While Republican frontrunner Donald Trump still needs more than 300 delegates to reach 1,237 — the magic number needed to secure the GOP presidential nomination — he has finally reached a key milestone in his bid for the White House: support from half of the country’s likely Republican voters. According to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey national tracking poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they support the real estate mogul’s candidacy, compared to the 26 percent who support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the 17 percent who are backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump’s double-digit lead over his GOP rivals is one reason Cruz and Kasich banded together this week in an effort to block the brash billionaire from winning the GOP nomination.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton says that if she’s elected president, at least half of her Cabinet will be women. During a town hall hosted by MSNBC on Monday night, host Rachel Maddow asked Clinton whether she would match a campaign promise Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made good on earlier this year. “He promised when he took office that he would have a Cabinet that was 50 percent women, and then he did it,” Maddow said.
Polls suggest that Sen. Bernie Sanders is poised to lose Maryland and Pennsylvania in key races Tuesday, raising questions about whether the progressive candidate — who continues to raise millions of dollars from his passionate supporters — will adopt a more unifying tone as his chances for the Democratic nomination fade. During last week’s New York primary, Sanders sounded a defiant note as he lost the delegate-rich state, fiercely criticizing rival Hillary Clinton in an hourlong speech at Penn State University. By Sunday, however, Sanders was already striking a more conciliatory note.
Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying. Church bells rang and mourners lit candles and laid flowers at the site's memorial as the clock turned 1.23 am -- the exact moment when the plant's reactor number four exploded and changed the fate of a generation living across the former Soviet Union. The exact number of dead remains a subject of intense debate because the Soviet authorities kept most of the information about Chernobyl under wraps.
(Reuters) - Television personality Erin Andrews has reached a settlement with the owner and operator of the Nashville hotel where a nude video of her that went viral was secretly recorded, according to media reports on Monday. Terms of the agreement are confidential and the matter is now over, according to newspaper the Tennessean, the ABC TV affiliate in Nashville and E! News - all of which cited Andrews' lawyer. A jury in March found the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University liable for the video and awarded Andrews $55 million in damages to be paid by the hotel and the man who shot the video.
Islamic militants in the Philippines have executed a Canadian hostage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, after the Filipino authorities said they had found the head of a foreign man on a remote island. "I'm outraged by the news that a Canadian citizen, John Ridsdel, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed at the hands of his captors," Trudeau said. Ridsdel, fellow Canadian tourist Robert Hall, Hall's girlfriend Filipina Marites Flor, and Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad were kidnapped seven months ago from yachts at a marina near the major city of Davao, more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) from Jolo.
Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Terre Haute, Ind., on April 24, 2016. The rights of transgender people have become an unlikely talking point in the 2016 presidential election. Controversy erupted last month after North Carolina passed House Bill 2 (HB2) requiring people to only use restrooms that correspond with their biological sex, as stated on their birth certificate.
By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday restored the four-game "Deflategate" suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, handing the National Football League a victory in the latest round in a battle with one of its marquee players. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a federal judge's ruling that had overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to penalize Brady over his alleged involvement in a scheme to deflate footballs used in a 2015 playoff game. The Patriots won that game over the Indianapolis Colts putting them in the final where they won the Super Bowl.