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Obama Weekly Address: Free Market, Competition Needed In Cable TV Sector

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. One of America’s greatest strengths is our free market. A thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy – it’s how we create jobs, expand opportunities, and give everybody a shot at success. It’s what has made America the strongest country on Earth. The most essential ingredient in a healthy free market is competition. But right now, too many companies are engaging in behaviors that stifle competition – like blocking new competitors from entering the market or limiting the information and options that give consumers real choice. As a consequence, the rest of us pay higher prices for lower quality products and services. Workers receive lower wages than they otherwise would. Small businesses and entrepreneurs can get squeezed out … Read entire article »

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Obama's immigration policy likely to split Supreme Court

Sean Higgins Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death isn’t likely to provide much of a reprieve for the Obama administration when the remaining eight justices hear oral arguments Monday over the legality of the Obama administration’s policy to not deport illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Even without the most conservative justice on the bench, the most likely scenario in the case, called U.S. v. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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RNC rules official warns lack of transparency could 'blow up the convention'

Daniel Chaitin A lack of transparency in the nomination process threatens to have dire consequences for the party, a member of the Republican National Committee’s committee warned Saturday. Days after Donald Trump called the GOP nomination “rigged” after Ted Cruz swept the entirety of Colorado’s 34 delegates, two members of the RNC’s rules committee debated whether the party should change the delegate rules. While members of the RNC rules committee meet this week to debate delegate rules, Randy Evans, a national committeeman from Georgia, told CNN’s Michal Smerconish that its too late in the game to start changing the rules. “There is a… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Reporter FOIAs Obama for Jon Snow info

Robert King In a bid for transparent government, or to learn about spoilers, a reporter wants President Obama to divulge the fate of popular “Game of Thrones” character Jon Snow. But when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act and the Obama administration, she knows nothing. A recent report found that the Obama administration denied a record 77 percent of FOIA requests. The move from Vanessa Golembewski of refinery29.com comes a few days after the popular HBO show’s producers said that Obama got screeners of the series. “If the president — and by extension, our government — is in possession of a file, surely that file is subject to… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Cruz sweeps 14 delegates at Wyoming convention

Curt Mills Sen. Ted Cruz won all of Wyoming’s delegates at Sunday’s GOP convention in Casper. Cruz’s victory cements a dominant performance in the state. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Kasich declares victory in Indiana delegate elections but questions remain

David M. Drucker John Kasich is declaring victory over Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in Indiana in the battle to elect loyal convention delegates. There was no way to immediately verify the Kasich campaign’s claim. The Ohio governor’s top delegate strategist declined to offer names of Kasich delegates or say exactly how many delegates are his among the delegation of 57. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Obama will stay out of bitter Democratic primary contest, White House says

Curt Mills With his party bitterly split amid a sharply contested Democratic primary fight, President has decided to steer clear of the battle, according to a report Saturday. “As the leader of the party and as the incumbent two-term president who also happens to have among Democrats and independents the highest favorable and approval ratings of any national elected official, unity is important,” David Simas, White House political director, told the Los Angeles Times. Obama appears to favor his former secretary of state and 2008 rival, Hillary Clinton, over Vermont Sen. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval endorses John Kasich

Curt Mills Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed John Kasich for president Saturday. “Under John Kasich’s leadership, Ohio’s economy has undergone an incredible transformation,” Sandoval said in a statement. “John Kasich is the only candidate in the race with a real plan to deliver results, and he is the only Republican who can defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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New Spike Lee ad aims to boost Bernie in Brooklyn

Robert King Ahead of his home state’s crucial vote Tuesday, film director Spike Lee has put together a new campaign ad urging people to support Sen. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Saudi Arabia takes Guantanamo detainees: Reports

Robert King Saudi Arabia agreed to take in nine Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a key deal as the Arab country has been very reluctant to take in detainees, according to a report in the Miami Herald. The nine prisoners had been cleared for release for years, but could not go back to Yemen due to White House policy that forbids detainees to return to that country, which is mired in a civil war, the Herald noted. The move is significant because none of the detainees are Saudi nationals. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump to New York: Stay home if you're not voting for me

