Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination

Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson won the Libertarian nomination for president on Sunday, May 29. Johnson was a favorite entering the convention in Orlando, but voting was forced to a second round when he fell five votes short of the majority on the first ballot. Read more at The Hill: Gary Johnson wins Libertarian […]

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How Hillary loses: Four mistakes that could cost her the election

How Hillary loses: Four mistakes that could cost her the election

Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes. Spoiler alert: She’s already making all of them. There is now a clear path for her to lose it. If you drill down enough, it’s clear there are at least four paths to a loss, and any one of them poses a real risk […]

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Donald Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Donald Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Donald Trump now has the support of 1,238 delegates — just a hair above the 1,237 threshold needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, according to The Associated Press. Trump was able to reach that number Thursday after 29 unbound Republican delegates told the AP that they would support him at the party’s July convention. […]

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Will Donald Trump’s convention be safe? – POLITICO

Will Donald Trump’s convention be safe? – POLITICO

Fears of chaos inside the Republican National Convention have subsided as Donald Trump has tightened his grip on the party’s presidential nomination. But outside the arena, a mishmash of planned demonstrations and marches is raising safety concerns about what happens when protesters, police and convention participants converge on the streets of Cleveland. “I am sure […]

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Newly powerful Sanders flexes Senate muscles

Newly powerful Sanders flexes Senate muscles

Suddenly a national figure, he’s injecting himself into legislative fights from the campaign trail. Far away from the halls of Congress, as he continues to rankle Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders is fashioning a new role for himself in the Senate: The next Dr. No. The Vermont senator, remade as one of […]

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State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review. The agency on Wednesday released the long-awaited report to Capitol Hill, copy […]

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The Never Trump moment is over: GOP elite line up behind Donald Trump

The Never Trump moment is over: GOP elite line up behind Donald Trump

‘It’s a pretty simple calculus: Do you want to win or do you want to lose?’ one operative says. The Never Trump moment is over. While a small group of Republicans has wrung its hands raw over the choice between the GOP’s nominee and Hillary Clinton, the party’s firmament – social and intellectual conservatives, the […]

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Ryan: Overtime rule is ‘absolute disaster’

Ryan: Overtime rule is ‘absolute disaster’

House Republican leaders are slamming the Obama administration for expanding overtime pay to some 4 million Americans.In a statement, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the overtime rule an “absolute disaster” for the economy. House Republican leaders are slamming the Obama administration for expanding overtime pay to some 4 million Americans. In a statement, Speaker Paul […]

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Obama issues new rules that will extend overtime pay to millions of Americans

Obama issues new rules that will extend overtime pay to millions of Americans

More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. New federal overtime rules will pump $20 million into the pockets of 67,000 New Yorkers, an analysis by City Controller Scott Stringer found. The Obama administration finalized new rules Wednesday hiking the […]

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Sanders sticks it to the Democratic Party

Sanders sticks it to the Democratic Party

Doubts are growing about the party’s ability to unite after a contentious primary. In the wake of a chaotic state convention that resulted in death threats for party officials and vandalism to party headquarters, the Democratic establishment asked Bernie Sanders for his help Tuesday in getting some of his overzealous supporters to stand down. His […]

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Supreme Court Sends Latest Obamacare Challenge Back To Lower Courts

Supreme Court Sends Latest Obamacare Challenge Back To Lower Courts

The justices did not decide the central question in the case: whether Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violates the religious liberties of some organizations. Saying they now have new information that significantly changes the case before them, the Supreme Court justices sidestepped a constitutional decision on the latest Obamacare challenge and sent the government and the religious […]

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Joe Biden wanted Elizabeth Warren as his VP – POLITICO

Joe Biden wanted Elizabeth Warren as his VP – POLITICO

Joe Biden took months to decide he wouldn’t run for president — but he was sold on Elizabeth Warren as his running mate from the start, people familiar with the situation told POLITICO.And he still thinks the Massachusetts firebrand would be Hillary Clinton’s best choice to replace him as the nation’s No. 2 in January […]

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Mr. Trump Goes to Washington – Wall Street Journal

Mr. Trump Goes to Washington – Wall Street Journal

The voters have rebuked professional Republicans and conservatives. What’s next for the GOP? By Peggy Noonan — What is needed among Republicans in Washington now is patience, soberness of thought, and a kind of heroic fairness. Reflection and humility wouldn’t hurt either. One of our two great parties is either shattering or reconstituting itself. It […]

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Evangelicals raise hell over Trump’s VP search

