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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...

Washington – How ‘Stop Trump’ Failed To Halt The Republican Front-Runner

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 Washington - Republican John Hammond III had made no secret of his distaste for Donald Trump and his desire to halt his march to the party's presidential nomination, telling the Indianapolis Star newspaper in March that the mogul was "unfit" to lead the country. But the Republican National Committee member, a partner at law firm Ice Miller, said no anti-Trump group ever reached out to him, nor...

Anaheim, CA – Pepper Spray Flies During Trump Protest Clash In California

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 Anaheim, CA - Supporters and opponents of Donald Trump clashed Tuesday outside City Hall, and five people, including two little girls, were pepper-sprayed by a demonstrator during the heated confrontation, police said. No serious injuries and no arrests were reported in the clash as about 50 people confronted each other in the Orange County community. Backers waving U.S. flags and pro-Trump...

Washington – Trump’s Sole Senate Backer Serves As Washington Gatekeeper

Monday, April 25th, 2016 Washington - Donald Trump and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions would seem to have little in common. Sessions is a polite Southerner from small-town Alabama, while Trump is a brash New Yorker and creature of the big-city spotlight. Sessions likes to spend weekends out of cellphone range in a rural corner of his home state. Trump retreats to his lavish Mar-a-Lago compound where he's easily accessible...

Washington – Trump’s Twitter Provokes Huge Following, Trouble

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 Washington - Donald Trump says there's genius in his tweets, but his wife wishes he would stop. Melania Trump was asked Thursday on NBC's "Today" show what habit she wishes he would give up. "Let's see," she said, pausing. "The tweeting." Trump's approach to Twitter has been as unorthodox as his presidential campaign: unpredictable and unfiltered, sometimes brilliant and occasionally...

Brooklyn, NY – Judge Reduces Manslaughter Conviction Of Ex-NYPD Officer, Gets Probation

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 Brooklyn, NY - A former police officer convicted in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell was spared prison time Tuesday, and a judge reduced his manslaughter conviction to a lesser charge. Peter Liang was sentenced to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service in the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, who was walking down a stairway in a public...

Cheyenne – In Wyoming, Cruz Shows Edge Over Trump In Grasp Of Nuances Of White House Race

Friday, April 15th, 2016 Cheyenne - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is poised to notch another small but important victory in his battle with billionaire Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination at a hotel convention center in the ranching city of Casper, Wyoming, this weekend. A committee of Wyoming Republicans is likely to hand Cruz most of the state's 14 remaining delegates to the party's national convention...

Jerusalem – Israeli Military Struggles With Rising Influence Of Religious-Zionists

Friday, April 15th, 2016 Jerusalem - On a searing night in July 2014, Israeli troops gathered on the border with Gaza to prepare for war. Hamas militants had been firing rockets into Israel for days, and Israeli warplanes had begun bombing the Palestinian territory. The orders for the Givati brigade, an elite infantry unit, came in a typed, single-page letter. "History has chosen us to spearhead the fight against...

Washington – AP-GfK Poll: Obama’s Approval Rises With Improving Economy

Monday, April 11th, 2016 Washington - As many in the United States hold their noses in the search for the next president, they're increasingly warming to the president they already have. Buoyed by some good economic news and a surge of goodwill from his base of supporters, President Barack Obama is seeing his approval rating rise. That puts Obama, who leaves office in January, in a position to remain a force in the...

New York – Candidates Come Home As, In A Rarity, NY Primary Matters

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 New York - The year's biggest, wildest show is finally coming to Broadway. And Brooklyn. And Buffalo. And Syracuse. The presidential primary is descending on New York. The voting on April 19 will be the first time the state has a played a meaningful role in the nominating process in decades. New York is a coveted prize, offering the most delegates of any contest left on the primary calendar...

Milwaukee – Ted Cruz Aims To Emerge From Wisconsin As Trump Alternative

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 Milwaukee - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appears poised for victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin on Tuesday, presenting himself as a uniter for Republican voters despite a Senate tenure marked by bitter feuds and uncompromising stances. Cruz, a first-term U.S. senator from Texas, is trying to make the case he is the last remaining Republican candidate not named Trump with...

Washington – Trump Meets Foreign Policy Team In Washington

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 Washington - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took a detour off the campaign trail on Thursday, visiting Washington for talks with his foreign policy team after a series of national security statements that have drawn criticism. The meeting was hosted by his top backer in the capital, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who chairs Trump's foreign policy team. Trump was last...

Washington – Backlash Over Trump’s Abortion Comments Grows As Rivals Pounce

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 Washington - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump grappled on Thursday with the fallout from his comments on punishing women for having an abortion, including from his rivals in the race for the White House. The billionaire businessman rowed back rapidly on Wednesday from his statement during an MSNBC town hall that women who end pregnancies should be punished if the United States...
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