Robert King Most politicians urge everyone to vote, no matter whom they support. GOP front-runner Donald Trump has a different message for people who don’t plan to support him ahead of New York’s crucial primary on Tuesday. “If you’re not going to vote for me, don’t vo examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump would leave NATO as president if countries don't pay

Robert King GOP front-runner Donald Trump is not backing off his threat to leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization if other countries don’t pay more. “We may have to leave for one day,” Trump said Saturday during a rally in Watertown, N.Y., just days before the New York primary on Tuesday. Trump said that NATO is obsolete and that members of the alliance aren’t carrying their weight. “With me, they are gonna pay or they are gone,” Trump said. NATO was formed through a 1949 treaty designed to deter the Soviet Union from invading western European states with the threat that the United States would treat an attack on any member state… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Whitman challenges Christie in presidential surrogate fight in New Jersey

Curt Mills Ohio Gov. John Kasich raised $160,000 Friday night at a New Jersey fundraiser at the home of former governor Christine Todd Whitman. Various other New Jersey state officials attended, the Bergen Record reports. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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WH 'Game of Thrones' petitioner not trying to make political statement

Joshua Axelrod Sometimes seemingly silly things are exactly as trivial as they appear. Take this recent White House petition to force President Obama, who requested and received advance copies of episodes from “Game of Thrones” Season 6, to reveal Jon Snow’s (Kit Harrington) fate before the new season premieres April 24 on HBO. Some might argue that the petition is a response to what could be perceived as an abuse of executive privilege by our commander in chief. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Boris v. Barry: London mayor slaps at Obama 'hypocrisy' for opposing Brexit

Curt Mills London Mayor Boris Johnson warned President Obama Saturday against weighing in on the British debate over whether to remain in the European Union. “I just find it absolutely bizarre that we are being lectured by the Americans about giving up our sovereignty, when the Americans wouldn’t even sign up to the International Law of the Sea, let alone the International Criminal Court,” Johnson told the BBC. The White House suggested Thursday that Obama plans next week to speak out in support of British membership in the European Union, a stance that irked the flamboyant Johnson. “They wouldn’t dream of sharing sovereignty,” Johnson… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump has an idea for whose name should go on his wall

Robert King Donald Trump mused Saturday about whether his signature wall he proposed along the Mexico border will be named after him once it is erected. “Maybe they will name it ‘the Trump Wall.’ I don’t know, I don’t know,” the GOP front-runner said during a rally Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y., ahead of the New York primary on Tuesday. Trump’s vow to build a wall, and his assertion he force Mexico to pay for it, has been a cornerstone of his campaign since he launched his bid last June. Trump said Saturday that the wall will help stem the tide of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs. “Walls work. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump finds unlikely friend in Sanders in delegate fight

Robert King Donald Trump has named an unlikely ally in his fight with the Republican Party over delegates: Bernie Sanders. During a rally in Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday, Trump mentioned his ongoing feud with the Republican Party over the process for delegate selection. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump alludes to Jim Brown's lacrosse skills

Robert King Donald Trump opened a boisterous rally in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday by commenting on how well football Hall of Famer Jim Brown played lacrosse for Syracuse University. “Jim Brown I’ve always heard was a better lacrosse player than football player,” Trump told the crowd. Efforts to appeal to local sports sentiment have become a staple of Trump’s stump speeches, with mixed results. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Clinton committee raised $33 million in 2016 first quarter

Curt Mills Hillary Clinton’s campaign committee raised $33 million in the first quarter of 2016, according to a campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission filed Friday. The campaign account, the Hillary Victory Fund, sought to expand its small donor base, perhaps as a response to Vermont Sen. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Cruz explains his new embrace of sex toys

Joshua Axelrod Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was against sex toys, but now he is for them. The Republican presidential candidate was forced to clarify his position on sex toys after a reminder earlier this week that he once advocated for a ban on dildos. On Friday, Cruz was asked by WABC’s Curtis Silwa if, as president, he would try to legally prohibit “the sale of sexual toys, dildos or anything that sexually stimulates you. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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