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Libertarians hope voter frustration with Trump, Clinton will create 'perfect storm'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton" served as a surprisingly apt soundtrack to the Libertarian Convention this weekend, where party faithful gathered in Orlando to pick a presidential ticket.

Gary Johnson, who won the top slot Sunday, opened and closed his speeches to the delegates with a pair of songs from the musical,...Read more

Trump speaks to veterans at motorcyclists' rally in Washington

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump Sunday promised better health care, a stronger military and new donations to veterans causes as he spoke at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally..

"We're not winning now ... we certainly don't win for our veterans," the presumptive Republican nominee said to thousands of motorcyclists gathered at the ...Read more

Sanders stresses importance of California primary

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders Sunday called California the "big enchilada" in his attempt to overtake Hillary Clinton and claim the Democratic presidential nomination.

Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about his chances of winning, Sanders acknowledged that he needed to do very well in the June 7 primary.

"What I want to do, and I think we ...Read more

Schwarzenegger not ready to endorse Trump, warns of extremes

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WASHINGTON ––– Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not ready to endorse Donald Trump for president.

"I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Schwarzenegger said he was convinced that both parties need...Read more

Primary will measure effect of California's voter-registration surge

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California's election officials are waiting for the answer to one question: Will the hundreds of thousands of Californians who recently signed up to vote show up for the June 7 primary?

And they are contemplating a second question: If they do, how do we keep them around?

Low voter turnout is a California tradition, born of socioeconomic ...Read more

In Bakersfield, Bernie Sanders mocks Trump

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--.Donald Trump is usually the presidential candidate who taunts his competitors, but on Saturday night Bernie Sanders gave him a dose of his own tactics.

Sanders has been trying to pressure Trump into a debate; at one point this week, Trump indicated he was interested, prompting Sanders' quick acceptance. But then Trump ...Read more

Justices asked to rule in Trump casino case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is being asked to take up a bankruptcy dispute involving the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and to decide whether to restore the health and pension benefits of more than 1,000 casino workers.

At issue is a conflict between labor laws that call for preserving collective bargaining agreements and bankruptcy laws ...Read more

Presidential candidates weigh in on the feud over Norwegian Air

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has jumped into the dispute over whether Norwegian Air International is competing fairly against its U.S.-based rivals -- and she is taking a position critical of the Obama administration.

Norwegian Air, a subsidiary of Norway-based Norwegian Air Shuttle, one of Europe's biggest low-cost ...Read more

As they convene in Florida, Libertarians hope to exploit frustration with main parties

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nicholas Sarwark, the chair of the Libertarian Party, likens his political movement to a cataclysmic chunk of space rock.

And he means that as a good thing.

Say you're a fan of the Washington's NFL franchise, as his wife is. "If you see the Cowboys and the Eagles play, you don't care who wins," he said in an interview Friday ...Read more

These Hollywood stars are crisscrossing California in an RV for Bernie Sanders

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HAYWORTH, Calif.--California is a sprawling state. And Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley, a die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter, had access to a motor home.

So this week, Woodley decided to take the RV on the road to campaign for Sanders ahead of California's June 7 Democratic primary. She invited a few celebrity friends and fellow Sanders ...Read more

Sanders says Clinton's email situation has changed

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Months after telling Hillary Clinton that Americans were "sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails," Bernie Sanders may be changing his mind.

Interviewed Friday on HBO, Sanders was asked if the furor over Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state had become large enough for the Vermont senator to reconsider his ...Read more

Wall Street pushes Dodd-Frank changes in spending bill

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WASHINGTON –– A spending bill that funds agencies that oversee the financial industry will offer Congress one of its last opportunities to undercut President Barack Obama's financial overhaul before the November elections.

Financial interests are pushing for big changes, championed mostly by Republicans, to the Consumer Financial Protection...Read more

How swing voters could swing — to Trump

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TAMPA, Fla. -- They are the people who decide elections, shun partisan labels or loyalty, and swing back and forth between the major political parties from election to election. And they have a problem.

They can't stand either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

With Clinton, they really don't like the way she used private email as secretary of ...Read more

Despite Trump's criticism, wind turbines kill fewer birds than tall buildings

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump criticized the wind-power industry this past week for killing birds. A far bigger threat is real estate developers and their tall buildings.

About 599 million birds are killed annually in the U.S. when they fly into windows, trailing only loss of habitat and cats as the top causes of bird deaths, according to the ...Read more

Analysis: Recent national polls should worry Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- In the past week, several national polls looking at a general-election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been released. Despite varying sample sizes and methodologies, the results were strikingly consistent.

Two of the more well-established polls reveal that movement toward Trump does not appear to be an ...Read more

In agricultural heartland, Trump sides with California farmers over environmentalists

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SAN DIEGO--Donald Trump waded into California's perennial water wars Friday, taking the side of agriculture and vowing to boost the state's farmers even if it means cutting back environmental protections.

"If I win, believe me, we're going to start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive, so that your job market will get ...Read more

GOP woos Marco Rubio to run for Senate re-election

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MIAMI--It's the nightmare political scenario for the five Republicans running for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat: What if Marco Rubio changes his mind and seeks re-election?

For months, Rubio denied any interest in remaining in Congress if he lost his presidential bid. Even after getting creamed in Florida's March 15 primary, Rubio insisted he...Read more

Large demonstrations as Trump speaks in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- Donald Trump was met in San Diego by hundreds of protesters, creating some tense moments both inside and outside the San Diego Convention Center.

There were a few clashes between protesters and police, but they ended quickly. Inside, Trump's talk was interrupted by protesters, who were removed.

Hours earlier, a much smaller group ...Read more

Trump: It would be 'inappropriate' to debate Sanders

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump won't debate Sen. Bernie Sanders after all.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said it would be "inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher."

"As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders -- and it would be an easy payday --I will wait to debate ...Read more

Trump pulls the plug on debating Sanders, despite promise of an 'easy payday'

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WASHINGTON -- Cable television producers' daydreams of a Bernie Sanders-Donald Trump debate were dashed Friday afternoon when Trump finally pulled out of what he called an "easy payday."

For days, the two had publicly weighed such an unusual spectacle after Trump mentioned the possibility during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show. ...Read more