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Clinton Closes in on the Magic Number

OFF TO THE RACES: Clinton is now 92 delegates away from hitting magic number

Hillary Clinton is within 100 delegates of the nomination after being projected the apparent winner of the Kentucky primary.

Sanders won in Oregon, but he needed Kentucky too in the face of criticism that he’s hurting party unification by staying in the race, Alex Seitz-Wald writes.

From the New York Times: “The close result meant that she and Mr. Sanders would effectively split the state’s delegates. Nonetheless, winning Kentucky would give her a symbolic triumph that could blunt the effect of her loss in Oregon as she turns her attention to Donald J. Trump, her likely general election opponent.”

A new WBUR poll shows it would be a tight contest between Trump and Clinton in New Hampshire.

The AP: “Donald Trump is rushing to install operatives in several states that traditionally favor Democrats, pointing to a general election plan consistent with the campaign he has run thus far: Defying conventional wisdom and political trends. The staffing expansion includes Maine, Minnesota and other places where Trump opens as the underdog, with the New York billionaire seeking to expand the electoral battlefield by drawing on his appeal among working class white voters — and probable Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton’s perceived weakness with them. Still, it is an unlikely path to the White House, through states that no Republican presidential candidate has carried since the 1980s.”

CLINTON: She earned more than $5 million in book royalties and about $1.5 million for paid speeches last year, according a financial disclosure released by her campaign.

In case you were wondering: No, Bill Clinton can’t serve in Hillary Clinton’s cabinet.

The Clinton campaign is still trying to figure out the best way to attack Trump,POLITICO reports.

Tim Kaine is at the top of the list when it comes to speculation about Clinton’s vice president, but some Democrats worry he wouldn’t be an aggressive attack dog.

“Interviews in a civil lawsuit with current and former State Department officials concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server will begin this week,” writes the Wall Street Journal.

TRUMP: From NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, Hallie Jackson and Alex Jaffe: “Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have finalized an agreement that will allow individual donors to contribute nearly half a million dollars each toward electing the presumptive nominee and other down-ballot Republicans this fall.”

He buried the hatchet with Megyn Kelly. Reach Ali Vitali’s dispatch on the big interview here.

Trump says he would talk directly with Kim Jong Un about nuclear weapons.

Dante Chinni lays out why Trump must make gains among female voters to win the White House.

Trump’s plan to fix his image is to explain past controversies, like the accusation that he mocked a disabled reporter, the Washington Post reports.

He called his financial disclosure the “largest in the history of the FEC.” It has not yet been made public.

Melania Trump told a magazine interviewer that her husband is “not Hitler.”

The New York Times Magazine has a long story on how Trump became the last man standing.

The Washington Post delves into Trump’s relationship with a Russian man linked to the Mafia.

He’ll address the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference by pre-taped video remarks, Bloomberg reports.

Trump is preparing for a convention in Cleveland that pushes traditions out the door.

SANDERS: He was defiant Tuesday in the face of criticism for the behavior of his supporters at the Nevada Democratic convention.

More, from the New York Times: “Mr. Sanders’s supporters showed no sign of backing down on Tuesday. In interviews, several threatened to disrupt the party’s convention in Philadelphia in July with protests and nonviolent disobedience over a nominating system that they say has treated Mr. Sanders unfairly. In emails, on social media and on websites, his supporters have traded advice about protest tactics and legal services in case of mass arrests.”

Dana Milbank compares Bernie Sanders to Ralph Nader.

OBAMA AGENDA: New overtime rules

The Department of Labor issued new overtime rules. From the AP: “The regulations being issued by the Labor Department Wednesday would double to $913 a week from $455 the threshold under which salaried workers must be paid overtime. In terms of annual pay, the threshold rises to $47,476 from $23,660. The rules take effect Dec. 1.”

More on the move, from the New York Times: “Once the rule goes into effect on Dec. 1, many workers will receive more pay when they work overtime, but others may end up working fewer hours if employers move to limit their time at work. In other cases, employers may decide to increase the salaries of some workers to push them over the cutoff so that the employers will not have to pay overtime or hire additional workers after limiting hours for existing employees.”

