<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 13:32:50 -0500Tue, 31 May 2016 13:32:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Calif. Gov. Backs Clinton]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 10:54:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gov-jerry-brown-generic.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he plans to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week in the state's presidential primary election.

Brown said a vote for the Democratic front-runner is the "only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." Brown made the announcement Tuesday morning in a post on his website titled, "An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents."

Brown said he is "impressed" with Clinton's rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but called on Democrats to unite around Clinton.

"For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda," said Brown, who waged his own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992. "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee.

"Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump."

Clinton is 72 delegates away from the magic number needed for a majority of delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Both Democratic candidates made campaign stops last week in California, hoping to rally support ahead of next week's primary. Sanders spent Memorial Day in the Bay Area with a stop in Emeryville planned for Tuesday as he looks to close Clinton's 2-percentage point lead in California.



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<![CDATA[Protesters Interrupt Sanders Rally]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 10:49:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0530-2016-BernieProtest.jpg

Animal rights protesters jumped barricades at a Bernie Sanders rally late Monday in Oakland, California, accusing the candidate of falling short in his efforts to fight "factory farming."

The Democratic presidential hopeful was addressing supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall when five people in their 20s and 30s hopped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium before Secret Service agents escorted them away. Agents also surrounded Sanders.

The group identified itself as the Bay Area-based "Direct Action Everywhere," or DXE. Spokesman Zachary Groff, 24, said "roughly two dozen members of the animal liberation network" were present at the rally.

The group claims to have participated in demonstrations in 152 cities worldwide, including at least four other Sanders rallies.

Groff identified the five group members as Ashley Johnson, of New York City; Rebecca Muniz, of Berkeley; Matt Johnson, of Iowa; Aidan Cook, of Denver; and Amy Halpern-Laff, of Berkeley. They were detained for an hour or two, Groff said, and released without charge.

Video appears to show a Secret Service agent striking one of the barricade jumpers several times with a night stick. Groff identified that person as Johnson, whom he said suffered a bloody wound on his hand.

Although Sanders is, in many ways, the most progressive candidate campaigning, the group says he is not progressive enough when it comes to animal issues.

"Sanders claims to oppose 'factory farming,' but what he hides is that virtually all farms in the United States, including farms he supports, are essentially factory farms," said Groff, a Yale University graduate who is moving to Berkeley. "This was a success. We got the whole country talking about animal rights. You can't really be progressive and oppose animal rights."

Activists were not protesting Sanders himself, Groff said, but were trying to pull him in a more progressive direction. The group gave Hillary Clinton higher marks for releasing a campaign platform on animal issues, although the Democratic front-runner also "stops far short of what activists would like to see," Groff said.

Activists said they expect Sanders, "the progressive candidate, to support more radical action to provide animals not just with improved conditions but with legal rights to be free from harm."

The brief scuffle didn't seem to deter Sanders.

"We don't get intimidated easily," the candidate said afterward.

The crowd of about 20,000 was otherwise mostly peaceful. They cheered when Sanders donned a Golden State Warriors cap and told the crowd why he would be the best option for Democrats come November.

"In virtually every state and national poll, we do much better than Trump than Secretary Clinton does," he said.

But Sanders faces an uphill battle, as his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton is about 70 delegates away from clinching the nomination. A large number of those are superdelegates who could change their minds, and that's what Sanders and his supporters are banking on. Sanders believes a win in California, a state with 475 delegates, would be a giant first step in the right direction.

"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win and win big," he told the gathering in Oakland.

Supporters aren't giving up either.

"He should stay in to the very last minute," said Joshua Harris, who was at the Oakland rally. "He should stay in as long as he can."

Another Sanders supporter, Jeff Nibert, agreed: "If California can send a message to the country next Tuesday, that would be a shocker around the world."

 



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<![CDATA[Sanders Attends Warriors Game]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535938760_594_screen.jpg

Dub Nation meet Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic presidential hopeful wore a yellow Golden State Warriors hat prior to addressing supporters at a rally late Monday at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza. Sanders has been campaigning in California ahead of the states' June 7 primary.

