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Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast Last Week - Bloomberg Business

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than forecast to an eight-week high, representing a pause in a trend of more muted firings.

Jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 282,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 275,000 new applications. The start of a new school year, which differs from state to state, may introduce a period of volatility in the data as such calendar events are difficult to seasonally adjust, according to a Labor Department spokesman.


Bernie Sanders gains on Hillary Clinton in latest Iowa poll

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is gaining ground on Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Iowa, which will hold the country's first caucuses. The latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll shows Sanders just 7 percentage points behind Clinton's 37. She's lost a third of her Iowa support since May. Vice President Joe Biden, who is rumored to be considering a campaign, took 14 percent out of the 404 likely caucus voters polled. On the Republican side, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson sits in second at 18 percent to Donald Trump's 23 percent.


Ben Carson Edging Close to Front-Runner Trump in Latest Iowa Poll - Yahoo Finance

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a leading Republican presidential candidate in Iowa and is closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump in the state that hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest. 

The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows billionaire Trump with the support of 23 percent of likely Republican caucus participants, followed by Carson at 18 percent. When first and second choices are combined, Carson is tied with Trump.


Emails show Bill Clinton asked State Dept. for OK on N. Korea, Congo invites | Fox News

Newly surfaced emails show the Clinton Foundation asked the State Department about proceeding with two presumably paid speeches for former President Bill Clinton in North Korea and the Republic of the Congo, despite each engagement’s ties to repressive regimes.

The emails, obtained by, surfaced as part of a records request by the group Citizens United.

In both sets of 2012 emails between the foundation led by Bill Clinton and the department led by wife Hillary Clinton, the former president’s team acknowledged the invitations could raise concerns. But they asked the State Department, which screened all such speeches by the ex-president, anyway.


Listen to Donald Trump’s Answer When CNN Host Asks If ‘It’s Time to Do Something Else About Guns’ After WDBJ Shooting | Video |

When asked if more gun control is needed following Wednesday’s tragic on-air WDBJ shooting in Virginia, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the U.S. has a mental health problem, not a gun problem.

“Do you think it is time to do something else about guns?” Cuomo asked. “Would you do something different with gun policy?”

“I don’t think I would, because this is really a sick person,” Trump said of the WDBJ shooter. “This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental problem.”


Are Democrats Ready for Elizabeth Warren to Run? - Rasmussen Reports™

Politically, she’s Bernie Sanders with charisma. Now, with Hillary Clinton’s legal troubles, do Democrats want Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to reconsider and jump into their party’s presidential race?

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of Likely Democratic Voters think Warren should run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Forty-five percent (45%) say she shouldn’t run, but one-in-four Democrats (25%) is undecided. 


White House Pretty Much Endorses Biden Run For President - Katie Pavlich

For months there has been speculation about whether Biden will enter the race as Hillary Clinton's poll numbers continue to nose dive, not to mention her email trouble and being the subject of an FBI criminal investigation.

It's no secret the Obamas and the Clintons have had a rocky relationship over the years, but if Obama endorses Biden over Clinton, the question is whether he'll follow up an endorsement with his campaign infrastructure from 2008 and 2012. That, combined with the grassroots, populist support for Bernie Sanders, would be enough to permanently stop Clinton's "inevitable" run. 


Cruz outshines Bush at Americans for Prosperity summit | The Charlotte Observer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure.

At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush was attending his first national conference of Americans for Prosperity and was greeted with respectful but restrained applause by a group that rose essentially out of Republican dissatisfaction with federal spending under his brother, former President George W. Bush.


Cruz, a tea party favorite since his 2012 election, sparked deafening cheers in the Columbus Convention Center auditorium even before he took the stage, entering to the 1980s power anthem “Eye of the Tiger.” During his speech Saturday, he went on to promise to “repeal every word of Obamacare,” and” rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal.”


Biden met with Elizabeth Warren. Does this mean he's in the race? -

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met on Saturday with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a popular progressive leader with a big support base among Democrats, as he mulls whether to run for president, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Biden has been huddling with senior advisers to evaluate options for taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner who has struggled to overcome fallout from her use of a private email server while working as the nation's top diplomat.

His meeting with Warren is further evidence of how seriously the vice president is considering a run for the party's nomination. Warren has a lot of support from liberal-leaning groups that would be critical to winning in early voting states.