Federal judge rules Ohio can purge inactive voters

Voting stickers are seen as voters cast their ballots for the Ohio primary at Saint Columba Social Hall in Youngstown, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Ohio's secretary of state was within his rights to strip thousands of inactive voters from the rolls, rejecting a legal challenge by civil liberties activists who claimed that the purge disenfranchised minorities and the poor. The decision by U.S. District Judge George C. Smith in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union could impact the presidential race in Ohio, a key swing state seen as potentially pivotal in the Nov. 8 election. No Republican has won the White House without carrying Ohio.

Obama blasts isolationism, with Trump in sights

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama (R) pose during the North American Leaders Summit on June 29, 2016 in Ottawa, OntarioUS President Barack Obama warned against isolationist tendencies in America and elsewhere, calling it "the wrong medicine" to fix legitimate concerns about globalization. While Obama did not mention Donald Trump by name, he took a clear swipe at the Republican presidential candidate's heated anti-trade rhetoric during a "Three Amigos" summit with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. "Even if we wanted to we can't seal ourselves off from the rest of the world," Obama said in a speech to the Canadian parliament after trilateral talks.

Obama: Trump's rhetoric is xenophobic, not populist

U.S. President Obama addresses Parliament in OttawaBy Roberta Rampton OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is tired of hearing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump described as a populist. The Democratic leader, who has made no secret of his dislike for the wealthy businessman's rhetoric, closed a news conference in Canada on Wednesday with a long riff on what makes a leader qualified for the "populist" mantra. Trump did not meet the criteria, Obama said, without mentioning the Republican by name.

Trump's opposition to trade deals fuels internal party opposition

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage at a campaign rally in BangorBy Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's scathing criticism of his stance on trade, highlighting divisions within the Republican Party that threaten unity ahead of the Nov. 8 election. At a campaign rally in Maine on Wednesday, Trump called the nation's largest business association "controlled totally by various groups of people who don’t care about you whatsoever." He said new trade deals should be negotiated because foreign countries are taking advantage of America. "Every country that we do business with us look at us as the stupid people with the penny bank," Trump said Wednesday at the rally in Bangor, Maine.

North America leaders mount strong defense of trade despite threats

Mexico's President Pena Nieto, Canada's PM Trudeau and U.S. President Obama shake hands at the North American Leaders' Summit in OttawaBy Roberta Rampton and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada, the United States and Mexico on Wednesday mounted a fierce defense of free trade, vowing to deepen economic ties despite an increasingly acrimonious debate about the value of globalization. U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also took swipes at U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has vowed to renegotiate or scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if he wins November's election. "The integration of national economies into a global economy: that's here, that's done," Obama told a news conference at the end of a summit dubbed the "Three Amigos".

Brit indicted in botched attempt to shoot Trump in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British man who authorities say tried to grab a police officer's gun to shoot presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Las Vegas campaign rally was indicted Wednesday on federal criminal charges that, together, could get him up to 30 years in prison.

Oklahoma teachers fight education cuts by winning elections

Mickey Dollens poses for a photo with one of his campaign signs in the library at U.S. Grant High School, where he used to teach English, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Dollens said he decided to run for the state House in Oklahoma to fix what he saw as problems the GOP-controlled Legislature was inflicting on education. Then the 28-year-old got laid off as a result of state-imposed cuts to public schools. Dollens won his Democratic primary with more than 90 percent of the vote and now advances to face a Republican in November. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Inner-city high school English teacher Mickey Dollens was fed up with low pay and cuts to public education, so he decided to run for the state Legislature to fix the problem.

Obama to campaign with Clinton, Trump shrinks gap

US President Barack Obama and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton pictured at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in 2012President Barack Obama will campaign with presumptive Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton for the first time next Tuesday, as a new poll shows a tightening race with Republican Donald Trump. The Democratic pair is scheduled to visit Charlotte, in the swing state of North Carolina, where they will "discuss building on the progress we've made and their vision for an America that is stronger together," Clinton's campaign said in a statement Wednesday. Obama endorsed Clinton on June 9 after months of assiduously avoiding tipping the scales of the Democratic presidential primaries.

Cleveland to spend $9.5M on insurance for GOP convention
A city of Cleveland panel on Wednesday authorized spending nearly $10 million to purchase $50 million in insurance to protect the city against claims during the Republican National Convention after a consultant ...

U.S. farm groups discuss policy with Clinton staff, pursue Trump

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall discussion with digital content creators in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. agriculture groups are pushing for continuing talks with the presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential nominees in an effort to influence their farm policy positions as a slump in crop prices squeezes the sector's profits. It was the farm coalition's first meeting with Clinton's staff and included discussions of issues ranging from agricultural trade and labor to mandatory labels for foods containing genetically modified ingredients, attendees said on Wednesday. The meeting was the start of a push by the sector for more details from Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump about their stances on issues affecting farmers and agribusiness.

Mexico president explains comparing Trump to Hitler, Mussolini
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has previously likened U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, said on Wednesday he only drew the comparison as a reminder of the devastation wreaked in the past. Speaking at a press conference alongside U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, who have gathered in Ottawa for the "Three Amigos" summit, Pena Nieto warned of the dangers of populism in a globalized world. "Hitler, Mussolini, we all know the result," he said when asked to explain the comparison.

Trump Time Capsule #30: Cracks in the Vichy Coalition?

Trump Time Capsule #30: Cracks in the Vichy Coalition?Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the foreground, with other members of the Republican Senate leadership: (from left) John Barrasso, John Thune, and John Cornyn. This isn’t a picture of McConnell with his party’s presumptive nominee, because if such a photo exists, Google doesn’t know about it. (AP photo)

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