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Donald Trump's bizarre California GOP convention entrance was like 'crossing the border'

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BURLINGAME, Calif. -- The Donald Trump campaign made a wild and indelible debut Friday in Northern California, as hundreds of sign-waving protesters clashed with police and blocked Trump's motorcade, forcing the Republican front-runner to duck in a hotel back entrance in a bizarre scene carried on live television.

Roiled by the real estate ...Read more

Trump urges California GOP to unite behind him amid raging protests

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BURLINGAME, Calif.--Undeterred by protesters who nearly blocked his way into a California Republican convention, Donald Trump called on the party Friday to unite behind him even as he lashed out at what he portrayed as its corrupt system for picking presidential nominees.

Police in riot gear were unable to stop egg-tossing demonstrators who ...Read more

Analysis: California's GOP could suffer consequences of Trump's virulent anti-immigration message

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BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Donald Trump's emphasis on illegal immigration has propelled his presidential campaign to the threshold of winning the Republican nomination, but it risks huge collateral damage to a California state party that has worked to distance itself from the immigration wars of two decades ago.

Trump emphatically defended, in a ...Read more

Trump said to lack plan for fundraising, running mate vetting

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WASHINGTON -- On the cusp of the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has no blueprint for raising the estimated $1 billion he'd need to take on the Democrats and no process in place to begin vetting vice presidential contenders, according to multiple people familiar with the campaign.

He says he has no plan to win a contested convention in ...Read more

Bernie Sanders drops lawsuit against DNC

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WASHINGTON--The campaign of Bernie Sanders has dropped a lawsuit it filed in December against the Democratic National Committee, after the national party cut off its access to crucial voter data.

The move came Friday as the DNC released its independent investigation of the breach, which confirmed much of what was already known about the event. ...Read more

Workers wonder whether Sanders' fight for them will really help them compete

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Union steelworker Doug Fuller came here for a rally to protest plans to close a Carrier Corp. plant here and move jobs to Mexico. But Fuller has his own troubles: His plant in Granite City, Ill., has been temporarily shut down by U.S. Steel because of a bad market, idling more than 2,000 workers.

"It's coming back, is what they'...Read more

Clinton hiring staff in battleground states for general election

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NEW YORK -- Democrat Hillary Clinton's shift toward the general election campaign moved up a level Friday with the hiring of top staff members in three battleground states, the firmest signal yet that her campaign views the primary fight with Bernie Sanders as over.

The hiring of state directors in Florida, Colorado and New Hampshire -- three ...Read more

Cruz needs Indiana's evangelical voters, but do they need him?

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Ted Cruz is all about the evangelical vote, but in Indiana, it's not proving to be a big help.

Not even with Gov. Mike Pence, a hero of the religious right, announcing Friday he was backing the Texas senator.

Cruz's strong ideological position on religious liberty helped propel him to victory in Iowa and gain support in other ...Read more

Pentagon official criticizes Benghazi panel information requests

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WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon official complained that the Republican-led House committee investigating Hillary Clinton's response to the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks has launched a "crescendo" of new demands for interviews and other information that the Defense Department considers unnecessary.

Committee staff have threatened to subpoena some ...Read more

Trump's wins have Republicans moving from denial to acceptance

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress are past denial and anger. Some haven't quite given up on bargaining, still dreaming of a contested convention.

But after Trump's dominance in Tuesday's five-state presidential primaries, most are moving through depression toward acceptance.

Now, those finding themselves at ...Read more

How Zika could bite the GOP

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WASHINGTON -- It could take just one pesky mosquito bite to pit the public against Senate Republicans.

At least, that's what one of the GOP senators involved in drafting supplemental legislation to address the response to the Zika virus is saying.

"I think if you have one case of Zika infection that, you know, we could have done something ...Read more

Trump protesters could bring unintended consequences for GOP race

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LOS ANGELES -- The protests outside Donald Trump's rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Thursday night appear to point to an upcoming month of activism by Latinos and others as the GOP front-runner tries to seal the presidential nomination in the state.

Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Trump ...Read more

Supreme Court refuses for now to block Texas voter ID law

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has refused for now to block a strict voter identification law in Texas that critics say will make it harder for as many as 600,000 registered voters who lack driver's licenses to cast a ballot this year.

The justices turned down an appeal from civil rights lawyers who said the court should put on hold the ...Read more

Protests rage outside Trump rally in California; 17 arrested, police car smashed

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.

Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the ...Read more

Psst! Don't tell a soul I live in Greenwich and I went for Trump

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BOSTON -- To Donald Trump supporters in Greenwich, Conn., it's a hush-hush world, except for the brave few like Jim Campbell.

When he extolled the virtues of a Trump presidency at a political dinner a couple months ago, Campbell, a successful real-estate man, knew he was a rarity in Connecticut's GOP circles: a local committee leader willing to...Read more

What 8 years of Senate votes reveal about Clinton

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WASHINGTON--Now that her dominance of the Acela primaries has moved Hillary Clinton's nomination to the cusp of mathematical certainty, millions of voters will soon start looking for evidence to shape their judgment about her this fall.

The eight years Clinton spent in Congress produced an ocean of information that might help predict how her ...Read more

Republicans still planning to party in Cleveland — even if there's convention drama

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans want lobbyists and politicians to know there's plenty of opportunity to party this summer at their national convention in Cleveland. A 39-page guide for those who want to host soirees boasts that the city's Wonder Bar has the largest whiskey collection downtown. If that's not exclusive enough, the Alley Cat Oyster Bar (...Read more

Trump touts his anti-immigration plans at protest-marred event in Southern California

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Donald Trump put his roughest edges on display Thursday night in Costa Mesa as he opened his California primary campaign with a raw performance highlighting his hard-line views on illegal immigration and torture while trashing an array of rivals.

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination surrounded himself on stage with people ...Read more

Would Trump be least 'presidential' president ever?

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WASHINGTON -- Lyndon Johnson once pulled up his shirt and jacket to show reporters the scars from his gall bladder surgery.

Andrew Jackson's parrot got booted from his funeral for squawking obscenities, or so the legend goes.

The definition of acting "presidential" -- for denizens of the White House and even their pets -- has, at times, been ...Read more

Indiana looms large in GOP race, but Trump also focuses on the grand prize: California

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BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Even as he wages an epic battle in Indiana to smother rival Ted Cruz's candidacy, Donald Trump set off Thursday for Orange County and the Bay Area, underscoring California's crucial role in deciding whether the celebrity real estate developer becomes the Republican nominee for president.

Trump's landslide wins this week in...Read more