"Thank you Oakland!" Sanders said to cheers to launch his address. "First thing I need to know is do I have the right hat?"

Sanders' question was met with roaring cheers from the crowd.

"Does this guarantee me the California primary?" Sanders then asked the crowd before chuckling and taking the cap off.

Authorities said 20,000 people attended the rally.

After the rally, Sanders attended Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

More on Sanders' Oakland visit.



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<![CDATA[ Libertarian Party Chairman Hopeful Strips on Stage, Live TV]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LibertarianConvention-AP_428138676168.jpg

A candidate for chairman for the Libertarian Party stripped his clothes on live TV before dropping out of the race on Sunday, NBC News reported. 

James Weeks was supporting the vice presidential campaign of Derrick Grayson when he took off his suit, shirt and tie and danced around, according to video of the convention broadcast by C-SPAN.

He then said, "I'm sorry; that was a dare," and said he was abandoning his own campaign for party chairman. 

The convention, which was contested, had to go to a second ballot before the Libertarians nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as its presidential ticket.



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<![CDATA[Sanders Doesn't Say No to Hypothetical Clinton VP Slot]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 18:13:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BernieSandersMTP.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he won’t rule out the possibility of being Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

"Here we are in California, I'm knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. "What happens afterwards, we will see. But right now, my focus is on winning the nomination." 

Sanders said California is important to win more pledged delegates than Clinton, but also said he will “do everything I can” to ensure Donald Trump is defeated. The onus, he said, was on Clinton to convince his supporters why they should back her.

"If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, it is her job to reach out to millions of people and make the case as to why she is going to defend working families and the middle [class], provide healthcare for all people, take on Wall Street, deal aggressively with climate change. That is the candidate's job to do."



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<![CDATA[Sanders Warns Clinton on Running Mate Pick ]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:40:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-sanders.jpg

Vermont Bernie Sanders warned democratic rival Hillary Clinton that her pick for running mate will be critical to winning over his supporters going into the general election.

During an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders said told Chuck Todd that Clinton needs "a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process and create a large voter turnout."

Asked whether Virginia senator Tim Kaine, who's rumored to be on Clinton's short list, is the kind of running mate he's recommending, Sanders said, "I really like him very much," but declined any further speculation.



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<![CDATA[Texas' Super Delegates Rally Behind Clinton]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:01:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-27-17h58m48s225.jpg Super delegates are only on the Democratic side of the race to the White House, there are 712 of them and 29 are in Texas. So far, they are rallying behind Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics May 29 2016]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:50:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trans+Bathroom.jpg On May 29, 2016 "Lone Star Politics" - State Rep. Matt Shaheen talks about the "bathroom bills" he plans to propose in the TX legislature. Steve Rudner of Equality Texas responds. Arlington city councilman Robert Rivera talks about the measure to build a new billion dollar ballpark in Arlington.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Arlington's 2nd Billion Dollar Stadium]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:53:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052716_LSP_Arlington_Stadium_1200x675_694417475913.jpg Are Arlington taxpayers ready to partially fund a second billion dollar sports stadium? City councilman Robert Rivera says yes.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Bathroom Battles]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:51:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/bathrooms.PNG On May 29, 2016 "Lone Star Politics" - State Rep. Matt Shaheen talks about the "bathroom bills" he plans to propose in the TX legislature. Steve Rudner of Equality Texas responds.

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<![CDATA[Sanders to Hold Rally in SoCal]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:46:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-533816796.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied in San Pedro Friday on the sixth day of his Southland campaign ahead of California's June 7 primary election.

"I tell you it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics,'' Sanders told the union-dominated crowd of about 1,000 people at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. "We need a political revolution.''  

Sanders used the speech to again criticize presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and criticize corporate greed.

"A moral economy is not an economy where CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, ship our jobs abroad and take away health care from their workers,'' he said. He added later, "Our ideas are the future of this country. Let's stand up. Let's fight for them."

Sanders was also scheduled to be interviewed on the HBO talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday.

