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Cruz blames Obama for climate of violence against police

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:21pm

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz blamed President Barack Obama on Thursday for a climate of violence against police, contending the president and his administration have long vilified law enforcement.

Some tickets for broadcast of pope's speech to Congress available

KSL.com  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:44pm

Tickets for a broadcast on the U.S. Capitol west lawn of Pope Francis' speech to Congress this month are available through. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah.

Trump vows no third-party bid, will back GOP primary winner

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:41pm

Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party's nomination — a U-turn made easier by his position at the front of the field.

Pondering 2016 campaign, Biden sticks close to Obama

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:44pm

Exploring a presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday offered a robust defense of a nuclear accord with Iran strongly backed by the White House, the latest sign of his work to present himself as a natural heir to President Barack Obama.

Clinton aides says 2016 bid hurt by email controversy

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:53pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to more fully address questions about her use of a private email server as secretary of state starting this month, part of an acknowledgment by her campaign that her presidential bid has been hurt by the heavy focus on the controversy over the summer.

How many jobs has Donald Trump actually created?

Heather Long, CNN  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:36pm

Donald Trump vows that if he's elected president, he would "be the greatest jobs president that God ever created." But how many jobs has he created as a businessman?

Bush: Trump 'too pessimistic,' will lead GOP to 2016 defeat

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:52am

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush says rival Donald Trump is "too pessimistic" to lead the country and Republicans will lose the 2016 election if they make the billionaire their party's candidate for the White House.

Biden testing political waters in Florida

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 8:51pm

Approaching a time of decision, Vice President Joe Biden tested the political waters in Florida on Wednesday as he mulls over whether to join a 2016 presidential race that's left a lot Democrats wanting more choice.

AP sources: GOP seeks pledge to avert Trump third-party run

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 8:40pm

Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances.

Super PAC backing Scott Walker announces $9 million ad buy

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:21pm

A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's run for the White House announced a $9.25 million ad buy Wednesday for three early voting states, expanding on a $7 million television ad campaign that starts in Iowa next week.

House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:01pm

The speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Kentucky clerk's defiance is a test for GOP rivals

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:11pm

The Kentucky clerk who is defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is putting Republican presidential contenders on the spot as they try to mollify social conservatives without alienating the majority of Americans who support gay marriage.

GOP Rep. Kline says he won't seek re-election in Minnesota

Brian Bakst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:31pm

Republican Rep. John Kline, a seven-term lawmaker and chairman of the House Education panel, announced Thursday he won't seek re-election next year in a Minnesota district that has grown more politically competitive in recent years.

Oklahoma Republican chairman to resign after 5-month term

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:03pm

The Oklahoma Republican leader has told party officials that he plans to resign and call for the election of a new chairman after a tumultuous five-month term in which he faced a barrage of criticism for hiring decisions and an offensive Facebook post on the party's official page.

Reid endorses Kihuen in 4-way Democratic House primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:11am

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says he's endorsing Nevada state Sen. Ruben Kihuen (KEE'-win) in his bid for Congress.

Bush: "I laughed" at Trump's criticism of speaking Spanish

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41am

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says his first reaction was to laugh at rival Donald Trump's criticism of him for speaking Spanish.

Candidates seeking Iowa boost look to 99-county tour

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:41am

Is it a savvy strategy or a campaign gimmick? Many presidential candidates see a path to success in Iowa by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state.

NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 10:21am

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 9:31pm

The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea "plays on our worst fears and resentments."