<![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-usSat, 25 Jun 2016 21:43:56 -0700Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:43:56 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Brexit Could Foreshadow Win for Trump]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:41:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump-scotland.jpg

Hindsight shows polls predicting Brexit would fail clearly missed a key group of voters. Now, some say one surprise could trigger another: a Donald Trump presidential win in November.

“I don’t think Brexit itself changes the minds of voters, but it shows there is a potency there – that there is something he is tapping into,” said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Trump’s visit to his Scottish golf resort the morning after British voters decided to leave the European Union seemed to be his way of saying ‘I told you so.’ The Republican presidential candidate was in favor of Brexit.

Friday morning, he compared what’s happening in the U.K. to sentiments in the U.S.

“I really do see a parallel between what's happening in the United States and what's happening here. People want to see borders. They don't necessarily want people pouring into their country, that they don't know who they are or where they come from. They have no idea,” Trump said during a press conference.

The Brexit decision did not hinge so much on immigration as economics, according to Whalen.

“Why did brexit prevail in England? Because you had a class of voters, white male British voters who feel economically boxed in, can’t get ahead. Why? Because their political leadership has let them down, because the country has made a lot of bad decisions with regard to trade, with regard to immigration, and Britain has lost its culture as a result,” Whalen said, adding, “That is directly parallel to what is happening in the United States right now in this presidential election.”

The research fellow says though Trump’s campaign has recently been in the rough, Hillary Clinton should be concerned. A ‘sleeper vote’ in the U.K. proved polls wrong, and political experts say Trump could be in a much better position than some polls suggest.

Clinton, who was on the Bremain side, released a statement on Brexit: “We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made….This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House.”

Continuing to use the word “experienced” in her campaign could be Clinton’s Achilles heel, according to Whalen, who says it shows she is a part of the political establishment.

And if anti-establishment sentiment continues in the United States, the feelings could translate to votes in November.

“If it worked in the UK, it could work in the US,” Whalen said. “And that’s what would concern me if I were the Clinton campaign: the probability of lightening striking twice in one year.”

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<![CDATA[What Stands Between Trump and a US Brexit Effect]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:44:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/542736486-donald-trump-brexit-vote-election.jpg

Even as Donald Trump drew parallels on Friday between the British vote to leave the European Union and the American presidential election, migration experts cautioned against too close a comparison of anti-immigrant sentiment in the two countries.

There are lessons to be taken from the Brexit decision, but more important are the very different heritages of U.S. and the United Kingdom, they said. 

Together with Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's immigration reforms, the vote did put some wind back in Trump’s sails, said Kevin Appleby, the director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies of New York. And it showed that an anti-establishment movement is not unique to the United States.

But the presidential election is months off. American voters are more diverse and the country’s history is one of immigrants building the country, he said.

"It doesn't mean that we'll have the same result on this side of the pond as Britain did, because I think our nation is different in a lot of ways," he said.

Tapping a 'Well of Anxiety' on Immigration
The EU is the world's largest zone of free movement, letting anyone with its passport settle in any of its member nations, and the Brexit victory was as much a referendum on open borders and immigration policies as on British sovereignty. An Ipsos MORI poll found last week that immigration was the most important issue to voters in the UK.

"Free movement is basically the defining achievement of the European Union," said Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, assistant director of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program.

But although economists agree that globalization brings benefits, the effects can be jarring locally. When the EU opened up to 10 new member states in 2004, the result was an influx of Eastern European workers to the UK. 

"It's harder to point your finger at this amorphous, global event, and it's much easier to point your finger at a foreign worker who's still employed," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

The decision to leave reflected a populist, anti-elite sentiment and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would step down in October. 

In Scotland on Friday for the re-opening of his historic golf course in Turnberry, Trump praised the results and said that the British had reasserted control over their politics, their borders and economy. In November, Americans also will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put Americans first, he said.

"They took their country back, just like we will take America back," the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted.

Since he entered the race last June, Trump has promised to build a wall to stop undocumented immigrants from Mexico whom he has called rapists and criminals, and wants a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the country as a way to combat terrorism.

"Both are tapping into this well of anxiety about the fast pace of change that has brought about unfavorable conditions for a lot of people, and they've really tapped into this sense that people are being left behind," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

But the British experience of immigration largely began after its colonies became independent and, more recently, after the formation of the European Union, according to Muzaffar Chishti, the director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law.

