Trump and Clinton continue to struggle with unfavorable views

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When it comes to policy and their visions for America, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offer stark contrasts.

Yet with less than five months until election day, both are finding some commonality in an area that's not ideal: They're not well-liked.

More than candidates in past elections, Trump and Clinton are struggling to make voters like ...Read more

Clinton is content letting Trump dominate news cycles

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is getting trounced by Donald Trump when it comes to sheer volume of media coverage, and that's just fine with her.

The presumptive Democratic nominee and her advisers are betting that when it comes to Trump, there is such a thing as bad publicity. Their theory is that the wall-to-wall attention Trump has received,...Read more

Analysis: Rubio has big advantages, but faces many challenges in seeking re-election

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Democrats were eagerly anticipating this year's U.S. Senate race in Florida, hoping they could score a much-needed pickup. Republicans were nervous, fearing a major loss.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio upended the race and changed the political calculus when he announced -- barely 48 hours before Friday's deadline -- that he'd ...Read more

Could a Brexit sentiment sweep Trump into office?

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WASHINGTON -- The 2016 race for the White House has weathered more shocks than an old pickup truck bumping along a pothole-covered road.

Now there's Brexit, Britain's stunning decision this week to bolt from the European Union, and possibly another jolt in America's journey to the November election.

Political seismographs were busy Friday ...Read more

House Ethics Committee Clears Vern Buchanan

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WASHINGTON -- Four years after it launched an investigation into allegations of improper dealings by Rep. Vern Buchanan, the House Ethics Committee announced Friday it is dropping the case.

The committee reviewed allegations that the Florida Republican was involved with coercing a former business partner to sign a false affidavit to the Federal...Read more

Here's what Britain's vote to leave the EU tells us about the US presidential election

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WASHINGTON -- The Britons who voted to take their country out of the European Union were predominantly white, working class, older and deeply upset about immigration.

Their leaders drew scorn from the university-educated elite as nativists, borderline racists and occasional buffoons. Backing them was too risky, opponents said.

Sound familiar? ...Read more

Sanders says he will vote for Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders will vote for Hillary Clinton, he said in an interview Friday morning. But he stopped short of saying that he would embrace her candidacy.

"Yes," he said during an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump."

He added: "I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a ...Read more

Dump Trump convention effort could look to someone like Walker

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CHICAGO -- As the long-shot bid to block Donald Trump from becoming the Republican presidential nominee gains modest momentum, the movement's leaders claim they have no one specifically in mind to replace him at next month's national convention.

That doesn't mean names aren't circulating and politicians aren't subtly auditioning for what could ...Read more

Supreme Court deadlock on immigration will have far-reaching implications

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WASHINGTON -- A deadlocked Supreme Court decision that blocks President Barack Obama from granting amnesty to the parents of legal U.S. residents who are in the country illegally will deprive many of those people of the right to sign up for health insurance in California, analysts of the decision said Thursday.

Most immigrants who are in the ...Read more

Supreme Court acts, and Obama's immigration legacy takes a hit

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's dream of what he says is a more humane immigration system was quashed by the Supreme Court on Thursday with a ruling that ended a policy meant to keep families together.

The Supreme Court, on a 4-4 tie, upheld a Texas case that had stopped Obama's executive order that put off deportations of the ...Read more

Senate bares frustration with customer service of cable industry

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. senators blasted Comcast, AT&T, Charter Communications and Dish Network over millions of dollars in pay-TV billing overcharges, promotional pricing, bill haggling and other loathed customer-service practices during a hearing here on Thursday that included officials of those companies.

The hearing aired the findings of the ...Read more

Immigrant rights activists vow to keep fighting after Supreme Court deadlock

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Rosa Maria Soto ached to visit her dying mother in Sonora, Mexico, one final time. But family members worried that the immigrant rights activist who lacks legal status would not make it back across the border to her Phoenix home. A phone call from her brother -- the only one of her nine siblings still in Mexico -- was strung with tears.

"He ...Read more

In face of uproar, Philadelphia congressman resigns effective immediately

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PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah resigned his House seat effective immediately on Thursday, a day after Republican leaders balked at his plan to remain in Congress for three months following his conviction on federal corruption charges.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, the Philadelphia Democrat wrote that he had hoped ...Read more

What Justice Kennedy said in the Texas affirmative action decision

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WASHINGTON -- Colleges will enjoy leeway to practice some forms of affirmative action in admitting students, under a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that upheld a unique program put in place at the University of Texas.

Capping a long-running legal battle brought on behalf of a rejected white student, the short-handed court concluded in a 4-3 ...Read more

What Clinton and Trump need in their running mates

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump needs gravitas. Hillary Clinton needs passion.

But first, as they consider their vice presidential running mates, they need to remember time-tested rules.

First, pick someone who can survive having their entire life picked apart.

"The number one thing is having somebody thoroughly vetted so you're prepared for the ...Read more

Supreme Court upholds use of affirmative action at universities

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the limited use of affirmative action by colleges and universities that seek to enroll more minority students.

The justices, by a 4-3 vote, ruled against a white student who was turned down by the University of Texas and claimed she was a victim of discrimination because race was a factor in ...Read more

Congress didn't pass bill named for their slain daughter. Why not?

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WASHINGTON -- From her seat in the visitors gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, Missey Smith could see a poster-sized photograph of her murdered daughter, propped up on an easel.

Missey and her husband, Greg Smith, had traveled to Washington from their home in Overland Park, Kan., hoping to watch federal legislation they'd championed ...Read more

Nearly half of Sanders' supporters won't support Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- In the two weeks since Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic presidential primary, runner-up Bernie Sanders has promised to work hard to defeat Donald Trump -- but he's given no sign he'll soon embrace Clinton, his party's presumptive nominee. Neither have many of Sanders's supporters. A June 14th Bloomberg Politics national ...Read more

5 things Philly and Cleveland are doing to brace for convention mania

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WASHINGTON -- A fortress-like prison that has been the backdrop for horror movies will be opened in case of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention. The move is one of several extraordinary steps city officials in Philadelphia and Cleveland have taken to brace for the events.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to ...Read more

Analysis: Donald Trump crafts a potent message, but proves a weak messenger

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Donald Trump on Wednesday, for the first time, assembled a somewhat coherent message detailing Hillary Clinton's vulnerabilities.

He also demonstrated that he is a supremely flawed messenger.

For almost every criticism Trump leveled at Clinton, a corresponding criticism could be made of Trump:

He targeted her support for regime change in ...Read more

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