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Name: John Richard Kasich

Party: Republican

Declared as a candidate: July 21, 2015 at the Ohio State University.

What he does now: Kasich is the 69th Governor of Ohio, elected first in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

What he used to do: Kasich was a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers up until the 2008 financial collapse. He also served in Congress for 18 years, where he was chairman of the House Budget Committee from 1995 to 2001. He unsuccessfully ran for president in 2000.

In his own words: “I think I was in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.”

Family tree: Kasich was born the eldest of three to two Democratic parents, both of whom were children of immigrants. His father was a mailman and believed Democrats were for the working man, though his mother eventually became a Republican. Sadly, Kasich lost both his parents in a car crash in 1987 — they were killed by a drunk driver.

Where he grew up: In a working class neighborhood in Pennsylvania. He was very active in the Catholic church. As an altar boy, he dreamed of someday becoming a priest, and was even nicknamed, ‘Pope’. After enrolling in the Ohio State University, he abandoned his dreams of priesthood after realizing the implication of a life of celibacy.

Breakout moment in politics: Kasich made history in Ohio by becoming the youngest elected senator in its legislature’s history. He was elected to Congress when he was 30 and rose through the ranks to ultimately chair the House Budget Committee. During his time in Congress, he teamed up with fellow Rep. Ron Dellums of California to curb production of the B-2 bomber, which cost $1 billion per plane.

Claim to fame: In 1997, Kasich made Newsweek’s “The Century Club,” list, a compilation of people to watch in the 21st century. In the company of superstars like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock.

What you might not know about him: Kasich was kicked off the stage at a Grateful Dead concert in 1991. He had a pass to be on stage for the opener, Dwight Yoakam, but attempted to go back on stage as the Dead played.

Famous friend:
Arnold Schwarzenegger. “He’s a pal, he’s been a great friend of mine,” Kasich once told the Columbus Dispatch. “There aren’t that many people like him on the Earth.”

Known for: His brash style and tone. Following his 2010 gubernatorial election win, he told lobbyists at a luncheon, “If you’re not on the bus we will run you over with the bus. And I’m not kidding.” In 2008, Kasich was ticketed for “approaching a public safety vehicle with lights displayed.” Speaking of the incident in January 2011, Kasich bluntly referred to the police officer who cited him as “an idiot.”

Might have wished for a do-over: In 2011, Kasich championed and signed into law legislation that implemented restrictive collective bargaining measures. After a campaign led by teachers, police and firefighters, the voters of Ohio were able to place a voter referendum on Ohio’s 2011 general election ballot. Kasich defended the bill, arguing that it was intended to close the then 8-billion budget hole in Ohio. On November 8, 2011, however, Ohio voters soundly rejected Kasich’s argument; 61 percent of voters chose to repeal the law.

What he did during the political off-season: Worked for Fox News. After declining to run for re-election for Congress in 2001 and after a failed presidential bid in the 2000 election, Kasich landed a show on Fox News. Heartland with John Kasich, a program similar in style to Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor, aired its final show in 2007.

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Name: Donald John Trump

Party: Republican

What he does now: Trump has been the chairman and president of the Trump Organization since 1971 and is the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

What he used to do:
During summers as a teen, Trump worked for his father’s company at construction sites. Influenced by his father to start a career in real estate, Trump began his career at his father’s company, “Elizabeth Trump and Son.” Before he was given control of the company in 1971, Trump worked on building projects in Manhattan.

Declared as a candidate:
June 16, 2015 in New York City.

Nickname:
The Donald.

In his own words: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that. I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money.”

Family tree:
Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York to Fred Trump and Mary MacLeod, a Scottish immigrant. His paternal grandparents were German immigrants. His father had amassed a sizeable fortune through his career as an entrepreneur in real estate developments, particularly in low-cost rental apartments in a variety of New York City neighborhoods, including Coney Island, Flatbush, and Flushing.

How he grew up: The fourth of five children and the son of a burgeoning real-estate entrepreneur, Donald grew up in relatively affluent circumstances. After graduating from the New York Military Academy, Donald attended college for two years at Fordham University in the Bronx before transferring to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, which then had one of the only real estate programs in American academia. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Early challenge: Trump’s father decided to take his son out of the Kew-Forest School in Queens and transfer him to the New York Military Academy at the age of 13. Trump excelled at the Military Academy, playing three varsity sports and earning academic honors. He graduated in 1964.

