Thursday, 31 March 2016

Friday's forecast: Stormy Southeast, snowy Midwest

 
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More severe storms will roll across the Southeast Friday while snow pastes portions of the Midwest.

Bernie Sanders rallies supporters in the Bronx

 
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Sen. Bernie Sanders hammered home his rigged-economy platform during a speech Thursday nightin the Bronx borough of New York City, telling thousands of supporters a nation is judged not by the amount of millionaires and billionaires it creates, but how it treats its most vulnerable.

Bernie Sanders pledges to rewrite 'disastrous' trade deals

 
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Bernie Sanders continued to hammer Hillary Clinton on trade while campaigning in Pittsburgh Thursday, pledging to fundamentally rewrite “disastrous” trade deals -- including the North American Free Trade Agreement -- if elected president.

Trump's divisiveness could help Democrats pick up House seats, analysts say

 
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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's alienation of women, minorities, well-educated suburbanites and millennials could help Democrats pick up a larger-than-expected number of House seats this year, but they are still unlikely to seize the majority from Republicans, analysts predict.

'Unbound' GOP delegates could be big players in picking nominee

 
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WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential primary has thrown a spotlight on "superdelegates," the roughly 715 party officials who can sway the contest by backing any candidate they choose.

Trump's lady trouble is going to cramp his campaign

 
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Donald Trump just told America that he thinks women who have illegal abortions should face "some sort of punishment." The comment, during Wednesday's taping of an MSNBC town hall,

Trump abortion comments spark outrage on both sides

 
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Donald Trump drew a wave of immediate rebukes from abortion rights advocates and opponents Wednesday after saying that women should face "some form" of punishment for abortion should the procedure be made illegal in the U.S.

Clinton strategist on running against Trump

 
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NEW YORK — Donald Trump is an out-of-the-mainstream candidate vying to lead a fractured party whose nomination would make some traditionally Republican states competitive for Democrats, Hillary Clinton's chief strategist argues. But Joel Benenson also acknowledges none of that guarantees the billionaire businessman would lose in November.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Foreign leaders to Obama: 'What is happening to America'

 
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The rhetoric of U.S. politics may besmirch how the rest of the world sees the country, President Obama told journalists on Monday.

For the Record: How do we sweep while our birds are Berning?

 
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Last week: Donald Trump extended his delegate lead, Bernie Sanders won five out of six, news broke about a sex scandal involving one of the five candidates least likely to have a sex scandal,

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Mexicans burn effigies of Trump in Easter ritual

 
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MEXICO CITY — This country's artisans usually set fire to effigies of unpopular Mexican politicians in their “burning of Judas” ritual every Easter weekend. This year, the politician they love to hate the most is an American: Donald Trump.

It's a boy! Ivanka Trump gives birth to third child

 
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Pope denounces terrorism in Easter Mass amid tight Vatican security

 
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VATICAN CITY — Amid the tightest security ever for an outdoor Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Easter Sunday lashed out at the “blind and brutal” terrorism afflicting Europe, Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

Guns at GOP convention petition nears 35K, Trump wants to study 'fine print'

 
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Donald Trump says he wants to study a petition that calls for allowing the open carry of guns at the Republican convention this July in Cleveland.

Bomb blast in Pakistan park kills at least 60 people

 
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A bomb blast in a park filled with Christian families celebrating Easter in the Pakistani city of Lahorekilled at least 60 people and wounded hundreds more, a government official said Sunday.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

North Korea propaganda video depicts nuclear attack on Washington

 
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North Korea released a dramatic propaganda video Saturday called "Last Chance" that depicts a nuclear strike on Washington, complete with animation of a missile slamming into the earth near the Lincoln Memorial.

Bernie Sanders seeks a three-state win Saturday

 
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The Democratic presidential contest heads West on Saturday, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is pushing for a three-state sweep as he seeks to cut into Hillary Clinton’s substantial delegate lead.

20,000 sign petition to allow guns at Republican National Convention

 
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More than 21,500 people have signed a petition to allow firearms inside the Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland in July.

Crowd goes wild after small bird lands on Bernie Sanders' podium

 
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A small bird was apparently feeling the #Bern when it landed on Bernie Sanders’ podium during a rally in Portland on Friday.

Friday, 25 March 2016

5 things you need to know Friday

 
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Sometimes you can get what you want and what you need. Havana will play host to the Rolling Stones on Friday, the biggest act to play there since Cuba's 1959 revolution.

Tough talk on U.S. Muslims latest salvo in campaign war

 
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Ted Cruz’s proposal this week that police should “patrol and secure” Muslims neighborhoods in the U.S. in the wake of the Brussels bombings touched off a firestorm of backlash from prominent civil rights groups, as well as congressional colleagues.

Tough talk on U.S. Muslims latest salvo in campaign war

 
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Ted Cruz’s proposal this week that police should “patrol and secure” Muslims neighborhoods in the U.S. in the wake of the Brussels bombings touched off a firestorm of backlash from prominent civil rights groups, as well as congressional colleagues.

Watch: Massive blast as train collides with propane truck

 

Presidential race surges past $1 billion mark

 
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WASHINGTON — Fundraising in the presidential contest has zoomed past the $1 billion mark, fueled by the dozens of super-wealthy Americans bankrolling super PACs that have acted as shadow campaigns for White House contenders.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Terrorist attacks: Why you care — and why sometimes you don't

 
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It’s what we heard on social media this week, when people were denigrated for lavishing sympathy onBrussels in the wake of Tuesday's attacks,

Brussels attack shows how culture, bureaucracy hinder European counterterrorism

 
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The brothers who carried out suicide bombings in Brussels earlier this week were named on U.S. watch lists prior to the Belgian assaults, two U.S. officials said Thursday.

