<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usFri, 27 May 2016 19:26:38 -0700Fri, 27 May 2016 19:26:38 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sanders Supporters File Injunction Against CA Primary]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 16:09:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16146743983239.jpg

Backers of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders are filing an emergency federal injunction, demanding all so-called unaffiliated voters who already voted be allowed to re-vote if they want to.

San Francisco's city attorney said he was warned by Sanders backers of the injunction, which is expected to be filed Friday and comes just weeks before California's primary election on June 7.

The injunction seeks to force counties across the state to allow voter registration up until Election Day -- a move opponents said would create chaos in the state primary process.

"It does because it means the information you have at the polling place as to who is actually supposed to be there does come into play," said Virginia Bloom, Santa Clara County's Assistant Registrar of Voters.

The injunction could also mean ballot shortages at some polling places.

Sanders supporters said the change may be painful, but is necessary.

"I know there have been some voter issues and misinformation, so it gives more people time to get involved," voter Hilda Arakelian said.

The Secretary of State's Office in Sacramento is keeping a close eye on the legal challenge.

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders is Heading to Oakland This Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:30:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-533810278.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be headed back to the East Bay this weekend, making two stops in Oakland on Sunday and Monday.

The senator, who has been canvassing the Bay Area in hopes of snagging a victory in California's June 7 primary, will first attend a birthday celebration at Allen Temple Baptist Church on International Boulevard. He is scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. alongside actor Danny Glover, both of whom will be honoring Rev. Alfred Smith Sr., who turns 85. 

Sanders and Glover will return to the church on Monday for an hour-long campaign stop at 2 p.m. This event is open to the public, although space is expected to fill up quickly. 

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and current University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Reich posted on Facebook that he would be introducing Sanders at an event on Tuesday, but that event has not yet been confirmed by the campaign. 

Both Sanders and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton have been to the Bay Area several times in the past month, whipping up support. Clinton held several rallies throughout the Bay Area this week, while Sanders has been holding his characteristically "huge" rallies in several Bay Area locales. 

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<![CDATA[Sanders to Hold Rally in SoCal]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 13:46:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 10:31:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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[Clinton Talks at Oakland's Chicken and Waffles]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:46:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Capture131.JPG

A day after Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton held raucous rallies in San Francisco and San Jose, the former Secretary of State stopped by an Oakland-based Home of Chicken and Waffles for a quaint community meeting.

Friday’s discussion revolved around breaking barriers and increasing opportunity in Oakland. The former secretary of state, who has had a tough week following the release of a state department report on her emails, sat next to the city's mayor, Libby Schaaf, and restaurant owners for the sobering chat.

No one dined on the local spot's famous food, instead delving immediately into some key issues facing the Oakland community.

The conversation lingered on helping people of color start small businesses. Clinton also advocated for second-start programs, which help incarcerated men and women learn job-training and business skills. 

"I think we need more of these programs," she said, referencing one that she claims has been successful in Reno, Nevada. She said philanthropists, businesses owners and politicians need to work together to come up with a solution to "increasing the breadth of knowledge and understanding" about job training programs. 

Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have been barnstorming through the Bay Area ahead of California's June 7 primary, making the East Bay ground zero in their efforts to get out the vote.

Both candidates have campaign offices in Oakland, where Clinton has appeared twice this month, and Sanders has recently held his characteristically huge rallies in Vallejo and the South Bay.

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<![CDATA['Death Fell From the Sky': Obama at Hiroshima]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:22:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 16:51:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 16:50:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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[In Silicon Valley, Women Flock to Hear Clinton Talk]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:25:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/women4.jpg

If last week’s Bernie Sanders’ rally at a Silicon Valley county fairground felt more like Burning Man or Coachella, the mood at Wednesday’s Hillary Clinton rally in downtown San Jose was more like that of a junior league convention: Moms, daughters, grandmothers in birkenstocks, female techies, the odd middle-aged dad waited inside Parkside Hall to hear the Democratic presidential front-runner ask them to get the vote out.

Women's issues took front seat right from the get go, but one thing was very clear, even if Clinton wins more delegates in the California primary June 7, Sanders definitely wins the popularity contest, at least when it comes to millennials in the Bay Area.

