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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

After federal corruption conviction, Fattah to resign

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PHILADELPHIA--U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania told fellow Democrats Wednesday he intended to resign from Congress following his federal conviction on corruption charges and ahead of an apparent Republican-led effort to expel him.

A source close to the congressman said Fattah hoped to remain in office until just before his Oct. 4 ...Read more

Why the Clinton Foundation and foreign money are an issue

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WASHINGTON -- The Clinton Foundation, long overshadowed as a campaign issue, is in the spotlight and likely to remain a billion-dollar question mark there.

The operation has done countless acts of good, helping millions get HIV/AIDS treatment and delivering healthier food to schools, for example.

But it financed that work in part with tens of ...Read more

On day of Rubio's announcement, a new super PAC is created in Florida

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WASHINGTON -- Does Marco Rubio's Senate campaign already have an accompanying super PAC?

The Federal Election Commission reported Wednesday the creation of the Florida First Project, a new super PAC that listed a Tampa address.

The timing of the group's creation will raise eyebrows, given that it came on the same day the Florida Republican ...Read more

Trump echoes heard in 'Brexit' vote and across Europe

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WASHINGTON -- It's the Donald Trump agenda gone international: Fed up with immigration and trade deals that don't seem to help create jobs, British voters will decide Thursday whether to leave the European Union.

The vote signifies much more than whether Britain exits, though. It's a crucial chapter in an unfolding worldwide political drama, ...Read more

Clinton brushes off Trump's attacks with a sigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hillary Clinton offered a determined rebuttal Wednesday to Donald Trump's scathing speech, calling his attacks baseless and a sign that perhaps she had "gotten under his skin."

She defended the work of her husband's post-presidential foundation, an occasional source of controversy since she launched her campaign.

"The Clinton ...Read more