Breakout moment in politics: During the 2000 presidential primaries, Trump made an effort to receive the nomination of the Reform Party. Joining the party on October 25, 1999, Trump initially presented an alternative to the frontrunner, Pat Buchanan. Confident in his chances in winning both the primary and the general election, Trump entered the California primary, receiving 15,311 votes. He later withdrew his candidacy, expressing concerns over the state of the Reform Party.

Stoked controversy: When he raised questions over the veracity of President Obama’s birth certificate. Though the President acquiesced by releasing his long-form birth certificate in April of 2011, Trump continued to call for the release of additional personal documents, offering Obama a check for $5 million to the charity of his choice in return for the release of his college transcripts and passport records.

What you might not know about him: Trump’s family is not entirely new to the realm of politics: Trump’s older sister — Maryanne Trump Barry — served as a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She was appointed on September 22, 1999 by President Clinton and served until June 30, 2011.

Family tragedy:
The life of Trump’s brother, Fred, was tragically cut short as a result of extreme alcoholism. Donald, mindful of his brother’s warnings to refrain from drinking and smoking, does not drink.

Favorite hobby: An owner of renowned golf courses from the Doonbeg Golf Course in County Clare, Ireland to his own course in Washington, D.C., Trump, an avid golfer, developed a passion for the game when he played with friends in college at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump’s career best is a 66, which he shot while playing at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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@katyperry/Instagram(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Katy Perry held her own among two political powerhouses Sunday night when she headlined a charity event in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Posing between President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush — the 42nd and 43rd presidents of the United States — the singer suggested that she might even be next.

“42, 43, 46?!” Perry captioned an Instagram snap with the former presidents, implying that she’d consider running for the high office in 2020 or 2024 when she’d be the 46th president.

The “Dark Horse” singer, 30, was headlining the annual Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala, where she performed five songs, including “Roar” and “Firework,” according to TwinCities.com.

The foundation, which provides more than 175,000 free hearing aids annually around the world, honored President Bush this year, while President Clinton’s Global Initiative is one of the foundation’s major supporters.

Though she may have been joking about running for office, Perry is no stranger to politics.

She has been a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama, even performing at a rally for the president during the 2012 campaign.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton is on the third day of a swing in Iowa and Monday she will further address her climate change policies she unveiled last night.

At 11 a.m. ET, she will take a tour and speak at the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Central Station, which is LEED Platinum certified.

At 12:15 p.m. ET, she will address the Iowa State Education Association summer leadership conference in Altoona.

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SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — President Obama kicked off his first full day in Ethiopia as he heads into the second half of his historic trip to East Africa.

Obama arrived Monday morning at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The two men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries as the Ethiopians prepared an elaborate arrival ceremony.

The leaders stood at attention in front of their delegations while the American then Ethiopian national anthems were played. On either side of the palace stood enormous portraits of both leaders.

The president was then led by an officer, upright sword in hand, to inspect the honor guard. He walked on a square red carpet past rows of Ethiopian troops as ceremonial cannons fired in the distance.

The two sides then held a bilateral meeting, sitting across from each other at an elegantly set table complete with dozens of red roses.

Obama also met with Ethiopia’s president, Mulatu Teshome. Although he’s technically the head of state, the Ethiopian presidency is mainly a ceremonial position.

Obama just wrapped up his historic two-day visit in Kenya, his father’s homeland, where he was received with much fanfare and adoration. Supporters spilled into the streets of Addis Ababa as well, holding American flags and photos of Obama.

There was even a rainbow on the tarmac as the president arrived Sunday evening.

Obama and the Ethiopian prime minister hold a press conference Monday before a meeting with regional leaders on the crisis in South Sudan and a state dinner that night. On Tuesday, Obama will address the African Union, the first U.S. president to do so.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee evoked imagery of Nazi death camps when discussing the deal over Iran’s nuclear program Saturday, saying President Obama “would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.”

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said. “He’s so naive he would trust the Iranians and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiot thing.”

The comment elicited criticism over the weekend, including from Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, who on Sunday called for an apology.

“This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”

But Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister who travels frequently to Israel and has an affinity for the country, is not backing down.

Soon after Wasserman Schultz tweeted a link to her statement Sunday afternoon, Huckabee posted an image on Facebook and Twitter that juxtaposed the Israeli and Iranian flags behind the words, “The Iran nuclear deal is marching the Israelis to the door of the oven.”

Huckabee, who in May announced he is running for president, has frequently broadcast his opposition to the agreement reached earlier this month.

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Name: George Elmer Pataki

Party: Republican

Declared as a candidate: May 28, 2015

What he does now: He is Of Counsel with Chadbourne and Parke LLC and president of The Pataki-Cahill Group, which he founded to advise companies in the energy, infrastructure, clean-tech and environmental industries.

