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Clinton Foundation story offers smoke, but no fire. The report from the Associated Press yesterday came with a headline designed to raise eyebrows: “More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation.” The story’s lede leaves no doubt that the AP believes it’s uncovered something resembling wrongdoing: More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money – either personally or through companies or groups – to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. The proportion is considered “extraordinary” because, well, apparently the Associated Press says so.

But right off the bat, the first sentence undercuts the provocative headline: “more than half” of those Clinton met with “outside of government” supported her husband’s charitable foundation. But at least for now, there’s no evidence of actual wrongdoing. There are, of course, broader electoral circumstances. Jill Stein is not the savior the left is looking for. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Now that Hillary Clinton has officially won the Democratic presidential nomination, chances are we're going to hear a lot more about Jill Stein.

The Green Party candidate, currently polling in the low single digits nationally, has been gunning for the support of disaffected Bernie Sanders fans, urging them to “keep the revolution going” by getting behind her own long-shot White House bid. Tuesday, she was on hand at the Democratic convention to meet aggrieved Sanders delegates, some of whom formed a small crowd around her to chant, “Bernie or Jill.” Thanks to progressive grassroots rage, she may well peel off a few percentage points of the vote come the fall, when she's expected to be on the ballot in about 47 states. Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent. Which is a pity. Let's begin with Stein's platform. Worse, though, was Stein's response during a Reddit AMA when she was asked about her party's stance on vaccines.

Donald Trump's Many Business Failures, Explained. Trump leaves some on Wall Street wary and confused. Fact-checking Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC. Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, but some of his doomsday stats are rather dubious. The Post's Fact Checker examined 25 of his key claims. Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America during his RNC acceptance speech, but some of his doomsday stats are rather dubious.

(Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, but some of his doomsday stats are rather dubious. The Post's Fact Checker examined 25 of his key claims. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) The dark portrait of America that Donald J. When facts are inconveniently positive — such as rising incomes and an unemployment rate under 5 percent — Trump simply declines to mention them. In his speech, Trump promised to present “the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper.” Crime Donald Trump This is wrong. Rep. Steve King wonders what ‘sub-groups’ besides whites made contributions to civilization.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has come under fire for saying that "Western civilization" contributed more to civilization than "any other subgroup of people," but it's far from his first time provoking controversy. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has come under fire for saying that Western civilization has contributed more to civilization than "any other subgroup of people.

" (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has come under fire for saying that "Western civilization" contributed more to civilization than "any other subgroup of people," but it's far from his first time provoking controversy. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) Rep. The group, led by Chris Hayes, was discussing the first day of the Republican national convention and Donald Trump's history of racially-loaded comments and behavior.

"If you're really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party's attention, its platform, its public face," Pierce said. Rollingstone. Indianapolis, Indiana, May 3rd, 2016, a little before 8:30 p.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz strode onstage beneath a gorgeous stained-glass relief in the city's Union Station.

The hall was doubling as a swanky bar for an upscale local hotel, and much of the assembled press was both lubricated and impatient. The primary had been called for Donald Trump more than an hour before. "God bless the Hoosier State! " Cruz glanced back and forth across the room with that odd, neckless, monitor-lizard posture of his.

A Cruz loss effectively meant ceding control of the once-mighty organization to Trump, a seemingly unrepentant non-Republican more likely to read Penthouse than the National Review. Before the vote, Cruz put it this way: "We are at the edge of a cliff, staring downward. " Now, Cruz was over that cliff, having been trounced 53 to 36 percent in his last-gasp effort to keep Trump from the nomination. Still, Cruz looked like he was ready for the "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? " The 11 states that will determine the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bring unique strengths and weaknesses to their general-election clash. But after months of polling, the Electoral College landscape on which they will compete largely mirrors the one that has determined the presidency in the past four cycles.

POLITICO's analysis of polling data suggests 11 states will determine the next president: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. All were battleground states in the previous two elections. But that doesn’t mean the map is constant: As the states’ demographics change, and the parties’ relative appeal among various groups transforms, some states move toward one party or the other over the long term.

Story Continued Below Polls show Clinton with a lead nationally, and in at least eight of the individual battleground states. In addition, there are a handful of other, nontraditional states that each campaign thinks it can put in play. Does Bernie Sanders's movement signal a new era in American politics? It's amazing to go back and watch Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign announcement.

