Thursday, April 28, 2016

New York Times: Bernie Sanders to Cut Hundreds of Staff Members and Focus on California

By Yamiche Alcindor, Apr. 27, 2016, New York Times

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Battered by four defeats in Tuesday night’s primaries, Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off hundreds of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning the June 7 California primary.

The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after Hillary Clinton’s victories widened her delegate lead and left her all but certain to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Despite the changes, Mr. Sanders said he would remain in the race through the party’s summer convention and stressed that he hoped to bring staff members back on board if his political fortunes improved. But political experts say the layoffs signal Mr. Sanders is beginning to accept that he will not be the Democratic nominee and is now focused on pulling the party toward a more progressive agenda.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fox News: Trump completes 5-state sweep; Clinton beats Sanders in most Super Tuesday III contests

By Fox News, April 27, 2016

Donald Trump completed a five-state sweep in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primaries, strengthening his shot at avoiding a contested convention – while Hillary Clinton scored convincing victories but was denied the same bragging rights of a primary sweep by a surprise Bernie Sanders win in Rhode Island.

Of the two front-runners, Clinton – who won four states Tuesday – remains closer to clinching the nomination. She now has nearly 90 percent of the delegates needed to secure the party nod, even as Sanders vows to keep fighting.

On the Republican side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich still can potentially hold Trump under the 1,237 delegates he needs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cal WatchDog: Trump surges in key CA primary

By James Polous, Apr. 19, 2016, Cal

Fulfilling analysts’ growing expectations and leaving some Golden Staters in disbelief, California has emerged as perhaps the most decisive contest in the contest for the Republican nomination. The June 7 primary looms at a moment when Donald Trump, battered and flustered by a Ted Cruz ground game that has netted big delegate wins for the Senator even in states where Trump had performed well, has now leaped out to an intimidating lead in many new state polls, including California.

In short order, all three remaining GOP candidates will have descended on California. Each has a speaking slot at the state party spring convention. “Trump will speak at a lunch banquet the opening day of the state convention in Burlingame, on April 29,” the Sacramento Beereported. “Kasich will speak that evening, followed by Cruz the next day.” Expectations have already ratcheted up. In his first rally in state this month, Cruz predicted that California would “decide the Republican nomination for president.”

CNN: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton win big in New York

By M.J. Lee, April 19, 2016, CNN

New York (CNN)Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched huge wins in New York Tuesday night, resoundingly answering questions about their command of the race and moving both front-runners much closer to their nominations. 

For Trump, the win means he could sweep the state's 95 delegates and potentially position himself to win the GOP nomination without going through a contested convention in July. Clinton's win, meanwhile, could blunt Bernie Sanders' momentum once and for all.

The biggest question for Trump going into the night was whether his margin of victory would be high enough to clinch most of New York's 95 delegates. CNN projects Trump will clear the 50% threshold to take all of New York's 14 statewide delegates. He will need to win majorities in each of the state's 27 congressional districts to win all of the remaining delegates.


C-SPAN: Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Buffalo, New York

Monday, April 18, 2016

Breitbart: Mothers Whose Children Were Killed by Illegal Immigrants to Testify Before Congress

By Caroline May, April 18, 2016, Breitbart

A day after the Obama administration argues for an extension of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants before the Supreme Court, the mothers of victims murdered by illegal immigrants will appear before a House panel to call for tougher immigration enforcement.

Tuesday, Michelle Root, the mother of Sarah Root — a recent college graduate who was killed by an illegal immigrant (now on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Most Wanted List) — and Laura Wilkerson, the mother of Josh Wilkerson — who was tortured and killed by an illegal immigrant — will testify before the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee.

“Not everyone is a DREAMer or a valedictorian – there are criminals motivated by malice and a conscious disrespect for the law,” Subcommittee Chairman
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said in a statement announcing the hearing. “But these losses are preventable, and it should not take the tragic death of another innocent life for this administration to begin enforcing our laws.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Breitbart: 45 Percent Of Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax

By Dr. Susan Berry, Apr. 13, 2016, Breitbart

An estimated 45.3 percent of Americans are paying no federal income tax for the year 2015.

