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Ex-Texas official: Trump U probe dropped due to politics

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. Paxton moved June 3, 2016, to muzzle a former state regulator who says he was ordered in 2010 to drop a fraud investigation into Trump University for political reasons. Paxton's office issued a cease and desist letter to former Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection John Owens after he made public copies of a 14-page internal summary of the state's case against Donald Trump for scamming millions from students of his namesake real estate seminar. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton moved Friday to muzzle a former state regulator who says he was ordered in 2010 to drop a fraud investigation into Trump University for political reasons.

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Ex-Alabama governor says House speaker asked him for a job

Judge Jacob Walker swears in former Alabama Gov Bob Riley during the Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on Friday, June 3, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP, Pool)OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's pleas for help finding work — including emails to his political mentor— took center stage Friday as prosecutors continued trying to prove the Deep South Republican violated a state ethics law he once championed.

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Trump defends attacks on Mexican-American U.S. federal judge

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to a campaign rally in Redding, CaliforniaBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defended his attacks on a Mexican-American judge on Friday, resisting pressure from top Republicans to moderate his tone out of concern he is hurting his chances to win the White House. Trump's bomb-throwing rhetoric helped him defeat 16 Republican rivals for the party's nomination for the Nov. 8 election. Feeling confident his method has been a winner, Trump so far has waved off some of the advice from Republicans who support him but want less loose talk.

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The Atlantic Daily: Trump v. Curiel, Jobs Report Woes, FIFA’s Bonuses

The Atlantic Daily: Trump v. Curiel, Jobs Report Woes, FIFA's BonusesWhat We’re Following: “An Absolute Conflict” Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump escalated his attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, calling on the judge to recuse himself because he is “of Mexican heritage,” Trump said Thursday night. Curiel is presiding over the Trump University class-action lawsuits; he is from Indiana.

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Kansas looks at shuffling funds to close new budget gap

Kansas is looking at shuffling funds within state government to cover a projected short-term, $45 million deficit before its current budget year ends on June 30, an aide to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback ...

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Mexican flag, seen at Trump protests, has long history in US

FILE - In this May 31, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York. Trump is getting increasing attention for his abusive stance toward judges as well as his professed disregard for the rule of law, the Constitution and separation of powers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a flag seen at many protests against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It also can be spotted at immigration rallies, on murals in cities with sizeable Latino populations and at Mexican National team soccer games held on U.S. soil.

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Clinton opens up double-digit lead over Trump nationwide: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after speaking at a "Women for Hillary" event in Culver City, CaliforniaBy Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has opened up a double-digit lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, regaining ground after the New York billionaire briefly tied her last month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. The shift in support comes as Clinton steps up her attacks on the real estate mogul's policy positions, and as Trump fends off criticisms of his eponymous university and the pace at which he doled out money that he raised for U.S. veterans. Some 46 percent of likely voters said they supported Clinton, while 35 percent said they supported Trump, and another 19 percent said they would not support either, according to the survey of 1,421 people conducted between May 30 and June 3.

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Kerry: video cut ‘clumsy and stupid and inappropriate’

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was stupid, clumsy and inappropriate for someone to edit the video of a State Department briefing in 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday as two U.S. lawmakers demanded information about the incident. ...

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