The U.S., by contrast, is a country that has long thought of itself as a destination for people hoping to improve their lives, and throughout American history, impulses to close borders or restrict immigration have largely failed, he said. Phenomena such as the Know-Nothing Party, the anti-immigrant party of the mid-1800s and the Chinese Exclusion Act of the 1880s, prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers, are looked back at with disapproval. Even Trump focuses on "illegal" immigration, he said.

"In our history there have been many moments of anti-immigrant sentiment and we have gone beyond them," Chishti said.

Today, in the U.S., only one third of people say immigrants are a burden to the country by taking jobs, housing and health care, while about 60 percent say their hard work and talent strengthen the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March. 

Referendum vs. General Election
Plus, Chishti said, the U.S. elections are not determined by popular vote. If the British parliament had taken that vote instead of opening it up into a referendum, the outcome would have been very different, he said.

Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress Action Fund faulted Cameron for allowing the far right and its anti-immigrant message to play an outsized role in the Conservative Party's policy and campaign messages.

Republicans leaders in the United States have allowed a similar anti-immigrant feeling to flourish, he said. That Trump is the party's presumptive nominee should come as no surprise, he said. 

"David Cameron rolled the dice on a very bad gamble in order to try to appease that extreme right wing of his party," he said. "That's very similar to what Republican leadership has done in the United States. They rolled the dice, and the dice came up Trump."

But he also predicted that the Americans would reject targeting immigrants.

"Allowing the card of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment to be played again and again will have toxic results," he said. "But what I think it will do in the United States is create very severe electoral problems for the Republican Party."

Activists say they are prepared to fight Trump's portrayal of immigrants as dangerous and a drain on the economy.

"We're worried but we're also ready to fight back against Trump's scare tactics and lies," said Pili Tobar, the director of communications at the Latino Victory Project. 

NBC's Asher Klein contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Professor Against Removing Brock Turner Judge]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:04:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0607-2016-AaronPersky.jpg

A new voice has emerged in the debate to recall the Santa Clara judge who issued a lenient sentence to disgraced Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner.

Stanford professor Barbara Babock, who was the first female faculty member to join Stanford’s Law School, has waded into the nationwide debate over the recall of Judge Aaron Persky. The judge gained national attention following the six-month county jail sentence he handed down to Turner, who had been convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman near a dumpster. 

A highly-regarded legal expert, Babcock opposes recalling Persky – a perhaps surprising move that puts her views at odds with those of many of her colleagues, including fellow Stanford professor Michele Dauber. 

Babcock, who describes herself as a “lifelong dedicated feminist,” penned a letter obtained by NBC Bay Area that details the reasons she thinks the recall attempts are misguided. 

“In making tough sentencing decisions, judges should not be responsive to public opinion, or fear fear of being removed from office,” she wrote, also noting that a parole board recommended a 6-month county jail sentence. “Even elected judges should be free from outside influences of any kind. That is the essence of unbiased judging.”

She went on to write that she didn’t know Persky personally, but the two had mutual friends who said he is “considered fair and responsible.”

Persky has remained mum following his controversial sentence, despite petitions calling for his removal garnering over 1 million signatures, a plane flying a “remove Persky” banner soaring over Stanford’s graduation and a giant billboard decrying his tenure on the bench. He slid into a new 6-year term on June 7.

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<![CDATA[Streaming Technology Shines During House Democrats' Sit-In]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:15:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Periscope-GettyImages-473860588.jpg

The shot wasn’t always steady, and sometimes people got in the way.

Such are the perils of recording video on a cellphone.

Streaming media conveyed House Democrats' message to the masses when C-SPAN cameras were turned off during a 25-hour sit-in seeking to force a vote on gun control.

Democrats have Bay Area technology to thank. Periscope and Facebook Live were put into play when the mics on the House floor were switched off. Millions of people watched, commented and encouraged the men and women of the House, who said they appreciate the support.

"I thought, well, there’s an app for that," said Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, whose Periscope stream lasted for hours.

Fellow California House member Rep. Jackie Speier said, "For 25 hours we were streaming video to outlets across the country."

Scott streams on Twitter and Periscope: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA['No Fly, No Buy' Gun Measure Survives Senate]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:15:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GUNS_AP_16173672808809.jpg

A Republican-backed compromise amendment to prevent people on the "no-fly list" from acquiring firearms survived an effort to kill the measure Thursday — but at the moment it likely lacks the votes to pass it.

