Trump looks to lower the boom on Cruz in Indiana

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CHICAGO -- Ted Cruz has described Tuesday's Indiana primary as "the one thing that stands between us and plunging over the cliff." The Texas senator and others trying to block Donald Trump from the Republican presidential nomination may be about to fall in.

The outcome in Indiana, where balloting across two time zones will end at 7 p.m. Eastern...Read more

California ballot lets incumbents define themselves

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WASHINGTON -- With congressional job approval hovering in the low teens, giving incumbents the opportunity to choose three words to describe themselves, and to refer to their current office, might seem like asking them to choose the words for their tombstone. But it's a biennial tradition for the California delegation.

In the Golden State, ...Read more

New study: Anti-Trump ads don't work on men

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WASHINGTON -- Why have the millions spent on TV ads against Donald Trump yet to slow down his presidential campaign? The answer may be men.

Evolving Strategies, a Republican data and analytics firm, recently tested the effectiveness of four anti-Trump TV ads ahead of Indiana's primary. The results showed a deep split between the sexes.

Three ...Read more

Down-ballot Republicans brace for chance of sharing Trump's ticket

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WASHINGTON -- New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte may soon have a problem, likely a common one for GOP senators who, like her, are up for re-election in November. His name is Donald Trump.

"She can't embrace him and win in November," said Fergus Cullen, the former chairman of the state's Republican Party. "She can only do so much to distance herself ...Read more

Some high-profile politicians won't 'endorse' candidates they vote for

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When New York held its recent presidential primary, Rep. Peter T. King was quite specific about his sentiments: He voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but that didn't mean he was endorsing his candidacy.

"If I thought that John Kasich had a viable chance, I'd come out and endorse him," the Republican lawmaker said on MSNBC, in effect tossing a ...Read more

Cruz's faltering campaign shows the risks of depending on a few wealthy donors

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WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz, in his outsider's bid for the White House, has depended heavily on the largesse of just three wealthy donors to establish credibility and stay afloat during a chaotic nominating process that killed off most of his rivals.

Now, at perhaps the most desperate moment in his quest to win the Republican nomination, Cruz is ...Read more

Jury selection starts in corruption trial of Pennsylvania congressman

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PHILADELPHIA –– More than 250 prospective jurors were called Monday as lawyers in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial began picking the panel that will start weighing his fate later this month.

The start of jury selection, which will resume Tuesday, came six days after the 11-term congressman, who sought re-election, lost the ...Read more

Clinton promises help for coal miners in Eastern Kentucky

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ASHLAND, Ky. -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton promised help Monday for an area of Kentucky hit hard by job losses in the coal and steel industries.

On the first day of a two-day visit to Appalachia dubbed her "Breaking Down Barriers" tour, Clinton touted her $30 billion plan to help coal workers and pledged to curb the ...Read more

Hillary Clinton visits coal country

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ASHLAND, Ky. -- The steel mill here shut down recently, costing 600 jobs, as China dumps cheaper steel on the market. The coal mines have been slowing down production for years as renewable energy gains traction. And Democrats who used to win elections in this patch of Appalachia are losing to Republicans.

So when Hillary Clinton arrived here ...Read more

Indiana's GOP primary may be the last call for Ted Cruz

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The city has just had two fierce battlegrounds: NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" was competing downtown. So were Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

The political endurance test is likely to end more quickly than the fitness one. Maybe Tuesday, when Indiana Republicans are poised to all but end Cruz's White House bid and send Trump on an ...Read more

Cruz mounts go-for-broke campaign in California

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LOS ANGELES -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is mounting an organizational blitz to win over California's most committed Republican activists, part of a do-or-die effort to deny Donald Trump a win in the state with the largest number of delegates and force a contested convention.

Cruz's campaign is counting on victories in Indiana, which votes Tuesday, ...Read more

Supreme Court justice blasts California's death penalty as flawed

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WASHINGTON -- A Supreme Court justice on Monday blasted California's slow-moving death penalty process, but that was not enough to save convicted murderer Richard Delmer Boyer.

In a passionately worded solo dissent, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer said California's systemic capital punishment problems were sufficiently serious to consider Boyer'...Read more

Who will win Indiana? Five views point to Trump, Clinton victories

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NEW YORK -- Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, following resounding wins in New York and several northeastern states over the past two weeks, are creeping ever closer to the magic delegate numbers they need to clinch their parties' presidential nominations (1,237 for Republicans, 2,383 for Democrats). Indiana, whose primary voters ...Read more

Supreme Court turns away challenge to California's death penalty system

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court, over a dissent from Justice Stephen Breyer, turned down a challenge to California's death penalty system from an Orange County murderer who said that waiting decades on death row results in "psychologically inhumane stress."

His appeal pointed to what it called the state's "dysfunctional" system of capital ...Read more

Who might Trump pick as VP? Some possible candidates

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WASHINGTON -- With Donald Trump on the verge of possibly winning Indiana's pivotal primary and having more of a case to proclaim himself the Republican Party's presidential nominee, Sen. Ted Cruz made a last-ditch effort to stop Trump's momentum by announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

So now the question is: Who would run with Trump? ...Read more

Cruz puts faith in ground game to stop Trump in Indiana

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If Ted Cruz is to slow Donald Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination by closing a gap in polls and defeating the billionaire in Indiana's primary on Tuesday, he'll need conservatives such as Catherine Lanctot of Indianapolis.

Lanctot, 59, has been making phone calls to voters at Cruz's Indianapolis office most days during the ...Read more

Clinton zeroes in on Trump, Republicans as Sanders vows fight to the convention

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NEW YORK -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' refusal to cede any ground in the Democratic presidential race to all-but-certain nominee Hillary Clinton is being treated more as a distraction than a threat by a campaign trying to solidly focus on Donald Trump and the general election.

"We cannot let Barack Obama's legacy fall into Donald Trump's ...Read more

Missing from 2016 race: sense of urgency over US budget gaps

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WASHINGTON -- In almost every stump speech, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich mentions his six years on the House Budget Committee and his work to produce a budget surplus. He brings a national-debt clock to town halls. He talks about his responsible stewardship of Ohio's finances as governor, too. And that's the only state he's won....Read more

Trump's job-saving pledge greeted with skepticism in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS -- It was bad news just begging for a politician's promise to make it better -- 1,400 jobs at a Carrier Corp. plant in Indianapolis eliminated, with production moving to low-wage Mexico.

Now, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a "100 percent" guarantee that if he's elected the factory will remain open, a pledge...Read more

In a down-on-its-luck Oregon mill town, the savior they're waiting for is Trump

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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. -- He used to wake her up nights, shouting out his terror in the dark, his tattooed biceps continuing their clench-and-spasm dance long after a shift feeding cedar logs into the endless maw of the lumber mill.

In his nightmare, Keven Jones pushed the logs into neat rows, but as he dreamed, the logs started to tumble. They ...Read more