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Clinton slams Trump immigration plan in message to Hispanics

Hillary Clinton on Friday shined a spotlight on Donald Trump’s immigration plan while speaking to a group of Hispanic Christians.

During the two-minute video shown at Friday night’s National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Clinton emphasized her faith by quoting the New Testament.

She repeated her call for immigration reform while slamming Trump and his rhetoric.

“We are hearing some divisive and dangerous rhetoric in this election. We have a candidate who wants to tear families apart and forcibly deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, who calls Mexicans rapists, who talks about banning Muslims from entering the country,” she said.

“That is not who we are as a people.”

Clinton’s appeared to have been professionally produced, and she spoke in front of a wall-sized map of the world.

It was a contrast to Trump’s video shown at the conference, which was shot on a cell phone aboard his plane, with Trump reading from typed notes on a single piece of printed paper in his hand.

Trump made brief note of his immigration plan in his video, saying that “people are going to come in to our country but they’re going to come in through a process. They’ll come in legally.”

He also vowed to curb minority unemployment and stop illegal drug cartels.

Clinton stands far ahead with Hispanics in most polls. A poll from Fox News Latino released Friday showed Clinton with a 39-point lead over Trump among Hispanics.

But Clinton’s favorables among Hispanics fall far short of President Obama’s, giving Hispanic conservatives some hope.

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Clinton, Trump tailor messages to evangelical Christian Hispanics

Washington (CNN) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump used different tactics to appeal to evangelical Christian Hispanics this weekend, with the Democratic hopeful presenting a message of policy and faith while the presumptive GOP nominee tried to explain how his platform would benefit minorities.

The two messages, aired in videos presented at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, on Friday, come at a time when a new Fox News Latino poll found Clinton enjoying a nearly 40-point lead over Trump among Hispanics, a critical and growing voting bloc.

In her video, Clinton vowed to raise the minimum wage, create new jobs and offer quality education to all Americans. She talked about how she wants to pass comprehensive immigration reform, taking a thinly veiled swipe at Trump, though she didn’t mention him by name.

“You know, we’re hearing some divisive and dangerous rhetoric in this election,” she said. “We have a candidate who wants to tear families apart and forcibly deport 11 million undocumented immigrants … that is not who we are as a people.”

Clinton, a Methodist, also stressed the importance of religion, saying she’s been a “person of faith” her entire life.

“The lessons I’ve learned from my family and church guide me every day of this campaign,” she said.

In Trump’s video, which appeared to have been filmed on a cell phone on his personal plane, he spoke of how his immigration platform would help Hispanics. Strengthening borders and renegotiating trade deals, he said, would address unemployment among minorities.

“The world is taking our jobs and we’ve got to stop it,” he said in the video, looking occasionally at a paper he was holding. “We’re going to take care of minority unemployment. It’s a huge problem, it’s really unfair to minorities, and we are going to solve that problem.”

Trump did not mention religion or his controversial proposal to build a ball along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee earlier this month, Trump has begun reaching out to Hispanics in an effort to heal relations with a community that widely distrusts him.

Earlier this month, Trump was widely panned after tweeting on Cinco de Mayo, “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”

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The NHCLC is non-partisan evangelical Christian organization that represents 40,000 churches in the United States. The group’s chair, Carlos Campo, said the organization will not endorse a candidate but wanted to offer the two likely general election contenders a chance to address the group.

Original article can be read here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/21/politics/national-hispanic-christian-leadership-conference-donald-trump-hillary-clinton/

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U.S. election news: Donald Trump catches up with Hillary Clinton in latest poll after trailing for months

In an apparent indication that he is gaining more new supporters, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is now neck-and-neck with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the latest survey after trailing her for months.

According to a RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Trump now enjoys the support of 43.4 percent of voters while Clinton has 43.2.

This developed as Trump continued to make overtures toward Hispanics, Muslims, and Christians, according to CBN News.

Last week, the billionaire businessman pressed his charm campaign as he addressed the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in California by video.

“National Hispanic Christian – three great words. We are going to take care of you; we’re going to work with you,” Trump said in the recorded message.
Some prominent conservative Hispanics are now saying they would be open to reconciling with Trump if he changes his policies on immigration, according to CBN News.