The 74-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who would be the nation's first Jewish president, spoke at a rally Thursday at Ganesha High School in Pomona and appeared on the ABC late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live.''

Sanders' opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was in Oakland Friday in what her campaign describes as "a community discussion on breaking barriers and increasing opportunity.''

Following last week's Kentucky and Oregon primaries, Sanders holds 1,539 delegates, trailing behind front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is only 78 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination.

City News Service contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[Trump to Rubio on Senate Re-Election: 'Run Marco!']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:31:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-rubio.jpg

Donald Trump is encouraging "Little Marco" to run for re-election in Florida. 

After weeks of aggressive attacks and name calling during the GOP primary, Trump and Marco Rubio have called a truce, of sorts, NBC News reported. 

Rubio recently came to Trump's defense on Twitter, saying the protesters at Trump's rallies are "professional" and not violent, as he claims the media puts it. And now, Trump, who once said Rubio couldn't get elected "dogcatcher" in Florida and called him "Little Marco," is urging his former rival to keep his Senate seat.

"Poll data shows that @marcorubio does by far the best in holding onto his Senate seat in Florida. Important to keep the MAJORITY. Run Marco!" Trump tweeted. 

On CNN Thursday afternoon, Rubio said he wants "to be helpful" to the GOP presumptive nominee and will release his delegates to vote for Trump. Rubio also said he would be willing to speak on Trump's behalf. 



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<![CDATA['Death Fell From the Sky': Obama at Hiroshima]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:22:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16148362560935.jpg

Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Friday, using the moment to call for a world without nuclear weapons, NBC News reported.

Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama spent a short time at the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Museum and then placed a wreath at the arched monument at the memorial park.

Obama reflected on the day "death fell from the sky and the world was changed," telling a gathering of survivors and officials that a "wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."

Obama did not apologize for the U.S. actions and instead paid tribute to "all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war," saying that "their souls speak to us" and "mere words cannot give voice to such suffering."



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<![CDATA[USSS Employees Disciplined for Violating Congressman's Privacy]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:51:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_784902619993.jpg

More than 40 Secret Service employees were disciplined for improperly accessing information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz last year, NBC News reported. 

One employee resigned, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday. Other punishments ranged from letters placed in personnel files to 45-day suspensions without pay. None of the disciplined employees were identified due to federal privacy laws.

The Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security apologized to Chaffetz, R-Utah, who led numerous inquiries into alleged misconduct by the agency. 

Chaffetz tried, unsuccessfully, to join the Secret Service in 2003. A report found that the 41 Secret Service employees accessed his job application more than 60 times, even though there was no need for inquiries.

Johnson said he was "appalled by the episode," which he said "brought real discredit to the Secret Service."



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<![CDATA[Judge Blocks Release of Video, Audio of Mills in Clinton Deposition]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:50:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CherylMills-AP_16141516465226.jpg

A federal judge granted a request Thursday to block the release of video from an upcoming deposition of Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff at the State Department, NBC News reported. 

Cheryl Mills is scheduled to be deposed Friday by lawyers for conservative group Judicial Watch. The group is inquiring into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. 

Mills’ lawyer said Wednesday that the former staffer had no objection to transcripts, but she was concerned that parts of video could be taken out of context by political groups. They asked that video or audio be withheld.

"The public has a right to know details related to the creation, purpose and use of the clintonemail.com system. Thus, the transcripts of all depositions taken in this case will be publicly available," U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan wrote in an order. 

Federal rules authorize a court to protect a people involved in a case "from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression or undue burden or expense," the judge said.



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<![CDATA[Trump Looks to RNC for Ground Game]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:27:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrump-AP_16147730321347.jpg

Donald Trump said he believes the Republican National Committee will help him in his ground game and his plans to turn 15 blue states red, NBC News reported. 

"As far as building the infrastructure for campaign, the RNC has been doing it for many years, Reince [Priebus, the RNC chairman] has really upped it, all over the country, and part of the benefit is that we get to use those people," Trump said Thursday, noting they were staffing themselves but suggesting that the RNC could build a ground game better than he could in just a few months. 

