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Obama: Jeb Bush Has ‘Every Right’ to Run for President in 2016

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Obama says he “loves” the Bush family personally and that former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has “every right” to run in 2016.

But he made sure to praise his former secretary of state as well, adding that Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent president.”

“The Bush family, I love personally,” Obama told ABC News’ World News Tonight anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview. “They are good people. Jeb’s father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people. Obviously I have a lot of disagreements with Jeb and his brother on policy. But I think they have every right to do what they think is best.”

The president said of Clinton that he “think(s) so highly of her and I’ve said before and will continue to say I think she’d be an excellent president.”

Obama added that the “great thing about democracy” is that “anybody can run, even the son of and brother of former presidents.”

Earlier this week, Bush announced he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States.”

He didn’t set up an exploratory committee, a traditional first step for presidential contenders, but said he would set up a political action committee next month that would help him “facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation.”

Bush’s likely entry could set up a dynastic face off with Clinton, if they both run. Clinton hasn’t said she will enter the race, but told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in June she will be “on the way to making a decision by the end of the year.” More recently she has slid that decision timetable to the beginning of next year saying she will decide after the first of the year.

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Obama: Jeb Bush Has ‘Every Right’ to Run for President in 2016

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Obama says he “loves” the Bush family personally and that former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has “every right” to run in 2016.

But he made sure to praise his former secretary of state as well, adding that Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent president.”

“The Bush family, I love personally,” Obama told ABC News’ World News Tonight anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview. “They are good people. Jeb’s father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people. Obviously I have a lot of disagreements with Jeb and his brother on policy. But I think they have every right to do what they think is best.”

The president said of Clinton that he “think(s) so highly of her and I’ve said before and will continue to say I think she’d be an excellent president.”

Obama added that the “great thing about democracy” is that “anybody can run, even the son of and brother of former presidents.”

Earlier this week, Bush announced he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States.”

He didn’t set up an exploratory committee, a traditional first step for presidential contenders, but said he would set up a political action committee next month that would help him “facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation.”

Bush’s likely entry could set up a dynastic face off with Clinton, if they both run. Clinton hasn’t said she will enter the race, but told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in June she will be “on the way to making a decision by the end of the year.” More recently she has slid that decision timetable to the beginning of next year saying she will decide after the first of the year.

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Hillary Clinton Praises Obama’s Decision to Change Course on Cuba

JP Yim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — What does possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton think of the president’s announcement Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba?

One day after she condemned the torture revealed in the Senate’s interrogation report, Clinton released a statement saying she “support[s] President Obama’s decision to change course on Cuba policy while keeping the focus on our principal objective — supporting the aspirations of the Cuban people for freedom.”

She said she was “deeply relieved” by Alan Gross’ release, and noted when she was Secretary of State she “pushed for his release” and “stayed in touch” with his wife and daughters, while calling “for a new direction in Cuba.”

“Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power,” Clinton said. “As I have said, the best way to bring change to Cuba is to expose its people to the values, information, and material comforts of the outside world. The goal of increased U.S. engagement in the days and years ahead should be to encourage real and lasting reforms for the Cuban people.”

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Liberal Groups Kick Off Their ‘Run Warren Run’ Campaign in Des Moines

US Senate(DES MOINES, Iowa) — A campaign without a candidate kicked off Wednesday night in the all-important state of Iowa. Progressive group MoveOn, joined by Democracy for America launched their effort to draft Elizabeth Warren at a coffee shop in Des Moines.

Warren wasn’t there, but about 80 people reportedly showed up to check out their “Run Warren Run” campaign.

DFA officially joined the effort at the event pledging $250,000, which is on top of the $1 million MoveOn has already promised to put into the first phase of the campaign. They say they will set up offices in Iowa and New Hampshire, run ads, and assemble a “national volunteer army” on behalf of Warren. A release from DFA said 87.6 of their members are supportive of the draft Warren effort.

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa state senate president Pam Jochum was in attendance at the event. She praised Warren, but told the Register she isn’t ready to back Warren over Hillary Clinton, saying, “Not yet.”

Warren has said repeatedly she won’t run. These supporters are hoping to convince her to act to the contrary, even putting cash where their hopes are.

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Christie to Talk About Possible White House Run with Family During Christmas

ABC/ LOU ROCCO(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is nearing a decision on whether he’ll run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, according to nj.com.

Christie actually made the admission to a youngster at Mendham Township Middle School Wednesday when asked if he was planning to seek the presidency.

Saying that it was something he was thinking about, Christie told the assembly that he would talk about the future with his family during Christmas and finally announce his plans during “the first part of next year.”

The governor tried to relate his situation with other families facing difficult choices, saying, “No matter what, I am still Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget’s father and they wonder what I am going to do for work, and I’m still Mary Pat’s husband and she wonders the same thing.”