The amendment, sponsored by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would allow the Justice Department to block people on the no-fly list and one other watchlist from buying guns, but would give them an ability to appeal.

A procedural vote to table, or essentially kill, the amendment failed 46-52. Eight Republicans voted against tabling the bill. If Thursday's motion is seen as a test vote, supporters of the amendment lack a handful of votes to pass it.

"I'm very pleased with where we stand," Collins said after the vote. "Obviously I'd like to get to 60 but this was a good day."

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<![CDATA[The Facts and Fallacies of the AR-15]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:56:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RC+ASSAULT+WEAPONS+DEBATE+-+00011306.jpg

In the wake of another shooting massacre at an Orlando nightclub earlier this month, the national debate over gun laws has once again been revived, playing out in dramatic fashion in the halls of Congress.

But while lawmakers hold sit-ins and grapple with tough questions over who can buy weapons, and how well buyers are vetted, another target for reform has emerged: The weapon itself.

According to NBC News, no fewer than 14 mass murders have been perpetrated using an AR-15 style assault rifle.

The list reads like a virtual encyclopedia of the worst killings in modern times. The shooters in Newtown, Aurora, Roseburg, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, and now Orlando, all used some version of the weapon to inflict mass violence.

Is the right to own an AR-15 protected by the Constitution?

Santa Clara Law Professor Deep Gulasekaram specializes in Second Amendment rights, and says determining the constitutionality of this style of weapon is not simple.

“The Second Amendment doesn’t protect ownership of any particular kind of gun, or any particular type of weapon,” Gulasekaram said.

To be clear, handguns cannot be banned outright. But after that, the judicial precedent is very limited.

Gulasekaram references the District of Columbia v. Heller case of 2008, in which the Supreme Court rejected an outright ban on handguns in D.C. as unconstitutional.

But before Heller, the court had gone decades without taking a case on gun rights, dating back possibly as far as the 1930’s, according to Gulasekaram.

The Supreme Court’s desire to stay out of defining the parameters of gun ownership was on display again this week, when it declined to hear two assault weapons bans in New York and Connecticut, passed directly in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook killings.

"There's speculation that what's happened is since 2008, since the Heller ruling, we're just all watching these mass shootings over and over again,” Gulasekaram said. “And the Supreme Court also sees these mass shootings, and I think that partly informs their distaste for taking another gun case."

Seven states currently have some sort of assault weapons ban, including California.

Defining an ‘AR-15,’ however, is inherently problematic.

As Jon Stokes notes in a highly-publicized article written for left-leaning website Vox, "Why Millions of Americans--Including Me--Own the AR-15," the weapon doesn’t fit into an umbrella definition because it’s highly adaptable.

“You can use the AR-15 platform to create anything from a pistol to a long-range, high-powered sniper rifle,” said Stokes.

It’s lethality depends largely on how it’s configured.

“Because it’s a modular, open source platform where any piece of it can be changed, from the caliber to the length to the stock ... it’s hard to really describe what it is,” Stokes said.

And many states have a hard time describing an AR-15.

If you look at the list of the weapons covered under the ban, or partial ban, in those seven states, there are hundreds of styles and no two lists are the same.

“There are lots of other guns that have this sort of capacity or capability,” Gulasekaram said. “Even handguns, for example, have the ability to have semi-automatic firing, have quick reloading and unloading of magazines. So that’s some of the difficulties of fashioning bans in this way.”

Under a federal law passed in 1986, no automatic weapons are legal to buy.

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<![CDATA[SF Cycling Advocates Seethe as City Reacts to Fatalities]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:55:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/download8.jpg

San Francisco city leaders said Thursday they are saddened and outraged over the deaths of two women bicyclists in separate hit-and run collisions Wednesday night.

Cycling advocates were equally outraged, accusing Mayor Ed Lee and other officials of not backing their sentiments with action.

"What is so challenging and so tragic about these deaths is we not only know why they happened, but we also know they were preventable," said Margaret McCarthy of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Police responded to the first fatal hit-and-run around 6 p.m. Wednesday at Golden Gate Park, where 41-year-old San Francisco resident Heather Miller was hit by a stolen white Honda Fit, near John F. Kennedy Drive and 30th Avenue.

The driver was speeding in the opposite lane of traffic while trying to pass another vehicle when he hit Miller head-on, police and witnesses said. The driver and at least one passenger were still at large Thursday.