What he used to do: Pataki began his political career as the mayor of Peekskill, New York located in Westchester County. He was elected to New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, respectively, and later served three terms as Governor of New York from 1995 to 2006, including during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In his own words: “Let the next decade be the decade when Americans can have boundless economic growth, while enhancing and preserving the natural environment. Let the next decade be the decade when American proves to the world, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Met his wife: Body-surfing in a hurricane. He and Libby have been married for 41 years and have four children and two dogs.

Where he grew up: On the family farm in Peekskill. His father was a postman and volunteer firefighter and his mother was stay-at-home mom. He still enjoys taking care of his yard and planting fruit.

Claim to fame He has never lost an election for any public office. In fact, he defeated three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo in 1994.

What he did as governor: Fought to ban smoking in public places. New York State passed a law doing just that in 2003. He also cut taxes but was criticized for not delivering on-time budgets.

Academic honors: He attended Yale University (future president George W. Bush was a classmate) on an academic scholarship, completing his degree in three years and serving as the chairman of the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union. He also hold a law degree from Columbia University.

Guilty pleasures: He has said he is fond of drinking Diet Coke with breakfast.

Biggest disagreement with President Obama: Obamacare, which he has called “the worst law passed in my lifetime.” In 2010 he attempted to create a non-profit organization, Revere America, to advocate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It is now defunct.

Linguistic talent: Pataki is of Hungarian descent, and can still speak a small amount of Hungarian, along with Spanish, French, and German. Pataki received the Star of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary in 2008 for his work improving Hungarian-American relations.

What sets him apart: Pataki has been called “progressive” on a number of issues. He supports abortion rights, gun control and loweing the cost of college. He is also an environmentalist and helped create and pass the Clean Water/Clean Air Environmental Bond Act in New York State.

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — The Senate was in session on Sunday and held a series of votes on a funding bill to prevent states from losing money for highway and transit projects before a Friday deadline.

The first vote was for an amendment that would repeal Obamacare, which failed 49-43. Utah Republican Mike Lee said that he would consider a “nuclear option” to repeal Obamacare, which would require just 51 votes, but in order to do so, he would have to receive 60 votes of approval for the procedure, which could be a big hurdle for the anti-Obamacare effort.

In a second vote, the Senate reauthorized the Export-Import bankby a 67-26 vote. The Export-Import Bank helps American companies sell products overseas. Funding for the bank ran out earlier this summer, which some conservatives considered a victory, calling the program corporate welfare.

The Senate will return to action Monday afternoon. A vote on the larger highway funding bill is expected by Tuesday. The House has passed a short-term funding bill and leaders there insist that the Senate should pass a five-month patch. If Congress doesn’t pass one of the measures by July 31, road, bridge and highway repairs around the nation could be halted.

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(ABC News)(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shared controversial thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal on twitter Sunday, criticizing president Obama administration in the process.

In a tweet that links to Huckabee’s own website, the candidate included a graphic that reads “the Iran nuclear deal is marching the Israelis to the door of the oven.” The rhetoric, which makes a not-so-veiled reference to the Holocaust, continues at Huckabee’s website, where he posted a petition calling for Congress to kill the nuclear deal.

“Until you fulfill your constitutional duty and KILL the dangerous Obama-Kerry nuclear deal with the Iranians, you must NOT take your summer vacation,” Huckabee writes.

“This deal is a horrific, humiliating handout to Iran that threatens Israel, emboldens terrorists, and will trigger a nuclear arms race across the Middle East,” he continues.Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Huckabee’s rhetoric “commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary,” but said that it “has no place in American politics.”

“Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable,” Wasserman Schultz added, “Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”

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(ABC News)(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shared controversial thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal on twitter Sunday, criticizing president Obama administration in the process.

In a tweet that links to Huckabee’s own website, the candidate included a graphic that reads “the Iran nuclear deal is marching the Israelis to the door of the oven.” The rhetoric, which makes a not-so-veiled reference to the Holocaust, continues at Huckabee’s website, where he posted a petition calling for Congress to kill the nuclear deal.

“Until you fulfill your constitutional duty and KILL the dangerous Obama-Kerry nuclear deal with the Iranians, you must NOT take your summer vacation,” Huckabee writes.

“This deal is a horrific, humiliating handout to Iran that threatens Israel, emboldens terrorists, and will trigger a nuclear arms race across the Middle East,” he continues.Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Huckabee’s rhetoric “commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary,” but said that it “has no place in American politics.”

“Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable,” Wasserman Schultz added, “Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”

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