If Christie decides against running for president or fails to win the nomination, his tenure as governor ends in December 2017. Christie has already said he doesn’t want to be a senator, which would rule out a run for another elected office.

As for why Christie is likely to announce his intentions in early 2015, political pundits, including former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, says that Jeb Bush likely forced his hand by forming an exploratory committee that will ultimately determine if he’ll be in the race for the GOP nod.

Both Christie and Bush appeal to more moderate Republicans as well as the same high-end donors.

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Christie to Talk About Possible White House Run with Family During Christmas

ABC/ LOU ROCCO(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is nearing a decision on whether he’ll run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, according to nj.com.

Christie actually made the admission to a youngster at Mendham Township Middle School Wednesday when asked if he was planning to seek the presidency.

Saying that it was something he was thinking about, Christie told the assembly that he would talk about the future with his family during Christmas and finally announce his plans during “the first part of next year.”

The governor tried to relate his situation with other families facing difficult choices, saying, “No matter what, I am still Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget’s father and they wonder what I am going to do for work, and I’m still Mary Pat’s husband and she wonders the same thing.”

If Christie decides against running for president or fails to win the nomination, his tenure as governor ends in December 2017. Christie has already said he doesn’t want to be a senator, which would rule out a run for another elected office.

As for why Christie is likely to announce his intentions in early 2015, political pundits, including former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, says that Jeb Bush likely forced his hand by forming an exploratory committee that will ultimately determine if he’ll be in the race for the GOP nod.

Both Christie and Bush appeal to more moderate Republicans as well as the same high-end donors.

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Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Drug Offenders, Grants 12 Pardons

Credit: The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of eight individuals and granted pardons to 12 more.

According to the Department of Justice, the eight people whose sentences Obama shortened had been convicted of drug charges. Each of their sentences, scheduled to last until at least 2019, will now expire in either April or June of 2015.

Obama also pardoned 12 people who had been convicted on charges that included running an illegal distillery, theft of bank funds and wire fraud, among others.

Two of those pardoned were from Obama’s home state of Illinois.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Wednesday that Obama’s actions in commuting the sentences of the eight individuals provided clemency to “eight individuals who were sentenced under outdated and unfair laws.”

“While all eight were properly held accountable for their criminal actions, their punishments did not fit their crimes,” Cole said, “and sentencing laws and policies have since been updated to ensure more fairness for low-level offenders.”

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Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Drug Offenders, Grants 12 Pardons

Credit: The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of eight individuals and granted pardons to 12 more.

According to the Department of Justice, the eight people whose sentences Obama shortened had been convicted of drug charges. Each of their sentences, scheduled to last until at least 2019, will now expire in either April or June of 2015.

Obama also pardoned 12 people who had been convicted on charges that included running an illegal distillery, theft of bank funds and wire fraud, among others.

Two of those pardoned were from Obama’s home state of Illinois.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Wednesday that Obama’s actions in commuting the sentences of the eight individuals provided clemency to “eight individuals who were sentenced under outdated and unfair laws.”

“While all eight were properly held accountable for their criminal actions, their punishments did not fit their crimes,” Cole said, “and sentencing laws and policies have since been updated to ensure more fairness for low-level offenders.”

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Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Drug Offenders, Grants 12 Pardons

Credit: The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of eight individuals and granted pardons to 12 more.

According to the Department of Justice, the eight people whose sentences Obama shortened had been convicted of drug charges. Each of their sentences, scheduled to last until at least 2019, will now expire in either April or June of 2015.

Obama also pardoned 12 people who had been convicted on charges that included running an illegal distillery, theft of bank funds and wire fraud, among others.

Two of those pardoned were from Obama’s home state of Illinois.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Wednesday that Obama’s actions in commuting the sentences of the eight individuals provided clemency to “eight individuals who were sentenced under outdated and unfair laws.”

“While all eight were properly held accountable for their criminal actions, their punishments did not fit their crimes,” Cole said, “and sentencing laws and policies have since been updated to ensure more fairness for low-level offenders.”

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Poll: Majority of Americans Have Unfavorable Opinion of Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A majority of Americans have an unfavorable opinion on the individual mandate aspect of Obamacare, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation says, while a minority of Americans want the law repealed.

The poll found that 64 percent of Americans find the individual mandate — which requires nearly all Americans to either have health insurance or pay a fine — unfavorable. Forty-six percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare as a whole, while 41 percent take a favorable stance.

Despite its apparent unpopularity, however, the poll shows that just 31 percent want the law to be repealed, and just 12 percent want it to be scaled back. Comparatively, 24 percent believe Obamacare should be expanded and 21 percent believe it should be implemented as is.

Other aspects of the law are actually popular — such as the employer mandate, which requires employers with 100 or more full-time workers to offer health coverage or pay a fine. About sixty percent of Americans favor the employer mandate, the Kaiser Family Foundation says.

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