Witness Jason Sirois was riding his bike through the park when he saw the collision.

"I heard just a loud bang, and that caused me to look up a little further, at which point I just saw the bike tumbling head over heels," Sirois said.

Another witness at the park also heard the impact.

"I look up and see the woman who had just passed us fly up, and I saw the bike fly the other direction," said Timmory Johnson.

Police believe the driver of the Honda is a man in his early 20s. They recovered the vehicle about a mile from the collision site.

The second collision was reported at 8:24 p.m. at Seventh and Howard streets in the city's South of Market neighborhood. San Francisco resident Katherine Slattery, 26, died after a driver sped through a red light in a BMW X3 and struck her, police said.

Farrukh Mushtaq, a 32 year-old San Francisco resident, was later booked into San Francisco County Jail on charges of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Mushtaq at first continued driving but then stopped at Ninth and Howard streets, where a bystander convinced the man to stay and cooperate with police. Police do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a part in the collision.

"We are simply outraged," Lee said. "These are tragedies that can be prevented."

Both women were riding their bicycles legally, Lee said.

"We're spending millions of dollars re-engineering our streets and lights and timing," the mayor said. "We're educating the public to slow down in their driving habits."

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition spokesman Chris Cassidy said the infrastructure at both intersections where the deaths occurred is woefully inadequate. The intersections are along corridors identified by the city as having high rates of bicyclist injuries.

"San Francisco is supposed to be a visionary city, but we're so behind" on some of the biking infrastructure, Cassidy said. Police also are failing in their commitment to prevent serious bicycle injuries and fatalities by not writing enough citations for speeding, running red lights, failing to yield, violating turn restrictions and running stop signs, Cassidy said.

McCarthy agreed. "What the city needs is to provide infrastructure, provide engineering that makes the street safer for all road users," she said. "We want to see protected bike lanes across San Francisco but specifically on the streets where both of these crashes happened."

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency director of transportation Ed Reiskin said the intersection of Seventh and Howard streets had recent improvements, including updating the timing of the traffic signals and installing high-visibility crosswalks.

Reiskin said the city is spending tens of millions of dollars to prevent traffic fatalities. He cited projects on other high-injury corridors such as Masonic Avenue and Polk Street.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said the deaths are the first two bicycle deaths in the city this year. Last year, there was just one. Reiskin said about 30 people are killed each year in traffic collisions in San Francisco.

The city has a road safety policy called Vision Zero SF, which was adopted in 2014 and aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024.

<![CDATA[Trump Says He 'Heard' Clinton's Email Server Was Hacked]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:52:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpNightlyNews.png

Donald Trump insisted Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked, but could not say where he learned the information. 

"I think I read that," Trump said. "And I heard it, and somebody--"

Trump was pressed for evidence to back up his claims during an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt, which will air Thursday.

"—that also gave me that information. I will report back to you," Trump said.

Trump’s comments come after he argued that Clinton’s server, which she used as secretary of state, left her vulnerable to blackmail if she were president.

Clinton’s campaign said there is no evidence that her server was ever hacked. U.S. officials have also told NBC News there is no evidence anyone hacked into the server, although there was evidence of phishing attempts. 

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Leaders Sound Off Against SCOTUS Deadlock]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:02:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11A+STEPH+VO+2+-+000001241.jpg

Following the Supreme Court’s announcement Thursday that it deadlocked on a case that would lift a block on President Obama’s immigration plan, Bay Area politicians and attorneys are vowing to ratchet up their immigrant rights efforts ahead of the November general election.

The case, United States v. Texas, was brought before the court after the president used executive action to implement "Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents," nicknamed DAPA for short. Thursday's ruling also impedes Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has been dubbed DACA

DAPA, which would have temporarily allowed undocumented immigrants to work legally, give greater protections to minors in the country and shield millions from deportation, was tied with a 4-4 deadlock, ultimately leaving a previous block in place from the appeals court. The ruling is likely to put a strain on what the president had hoped would be one of his administration's legacies. In a news conference Thursday, he called the tie "heartbreaking." 

In San Francisco, a sanctuary city that has policies in place to protect immigrants from being prosecuted solely for being undocumented, the Supreme Court's tie was also met with disappointment. 

Mayor Ed Lee called the decision a "setback", and suggested that the federal policies on immigration were not a reflection of a modern society. 

"That’s why we’re sanctuary city in San Francisco, because sometimes federal policies have not been modern," he said. "I think this is why the current president and the new president will struggle with reforming immigration policies." 

