Trump moneyman’s shady history

Trump moneyman’s shady historyOne of six vice-chairs of the “Trump Victory Leadership Team,” a joint fundraising effort announced Tuesday by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal charges involving bribes paid to top New York State officials. Elliott Broidy, a Los Angeles venture capitalist, was charged with showering nearly $1 million in gifts and favors on state officials as part of a scheme to win more than $250 million in state pension investments for the venture capital firm he then headed, Markstone Capital. Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications director, dismissed questions about Broidy’s background, comparing it to that of New York investment figure Steve Rattner, a top Democratic moneyman who held a recent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and was caught up in the same “pay for play” scandal.



At unruly N.M. rally, Trump goes after GOP Gov. Martinez

At unruly N.M. rally, Trump goes after GOP Gov. MartinezAt a raucous rally in Albuquerque featuring tumultuous protests both inside and out, Donald Trump hurled invective at opponents Democrat and Republican alike.



Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex case

Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex caseShe called him "Mr. Cosby" and considered him a trusted friend and mentor. But 20 minutes after Bill Cosby offered her three blue pills and told her to take them with the wine he had set out, ...



Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

In this undated and unknown location photo, the new leader of Taliban fighters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada poses for a portrait. The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul. (Afghan Islamic Press via AP)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.



Prosecutors to seek death penalty in S. Carolina church shooting

Dylann Roof attends a hearing at the Judicial Center in CharlestonDylann Roof, 22, is accused of opening fire on June 17 during a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.



Trump, Clinton win Washington state's presidential primaries

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday.



Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

A protestor of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a burning T-shirt as hundreds of people protest outside a rally for Trump in Albuquerque, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades.



Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks in East Los AngelesBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders has remained steadfast in his long-shot battle with Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, even though he lags her in the delegate count with only a few state contests remaining. The divisiveness among the Democrats stands in contrast to the Republicans, whose party leaders are slowly rallying behind Donald Trump, their presumptive nominee.



Judge: Law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2008 file photo, voters line up outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections for early voting in Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Michael Watson ruled Tuesday, May 24, 2016, that a law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional, after the state's Democratic Party and other plaintiffs sued over Republican-backed changes to voting rules in the presidential battleground state. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving a series Republican-backed voting changes in the presidential battleground state.



O'Reilly and Scarborough to Trump: Enough with the Clinton conspiracies!
Conservative commentators are cautioning Donald Trump not to give fuel to conspiracy theories and sordid controversies that have long swirled around Bill and Hillary Clinton after the presumptive Republican nominee called a former White House aide’s suicide “fishy” and released an Instagram ad featuring audio recordings of the former president’s accusers. “I’m not sure it’s a good thing to do that,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told Trump on Monday night, hours after the Instagram ad was posted. The brash billionaire said he only did so to counter Hillary Clinton’s attacks on him.

US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an election official checks a voter's photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas. A federal appeals court is set to take a second look at a strict Texas voter ID law that was found to be unconstitutional last year. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Whether a strict Texas voter ID law should be struck down, upheld, or, perhaps, adjusted is now up to 15 federal appeals court judges.



Donald Trump faces key test in New Mexico

Donald Trump faces key test in New MexicoDonald Trump’s ability to unite a splintered Republican Party faces another crucial test Tuesday as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee makes his first visit to New Mexico, the most Hispanic state in the nation and where Latino Republicans have condemned his harsh rhetoric on immigration and other policies. The snub comes as Martinez, a longtime Trump critic who backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary, has notably refused to line up behind the presumptive Republican presidential nominee even after GOP leaders have called for the party to unify behind him.



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