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By Steve Barnes HOPE, Ark. (Reuters) - Republican Mike Huckabee launched a bid for his party's 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, zeroing in on the plight of blue-collar American workers who have been left behind in the country's rebound from the Great Recession. The 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News television show is considered a long shot in the widening race to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election. Huckabee's emphasis on American workers marks an attempt to expand his base beyond social conservative voters who the former Southern Baptist pastor rallied to an early, surprise victory in the 2008 White House race. Huckabee made clear he wants the Christian right behind him again in 2016, setting up a competition with like-minded rivals like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.