The RNC has historically helped in the campaigns of presidential candidates, but they’re also helping Senate and House elections as well. So could the RNC do the majority of planning for Trump’s ground game? 

"No," former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said. "Those duties and responsibilities have to be split." 

Trump’s staff told The Associated Press that teams are being sent into 15 states by the end of May. While a Trump campaign source who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity said that plan is “non-existent,” Trump’s spokesperson declined to discuss staffing or offer any information about new hires.



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<![CDATA[Trump Reaches the Magic Number to Clinch Nomination]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:22:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump-GettyImages-533099798.jpg

Donald Trump on Thursday secured the number of GOP delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, NBC News has confirmed.  

Trump passed the 1,237 mark after unbound delegates from North Dakota pledged their support for him. NBC News declared Trump to be the presumptive Republican nominee after his GOP rivals dropped out of the race in early May.

There are still 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7. Trump will not officially become the nominee until he accepts the nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July.



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<![CDATA[Obama: Trump Candidacy Has 'Rattled' World Leaders]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 06:35:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_AP_16147347596862.jpg

President Barack Obama said world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump and have a good reason to feel that way, NBC News reported. 

Speaking at a news conference while at the G7 meeting in Japan, Obama said the American presidential election is being "very" closely watched abroad. He told reporters that "it's fair to say" world leaders are "surprised" Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.

"They are not sure how seriously to take some of this pronouncements but they're rattled by him — and for good reason, because a lot of the proposals that he's made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude," Obama added.

The president also suggested Trump's controversial proposals were more about "getting tweets and headlines" than "actually thinking through" what's needed to keep America safe or the "world on an even keel."



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<![CDATA[No 'Decision' or 'Timeline' Yet on Trump Endorsement: Ryan]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:30:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PaulRyan-AP_16140578310835.jpg

House Speaker Paul Ryan has not yet decided whether to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

"I haven't made a decision," Ryan told reporters in an off-camera briefing Wednesday. "I don't have a timeline in my mind." 

A spokesperson for Ryan shot down accounts that an endorsement was imminent.

Ryan announced earlier this month he was “not ready” to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee. But he says his team is working closely with Trump’s campaign, saying the two staffs meet “virtually every day.”



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<![CDATA[Waybourn Defeats Anderson in Tarrant Co. Sheriff Runoff]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:56:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/waybourne+anderson.jpg

Former Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn won Tuesday's Republican Party runoff for Tarrant County sheriff over four-term incumbent Dee Anderson.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Waybourn captured 17,684 votes to Anderson's 14,521 votes.

"People were going to decide on a vision and not a name," Waybourn said at his election returns watch party Tuesday night. "We think they have decided on a new vision for Tarrant County."

Anderson has been sheriff for 16 years and was seeking his fifth term.

Neither candidate captured more than 50 percent of the vote in the March 1 primary – Anderson got 48.9 percent while Waybourn got 40.67 percent.

"We think that the primary was about name recognition," Waybourn explained. "Three months later, peope are looking for the difference between the two people, and when they walked in there (the voting booth) today, they knew who they were going to vote for and why they were going to vote." 

LIVE RESULTS: Follow the returns from Tuesday's runoff elections

There is no Democratic Party candidate running for Tarrant County sheriff in the Nov. 8 general election.

According to the Libertarian Party of Texas' website and the Tarrant County Elections Administrator, Max W. Koch III is a candidate for sheriff in Tarrant County. Koch will face off with Waybourn in November's general election. The winner will be sworn in next January.

It's possible other political parties that hold conventions instead of primaries could submit candidates for the sheriff's office as well, according to Tarrant County Elections.

Waybourn is well known for instituting the first mandatory blood draws for drunken driving suspects when they refuse breathalyzers, while Anderson gained notoriety in the Arlington Police Department when he launched the Amber Alert System for missing children.

Other runoff races to watch Tuesday included the Republican contest for State Board of Education District 9; Republican contests for sheriff in Dallas County, Johnson County and Kaufman County; the Republican contest for Texas House of Representatives District 33 – which includes parts of Collin and Rockwall counties; the Republican contest for Texas House of Representatives District 64 – which includes much of Denton County; and both the Democratic and the Republican contests for Texas Railroad Commissioner.

