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It’s all up to YOU! The art of the campaign fundraising email

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:49

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who is currently polling ahead of frontrunner Donald Trump for tonight’s primary. Cruz has cultivated an extensive grassroots fundraising effort, pulling in $54.7 million as of February — far more than his two remaining opponents. Below is the verdict on the (apparently effective) subject lines and language of a few of the Texas senator’s campaign emails.

Icelandic PM to resign amid offshore holdings controversy

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:02

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's embattled prime minister has resigned amid a controversy over his offshore holdings, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday as outrage over the accounts roiled the North Atlantic island nation.

Obama smacks down Trump’s border wall plan

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:48

President Obama on Tuesday bluntly dismissed Donald Trump’s proposal to force Mexico to pay for a border wall as “half-baked” and counterproductive and said the Republican frontrunner’s “wackier” foreign policy ideas were hurting the United States abroad.

Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:33
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog named Lucca the prestigious Dickin Medal.

Obama trashes Trump plan to force Mexico to pay for wall

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:29

President Barack Obama on Tuesday dismissed as "half-baked" a reported plan by Donald Trump to force Mexico to pay for a giant wall along the southern US border. The Republican frontrunner's promise to build the wall, in an effort to stop illegal immigration, and force Mexico to foot the estimated $8 billion bill is a cornerstone of his under-fire campaign to win the US presidency. In a memo that The Washington Post said the flamboyant New York tycoon handed over, the candidate said he would force Mexico's hand by threatening to cut off billions of dollars sent home by Mexican immigrants.

US designates Paris attacks suspect 'global terrorist'

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:16

The United States on Tuesday designated a leading suspect in last year's jihadist attacks on Paris, Salah Abdeslam, as a "global terrorist" under US law. The order, announced by the State Department, freezes any assets held by Abdeslam in US jurisdictions and forbids Americans from doing business with him. "Belgian-born French citizen Salah Abdeslam is an operative for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," it said, using a former name of the Islamic State group.

Trevor Noah asks Debbie Wasserman Schultz if Bernie Sanders ‘is being c***blocked by the DNC’

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 06:42

Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” on Monday. Since taking over for Jon Stewart last fall, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has — rightly or wrongly — been criticized for being soft when it comes to skewering the 2016 presidential race.

France puts Panama back on tax haven blacklist

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 06:23
France will put Panama back on its blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions, its finance minister said on Tuesday after media revelations about a Panamanian law firm specialised in setting up offshore firms. "Panama is a country that wanted us to believe that it could respect the main international tax principles and thus it was taken off the tax haven blacklist," Michel Sapin told lawmakers during question time in parliament. "France has decided to add Panama back on the list of uncooperative countries with all of the consequences that that will have for those who have dealings with Panama," he added.

The Brooklyn borough president wants to move the next Democratic debate to a neighborhood ‘in crisis’

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:59

Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams is not satisfied with the setup for the Democratic presidential primary debate taking place on his home turf on April 14.

Sanders has edge over Clinton in fast-moving race in Wisconsin

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:59

Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in Green Bay, Wis., on March 29. Wisconsin has been a fast and furious fight for the Democratic presidential candidates. Both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., set up operations in the crucial state, which votes Tuesday, only in the last few weeks.

Villanova coach Jay Wright had a priceless reaction to his team's title-winning shot

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:50

Veteran coach's reaction to team winning national title at the buzzer will be remembered for composure

Cruz, Sanders angle for wins in Wisconsin primaries

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 23:38

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Bernie Sanders are angling for victories in Tuesday's Wisconsin presidential primaries that could give their campaigns a needed boost, but still leave them with mathematically challenging paths to their parties' nominations.

Jay Wright gets his first national championship with 'Nova

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 21:13

HOUSTON (AP) — Jay Wright may still be the best dressed coach in college basketball. Now he has a national championship to go with those expensive suits.

Why the dominance of Geno Auriemma and UConn is good for sports

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:51

Geno Auriemma's insatiable quest for perfection is something in which everyone in all walks of life can aspire.

Villanova's Kris Jenkins hits buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win national championship

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:45

Moments after North Carolina's Marcus Paige hit a game-tying, off-balance 3-pointer, Jenkins responded with one of his own to give the Wildcats their first title since 1985.

Justice Department in civil rights probe of Arizona election

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:20

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the handling of last month's presidential nominating contest in Arizona's most populous county, citing complaints of exceedingly long lines at polling places with high levels of minority voters. The Justice Department's civil rights division has asked Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, to provide detailed information that could help authorities determine whether the March 22 primary election violated federal law, including how the number and locations of polls were decided. The Justice Department made the request in a letter dated April 1.

Why few Americans turned up in the 'Panama Papers'

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:22

The United States is mostly absent from the big tax-dodging scandal -- for now.

Ivanka and Eric Trump: Loyal offspring, proud surrogates — but not Republicans

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:21

Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump attend a news conference in New York, May 1, 2014. Donald Trump’s three oldest children have campaigned with their father and served as surrogates during the presidential race. Records from the New York State Board of Elections show that neither Ivanka Trump nor Eric Trump are enrolled in a political party.

Syria monastery ravaged by IS was symbol of coexistence

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:38

The Syrian army on Sunday drove out the jihadists, but the damage they have caused in a place that was once a symbol of religious tolerance seems almost irreparable. IS razed the fifth-century church in August 2015 using explosives and bulldozers, as they have done with shrines and other religious buildings elsewhere, "under the pretext that people worshipped a deity other than God", according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Under the broken stone cover of a sarcophagus lay the skull and bones of Mar or Saint Elian -- a Christian from Homs province who was slain by the Romans for refusing to renounce his faith.

Greece Sends Migrants and Refugees Back to Turkey on First Day of New Deal

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:35

The first migrants and refugees arrived back in Turkey from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios this morning as a part of a new plan to limit migration to Europe. One image captures Turkish police escorting deported women as they arrived at the port of Dikili district in Izmir, Turkey. Another shows some people gathered on a beach in Izmir watching others who were deported from Greece arrive on a small ferry.