7 months ago

Obama's biggest parting gift to Trump may be the economy - CNBC

Donald Trump is heading to the White House with a pledge to revive the U.S. economy and put millions of Americans back to work.

Based on the latest economic data, much of that goal has already been accomplished by President Barack Obama. That includes Friday's employment report that showed the unemployment rate had dropped to a nine year low of 4.6 percent.

Americans voters' widespread anxiety about the economy played a major role in the 2016 election. Trump's broad promises to restore widely shared prosperity, with little policy details spelled out, helped him win what many saw as as upset victory.

The underpinnings of that popular economic anxiety, though, are well d

9 months ago

A Doctor's Assessment of Whether Donald Trump's Health Is 'Excellent'

Photo Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, spoke on Saturday at a campaign event in Colorado S

1 year ago

Politics Makes Abortion Training In Texas Difficult - NPR

Dr. Bernard Rosenfeld, 74, has not been able to find a successor to lead his abortion practice in Houston. He says younger doctors don't want to deal with the politics and protesters. Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media hide caption

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1 year ago

Cruz: I'm an outsider like Sanders

Last Updated Apr 20, 2016 12:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Bracing for a massive home-state victory by Donald Trump on Tuesday, Ted Cruz largely ignored the billionaire in a brand new speech that focused on his outsider status and a theme of hope.

While the Manhattan mogul's presence loomed large, Trump got nothing more than a veiled jab from Cruz.

"I'm so excited to share with you what America has learned over the past few months. And it has nothing to do with a politician winning his home state tonight," Cruz said without offering any congratulations.

The Texas Senator spoke at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the site of President Obama's speech 2008 on race and referenced the then freshman Senator famous "yes we can" slogan multiple times.

"Our sitting president ran on a slogan that should have been a great first step," Cruz said. "It promised us, 'yes we can.' Now it is time to take that slogan and put it into action."

Playing off that, he concluded his speech by declaring, "not only do we say 'yes we can', beginning here and now we pledge once again 'yes we will!'"

It was a relatively staid affair, with a sit-down audience and no large televisions blaring CNN. Two days beforehand the event was initially billed two days ago as an "election night watch party," which was later changed to a "Pennsylvania kickoff event"

In his speech, Cruz described the 2016 election as "the year of the outsider" comparing himself to Bernie Sanders. "I am an outsider, Bernie Sanders is an outsider. Both with the same diagnosis, but both with very different paths to healing," Cruz told the audience. That's a point that he makes occasionally at town halls but a departure from the usual Cruz speech.

Over the past week, the Cruz campaign has downplayed expectations for the New York primary. In a Tuesday interview Cruz told Fox host Bill O'Reilly that Trump "will do well in his home state. When we were in Texas, my home state, we walloped him."

He has also acknowledged that a large Trump victory in New York effectively forecloses his chances to win the nomination before the GOP convention, telling a Wyoming audience over the weekend, "We're in all likeliness going to have a battle in Cleveland."

On Wednesday, Cruz heads to Hershey, PA for a rally and on Thursday goes to Fredrick, Maryland, two Mid-Atlantic states where the campaign believes they have an opportunity to pick off more delegates.

2 years ago

Rubio: San Bernardino Attacks Represent 'Most Dangerous' Threat - NBCNews.com

GREENLAND, N.H. - Back for a very brief campaign swing through New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Friday declared that the recent California shootings signify "the most dangerous terrorist threat we've ever faced" while defending his vote against preventing individuals on the terror watch list from buying guns.

The Florida senator told a crowd gathered at New Hampshire's Seacoast Republican Women Holiday luncheon that the massacre in San Bernardino represents the most dangerous terrorist threat is because "the husband was a U.S. citizen, born here in the United States, lived here his entire life, had never ever, ever done anything radical or strange that

2 years ago

Tunisia says suicide bomber carried out bus attack claimed by Islamic State - Reuters

TUNIS Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with plastic explosive blew up a presidential guard bus a day earlier, killing at least 12 troops in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.

Tuesday's explosion on a main boulevard in the capital drove home the vulnerability of Tunisia to Islamist militancy, following assaults on a seaside tourist hotel in June and the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March also claimed by Islamic State.

One of the Arab world's most secular nations, Tunisia has increasingly become a target for militants after being hailed as a beacon of democratic change in the region since its 2011 uprising ousted autocrat Zine A