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A collection of anecdotes about dogs and their politician owners

Dogs have long been part of political life, for better or worse, in both Canada and the United States. Here's a few shaggy tales: — Mackenzie King had a series of terriers, all named Pat, but one lived 17 years and was his true love. In his diaries, King recounted holding the deaf, nearly blind, 17-year-old Pat in his arms and singing "Safe in the arms of Jesus."

Documentary sheds new light on Romney travails

A revealing and moving behind-the-scenes documentary about Mitt Romney's unsuccessful run for the US presidency sheds new light on the Republican big-hitter and his family. "Mitt," directed by Greg Whiteley, made its premiere at the independent Sundance Film Festival, which runs until January 26 in Park City, in the mountains of Utah. The film, shot over a period of six years to 2012, tracks in intimate detail Romney's failed run for the Republican nomination and later his unsuccessful attempt to unseat President Barack Obama.

Romney campaign frustrations bubble to surface in movie 'Mitt'

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be a very wealthy man but when a filmmaker decided to document his two failed White House bids over six years, he was surprised to find how thrifty the former private equity executive was.

Analysis: For now, scandal not seen as fatal to Christie in 2016

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the road to the White House in 2016 suddenly has gotten bumpy - but it's not closed. The blunt-talking Christie, an early favorite in the upcoming Republican presidential sweepstakes, tried to put a brewing scandal behind him on Thursday during an apologetic news conference in which he announced the firing of a top aide who appeared to orchestrate traffic jams as an act of political revenge.

Mitt Romney's son helps family of four after SUV crash

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Josh Romney, the son of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, took to Twitter on Friday to share his role in helping a family whose SUV had crashed into a house in a Salt Lake City suburb. Romney, 38, tweeted a smiling photo of himself standing at the door of the vehicle following the accident on Thursday evening in Holladay.

Exclusive: Bain in talks to buy TI Automotive for close to $2 billion - sources

By Soyoung Kim and Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bain Capital LLC is in advanced talks to acquire auto parts supplier TI Automotive Ltd in a deal approaching $2 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Can Christie save the Republicans in 2016?

Can Chris Christie save the Republicans and win the White House in 2016? As the frank-talking, popular New Jersey governor cruises towards a landslide re-election Tuesday, his star is rising. The 51-year-old father of four, whose larger than life personality has managed to endear him to voters across the board, is expected to defeat his Democrat opponent, Barbara Buono, by around two to one. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 94 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and even 30 percent of Democrats in New Jersey support him for a second term as governor.

Obama 'not happy' about glitches with health website

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he is "not happy" with the glitch-filled rollout out of his health reform program, as he renewed a vow to fix the problems. "I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP," Obama said at an appearance in Boston. "We're working overtime to improve it every day." The online exchanges, a key element of the health care law, debuted on October 1. As part of Obamacare, nearly all Americans need to have health insurance by next year or pay a fine.

Romneys approved to build beachfront mansion in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, can demolish their beachfront home in a tony enclave near San Diego and build a larger 11,000-square-foot replacement, the California Coastal Commission ruled on Friday. A neighbor of the Romneys had sought to block the project on the grounds that the couple's property in La Jolla was too small to justify a house of that size, under regulations determining the ratio between lot and house sizes, according to documents before the commission.

Romney to campaign for Republican candidates

Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he plans to "help shape national priorities" by helping fellow conservatives in their mid-term election campaigns next year. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday, Romney said he is considering writing a book and a series of opinion pieces, a three-day summit in Utah next week and stumping for 2014 congressional Republican candidates. "I'm not going to be bothering the airwaves with a constant series of speeches," he said.
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