Political prisoners first test for Myanmar's new leaders

 
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When Myanmar’s new government takes office next month, its top priority should be releasing political prisoners and repealing laws that make them possible, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.

Phoenix elections chief takes blame for long primary lines, won't resign

 
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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell took responsibility for the hours-long lines at the polls Tuesday that enraged voters and had some calling for her to step down over her handling of the presidential preference election.

Cruz blasts Trump for 'yelling'

 
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PEWAUKEE, Wis. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump is "very good at yelling about the problems in this country," but has no answers,

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Reports: Suspect arrested in Brussels terror attacks

 
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Belgian police Wednesday morning arrested a suspect linked to the Brussels terror attacks that killed 34 people at the city’s airport and at a metro station, but denied that he was Najim Laachraoui, the lone survivor spotted on airport surveillance cameras shortly before the blast.

Hillary Clinton wins Arizona primary, as Bernie Sanders takes Utah, Idaho

 
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Hillary Clinton won the pivotal presidential contest in Arizona Tuesday, prevailing over rival Bernie Sanders in the latest in a string of primary victories for the Democratic front-runner.

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz for president

 
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Jeb Bush endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president Wednesday, a month after the former Florida governor ended his own race to the White House.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Trump vows to protect Israel from Iran and U.N.

 
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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, under fire for past comments about the Middle East, pledged Monday to protect Israel from threats ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the possibility that the United Nations would seek to impose some sort of settlement with the Palestinians.

Obama and Castro's awkward arm moment

 
President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro on Monday delivered joint remarks in Cuba that called for the end of the decades-long economic embargo.

Donald Trump gave embattled campaign manager a raise

 
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Donald Trump’s embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski got a raise last month, it seems.Trump’s campaign paid $75,000 in February to Lewandowski’s firm, Green Monster Consulting, new Federal Election Commission filings show. That’s up from the $40,000 the Republican presidential candidate paid to the firm in January.

Obama and Castro call for end of Cuba embargo

 
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HAVANA — The 54-year economic embargo of Cuba needs to end, President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro said Monday, so the economic ties between the two nations can improve.

Donald Trump's sister, like son, receives threatening letter

 
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Donald Trump's older sister, federal appeals court judge Maryanne Trump Barry, received a threatening letter in Philadelphia on Friday, one day after the GOP front-runner's son received a suspicious piece of mail containing white powder, authorities said.

President Obama touches down in Cuba, launching history-making visit

 
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HAVANA — The wheels of Air Force One touched down at Jose Marti International Airport for the first time ever at 4:19 p.m. Sunday, kicking off a history-making presidential visit and breaking decades of tense relations with communist Cuba.

Donald Trump's spending on White House race nears $25 million

 
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Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman, remains the biggest financial investor in Donald Trump, the front-running candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Cubans feel excitement, suspicion as Obama visit nears

 
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HAVANA — As President Obama prepares to land in Cuba on Sunday evening, the first visit to Cuba by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years, Cubans are brimming with a combination of excitement and trepidation.

Anti-Trump protester punched, kicked at Tucson rally

 
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FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — Violence once again marred a Donald Trump campaign event Saturday as the Republican front-runner rallied thousands of supporters at two stops ahead of Arizona's presidential primary.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

On campus, March 20

 
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1. University of Virginia student Otto Warmbieris facing a nightmare: 15 years with hard labor in a North Korean jail. Detained by North Korea since January for trying to steal a political banner from a hotel — he said he wanted it as a trophy for a church member in Wyoming,  and charged with subversion by North Korea’s Supreme Court on Wednesday,

World switches off lights for Earth Hour

 
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In 178 countries and territories around the world Saturday, millions of people are switching off their lights for Earth Hour, an annual event to highlight the global threat from climate change.

Supreme Court fight and presidential election to dominate Sunday talk shows

 
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WASHINGTON — The presidential election and the fight between Republican Senate leaders andPresident Obama over filling the Supreme Court vacancy will dominate Sunday's political talk shows.

Trump rallies 'loud, noisy majority' in Arizona

 
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FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump rallied thousands of supporters here Saturday, ahead of Arizona's presidential primary on Tuesday.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Rubio: Cruz is the only conservative left in GOP race

 
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Marco Rubio hasn't endorsed Ted Cruz, but he seemed to come awfully close during a conference call with supporters this week.

Mitt Romney: I'm voting for Ted Cruz in Utah

 
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Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said Friday he's voting for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Tuesday's Utah Republican presidential caucuses.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Bernie Sanders to Sheriff Arpaio: 'Watch out, Joe'

 
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PHOENIX — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders ripped into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a rally in northern Arizona on Thursday, after facing criticism from the Clinton campaign for an encounter Sanders’ wife had with the immigration-hardliner sheriff.

Trump won by losing Ohio, expert says

 
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Donald Trump won by losing Ohio.
That's what Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang told a crowd Wednesday at Northern Kentucky University.

Fact check: Trump’s false Muslim claim

 
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Trump wrongly claimed that a Pew Research Center survey found that among the world’s Muslims, “27%, could be 35%, would go to war” against the U.S.
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