Trump is also reaching out to the Muslim community after antagonising them with his controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

According to The Hill reports, Walid Phares, Trump’s national security adviser, has “quietly opened backchannels” within the community.

Trump is also expected to meet privately with key evangelical leaders on June 21 in New York City to seek their support, Time Magazine reports.

“We’ll probably have about 500 conservative, social conservative leaders, not just evangelicals, conservative Catholics, coming together for a conversation,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said.

National Latino evangelical leader Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said Trump, as well as Clinton, need to carefully address core Latino Christian values if they expect to win the Latino vote. He said these values revolve on religious liberty, education reform, and life issues.

Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), said Trump needs to convince evangelicals that he is pro-life, adding that many Hispanic evangelicals are concerned about Trump’s perceived ambiguity on this issue.

Both Trump and Clinton sent videotaped messages to more than 1,200 delegates at the NHCLC convention in Anaheim, California, this weekend.

Rodriguez revealed that many are NHCLC members are supporting neither Trump nor Clinton.

“It’s a difficult choice and life is full of difficult choices,” Rodriguez said. “And that’s where we have to engage our prayerful due diligence and make sure that we’re led by the Holy Spirit.”

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The GOP’s Supreme Court Victory On Immigration Could End Up Helping Hillary Clinton

Four years ago, Obama, seeking reelection to a second term, made Republican opposition to reform a central theme of his campaign. He ended up swamping his opponent, Mitt Romney, by almost a 3 to 1 margin among Latino voters, who now make up around 12 percent of the U.S. electorate.

Republican hopes for securing a larger share of that vote this election already seemed grim given Trump’s vow to deport the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.

Democrats were quick to assail the ruling and voice concern about the fate of the 4 million or so immigrants who were to be shielded from deportation by Obama’s executive action. But it was also clear that they believe the high court has handed them a potent weapon to spur Latinos — the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. electorate — to vote in greater numbers.

The Latino voting bloc is expected to swell to 27.3 million in 2016, up 4 million from 4 years ago.

The prospect of Clinton filling the current vacancy on the top court with a liberal-leading justice who could, potentially, protect immigration-reform programs, may galvanize those voters as well. Republicans in Congress have refused to accept Obama’s pick for the top court to fill the vacancy left by the death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia in February.

The justices’ ruling on Thursday sent the question of the legality of Obama’s program back to a Texas federal court for trial, leaving open the possibility that the matter could return to the high court on appeal at a later date.
The court’s decision “just adds fuel to the fire that’s already raging,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist. “Each of these events raises the intensity and the Latino turnout even more.”

In the wake of the ruling, immigration activists vowed payback in November’s election and staged protests on Thursday.

FIRING UP LATINO VOTERS

A recent survey by Latino Decisions, a polling firm, showed that about half of the U.S. Hispanic electorate showed greater enthusiasm to vote in 2016 as compared to 2012, with support for Obama’s pro-immigrant executive orders running high.

“We should expect similar dynamics this fall, perhaps even more so given the election is likely to determine the ideological direction of the Supreme Court,” said David Damore, an analyst for the firm.

Given Trump’s unpopularity with Latino voters, the question for many Democrats both in and outside the Clinton campaign has been less about attracting the bloc’s support and more about making sure it votes in large enough numbers to help offset Trump’s expected advantage among white voters.

The court’s decision may also help make traditionally Republican states with increasing Hispanic populations such as Arizona more competitive this election, strategists in both parties said.

Reed Galen, a Republican strategist in California, said the ruling could boost Democratic hopes in Latino-heavy battleground states such as Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.

“The issue isn’t getting [Latino voters] fired up,” Galen said. “It’s getting them to show up.”

Galen believes there is little his party can do now to mitigate the damage he believes Trump has done to its appeal among Hispanics. A Republican National Committee “autopsy” report after Romney’s defeat said it was essential for the party to broaden its appeal to Hispanic voters by embracing immigration reform.

“Trump has pushed the envelope on immigration so far for Republicans, I don’t know this is going to be any more damaging,” he said. “The barn’s already been blown up.”
But Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, a conservative advocacy group, disagreed. He said Republicans in Congress could still enact reform this year, which would ward off Trump’s deportation threat while building stronger ties with Latino voters.

