Top aide to Hillary Clinton questioned by FBI in email investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Huma Abedin, a close aide to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, was questioned last month by FBI agents investigating whether classified material was mishandled on the private email server used by the former secretary of state and her aides, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Abedin was ...Read more

Mitt Romney joins list of Republicans who plan to sit out RNC convention

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Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to sit out the party's nominating convention this summer -- and he's not alone.

With Donald Trump now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, a chorus of prominent Republicans--past presidents and nominees alike -- are shunning endorsements and offering similar sentiments about ...Read more

Ryan 'not ready' to support Trump

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said on CNN Thursday that he cannot support or endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at this time.

"I'm just not ready to do that at this point," Ryan said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "I think he needs to do more to unify this party."

For months, Ryan has insisted ...Read more

Cerebral palsy campaign ad: empowering or exploitive?

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WASHINGTON -- Disability activists are split over New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's first statewide ad, which features her disabled son.

Hassan, who is locked in a contentious Senate race with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, describes how her son's diagnosis with cerebral palsy was one of the main reasons she entered public service.

"Twenty or ...Read more

Apple, Google and Facebook want more from next president

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WASHINGTON -- In an open letter to presidential candidates, 13 tech trade groups representing thousands of companies, including Silicon Valley giants Apple, Facebook and Google, outlined for the first time a technology policy agenda they'd like to see parties adopt, including backing the trans-Pacific trade deal.

Among other things, the letter ...Read more

5 former members of Congress you didn't know were running again

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats Brad Schneider of Illinois, Carol Shea Porter of New Hampshire, and Pete Gallego of Texas lost re-election bids in 2014 in a tough environment. All are running again this year, likely to be a friendlier one for Democrats. The three races are rated "Tossup" by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

But a ...Read more

Big-spending fracking family behind Cruz won't back Trump

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NEW YORK -- Add the conservative Wilks family of Texas, among the biggest spenders in the presidential race so far, to the list of donors who won't support Donald Trump in the general election.

The fracking billionaires plan to sit out the presidential race after their candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race for the Republican ...Read more

After $690 million in spending, GOP has a presidential nominee

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WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential campaigns and outside political groups spent more than $690 million to wage the battle that ended with billionaire developer Donald Trump's emergence as the party's presumptive nominee.

That's a 50 percent increase over the $460 million spent by Republican candidates and outside groups in the 2012 ...Read more

Trump risks core campaign message with fundraising flip-flop

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WASHINGTON -- Throughout the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump laid waste to a crowded field of rising stars and sitting governors by portraying himself as the only candidate who could shake up Washington, because he was the only one not taking large campaign donations.

"I can actually straighten out the country without having ...Read more

What's a vulnerable Republican to do in the age of Trump?

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WASHINGTON -- Hug him, hate him, pretend he isn't there.

Those are the choices that down-ballot Republican candidates now face with Donald Trump as the last man standing in the Republican primary for president.

Do they run away from Trump, whom the Republican National Committee has declared the presumptive nominee? That strategy risks ...Read more

Analysis: California's role in primary campaign season is muted

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LOS ANGELES -- You can't say it doesn't sting. California's role as the closing prize of the primary campaign season has been sundered by little Indiana, where a sweeping victory handed the title "presumptive Republican nominee" to Donald Trump.

Gone are visions of GOP candidates chowing down at In-N-Out, walking the beach in their oxfords, ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' money tightens as California race looms

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As Bernie Sanders looks toward California to make a defiant final stand, he is bumping up against a dilemma that his campaign has not had to confront in some time.

He is running short on cash.

In no state is money more crucial for a candidate than in California. Its sheer size, in both geography and population, makes running in the state a ...Read more

In LA, Bill Clinton lobs indirect jab at Donald Trump over Muslim ban

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LOS ANGELES -- Former President Bill Clinton, on a swing through Southern California on Wednesday, took an indirect jab at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, assailing his calls to ban Muslims from entering the country.

"Hillary, more than any other candidate in either party, has vociferously opposed this consistent ...Read more

Analysis: Cruz ran a good campaign — for 2012

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WASHINGTON -- He was the first of 17 Republicans to announce his presidential run in a commanding, preacherlike speech at a religious university.

A little over a year later, he stood in defeat in an Indianapolis ballroom, trying to contain his bitter disappointment as his wife fought back tears.

What happened in between was a tale of great ...Read more

Can California Republicans say yes to Trump?

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WASHINGTON -- Fresno resident Jonathan Keller epitomizes the challenge facing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as he seeks votes in California and beyond:

Can Trump attract enough alienated Republicans to win?

Until Tuesday, Keller had been supporting Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. He had contributed money to Cruz's campaign, ...Read more

'Never Trump' movement lives despite his Republican Party triumph

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WASHINGTON -- Now that he's vanquished all his rivals, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump faces perhaps the most daunting task of his unconventional White House run: rallying a deeply fractured Republican Party behind his candidacy.

If the immediate aftermath of the bombastic New York billionaire's dominating win in the ...Read more

In reversal, Trump to seek donations to fund campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's presidential campaign is building a finance operation that will raise money for the general election, two people familiar with the plan said.

The finance team will seek to raise money for the Trump campaign directly, as well as under the auspices of a joint fundraising committee, or JFC, with the Republican National...Read more

Donald Trump's running mate? Here are 22 possibilities

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With Donald Trump's Tuesday victory in Indiana, he now looks like a sure bet to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

The next item on his agenda: Whom should he pick as his running mate?

His decision will depend on what he hopes to accomplish with his No. 2.

Here are 22 possible candidates, bunched according to the various ...Read more

Judge allows group to dig into Hillary Clinton email server

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WASHINGTON -- A federal district court judge detailed Wednesday how a legal watchdog group can dig into the creation and operation of Hillary Clinton's private email system -- and didn't rule out a deposition of the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential front-runner.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued an order ...Read more

Republicans face a critical moment: Accept Trump as their nominee or go rogue

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans awoke Wednesday to Donald Trump as their presumed presidential nominee with an uncomfortable mix of resignation, denial and resistance that leaves the GOP in a new state of turmoil.

Party leaders pleaded for GOP unity. Governors and prominent party strategists piled on a show of support for the likely nominee. So did ...Read more