US urge Turkey restraint amid PKK onslaught

The PKK has been blamed for the deaths of 20 members of the Turkish security forces since the current crisis began in June 2015Europe and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to show a "proportionate response" in the face of daily attacks by Kurdish militants amid growing concern over the scale of Ankara's air campaign against the rebels. Three more Turkish soldiers were killed in the latest assault blamed on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, as Ankara pressed on with a relentless air campaign against hideouts in northern Iraq. Ankara is waging a two-pronged cross-border "anti-terror" bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and PKK rebels in northern Iraq.