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Jeb Bush calls for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday called for the U.S. to send more troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. “This is the war of our time,” the former Florida governor said at the Citadel five days after Islamic State militants attacked Paris and killed 129 people. “Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can’t withdraw from this threat, or negotiate with it. We have but…

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Marco Rubio’s low-budget campaign looks to ramp up as voting nears

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For months, Marco Rubio‘s campaign team in South Carolina operated out of a staffer’s garage, plotting strategy for the first-in-the-South primary from freshly painted yard sale furniture and tiny classroom desks. The shoestring budget setup was a point of pride for the Republican presidential candidate’s team. Now, with Rubio enjoying a burst of momentum as the early voting contests edge closer, the Florida senator’s campaign is moving beyond its lean and mean roots. On Wednesday, Rubio’s South Carolina team officially…

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Hillary Clinton targeted in ad from group tied to Koch brothers

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday makes her first appearance in a negative advertisement funded by the wealthy Republican donors tied to billionaires Charles and David Koch. A 30-second ad aimed at Internet users in South Carolina and Florida shows headlines about the number of veterans who have died while awaiting health care. Then it shows a recent MSNBC interview with Clinton, who said of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, “It’s not been widespread as it…

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No longer patient, Jeb Bush backers fret about sluggish campaign

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For months, Jeb Bush‘s campaign insisted it was too early. Too early to worry about the Republican presidential candidate’s sluggish poll numbers. Too early to fret over the rise of unorthodox candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Too early to question if the one-time front-runner is merely a pedestrian candidate. But with just over three months until primary voting gets underway in Iowa, and Bush still mired in the middle of the crowded GOP field, some supporters fear it could…

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A look back at the always quotable Steve Spurrier

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Steve Spurrier made college football news conferences – which can range from tedious to sleep-inducing – into must-see events. The Head Ball Coach had plenty of targets for his zingers. Back in his Florida days, it was Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. He tweaked NFL coaches for losing despite working around the clock. After he came to South Carolina, he also took aim at Clemson. Spurrier would sometimes put on a show. He faked his own arrest when star Jadeveon…

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Steve Spurrier, the ‘Old Ballcoach’ is retiring immediately

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The Old Ballcoach is walking away from college football. Steve Spurrier is no longer in the profession. Spurrier, 70, told his South Carolina team Monday night that he is leaving effective immediately. Spurrier is the all-time winningest coach at South Carolina, but to those who live in Florida, he will always be remembered as a Gator. As a player, Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback. As a coach, he won the team’s first national championship and instilled the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.1.15 — Will Reince Preibus have the guts to change the GOP presidential primary schedule?

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Since I’ve been following politics, it’s been a common complaint to question why the two major political parties have allowed two relatively homogenous states like Iowa and New Hampshire to have such an outsized influence in choosing our presidential nominees. And over the past three presidential cycles, invariably there’s been “serious” proposals floated to change the cycle, though also, invariably, inertia allows the status quo to remain in place. But Reince Priebus says this time he’s serious. The Republican National Committee chairman said this…

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