Young people were not completely absent from the Clinton rally — at least one millennial said she was there to make up her mind between Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

“I like how Bernie is like authentic, I like how he like came in, and disrupted everything, but I like her a lot too,” said Ailish, a shy young girl who was visiting from Santa Cruz.

Unlike the Bernie Sanders rally, nobody yelled themselves hoarse for Clinton, but her supporters were very articulate about why they wanted her to be president.

“She’s been fighting for great causes for women and children and for peace for her whole career … As a lawyer, as a mother, as a concerned citizen, Hillary’s done it all,” said a supporter who called herself Dorothy. “She’s been a senator, a secretary of state …I think any girl would want to have her as a role model.”

“America needs a mom, we sure don’t want Trump,” said a man who was selling Clinton 2016 buttons outside the event hall.

The majority of the women who showed up Thursday underlined her experience as secretary of state, her progressive history and her efforts to improve the lives of women and children. “And in addition we get Bill Clinton,” said Sharon Solomon. “Clinton was a great president, she’ll be a great president.”

Almost nobody wanted to talk about her emails. “It’s not a big deal to me,” said Lisa Rostao from Santa Cruz. “I understand how technology works, and it doesn’t bother me."

At least one young person, a 22-year-old, said that he felt “it was wrong for her to have her own private server.”

“I don’t think it’s enough to disqualify her from being president,” he said. “I think this race is still pretty solid.”

As for why more millennials like Sanders as opposed to Clinton, he explained, “I think there’s definitely a deficit, she hasn’t been able to excite younger people in a way that Bernie Sanders has been able to."

Some long term supporters recycled their Clinton 2008 swag, even pointing it out to her as they posed for selfies at the end of her speech, something Clinton granted innumerable times with a smiling face.

Adrienne Grey, president of the Board of Trustees of the West Valley-Mission Community College District, who has been a Clinton supporter since her time at the White House, called her “brilliant.”

“She is back for a second round, and we’ll make her president,” Grey said. “Her election will be a sea change for this nation. It will send a message to every young girl and woman that there’s no limits to what they can do.”

The key words that got the crowd excited: Reproductive rights, equal pay and immigration.

“She’s not all talk like some other people we know,” said Carol Marmorek from San Jose. “She’s a real doer. She knows how to really get things done. … She’s a very intelligent person, she has real policy, real experience. “

“And that’s what we need – It’s too dangerous right now to not have a real experienced person leading us,” said Carol Kuiper from Los Altos. “We support her 100 percent. So get out the vote.”

Both Carols said they had bonded at the rally over their common admiration for Hillary.

There was a moment when the cloud started getting restless, as they waited for Clinton for over an hour.

“She better speak fast ‘cos I'm starving,” one young woman said.

“You're breaking the momentum Hillary,” another person yelled.

Some were a little angry that she was giving an interview on CNN while they waited for her inside.

“We’re going to be hot and mad but we won't change our vote,” someone quipped with typical Bay Area snark.

All frustrations melted away when Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom took the stage with Clinton.

“Newsom 2024!” someone in the crowd yelled.

"We've someone here who does not believe in banning all Muslims from the U.S., who does not believe in building walls but in building bridges,” Newsom said to loud cheers from the crowd.

"The other guy wants to build a great wall, with Hillary Clinton we will build a great country." San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.

Clinton charged up the atmosphere with these words: "It's so great to be here — a city of the future:"

A few minutes into her speech, Clinton was interrupted by a heckler in a white t-shirt , who kept calling her a “mass murderer,” but she stayed calm and composed while talking about the gender gap.

A group of Hillary supporters surrounded him, trying to convince him to leave the rally peacefully. At first he didn’t budge, and continued to say, “The blood of Iraq is in your hands, the blood of Hondurans is in your hands, the blood of Haitians is in your hands, shame on you!”

Eventually, a Clinton staff member came and talked to him, after which he voluntarily walked away to sighs of relief from the crowd.

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<![CDATA[Trump Looks to RNC for Ground Game]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 16:27:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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[Bay Area Authors Pen Disgust With Donald Trump]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 15:29:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEB+TRUMP+JUMP_19182201+%281%29.gif

Donald Trump might have reached the magic number on Thursday of GOP delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.

But that isn't stopping hundreds of authors around the country - including several high-profile, and Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal authors from the Bay Area - to grab their pens to voice their disapproval of Trump for president.

Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, and ZZ Packer of San Francisco, Michael Chabon of Berkeley, Tobias Wolff of Stanford and Maxine Hong Kingston of Oakland, are just a few of the nearly 500 authors who have written an "Open Letter to the American People: Writers Speak Out Against Donald Trump." LitHub posted the letter on Tuesday.

Among the reasons that Trump should not be president, the writers say, is that the United States should be wary of "dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies."

As of Thursday, more than 17,000 people had signed the authors' online petition.

Some Bay Area authors are defiantly not on the list. Michael Savage, the conservative political radio host and author, sent an email to The Chronicle saying: “I AM THE AUTHOR OF MANY BEST SELLING BOOKS AND I APPROVE OF DONALD TRUMP.”

One LitHub commenter wrote that literary outcry "should give Trump a two-point bump."

And Trump probably doesn't need to worry about hundreds of authors, as he secured more than 1,200 Republican delegates to support him.

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<![CDATA[Trump Reaches the Magic Number to Clinch Nomination]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:22:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 04:35:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 11:30:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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[Hillary Clinton Calls Trump a 'Bully' Who Threatens Economy]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:36:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 15:45:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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[Last Day to Register in California to Vote in June 7 Primary]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 13:13:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/voting4.jpg

Monday is the last day to register to vote for California's June presidential primary election.

Last minute voters flooded the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office to make sure their vote would be heard come June 7 and many of those folks were switching sides. Since January, more than 4,000 people in Santa Clara County have changed their party affiliation.

Those wishing to vote for a Democrat or independent can register as "Decline to State" and request a crossover ballot at the polls. However, those wishing to vote for a Republican, Green Party, or Peace and Freedom Candidate must register with a specific party.

Hillary Clinton continues to lead over Bernie Sanders and needs just 90 more delegates to lock up the Democratic nomination. According to the latest NBC News poll, Clinton holds a slim three percent lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than the end of the day. People can register to vote online at the Secretary of State's Office website.

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<![CDATA[Gore: Trump's Climate Change Stance Is Concerning]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 06:53:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 09:39:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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 10:52:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.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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<![CDATA[Sanders Won't Back Wasserman Schultz in Fla. Primary]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 17:44:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BernieSanders-AP_16139614761695.jpg

Bernie Sanders said Saturday he would not back Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the Democratic primary race for Florida’s 23rd congressional race, NBC News reported. 

During a pre-taped interview with CNN that will air Sunday, Sanders said he would support Nova Southeastern University law professor Tim Canova over Rep. Wasserman Schultz. He also added that she would not reappointed her to head the DNC if he is elected president.

"Well, clearly, I favor her opponent," Sanders told "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper. "His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz's." 

Canova is a Sanders supporter and has accused Wasserman Schultz of backing Hillary Clinton.

In a statement provided to NBC News Saturday, Wasserman Schultz said she has been neutral in the race and would remain so despite Sanders' support of Canova.

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<![CDATA[Top ‘SNL’ Sketches During Wild 2016 Race]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 09:45:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Bernie-Larry-SNL-Ship-.jpg

The tale of two Hillarys that played out during a "Saturday Night Live" parody of "A Christmas Carol” in December epitomized the show’s efforts this season to satirize a presidential race that’s upended expectations, great and otherwise.

In the sketch, Amy Poehler materialized as a ghostly visitor – her 2008 version of Hillary Clinton – who remarked to Kate McKinnon's contemporary rendering, "You’ve changed your hair!” But differences went far beyond the bob: The skit scored with the juxtaposition of Poehler's forced-smile Clinton against McKinnon's more intense model, who is working as hard to be liked as to win.

The segment not only captured a changing dynamic in the campaign, but reflected an evolving approach by a show that began satirizing presidential electoral politics with the 1976 Ford-Carter race.

Poehler returned during a season in which "SNL" figures of years past – Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump and Larry David as Bernie Sanders – threatened to overshadow the current cast the same way Clinton, Trump and Sanders dominated attention amid a large field of candidates.

Meanwhile, appearances by the prime presidential wannabes inhabiting characters other than themselves – Clinton as an earthy bartender, Sanders as an immigrant and Trump as a smarmy music executive while hosting in November – added a new level of surreality to the usual candidate cameos in a campaign year that's unspooled like a Reality TV show run amok.

