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McCain on tape: Trump damages my reelection hopes

(Politico) Publicly, John McCain insists Donald Trump will have a negligible effect on his campaign for reelection. But behind closed doors at a fundraiser in Arizona last month, the Republican senator and two-time presidential hopeful offered a far more dire assessment to his supporters.

“If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” McCain said, according to a recording of the event obtained by POLITICO. “If you listen or watch Hispanic media in the state and in the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump. The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I've never seen in 30 years.”


More Red States Embrace Obamacare, As Long As You Don’t Call It That

(HuffPo) Presidential candidates and other national politicians throw around a lot of rhetoric about health care reform, but the real action is happening in conservative state legislatures across the country.

Red state governors and lawmakers are deciding what health care for low-income people and those with disabilities delivered through Medicaid, the joint federal-state health benefit program, will look like in the post-Obamacare era.


SPLC: The Trump Effect

(Southern Poverty Law Center) Every four years, teachers in the United States use the presidential election to impart valuable lessons to students about the electoral process, democracy, government and the responsibilities of citizenship.

But, for students and teachers alike, this year’s primary season is starkly different from any in recent memory. The results of an online survey conducted by Teaching Tolerance suggest that the campaign is having a profoundly negative effect on children and classrooms.

It’s producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.


US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

(Washington Post) The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws.

The Obama Administration agency on Wednesday put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that that state officials must confirm by Monday that they will not comply with or implement the law called House Bill 2.


Rolling Stones Ask Trump to Stop Playing Their Songs

(Associated Press) The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.

In a statement Wednesday, the rock band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and "have requested that they cease all use immediately."


Samantha Bee Demolishes Ted Cruz with a Single Tweet

Full Frontal ‏@FullFrontalSamB

Shouldn't #TedCruz have been forced to carry his unviable campaign to term?


Andy Borowitz' post on Facebook

BREAKING: Fiorina Sets Personal Speed Record for Destroying Organization


So this is really happening.

We're actually going to see Donald Fucking Trump as a major party nominee, with--strictly on paper, mind you--a 50% chance of obtaining the presidency and most powerful position in the world.

Donald Fucking Trump, a classic NPD egomaniac with zero elected experience and an awful business record.

Donald Fucking Trump, a man with a third grade vocabulary and someone who feels it necessary to pick Twitter fights with Rosie O'Donnell...

MowCowWhoHow III

Ted Cruz is ending his presidential campaign

Patrick Svitek @PatrickSvitek

Just in: @TedCruz is ending his presidential campaign, campaign manager Jeff Roe tells me.


Former top McCain aide: I’ll vote for Clinton over Trump

(MSNBC) A former top aide to Sen. John McCain says he will support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in November as both candidates appear close to locking down their parties’ nominations.

Mark Salter was for years McCain’s closest aide, serving as strategist, speechwriter, Senate chief of staff and biographer to the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. But now, Salter says he’ll break with the Republican Party if it nominates Trump and vote for Clinton instead.

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