The number of households in the United States that pay no federal income tax, in fact, has been rising steadily. Data from the Tax Policy Center show that, in 2011, 74.8 million Americans paid zero federal income tax or had a negative income tax rate, which means they received benefits from the federal government via programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit, in addition to having to pay no taxes. In 2015, 77.5 million will do the same.

Monday, April 11, 2016

SNL: Hillary Clinton Addresses Her Losing Streak Cold Open

Sunday, April 10, 2016

CNN: Clinton, Sanders to meet for Brooklyn debate, April 14

By Brian Stelter, Apr. 5, 2016, CNN

(CNN) Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have agreed to meet for a Democratic debate on CNN and NY1 on April 14, five days before a crucial primary election in New York state.

The debate will take place in Brooklyn and will be moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, who led two GOP debates earlier this election season.

Top aide: Sanders hopes to win nomination at conventionCNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 political anchor Errol Louis will join in the questioning of the candidates.


    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    CNN: Cruz win moves GOP closer to contested convention

    (CNN)Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin Republican primary Tuesday, boosting his effort to blunt Donald Trump and moving the party closer to a historic contested convention.

    Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, won the Democratic primary, inflicting a tough loss on front-runner Hillary Clinton and racking up his sixth win of the past seven state contests.

    Cruz's victory, however, complicates Trump's drive toward the 1,237 pledged delegates he needs to capture the Republican nomination outright before the convention in Cleveland. It follows a rough week for Trump on the campaign trail that included missteps on abortion and controversial comments on national security.


    Monday, April 4, 2016

    NBC/WREX13: Dr. MLK Jr. assassination anniversary

    By Ericka Wilson, Apr. 4, 2016, NBC/WREX 13

    ROCKFORD (WREX) - Today marks 48 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King JR. The civil rights icon was in Memphis, Tennessee to support a strike by sanitation workers when he was gunned down at the Lorraine Motel--just after 6 p.m., on April 4, 1968.

    A bullet struck him in the neck while he was standing on a balcony. Dr. King was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later. He was 39 years old.

    Riots erupted in more than 100 cities around the U.S. in the days after his death. A small-time criminal named James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to Dr. King's murder in 1969, but later recanted his confession.

    Subsequent investigations found Ray guilty.


    Boston Globe: Trump calls on Kasich to drop out of GOP primary

    By Jose A. DelReal, Apr. 3, 2016, Boston Globe

    MILWAUKEE - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the GOP nominating contest, accusing him of siphoning away potential Trump voters and telling reporters that he expressed his displeasure while meeting with Republican National Committee officials last week.

    ‘‘All he’s doing is just, he goes from place to place, and loses, and he keeps running. Well, why doesn’t Marco Rubio do that? Why doesn’t Jeb Bush do that? Why didn’t all of them do that?’’ Trump told reporters on Sunday. ‘‘Now if he wants to go and have his name put in nomination in the convention, he can do that. He doesn’t have to run and take my votes.’’

    ‘‘Because he’s taking my votes. He’s not taking Cruz’s votes. He’s taking my votes,’’ Trump said.

    The real estate mogul stopped by Miss Katie’s Diner here in Milwaukee on Sunday. The quaint 1950s-themed restaurant has hosted several presidential candidates in the past.

    Sunday, April 3, 2016

    CBS: Donald Trump: Don't change abortion laws

    By Jake Miller, April 1, 2016, CBS News

    Update:Trump campaign communications manager Hope Hicks released a statement to CBS News late Friday clarifying the candidate's comments.

    "Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now --until he is President," Hicks said. "Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here."

    Donald Trump said Friday that he believes the laws regulating abortion should stay as they are, but he doesn't disagree with the proposition that abortion is murder.

    The GOP front-runner lit a fresh controversy this week with his shifting responses to a question on abortion policy. He said during an MSNBC town hall on Tuesday that he'd like to see the practice banned, and that women who undergo it should face "some form of punishment."