For "SNL," which ends its 2015-2016 run this weekend with Fred Armisen as host, it's been a season like no other amid a campaign that holds the same distinction.

As the show gets ready to break before returning in the fall for the presidential race homestretch, revisit some of best of "SNL" comedy drawn from the some of the strangest of political times.

Set ‘Em Up Val
The real Hillary Clinton appeared to be having fun as she played bartender Val to McKinnon’s uptight candidate. “Maybe you should take a vacation,” Val advised.

Dueling Hillarys
Arguments over whether Poehler and McKinnon does the better imitation are pointless. Both, as this clip shows, succeed at capturing Clinton at different points.

Crying Uncle
Bobby Moynihan’s “Weekend Update” staple – the perennially sloshed, ill-informed, ranting reductionist Drunk Uncle – made an unsurprising endorsement: “Finally someone is saying the things that I have been thinking – as well as saying.”

Trump’s Palace
In this November sketch, the real Trump plays President Trump consulting close advisers (including Omarosa Manigault of “Apprentice” fame) during a 2018 Oval Office meeting.

His Ship Comes In
Sanders meets David as the candidate appears as a (Democratic) socialist immigrant on a sinking ship where the one percent seek special treatment. 

Masterful Mash-up
In the best "SNL" segment of the season, David stars in "Bern Your Enthusiasm," employing his Sanders imitation in a takeoff of his own HBO show, complete with the bouncy theme music.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter. 

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<![CDATA[4 Sanders DNC Rallies Approved]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 18:34:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bernie+sanders+rally.jpg

Four pro-Bernie Sanders rallies, with estimated attendance of 38,000 activists, have been approved for public demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention in July, the city said Thursday.

The four rallies, given permits Wednesday night, bring the total to five for approved rallies and marches during what is expected to be a bustling week of political activity in Center City and South Philadelphia. The convention officially runs July 25-28, but two of the five approved rallies and marches of more than 7,000 activists will be held July 24 -- the day more than 4,000 delegates arrive from across the country.[[380087131, C]]

NBC10 first reported Wednesday that an anti-fracking, clean energy group called Food & Water Watch was the first to receive a city permit for public demonstration. A group organizer said more than 5,000 activists are expected July 24 at a march from City Hall to Independence Mall.

For the largest of the four pro-Sanders rallies approved, more than 30,000 people are expected to attend weeklong demonstrations called “March for Bernie at DNC,” which will be held at FDR Park in South Philadelphia. It’s within earshot of where conventioneers will gather at the Wells Fargo Center to nominate their party’s presidential nominee.

The rally has been approved for five straight days, starting July 24 and ending July 28. The permit from the city also allows activists to gather each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The “public assemblage,” as the city technically describes demonstrations, could evolve from rally into protest depending on what happens during delegate voting inside the convention.[[338107532, C]]

Unlike the Food & Water Watch rally, which has a "sponsoring organization" identified by the city, three of the four pro-Sanders demonstrations have no group named, including the FDR Park demonstration..

Their permits were submitted by individuals, and the city would not identify them, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Kenney said.

She cited personal privacy concerns for the applicants.

The fourth pro-Sanders demonstration approved Wednesday has a sponsoring organization identified.

A group called Black Men for Bernie has been approved to hold a “We the People Restoration Rally” at Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall on July 27-28. They will be allowed to gather from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The purpose of the rally is “to address economic inequality, human rights, poverty, criminal justice reform and lack of ownership,” according to the city’s permit approval document.

A message left for the group was not returned.

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<![CDATA[Airbnb Slapped With Suit for Discrimination, Violation of Civil Rights]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:00:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AIRBNB5.jpg

Airbnb was slapped with a proposed class action in a Washington D.C. federal court Tuesday for allegedly violating the fair housing act and the civil rights of its African-American users.

The complaint alleges that 25-year-old Gregory Seldon was denied accommodation in Philadelphia in March 2015 because of his race. Seldon is filing the class action on behalf of all users who may have been discriminated on the basis of race.

Seldon claims he was looking for housing while planning a weekend getaway with friends, and decided to use Airbnb as a cost-effective housing alternative. He connected to Airbnb using his Facebook login, so it displayed his profile picture, race, education and age to the site's host agents.