“This is the quintessential green light for Republicans to put their money where their mouth is,” Rodriguez said.

Many Republicans were careful on Thursday to applaud the court’s ruling on the grounds that it curtailed what they viewed as an abuse of executive authority by Obama, without delving into the underlying immigration issues.

“The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws — only Congress is,” said Paul Ryan, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ryan supports comprehensive immigration reform.

Trump, however, went further, praising the ruling and saying the election now held the key to blocking further illegal immigration.

“The election, and the Supreme Court appointments that come with it will decide whether or not we have a border and, hence, a country,” he said in a statement. He has vowed to reverse Obama’s executive actions on immigration as president.

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: Democrats, you have failed Hispanics, too

Now that both the Democratic and Republican conventions have come to a close, it seems like an appropriate moment to take a deep breath and reflect.

We have the first woman as a presidential nominee for a major political party and a former reality TV star and billionaire political outsider who shocked the world by becoming the counterpart nominee of the other.

But remember, we said the same thing in 2008.

Eight years ago, America elected its first black president and the Democrats won majorities in both the House and Senate.

For Latinos like myself, that was a groundbreaking moment for our community as well. On election night, “Si se puede” (Yes we can), quite literally, rang out from rooftops and on street corners.

Whether or not one voted for Barack Obama, we could feel a tectonic shift in what was possible for minorities in American politics and more importantly, in American life.

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If ever there was a political mandate for real change, 2008 was it.

And yet, despite all the work this week by Democrats to cozy up to Hispanics, the fact is that in their two years of uncontested legislative majorities and a sitting Democratic president in the White House, the party leadership failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Their failure to not prioritize immigration reform resulted in a broken promise. Now, they make the same promise again, and Latinos don’t know if they can trust either party.

In a recent television interview, I explained that the Hispanic vote is not monolithic. We support aspects of the platform of both parties. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can pander to us or use us as political pawns and get away with it.

We are the fastest growing voting block in America and we are already large enough to tip the scales for either party in any election.

In 2004, George W. Bush received 44 percent of our vote, and in 2012 Mitt Romney received 27 percent, running on a conspicuously anti-immigration platform.

Today, even with Donald Trump’s deplorable rhetoric on Hispanics and his enthusiasm for building a wall, he’s only polling 3-4 points behind Romney’s 2012 totals.

These poll numbers say less about Trump’s rhetoric and more about our community’s aversion to certain aspects of the Democratic platform.

By-and-large, Hispanics are a deeply spiritual people. We have strong family values, support religious freedoms and the sanctity of life. Spiritually, I like to say that the Latino community is a mix between Pope Francis, Billy Graham and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just as rhetorical demagoguery targeting Mexicans and the lack of affirmation for the Hispanic American community builds a defacto wall between Latinos and the party of the elephant, so do the policies and platform espoused by the party of the donkey.

By supporting Planned Parenthood, objecting to charter schools and higher standards and advancing the narrative of discrimination against Christians in education via such laws as CA Senate Bill 1146 in my home state, the Democratic Party does not speak the language of Christian Latinos. Since almost all Latinos are people of faith, the fact remains, the Democrats missed their best chance to pass immigration reform.

Given all that Trump has said this election cycle, it would be easy to assume he would have close to zero support from Hispanics. What’s perhaps most amazing is that he has as much support as he does. Regardless of Trump’s behavior and rhetoric, which I’ve publicly criticized time and again, his party’s policies are more in line with our values.

This should be a wake up call to Democrats everywhere. You cannot stand opposed to our faith and you cannot fill us with empty promises.

If you want our vote, you too must earn it. If only….

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Original post can be read here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/07/29/rev-samuel-rodriguez-democrats-have-failed-hispanics-too.html

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Survey: What do Latino Leaders Think of Clinton, Trump, 2016?

A majority of Latino leaders and activists say they will vote for Hillary Clinton, though there was skepticism that her presidency would be able to bring a marked increase in Latino political power or the certainty of comprehensive immigration reform.