See complete results of Tuesday's runoff elections – searchable by locality, candidate name or office – by visiting the Lone Star Politics page.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Calls Trump a 'Bully' Who Threatens Economy]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 16:36:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clinton5232332734.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a speech to union workers in Detroit on Monday, railed against Republican Donald Trump on everything from wages and immigration to paid family leave.

"He could bankrupt America like he's bankrupted his companies," Clinton warned during remarks at the Service Employees International Union's annual convention. "Ask yourself: how could anybody lose money running a casino? Really."

Clinton also unleashed on the presumptive Republican nominee for his charged rhetoric, NBC News reported.

"We need a president who will use the bully pulpit to stand up for working families. But the last thing we need is a bully in the pulpit," Clinton said to big applause.

Clinton said Trump's plan to deport more than 11 million undocumented immigrants would not only affect union families, but also the many Latinos she's met across the country who are concerned about what a Trump presidency could mean for them.



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<![CDATA[Obama Hits Highest Job Approval Since 2013: Poll]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-533205868.jpg

President Barack Obama enjoys the highest approval from Americans since his second term began, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Fifty-one percent of registered voters say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 46 percent who disapprove. Obama's approval rating remains dismal with self-described Republicans, who disapprove of his performance by an 88 percent to eight percent margin.

But Americans haven't always been so pleased with him. His approval rating sunk as low as 40 percent before the 2014 midterm elections but subsequently rebounded, particularly since primary voting in the 2016 presidential race got underway at the beginning of this year.

The president's relative political strength could be a significant boon for Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 candidacy is largely focused on preserving key aspects of his Democratic policy-making.



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<![CDATA[Gore: Trump's Climate Change Stance Is Concerning]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 08:53:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519674944.jpg

Former vice president and climate change activist Al Gore is concerned that a potential Donald Trump presidency could roll back progress in the fight against climate change.  

"He has said some things on the climate crisis that I think should concern everyone,'' Gore said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show. 

Trump has called climate change a hoax created by China.

In the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore used charts and graphs to make the connection between increasing carbon emissions and the changing climate.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the film's release on Tuesday, Paramount is offering free downloads of it on Amazon, XFINITY on demand, iTunes and other digital retailers.



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<![CDATA[Poll: Clinton's Lead Over Trump Shrinks to 3 Points]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 11:39:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump+Clinton+.jpg

Hillary Clinton's advantage over Donald Trump has narrowed to just three points, resulting in a dead-heat general-election contest with more than five months to go until November, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The Democrat Clinton gets support from 46 percent of registered voters, while the Republican Trump gets 43 percent. In April, Clinton held an 11-point advantage over Trump, 50 percent to 39 percent, and had led him consistently by double digits since December.

In a more hypothetical matchup, Democrat Bernie Sanders leads Trump by 15 points, 54 percent to 39 percent.

The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted May 15-19 — comes after Trump has become the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, but also as the ongoing Clinton-vs.-Sanders Democratic race has become more contentious in recent days.



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<![CDATA[Clinton: Trump is a 'Pretend Successful']]> Sun, 22 May 2016 12:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Clinton+MTP+Trump+Taxes.png

Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a "pretend successful" who is only focused on "making himself appear great," an attack on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

In an interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Clinton told NBC News' Chuck Todd there is "no evidence [Trump] has any ideas about making America great," adding that as the campaigns move forward "we're going to be demonstrating the hollowness of his rhetoric."

Clinton attacked Trump for not releasing his tax returns and proving "that he actually has the level of success he claims to have." She also noted the only two returns that have been made public show he hasn’t paid "a penny in income taxes."

"And yet he goes around talking about make America great. You know, that means paying for our military. That means paying for our roads. That means paying for the VA. If you’ve got someone running for president who's afraid to release his tax returns because it will expose the fact that he pays no federal income tax, I think that’s a big problem," Clinton said.



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