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Clinton's No. 1 goal for convention: clarity

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WASHINGTON -- The convention the Republicans just wrapped up in Cleveland, with its prime-time plagiarism, back-stabbing rivals and missing dignitaries, may not be a tough act to follow, but Democrats are nonetheless in a state of high anxiety as the spotlight shifts to them this week.

The party will stage its national convention in ...Read more

Sanders calls on Democratic chairman to resign after email leaks

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WASHINGTON ––Bernie Sanders called on Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign Sunday after leaks of emails showed that committee staffers helped Hillary Clinton during the primary campaigns.

"She should resign, period," Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "We need a new chair that is going to lead us in ...Read more

Obama outlines his themes for Clinton campaign

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PHILADELPHIA -- As Hillary Clinton looks to President Barack Obama to take a leading role in helping her win the White House, he offered a preview Sunday of his themes in the campaign.

Obama warned on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Donald Trump's approach to fighting Islamic State would only strengthen the extremist organization and divide ...Read more

Trump stands by his NATO comments

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PHILADELPHIA -- Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to pull back from its commitment to NATO and said the Republican leader of the Senate was wrong to call the proposal "a rookie mistake."

"He's 100 percent wrong. OK?" Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "He's 100 percent wrong if he said that."

Trump ...Read more

Responsibility was the aim of the Kaine pick

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MIAMI -- In another election, Hillary Clinton might have been tempted to choose a different kind of running mate.

She could have fired up the party base with a staunch progressive, or reinforced her own historic candidacy with another woman or a Latino.

But this is no ordinary year. And Clinton's choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine reflects how ...Read more

Trump says he prevented Cruz from being 'ripped' off convention stage

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump said he prevented Ted Cruz from being ripped off the Republican National Convention stage by entering the Cleveland arena as hundreds of angry delegates lashed out at the Texas senator.

"You know what, he's lucky I did it," Trump said in an interview to air Sunday night on Showtime's "The Circus."

"I walked in ...Read more

A locked office, getaway car and secret flight: The final steps in picking Clinton's running mate

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It was early evening Friday, when four of Hillary Clinton's top aides, including campaign chairman John Podesta, snuck out of her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, using a freight elevator to avoid being seen.

The four traveled 15 miles to the airfield in Teterboro, N.J., rather than one of the region's larger commercial airports, where they ...Read more

Kaine debuts as Clinton's running mate in Miami rally

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MIAMI -- Tim Kaine made his first appearance as Hillary Clinton's running mate Saturday, taking the stage at Florida International University with the soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee in bilingual Miami so he could show off his Spanish.

"Bienvenidos a todos," he said. Turning to Clinton, he added: "We're going to be companeros del ...Read more

The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus is having a huge year

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WASHINGTON -- Staring down racial tension, gun violence and police misconduct issues across the country, G.K. Butterfield is playing a reserved but active role in Washington, D.C., as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

His caucus colleagues in the U.S. House say Butterfield, a Democrat from the small town of Wilson, N.C., is ...Read more

Senate Democrats fret over Republican campaign spending

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are worried about the heavy spending of Republican-aligned outside groups in some key Senate races, concerned that a GOP edge in spending has added an unexpectedly steep barrier to their path back to the Senate.

More concerning still for party strategists is the belief that the cash gap shows no signs of shrinking...Read more

Rep. Loretta Sanchez implies Obama endorsed Senate rival because they are both black

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LOS ANGELES -- Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez said in an interview with a Spanish-language television station that she believes President Barack Obama may have endorsed rival Kamala Harris in California's U.S. Senate race because they are both black, injecting a dose of racial politics into a historic contest that in November will elect the ...Read more

Analysis: Kaine pick won't help Clinton win over anti-Wall Street critics

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WASHINGTON -- If Hillary Clinton is looking to show the Democratic Party's liberal wing that she's ready to be tough on Wall Street as president, her choice of running mate may not help much.

In selecting Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia over progressive favorites such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Clinton is ...Read more

In VP pick, Clinton chooses a 'happy warrior'

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WASHINGTON -- In the end it was Tim Kaine's biography that led Hillary Clinton to choose him as her running mate over possible contenders who are bolder, younger, more diverse or close to her family.

Kaine, 58, a senator from the battleground state of Virginia who was one of Clinton's earliest supporters, offers the Democrat what she wanted in ...Read more

Crime experts counter Trump's scary talk

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WASHINGTON -- As Richard Rosenfeld listened to Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, a couple of recent crime trends the candidate cited were immediately familiar.

Trump told convention delegates and millions of Americans watching on TV that homicides in the nation's 50 largest cites are up 17 percent and that ...Read more

Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, Va. senator and former governor, as her running mate

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Hillary Clinton has tapped Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, adding a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience to the Democratic ticket.

Clinton's choice of Kaine, 58, reflects her calculation that voters with doubts about both her and Republican nominee Donald Trump will respond to a doubling-...Read more

Trump planning to fund super PACs aimed at taking down Cruz, Kasich

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump plans to create and fund super PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party's convention this week, a source familiar with Trump's thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday.

The plan ...Read more

Trump says he doesn't want and wouldn't accept Ted Cruz's endorsement

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CLEVELAND -- Fresh off his marathon Republican convention acceptance speech, Donald Trump looked backward Friday, rekindling his feud with onetime chief rival Ted Cruz.

Trump, in classic style, essentially said he couldn't care less that Cruz declined to endorse him in a dramatic snub at the convention.

"I don't want his endorsement," Trump ...Read more

Donald Trump says he won't accept Cruz endorsement if it comes

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CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump said Friday he'd reject Ted Cruz's endorsement if he makes one.

"He'll come and endorse, but I don't want his endorsement," Trump said Friday as he thanked supporters in a downtown Cleveland hotel. "Stay at home, Ted, relax."

Hours after accepting the presidential nomination, Trump spent much of a victory lap ripping ...Read more

With Pence in spotlight, Indiana delegates campaign to replace him

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CLEVELAND -- It's been a momentous week for Indiana Republicans.

The state where Donald Trump clinched the nomination in May got another big moment in the limelight with the official nomination of Gov. Mike Pence as Trump's running mate Wednesday night.

As ecstatic as Hoosier Republicans have been this week, the state's delegates have also ...Read more

Political chaos may keep K Street busy during congressional lull

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WASHINGTON -- Most lobbyists loathe Donald Trump, but they may thank the Republican presidential nominee for helping them scare up business during Congress' extended hiatus.

Battles over spending bills, an update to chemical regulatory laws and a measure to spur biomedical research helped fill K Street coffers during the first half of the year,...Read more