Evangelicals raise hell over Trump’s VP search

Movement leaders threaten to sit this cycle out if Trump’s running mate doesn’t win them over. Donald Trump’s primary run left him with few friends among evangelical leaders, who are now weighing sitting out the general election entirely. But there is one way, they say, to win them back: picking a vice presidential candidate socially […]

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Paul Ryan Says He Cannot Support Donald Trump for Now – New York Times

Paul Ryan Says He Cannot Support Donald Trump for Now – New York Times

After the House speaker said he was “not ready” to endorse Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee fired back that he was “not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.” FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES – Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, said Thursday that he was “not ready” to endorseDonald J. Trump, […]

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John Kasich drops out of presidential race

John Kasich drops out of presidential race

  John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, he said Wednesday. Kasich’s decision to suspend his efforts came after he improbably became the last challenger to Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night when Ted Cruz dropped out. “I have always said that the Lord has a purpose […]

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Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race

Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race

“We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path.” Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday night, ending one of the best-organized campaigns of 2016 after a series of stinging defeats left Donald Trump as the only candidate capable of clinching the nomination outright. Read more from Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/ted-cruz-drops-out-of-presidential-race-222763#ixzz47h0C16Wv […]

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Trump conquers – from Politico

Trump conquers – from Politico

The Republican front-runner wins big in Indiana, dealing a near-fatal blow to Cruz. It was the night Donald Trump broke his enemies. The mogul notched an easy win in Indiana’s crucial primary on Tuesday, crushing top rival Ted Cruz and catapulting himself within reach of the Republican presidential nomination. The anti-Trump movement within the Republican […]

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Five things to watch in Acela primaries tonight | TheHill

Five things to watch in Acela primaries tonight | TheHill

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poised for big nights on Tuesday. The pressure is on Trump to run up the score at a period in the race when the map has lined up favorably for him. Polls show Trump is headed for a big victory in Pennsylvania, the biggest delegates prize of the day. According to […]

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Unpopularity Contest: Poll Shows Grim Outlook for 2016 Winner – NBC News

Unpopularity Contest: Poll Shows Grim Outlook for 2016 Winner – NBC News

As the American public views the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s seeing many more flaws than strengths, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Nearly seven-in-10 registered voters say they couldn’t see themselves supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump; 61 percent say they couldn’t back fellow Republican Ted Cruz; and 58 percent […]

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When Reagan Almost Won: The 1976 GOP Convention

When Reagan Almost Won: The 1976 GOP Convention

The first and only ballot was breathtakingly close: Ford, 1,187; Reagan 1,070, with 1,130 (half the number of delegates plus one) needed to nominate. Ford’s margin over Reagan was a slim 117 delegates. A shift of only 59 delegates would have given the nomination to Reagan–with its 30 delegates, Mississippi would have provided half of […]

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Let Me Ask America a Question – By Donald J. Trump in The Wall Street Journal

Let Me Ask America a Question – By Donald J. Trump in The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Cruz has toured the country bragging about his voterless victory in Colorado … Mr. Cruz is celebrating their disenfranchisement. … Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district. … […]

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Tonight’s Debate: Sanders’ last shot to shake up the race – POLITICO

Tonight’s Debate: Sanders’ last shot to shake up the race – POLITICO

Amid the Democratic primary’s most contentious week, Sanders and Hillary Clinton will go toe-to-toe in Brooklyn. NEW YORK — Thursday night’s Brooklyn debate is Bernie Sanders’ last chance to shake up the race in a state where he must pull off a major upset to change the dynamics of the Democratic primary. The debate at […]

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Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump

Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump

The strategist publicly questions Trump’s electability, but privately his PAC tells donors Trump can win. Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton. But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors […]

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White House demands Maryland SuperPAC pull Senate ad

White House demands Maryland SuperPAC pull Senate ad

President Barack Obama’s administration is slamming a new gun control-themed ad from a super PAC backing Rep. Donna Edwards. The ad hit the wrong nerve with the Obama administration, where gun control is the most emotional issue from the Oval Office on down. In an unprecedented and forceful move, President Barack Obama’s administration is slamming […]

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Bernie stops being polite and Hillary starts getting real – POLITICO

Bernie stops being polite and Hillary starts getting real – POLITICO

  “Clinton on Wednesday accused Sanders of not being a Democrat and of siding with the gun lobby against the families of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Sanders riled his supporters at a Philadelphia rally Wednesday night by claiming Clinton is not qualified for the Oval Office, and […]

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Sanders: Hillary Clinton’s not qualified to be president

Sanders: Hillary Clinton’s not qualified to be president

In the city of Brotherly Love, the home of Rocky Balboa, the place where disgruntled Eagles fans once booed Santa Claus, the increasingly personal and bitter fight for the Democratic nomination took a sharp pugilistic turn Wednesday night. The issue: whether either candidate is even fit for the White House. Hillary Clinton is not qualified […]

