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Ohio’s Kasich to enter Republican presidential race July 21: Politico

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Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich will announce his candidacy for president on July 21 at an event at Ohio State University, Politico reported on Sunday, citing advisers.

Kasich, 63, would join 13 other Republicans seeking their party’s nomination next year. Re-elected to a second term as Ohio’s governor last November, Kasich has said his potential presidential run depended on raising enough money to compete in a crowded Republican field.

Politico quoted advisers as saying that Kasich would aim to seem less scripted than leading Republican rivals and that he combined establishment appeal with a conservative voting record that included his 18 years in Congress.

Kasich, a former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, heads an important electoral swing state, which could make him a potent force in the Republican field.

He ranks 13th in a realclearpolitics.com average of polls for declared and undeclared Republican presidential candidates. That leaves him currently outside the top 10 candidates in national polling who will participate in the party’s first debate in August.

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Declared Republican candidates include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Also in the race are former New York Governor George Pataki, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and real estate executive Donald Trump.

Still considering runs are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

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(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Matthew Lewis, Toni Reinhold)


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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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