Leaders from The San Francisco LGBT Center also released statements scolding the court for the deadlock's repercussions on families living in the U.S, calling DAPA "necessary." 

"The court's inaction leaves thousands of immigrant families in legal limbo and in constant fear of deportation," said Alberto R. Lammers, the director of communications at the center. 

Meanwhile, immigration rights attorneys are vowing to fight back against what they have described as a sharp blow. 

Attorney Mark Silverman has said that he will rally harder to mobilize people to vote in the 2016 general election, the impact of which on immigration cannot be understated. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has taken notoriously hard line on immigration, using the premise of building a wall and enforcing a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the U.S. as his central -- and most controversial -- platforms.

Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has said that the system does need reform but has characterized Donald Trump's remarks as racist and irresponsible. She has aligned herself with Obama's plans and says she plans to take them a step further. 

But the issue is not just political fodder, says Silverman.

"Probably hundreds of thousands in the Bay Area were hopeful that they would be able to have protection against deportation, have a work permit and be able to live together as families with more security," Silverman said. "So that's very disappointing." 

The case will still work its way through the lower courts in Texas, where the state's governor has been one of the plan's most ardent critics. 

"The action taken by the president was an unauthorized abuse of presidential power that trampled the Constitution, and the Supreme Court rightly denied the President the ability to grant amnesty contrary to immigration laws," Governor Greg Abbott said. "Today's ruling is also a victory for all law-abiding Americans—including the millions of immigrants who came to America following the rule of law."

The case is likely to make its way back to the US Supreme Court after the seating of a ninth justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. 

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<![CDATA[Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis No Stranger to Sit-Ins]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:44:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SIT_IN_AP_16174617154578.jpg

Rep. John Lewis, 76, led a sit-in on Wednesday in a quest to force a vote on gun control.

And the Civil Rights icon has faced angry mobs hurling racial epithets, jail and a beating by cops wielding night sticks that was so brutal that his skull was fractured.

Over 50 House Democrats participated in the historic protest which went into Wednesday evening.

"This is an important moment. I never dreamed that one day, after coming to Congress, I would have to sit in on the floor of the House, sit down, occupy the well of the House," Lewis said Wednesday. "We've been waiting, waiting for a long time, for the leadership to bring a piece of legislation, or maybe more than one piece, to deal with gun violence. There are too many people, too many children, babies, teachers, our mothers, our fathers, our sisters and brothers, people going out to dance and have fun, to die because of gun violence."

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<![CDATA[Rubio Move Part of GOP Strategy to Keep Senate Even if Trump Loses]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:21:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RUBIO_GettyImages-515906890.jpg

Marco Rubio's decision on Wednesday to run for re-election for his Florida U.S. Senate seat, at the urging of party leaders, is part of an aggressive series of moves the GOP is taking in the hopes of keeping control of the Senate, even if Donald Trump is badly defeated in the presidential race.

Key party officials, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, passed over several Republicans who were already running for the Florida seat to implore Rubio to seek a second term, even though the former presidential candidate had spent months saying that he was leaving the Senate.

Former President George W. Bush, who has largely stayed out of politics since he left office, is holding fundraisers for Republican Senate candidates in close races, even as his aides have said that he will not attend the GOP convention in Cleveland that will nominate Trump. And groups affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers are already investing heavily in campaign ads and ground operations to win key Senate races in states like Ohio and Wisconsin.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Boxer Loses NBA Finals Bet, Wears LeBron James Jersey]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:35:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0622-2016-BoxerLebron.jpg

A sight most Golden State fans don’t want to see – a Californian wearing Cleveland Cavaliers gear.

“Wine and gold looks great on you,” Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown tweeted Wednesday, regarding Barbara Boxer wearing a Lebron James Cavaliers jersey as part of an NBA Finals bet too hard to pass up on.

Both senators, who represent the states of the Warriors and Cavaliers, made a wager before the NBA Final Games.

This isn’t the first time they wagered on their teams – last year, it was Boxer who had the big win.

Boxer posted an old tweet from their last bet on Twitter where Brown is photographed wearing a Warriors jersey and had said “I enjoyed all the trash talking… until today.” The Warriors took home the win last year in the NBA Final Championship.

She coaxed him further by saying, “Hey @SenSherrodBrown...double or nothing? #DubNation #Back2Back”

Brown accepted the bet, using the Cleveland hashtag #ALLin216.