He claims an Airbnb host rejected his initial application but subsequently accepted the same application when Seldon re-applied using profiles imitating white men, one under the name "Jessie" and another under the name "Todd."

This is hardly the first time Airbnb has been accused of not doing enough to combat discrimination on its platform.

The hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack went viral earlier this year, with people flocking to Twitter to share stories about discrimination they felt while using the site. A Harvard study published two years ago also found that people with "distinctly African-American sounding names" were less likely to have their applications on the site accepted than their white counterparts.

Airbnb has repeatedly denied that it condones racism on its site. The company's anti-discrimination policy states that ""content that promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group, and we require all users to comply with local laws and regulations."

<![CDATA[Md. Trump Delegate Indicted on Child Porn, Weapons Charges]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 13:57:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-Office-NY-AP_16135465999162.jpg

A man slated to be a delegate for Donald Trump has been indicted on child pornography and other charges, according to officials, NBC News reported. 

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that Caleb Andrew Bailey of Waldorf, Maryland, was indicted by a federal grand jury. Bailey is charged with using a minor to produce child pornography as well as possessing child pornography. 

Officials also charged him with illegal possession of a machine gun and illegal transportation of explosives. 

A spokesman for the Maryland Republican Party told NBC News the person named in the DOJ report was the same person slated to be a Trump delegate. Bailey won the slot by being directly elected on Maryland's ballot last month. 

"We strongly condemn these allegations and leave it in the capable hands of law enforcement," spokesman Hope Hicks said Thursday. "He will be replaced immediately."

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<![CDATA[California Braces For Ballot Showdown Over Death Row]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 18:59:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HQ-Seaport-5.jpg

Death penalty supporters are setting the stage for a November showdown over whether to speed up executions in California or do away with them entirely.

Nearly 750 convicted killers are sitting on the nation's largest death row, but no one has been executed in California in a decade because of ongoing legal challenges. Only 13 condemned inmates have been executed since 1978 — far more have died of natural causes or suicide.

Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings,A campaign to accelerate appeals for inmates on death row, says it has submitted signatures to appear on California's Nov. 8 ballot.

Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings, led by San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, said it submitted 593,000 signatures Thursday at county registrar offices throughout the state. That's well above the 365,880 need to qualify for an increasingly crowded ballot. Authorities must validate about two-thirds of those signatures for it to make the ballot.

The initiative is largely intended to expedite death penalty sentences and stop legal delays According to Wagstaffe, one of the primary ways that could be done is through extending pool of defense attorneys handling death penalty cases. 

The initiative also includes an initiative that would allow for death row inmates to be housed in shared cells, instead of single cells, at maximum –security prisons.

Last month, a campaign for a competing measure to repeal California's death penalty submitted signatures to appear on the same ballot. Those in favor of the repeal often point to racial discrimination in the justice system and the possibility of wrongful convictions as a reason to vote against keeping the death penalty

"i would have thought one of the main worries about the death penalty is possibility for error .. convicting the wrong person,” said one onlooker. 

Supporters of the pro-death penalty measure held news conferences throughout the state to mark Thursday's milestone. They included many law enforcement officers, and Riverside resident and former NFL player Kermit Alexander, whose mother, sister and two nephews were murdered by a gang member who went to the wrong house, according to a news release. The shooter remains on death row.

Wagstaff is hoping to put an end to stories like Alexander's. 

"The department of corrections can put them wherever the department of corrections wherever they deem appropriate, and yes double-cell them, and yes, put them with other murderers who are out there," he said. 

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<![CDATA[Vote on LGBT Rights Fails, Causes Chaos on House Floor]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 13:31:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SeanMaloney-AP_172102760084.jpg

An amendment to help protect LGBT people from discrimination failed by just one vote Thursday, creating chaos on the House floor, NBC News reported. 

During the vote, Republicans allowed a few members of their party to switch their votes to ensure the measure wouldn’t pass. The vote was originally scheduled for two minutes, but was held open for eight minutes.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-New York, would have prevented contractors from securing government work if they discriminate against members of the LGBT community. 

House Democrats chanted “shame, shame, shame” on the floor as the measure went from 217 votes down to just 212 when the vote was gaveled.

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