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California – State Department Email Report Complicates Clinton’s Message

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 California - Hillary Clinton is telling voters not to trust Donald Trump. But a new government report about her usage of a private email server as secretary of state is complicating that message. The sharp rebuke from the State Department's inspector general, which found Clinton did not seek legal approval for her homebrew email server, guarantees that the issue will remain alive and well for...

Tehran – 90-Year-Old Anti-Western Hardliner Elected As Head Of Iran’s Top Clerical Body

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 Tehran - A hard-line Iranian cleric who has been in the country's power structure since its 1979 Islamic Revolution was chosen on Tuesday to lead the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that picks the country's next supreme leader. The selection of 89-year-old Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, an ultraconservative who called for the execution of opposition activists after Iran's disputed 2009 election...

New York – Clinton Says She Sees Benefits In Trump’s Personal Attacks

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 New York - Hillary Clinton has a message for Donald Trump: keep on talking. She's just weeks away from wrapping up the Democratic presidential nomination, and friends, aides and supporters describe a candidate who isn't particularly rattled by what she expects will be Trump's increasingly direct attacks on her marriage and husband's personal indiscretions. In fact, Clinton believes that she...

Washington – Clinton Grapples With Trump’s Ability To Stay In Spotlight

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 Washington - Donald Trump kept himself planted firmly in the political spotlight this week with one headline-grabbing move after another — launching a social media defense of his treatment of women, listing possible Supreme Court nominees, rapidly declaring an Egyptian plane crash an act of terrorism. His likely general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, seemed content to hang in the...

Texas – Potential Trump High Court Nominee Mocked Him On Twitter

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 Texas - A Texas judge identified by Donald Trump on Wednesday as one of 11 people he would consider nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly mocked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on social media. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett last month likened Trump to "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader in a Twitter post. "'We'll rebuild the Death Star. It'll be amazing...

Washington – Adelson Implores Republican Jewish Leaders To Support Trump

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 Washington - Billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson is already at work on behalf of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "I'm asking for your support" for Trump, Adelson wrote in an email Monday to more than 50 Republican Jewish leaders. Adelson told them he had met with Trump recently and is "specifically convinced he will be a tremendous president when it comes to...

Washington – Sanders Issues Defiant Statement Under Pressure Over Ruckus

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 Washington - Under pressure from Democratic Party leaders to denounce ugly tactics by his supporters, Sen. Bernie Sanders instead struck back with a defiant statement Tuesday that dismissed complaints from Nevada Democrats as "nonsense" and asserted that his backers were not being treated with "fairness and respect." It followed chaos at the Nevada Democratic Party convention Saturday night...

Las Vegas – Nevada Democrats: Sanders Campaign Has Violent Streak

Monday, May 16th, 2016 Las Vegas - Nevada's Democratic party on Monday warned the Democratic National Committee that Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters have a penchant for violence and may seek to disrupt the party's national convention in July, as they did during the Nevada convention Saturday. The allegation is the latest fallout from a divisive Nevada Democratic convention that had to be shut down because security...

Washington – Fearing Trump, Some Democrats Up Pressure On Sanders To Exit

Friday, May 13th, 2016 Washington - Pressure is mounting on Bernie Sanders to end his campaign for president, with Democratic Party leaders raising alarms that his continued presence in the race is undermining efforts to beat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump this fall. The new concerns come after Sanders' recent wins over front-runner Hillary Clinton in Indiana and West Virginia. While those victories have...

Brasilia, Brazil – Brazil’s Senate Impeaches President Rousseff; Trial Ahead

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 Brasilia, Brazil - Brazil's Senate voted Thursday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff after a months-long fight that laid raw the country's fury over corruption and economic decay, hurling Latin America's largest country into political turmoil just months before it hosts the Summer Olympics. Rousseff's enraged backers called the move a coup d'etat and threatened wide-scale protests and...

Las Vegas – Fundraisers Make Pitch Of $1B For Trump At Hedge Fund Conference

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 Las Vegas - Top fundraisers for Donald Trump on Wednesday were making pitches to prominent hedge fund investors to line up behind the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as he seeks to raise $1 billion for the general election campaign. The New York billionaire businessman was a topic of discussion as some 2,000 hedge fund managers, investors, lawyers and journalists gathered in Las...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor Says Will Sign 5-cent Charge For Plastic Bags

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 New York, NY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says he'll sign a bill that imposes a 5-cent fee for single-use plastic bags. The City Council approved the measure Thursday. The Democratic mayor has a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. Backers hope the fee will reduce pollution and unsightly litter from the billions of plastic bags that New Yorkers dispose...

New York – Some Republican Pundits, Politicians Remain Defiantly #NeverTrump

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 New York - Several Republicans took to social media Wednesday to declare they will never back Donald Trump for U.S. president even after Ted Cruz, the billionaire businessman's closest rival, dropped out of the race for the party nomination. The anti-Trump declarations came from a range of quarters, including at least one Republican U.S. senator and a number of political commentators who have...

Washington – Cruz Financial Backer Signals Support For Trump

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 Washington - One of Ted Cruz's staunchest financial backers is signaling support for Donald Trump now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee. Mica Mosbacher writes in an email to The Associated Press that she is calling "on fellow conservatives to unite and support our new nominee Trump." Mosbacher was a key part of Cruz's finance team. She is the widow of Bob Mosbacher, a Houston...

Ohio – As Trump Wins, Clinton Exploring How To Win Over Republicans

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 Ohio - With Donald Trump all but clinching the Republican nomination for president, Hillary Clinton is beginning to explore ways to woo Republicans turned off by the brash billionaire. The Democratic front-runner's campaign believes Trump's historically high unfavorable ratings and penchant for controversy may be enough to persuade a slice of GOP voters to get behind her bid, in much the same...
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