Nearly everything about Sanders's campaign has changed since then — except for the candidate himself. There are no introductions. Sanders begins by pulling a crumpled piece of paper out of his pocket, before turning to a small scattering of reporters gathered around a makeshift podium. There's not a single Sanders supporter in sight — no banners, no "Bernie Tees" or "Feel the Bern" pins or even as much as a cardboard sign. Sanders speaks for about 10 minutes and answers a few questions before turning to walk back to the US Capitol, alone.

Washington reporters chuckled. About 14 months later, Sanders is the one routinely packing stadium-size rallies, drawing more than 20,000 people to Oakland, and getting introduced by liberal icons like former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and actor Danny Glover. On Tuesday, Sanders’s campaign crashed into the reality of his defeat. Evangelicals like me can’t vote for Trump — or Clinton. Here’s what we can do instead.

Suppose you believe the presidential frontrunners are unfit for office — so unfit, in fact, that they are a threat to the moral, political, and social fabric of our nation. For the past three decades, conservative evangelical Christians in America have felt this way about Democratic nominees, particularly because of their stances on abortion and, more recently, religious liberty. As we see it, a failure to protect the most vulnerable lives and our freedom of religion in a pluralist society is a direct threat to the foundations of that society. White evangelical disdain for the Democratic Party is borne out in our voting patterns: According to exit polls, 79 percent of evangelicals voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, 73 percent voted for John McCain in 2008, and 79 percent went for George W.

Bush in 2004. But GOP nominees have never been ideal candidates. Like many younger conservatives, I was very uncomfortable with Bush's interventionism and surveillance state. Why not Trump. Clinton turns Trump attacks up to 11. Hillary Clinton has known presidents, the Democratic front-runner told a crowd of supporters at a California rally Friday afternoon. She’s married to one, was secretary of state for another and has worked with Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes. And that, she said, is why she’s so devoted to taking down Donald Trump. Story Continued Below Less than 24 hours after shredding Trump’s foreign policy in a San Diego speech, Hillary Clinton was back on the offensive Friday, hammering the Republican nominee as unfit to hold the office of president at her second rally of the day in Los Angeles.

“President Lincoln said, ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.’ Donald Trump seems to think that divisiveness is what we need in America, when I believe that is absolutely wrong,” Clinton said. She devoted nearly her entire stump speech Friday afternoon to criticizing Trump, attacking his positions on the minimum wage, health care, abortion and income inequality, among others. 2016 Nerdcast: Trump's Libertarian nightmare. It's time for Episode 5 of the 2016 Nerdcast, POLITICO's new podcast on the race for the White House. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep into this amazing presidential race, the latest numbers that actually matter, plus backstage dope on how politics really works. We’re the kind of folks who like to spend our Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you.

(Subscribe to the 2016 Nerdcast on iTunes or download from Soundcloud here.) Story Continued Below In this week’s episode, national editor Kristin Roberts, senior investigative reporter Ken Vogel, senior correspondent Eli Stokols, senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian and campaigns editor Scott Bland discuss Trump’s gains in the polls, the possibility of a third-party candidate stealing votes from both sides, and Bernie Sanders' superdelegate problem. Feedback? 2016 Nerdcast: Trump's Libertarian nightmare. How to Explain the Sanders Campaign to an Idiot, Paul Krugman or a Clintonite in 8 Sentences. Sentence #1: If a Democratic primary candidate can win 59 percent of the Party’s “pledged” (primary- and caucus-won) delegates or more, the primary is decided by pledged delegates; if a Democratic primary candidate fails to meet that threshold, they are considered by DNC electoral processes to be a weak front-runner and the nomination is finally decided, instead, by “superdelegates” — who can express support for a candidate at any time, but cannot commit themselves to anyone (i.e., cast a binding vote for any candidate) until the Democratic National Convention in July; superdelegates are unlike pledged delegates in this regard because, while pledged delegates also do not vote until the Party’s convention, they cannot change their votes from what their state’s voting results pledged them to be — though it has been argued by some that in fact they can change their votes at the Convention, with this argument most recently having been advanced by Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008.

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Forbes Welcome. ‘Millions’ Lost Insurance. The Line: Millions of people have lost their health insurance and their doctors because of the Affordable Care Act. The Party: Republican President Obama gave ad-makers plenty of fodder last year when his promise — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” — clearly was proven false. We had said years earlier that Obama couldn’t make that promise to everyone, but the claim made headlines when Americans received cancellation notices for individual market plans that no longer met the law’s requirements. Critics of the law now say millions lost their health insurance. But that’s misleading. There is evidence that far more have gained coverage than had their policies canceled. The conservative Americans for Prosperity has made the canceled policies a theme in its advertising. Another AFP ad targeting Landrieu — and airing in January — said that “millions of Americans have lost their health care.”

