Republican Carly Fiorina raises $6.8 million since July

Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi ValleyBy Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Carly Fiorina's campaign has raised $6.8 million since July, the campaign said on Tuesday - nearly quintupling the cash raised from her second quarter filings. Before two standout performances in the Republican debates, Fiorina, a former Hewlett Packard chief executive, had struggled during the spring to round up enough cash to stay in the race. Although Fiorina's fundraising haul has greatly improved - she raised just $1.4 million for her campaign and $4.8 million for her Super PAC, CARLY for America, between May and June - she remains far behind some of her Republican rivals.

Bergdahl lawyer accuses McCain of interfering in case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, has accused Republican Sen. John McCain of exerting "congressional influence" in his client's case.

Ex-staffer disputes Gowdy claim on Benghazi investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a former Republican staffer fired from the House Benghazi committee on Tuesday challenged comments by the panel's GOP chairman, calling them "unequivocally false" in an escalating internal dispute just days before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies.

Fiorina raises $7 million after strong debate performances
WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign aide says Carly Fiorina has raised almost $7 million for her Republican presidential bid in the past three months.

Exclusive: Jeb Bush says Putin's Russia should face consequences over Syria

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush pauses during an interview with Reuters at Nonie's Restaurant in PeterboroughBy Steve Holland PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush vowed on Tuesday to take a more aggressive approach to countering Russia if he is elected president next year, calling Vladimir Putin an "agile adversary" who is exploiting a vacuum of U.S. leadership in Syria and elsewhere. In an interview with Reuters, Bush said that if elected in 2016 he would seek to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to work for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which he said is key to resolving the festering conflict and a worsening refugee crisis. Calling Putin a "bully", Bush said the United States and Europe should also extend sanctions against Moscow over its military aggression in Ukraine that are set to expire at year's end.

Baltimore police can't confirm Carson's story of holdup

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2015, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. The Baltimore Police Department said Tuesday that it can’t verify, without any additional information, that Carson was once held at gunpoint at a fast-food restaurant in the city. Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgeon, told Sirius XM Radio last Wednesday he was in a Popeyes restaurant while working as a doctor in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Based on available information, Baltimore police it can't verify Republican presidential contender Ben Carson's account that he was held at gunpoint at a fast-food restaurant in the city, the department said Tuesday.

University of Houston hosts Feb. 26 GOP presidential debate
HOUSTON (AP) — The University of Houston will host a 2016 Republican presidential debate on Feb. 26, four days before Texas and 11 other states are set to hold Super Tuesday primaries.

Jindal campaign pushing to move up to GOP debate main stage
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign Tuesday panned the criteria being used to whittle down the candidate list for the next Republican debate, saying it shouldn't ignore the importance of early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire.

Indiana governor unveils $1 billion plan for roads and bridges

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada(Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday announced a $1 billion, partly bond-funded, four-year plan to fix roads and bridges. The Republican governor said the money would be in addition to the $3.2 billion the state's transportation department was already planning to spend on projects over the next five years. “These additional funds will help INDOT make future maintenance and repairs as the interstate system comes of age, and will help ensure that our roads can support the economic and employment growth our state has seen over the last few years," Pence said in a statement.

Donald Trump to host 'Saturday Night Live' in November

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Norcross, GeorgiaRepublican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will be exercising his comedy muscles as the host of NBC's live sketch show "Saturday Night Live" next month, the network said on Tuesday. Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, will host the show with musical guest Sia on Nov. 7. Actor Taran Killam currently plays Trump in "Saturday Night Live" sketches, and in the vein of the show, is quite likely to face the real Trump in a skit.

Paul Ryan weighs pros, cons of becoming next House speaker

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis. arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Maybe Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather" weighing in an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican party elders practically begging him to become the next House Speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather," weighing an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense.

Donald Trump to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Donald Trump to host 'Saturday Night Live'Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has agreed to host "Saturday Night Live" next month. NBC said its former "Celebrity Apprentice" host will be the headliner of the Nov. ...

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