With the Presidential elections just a few months away, the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) conducted an online survey of close to 400 Latino opinion leaders from 31 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. In contrast to polls done of the general Latino population, this survey of this community’s leadership is the only ongoing examination of its kind of the views on the election from this important sector of Mexican, Puerto Rican and other Latino opinion leaders.

Among the most important findings:

Most (88 to 63 percent) project that the majority of Latinos will be voting forHillary Clinton for President, Even among those who are Republicans, the largest percentage, 46 percent, believe the majority of Latinos will be voting for Clinton.

The majority of Mexican and Puerto Rican and largest percentage of Other Latino opinion leaders think Donald Trump will not be able to beat Clinton in November. However, from 24-29 percent believe Trump can win the election.

Asked why they would vote for Clinton, the main reason given by the Puerto Rican and “Other” Latino opinion leaders was she was “the lesser of two evils.” Among the Mexican opinion leaders, it was more her experience in Washington, DC.

Asked why they would not vote for Clinton, the main reason they gave was that her “neo-liberal politics are too corporate-oriented.”

All three groups of Latino opinion leaders expressed great skepticism about what Clinton would accomplish for Latinos if she were elected President. On the possibility of the adoption of comprehensive immigration reform, about three-quarters were only “somewhat” or “not all that confident.”

Clinton faring well among immigrants and Hispanics

Regarding her ability to increase Latino political power through her appointments, close to three-quarters were only “somewhat” or “not all that confident.” However, they expressed much greater skepticism about the prospects for immigration reform.

As to Hillary Clinton’s selection of a non-Latino running mate as Vice President, the Latino opinion leaders were divided. The largest percentages felt that this was “a missed opportunity to diversify the ticket,” followed by the feeling that it was a “great choice for a variety of reasons.”

Large majorities of the Latino opinion leaders felt that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party were taking the Latino voter “for granted.” Only about one-third thought they were taking Latinos seriously. Even among the Latino opinion leaders who identified as Democrats, the majority (54 percent) thinks their party takes Latinos for granted.

WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 03: Democratic U.S. Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) speaks during a presidential candidates forum of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 2007 Public Policy Conference October 3, 2007 in Washington, DC. Candidates who participated in the forum spoke on the issues related to the Latino community Alex Wong / Getty Images

Asked about the credibility of the leader’s conservative Latino organizations in the Latino community, over 80 percent of the Latino opinion leaders stated either that none of them do, or they never heard of these groups. Of those most mentioned as credible were the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), Congressional Hispanic Conference and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Because of the feeling that the parties take the Latino voter for granted and the cynicism that exists about the candidate of the two major parties, the Latino opinion leaders were asked if they thought a third party would be a viable option for Latinos. Large majorities of all three groups of Latino opinion leaders felt that it was not.

More than three-quarters of the Latino opinion leaders expressed negative views about Latinos who support Trump for President. The largest percentages felt that “they are working against the best interests of the Latino community.” On the other hand, from 21-24 percent felt that |it is their right to support whomever they want.”

Trump battles to win over Hispanics

“The failure of the public school system to adequately educate Latino youth” was identified by the Latino opinion leaders as the most important issue in the Latino community. This was followed by the “high Latino poverty rate.” For the Mexican and Other Latino opinion leaders, “the broken immigration system” came in third.

Because of the issue of the massive $72 billion debt crisis facing Puerto Rico, the Latino opinion leaders were asked what they thought the political status of Puerto Rico would be in the next decade. The largest percentages, close to half, felt that its status would remain the same, as a Commonwealth. The second largest group (11-23 percent) felt that it would become an “enhanced Commonwealth.”

With the greater visibility of celebrities in this year’s Presidential race, the Latino opinion leaders were asked which celebrity has been the most effective political advocate. Most mentioned overall was Eva Longoria, followed by Rosario Dawson. For the Puerto Rican opinion leaders, their top mention was Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The full report, “Latino Opinion Leaders on the Presidential Election — August 2016,” can be downloaded for free from the website of the National Institute for Latino Policy, www.latinopolicy.org.

Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

Original article can be read here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/survey-what-do-latino-leaders-think-clinton-trump-2016-n640281

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