But those policyholders didn’t lose the ability to have insurance. Ted Cruz' Religion Adviser Talks to God, Can Add Scripture to Bible. In early March, the Cruz for President campaign announced the formation of an official Religious Liberty Advisory Council. One of the members of Cruz’ advisory council, Bishop Harry Jackson, appears to have the official power, through his participation in a major prophetic organization associated with the radical New Apostolic Reformation movement, to add new teachings to the Bible — in a similar manner as Mormon prophet Joseph Smith’s discovery of scripture that comprises the Book of Mormon which, for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, augments and completes the Bible. Harry Jackson has been a longtime member of a group called the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders that began in 1999 under the initiative of Cindy Jacobs, who then invited C.

Peter Wagner to preside over the group. In 2008, Wagner officially passed leadership of ACPE on to Jacobs (1), with whom Harry Jackson works closely — such as in a 2007 effort to block the Hate Crimes Bill. Clinton and Sanders brawl in Brooklyn. NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders engaged in their most vicious debate yet, delivering a two-hour shouting match on the Democratic debate stage Thursday night as they brawled over Wall Street, guns, racism, the minimum wage and each other's fitness for the White House. The debate came just days before the New York primary that is expected to be a pivotal point in the Democratic race. Clinton is eager to shut the door on Sanders’ presidential bid that has inspired a populist political movement, while Sanders is trying to prove he still has a path to the nomination. Story Continued Below After weeks of rising tensions, the two rivals wasted no time firing rockets at each other.

“Does Secretary Clinton have the experience and intelligence to be president? Of course she does, but I do question, I do question her judgment. At one point during a heated back-and-forth, Clinton smiled at the audience and slyly said, “I love being in Brooklyn. “She called them out! 34 Testiest Moments From the Brooklyn Democratic Debate. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both came ready to brawl to Brooklyn's Democratic debate, hosted by CNN and local station NY1 Thursday. CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash and NY1's Errol Louis refereed the bout between the Brooklyn-born son of a Polish immigrant and the two-time junior senator from New York.

Tensions ran high for a reason: The New York Democratic primary matters this cycle, for the first time in many years. Sanders has won seven out of the the last eight contests, but needs to take New York by a broad margin to stay competitive; Clinton is still leading him by nearly 14 points, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls. Here were some of the feistiest moments of the night. 1. "We worked hard to really keep New York values at the center of who we are and what we do together.

" -Hillary Clinton taking a swipe at Ted Cruz in her opening statement 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. The GOP must stop Trump. ‘He Brutalized For You’ Hillary Clinton 2016: What’s Wrong with Hillary? “Politicized Religion” Doesn’t Explain Evangelical Support of Donald Trump. Nightmare nominee: Nobody likes Donald Trump. Not even white men. Donald Trump, Con Artist? 2016 Presidential Race: How I Know 2016 Is Already Over.

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Why won’t Clinton release the transcripts of those paid speeches? Defund Planned Parenthood and This Happens -- The Cut. Fox News plays video of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz's immigration flip-floppery. Is Marco Rubio a spineless coward or a dangerous extremist? Ted Cruz’s College Roommate Is Trolling Him HARD On Twitter And It’s Hilarious (TWEETS) Ted Cruz’s College Roommate Is Trolling Him HARD On Twitter And It’s Hilarious (TWEETS)

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Fawning over Kim Davis won’t win Evangelical hearts – or votes. 'Dark Money': Koch Brothers' Donations Push Their Political Agenda. Russia Receives Lowest Approval in World; U.S. Highest. Obama Administration Wins High Approval Ratings Worldwide. Watch ABC's George Stephanopoulos Correct Marco Rubio On President Obama's Executive Actions On Guns. All Politicians Lie. Some Lie More Than Others. Donald Trump’s transparent, misguided questioning of Ted Cruz’s religion. The Guardian. This Machine Can Tell Whether You're Liberal or Conservative. I asked psychologists to analyze Trump supporters. This is what I learned. Think by Numbers » Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs.

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What Reporter Behind Touted 9/11 Report Says About Trump’s Claims. CIA: Trey Gowdy Altered Documents To Frame Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump’s Applause Lies. Imaginary footage roils Republican race. Here's The Hateful History Of Falsely Accusing U.S. Muslims Of Celebrating On 9/11. Read Bernie Sanders's speech on democratic socialism in the United States. Bernie Sanders' Political Revolution. GOP Voted Against 7 Bills to Help Veterans. Political History. Fact check: Trump claims 100 million people looking for work.

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