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New York is suddenly far more important than Clinton or Sanders ever expected – POLITICO

New York is suddenly far more important than Clinton or Sanders ever expected – POLITICO

After Sanders racked up his sixth victory in the last seven contests Tuesday — and he’s likely to win again in Saturday’s Wyoming caucus — Clinton now faces the unavoidable fact that she must win New York by a convincing margin or face a barrage of questions about whether her campaign is faltering. Nothing short […]

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If Ted Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates – New York Times

If Ted Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates – New York Times

Donald Trump’s loss in Wisconsin — his biggest defeat in a primary so far — is being interpreted as a sign that he lost ground after a series of high-profile miscues on abortion and other issues. But the real surprise Tuesday night was not the weakness of Mr. Trump but the strength of Ted Cruz. […]

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Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to ‘one person, one vote’

Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to ‘one person, one vote’

Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing legislative districts based on total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests who wanted the districts based only on voting-age populations. The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, was considered to be one of biggest on voting rights this […]

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Top Republicans talking up Paul Ryan as 2016 nominee

Top Republicans talking up Paul Ryan as 2016 nominee

On the eve of the Wisconsin primaries, top Republicans are becoming increasingly vocal about their long-held belief that Speaker Paul Ryan will wind up as the nominee, perhaps on the fourth ballot at a chaotic Cleveland convention. One of the nation’s best-wired Republicans, with an enviable prediction record for this cycle, sees a 60 percent […]

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Why Emily’s List is spending big to defeat a progressive Democrat – WaPo

Why Emily’s List is spending big to defeat a progressive Democrat – WaPo

According to the Washington Post, the pro-choice women’s group Emily’s List is committing at least $2.4 million from its super PAC — Women Vote! — to help Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D) defeat Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) … Emily’s List argues that its mission is to elect pro-choice Democratic women, regardless of who gets toppled […]

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Superintendent, comptroller spar over usefulness of Maryland ‘Beg-a-thon’

Superintendent, comptroller spar over usefulness of Maryland ‘Beg-a-thon’

ANNAPOLIS — The annual “Beg-a-thon” for school construction funding in Annapolis has become so political and disrespectful, the process should be scrapped, school superintendents are saying. “Our experience has been that the members of the BPW [Board of Public Works] often do not question the construction projects but use the time as a forum to […]

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Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz

“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests,” the former Florida governor says. In a surprise announcement, Jeb Bush will endorse Ted Cruz on Wednesday as an antidote to the “divisiveness and vulgarity” of Donald Trump, providing a badly needed boost to the Texas […]

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Brussels Airport and Metro Explosions: Suicide Attacker Suspected – NBC News

Brussels Airport and Metro Explosions: Suicide Attacker Suspected – NBC News

A series of explosions rocked the check-in zone of Brussels Airport and the Belgian capital’s subway on Tuesday. Source: Brussels Airport and Metro Explosions: Suicide Attacker Suspected – NBC News

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John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

Ten days before Justice Antonin Scalia died, Chief Justice Roberts said that the Senate should ensure that nominees are qualified, and leave politics out of it. Read more at the New York Time: John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy

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Congress setting new bar for doing nothing

Congress setting new bar for doing nothing

It’s gotten so small-ball that one congressman introduced a bill to recognize the significance of magic. The biggest achievement in the House last week was a party-line vote to file a brief in a court case. In other action, GOP leaders all but conceded they won’t be able to pass a budget, the party’s first […]

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Democrats to Sanders: Time to wind it down – POLITICO

Democrats to Sanders: Time to wind it down – POLITICO

Democratic senators of all stripes are as impressed as they are surprised by Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign.But the time has come, they say, for Sanders to start winding things down.   After holding their fire on Sanders for the better part of a year, the senators — all backers of Hillary Clinton — are gently […]

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Trump headed for a whipping in Utah – Politico

Trump headed for a whipping in Utah – Politico

But the state’s Republican royalty can’t decide whether it prefers Cruz or Kasich. The good news for Donald Trump’s foes: Three lions of Utah Republican politics agree the insurgent billionaire is the wrong choice for 2016. The bad news: They can’t agree on the right choice to stop him. Story Continued Below Mitt Romney, beloved […]

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Obama picks Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, ‘one of America’s sharpest legal minds’

President Obama said Wednesday that he will nominate federal Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, challenging the resolve of Republican senators opposed to an election-year confirmation by naming an experienced jurist with a strong reputation as a centrist. In an appearance together in the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised Garland as […]

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