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Clinton poised for weekend bounce

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both offered plans to solve Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. They’ve invested a roughly equal number of time campaigning there over the past three weeks. But unlike other recent contests where Sanders closed to within striking distance in the final days, leaving the eventual outcome up in the air, few expect the territory to do anything other than deliver a Clinton victory. There’s just too…

RNC taps groups reviled by Trump to write GOP platform

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Republican Party leaders are courting Beltway insiders to help write a platform that wins over the special interests that Donald Trump regularly trashes on the campaign trail. There’s just one thing: The Republican National Committee is barely talking about Trump as it meets with virtually every Republican-leaning business interest in town. “They were not speaking about the nominee” — only the platform, said an attendee at one session. “That’s what…

Warren pulls no punches in latest Trump attack

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Donald Trump is an “insecure moneygrubber,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the assembled Democrats of Massachusetts at the state’s party convention Saturday. He is also, according to Warren’s prepared remarks: Scary, loud, outrageous, offensive, small, a failure and fraudster-in-chief. Those are just a handful of the bombs Warren hurled Trump’s way in her Saturday afternoon address, after which she told reporters that she doesn’t believe in the superdelegate process, and has…

Clinton turns Trump attacks up to 11

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Hillary Clinton has known presidents, the Democratic front-runner told a crowd of supporters at a California rally Friday afternoon. She’s married to one, was secretary of state for another and has worked with Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes. And that, she said, is why she’s so devoted to taking down Donald Trump. Less than 24 hours after shredding Trump’s foreign policy in a San Diego speech, Hillary Clinton…

Paul Ryan’s cold embrace of Trump

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If there was any doubt that Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Donald Trump was less than full-throated, he crushed it on Friday. Less than 24 hours after Ryan announced that his “not ready” had become a “ready,” the House speaker ripped into the presumptive Republican nominee, making it clear he will not be Trump’s defender in chief. Unprompted by WISN radio host Vicki McKenna, Ryan scolded Trump for his racially-based attacks…

Violent cycle surrounds Trump campaign

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Outside Donald Trump’s campaign rallies in recent days, protesters have gathered and, increasingly, clashed violently with Trump supporters and police. Inside, Trump is going to new rhetorical extremes in his attempts to delegitimize a Mexican-American judge. Together, they’re forming an increasingly combustible atmosphere as the campaign enters the summer and temperatures here climb into triple digits. Trump has in the past vowed to become more “presidential”…

Principal at school where Fetty Wap video shot on paid leave

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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A principal at the New Jersey high school where rapper Fetty Wap recorded a music video has been placed on leave, according to a published report. Paterson Superintendent Donnie Evans announced during a board of education meeting Wednesday night that East Side High School principal of operations Zatiti Moody has been placed on paid administrative leave, NorthJersey.com reported. The school district is investigating how Fetty Wap…

Mother allegedly stabs and partially dismembers 3 young sons then attempts suicide

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According to Phoenix police, a mother is suspected of having stabbed and partially dismembering her three young sons before stuffing their bodies in a closet and trying to kill herself. The children have been identified as Jaikare Rahaman, 8, Jeremiah Adams, 5, and Avery Robinson, 2 months. On Wednesday, 29-year-old Octavia Rogers was seen by her brother in the family’s garage. She reportedly spoke with him about God and the meaning of life. Rogers then…

Muhammad Ali hospitalized in Phoenix, sources say illness could be serious

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Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix area with what two people familiar with his condition say may be more serious problems than his previous hospital stays. The 74-year-old boxing great is fighting respiratory issues that are complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s, the people told The Associated Press on Thursday. The two spoke separately in describing Ali’s condition that they say is concerning…

A billionaire of her own?

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Hillary Clinton is sinking in national polls, shackled by dismal favorability ratings and facing a brutal general election campaign against a Category 5 political hurricane who seems impervious to any traditional lines of attack. Perhaps Clinton needs a Donald Trump of her own? Perhaps she needs a maverick who literally owns the Mavericks. That’s the operating theory behind a whisper campaign among some Democrats and #NeverTrump Republicans urging Clinton to…

Ryan, McConnell lock arms with Trump

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Paul Ryan was the last holdout. By bowing to Donald Trump, the new power inside the Republican Party, the House speaker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have consummated the marriage that the GOP establishment has resisted all year long. Their political fates are now formally hitched to the bombastic businessman, and they’ll have to deal with the consequences. Love, though, this is not. Both men have made clear that…

What Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan have in common

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There was an unspoken message in Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy speech on Thursday: Democrats come home; I’m the one who can defeat Donald Trump. In a careful appeal for Democratic unity days ahead of a difficult California primary, Clinton aimed to project a presidential bearing and to contrast herself from a presumptive Republican nominee she said has a “dangerously incoherent” worldview that makes him “temperamentally unfit” to be commander in…

No civil rights charges against officers who killed Jamar Clark

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s U.S. attorney on Wednesday declined to file civil rights charges against two Minneapolis police officers in the November death of a black man that sparked weeks of protests. Andrew Luger said in a news release that there’s insufficient evidence to support charges against Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. Jamar Clark, 24, was shot once in the head Nov. 15 and died a day later. A…

Man removed from Airbnb for racist, hate-filled messages to black client

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An Airbnb horror story ended Wednesday with the app officially removing a user from its service. A user identified as “Todd Warner” reportedly canceled a potential client because the person was black. Shani Taylor shared the hateful, racist messages from Warner on Twitter: The story quickly went viral, and Airbnb was forced to respond. A website spokesman provided a statement to the New York Daily News: We were horrified when we read these…

Law enforcement official says Prince died of opioid overdose

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CHICAGO (AP) — A law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the musician’s death. After he died,…