If Brown lost, he would have to wear Curry’s shirt and serve Boxer a taste of Platform Beer Brewery.

If Boxer lost, she would have to wear James’ shirt and serve Brown a taste of San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery.

A playful bet ensued through social media with each team’s advancement in the championship .

After the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers in Game 7, it was Boxer who had to fly the white flag.

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<![CDATA[Anticipating Brexit in America]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:33:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0622-2016-Brexit.jpg

It’s a vote that could be as important worldwide as the American presidential election. U.K. residents will decide Thursday on whether Britain should make an exit – or Brexit – from the European Union.

On the eve of the referendum, politicians made their last pushes on staying in or out. Polls are currently deadlocked. But at the heart of the Brexit debate is an immigration battle that parallels debates in the United States.

“The percentage of them (migrants) in town has just become too much, you know? It’s dragged the town down because there has been ‘white flight,’” British business owner Brian Hall said.

A poster released last week by the U.K. Independence Party, which favors leaving, features Syrian refugees. Critics have called the advertisement ‘small-minded’ and ‘xenophobic.’

Anti-Brexiters say those looking to leave the E.U. are using a so-called Trump strategy. In fact, the candidate is set to visit his Scottish golf resort during the referendum.

Santa Clara University’s Dennis Gordon says the backlash against immigration in Europe sounds similar to some sentiments in the United States.

“In that sense, this certainly would let Donald Trump say, ‘Look, the rest of the world agrees with me,’” Gordon said.

The political science professor explains U.S. and European Union borders are not comparable.

“Any member of the European union can without a visa, go to another member country and go to work, receive social benefits. It’s a little bit more like how the federal system works in the United States,” Gordon said.

Economist Tim Kane says we saw a similar debate over economics when Greece was contemplating a “Grexit.”

“The immigration issues animates a lot of the anxiety in Europe and rightly so. When you’re forced to have your borders open and you’re forced to give people from outside benefits and welfare, that’s a recipe for a lot of frustration and anxiety,” said Kane, with the Hoover Institution.

Kane says the decision could also trigger “gyrations” in the stock market and the Fed could keep interest rates lower on American home mortgages. He also says currency could be impacted short-term and make it cheaper for Americans tourists to visit the U.K.

“Whether Britain stays or whether Britain goes, I don’t think there will be economic consequences that are that large,” Kane said. “Europe is punching below its weight. And it’s held back by a lot of bureaucratic red tape. That’s what’s fueling the Brexit sentiment.”

If Brits do decide to make a Brexit, experts say nothing will really happen for at least two years. That’s how long it would take Britain and the E.U. to negotiate the divorce.

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<![CDATA[Time's Running Out for Bernie Sanders to Make a Deal]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:43:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/topNews-AP_16161617906947.jpg

The last Democratic primary is done, President Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Oprah have all endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is increasingly out of the limelight.

With the country now focused on the race between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, how much bargaining power does Sanders still have? Can the Democratic socialist from Vermont push the Democratic party any further toward the left?

"People are paying less attention to him with each passing day," said Seth Masket, an associate professor of political science at the University of Denver. "Without contests, without media attention, he doesn't have anything. He has every incentive to try and make some sort of deal pretty quickly."

Sanders still has not ended his campaign two weeks after Clinton became the Democrats' presumptive nominee, the first woman to do so for either major party. But in a C-SPAN interview on Wednesday, Sanders conceded, "It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee."

He will address his supporters about what comes next for his campaign in a speech in New York on Thursday called "Where We Go From Here."

"Real change never takes place from the top on down or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors," he said last week when he talked about continuing to press for economic and social justice. "It always occurs from the bottom on up when tens of millions of people say loudly and clearly, 'Enough is enough,' and they become engaged it the fight for justice."

Leah Wright Rigueur, an assistant professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, said it continued to be important for Democrats to get the support of Sanders and his backers. He will campaign energetically against Trump, she said.

Clinton met with Sanders last week and in an interview with USA Today the former secretary of state appeared to acknowledge Sanders' success in the primaries when talking about "progressive" Democrats being vetted as vice presidential candidates. Sanders said on C-SPAN that it would be a terrible mistake for Clinton to pick someone with roots in Wall Street.  

The Vermont senator could force fights at the convention over positions where he differs with Clinton -- over the U.S. relationship with Israel, whose prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, he has criticized, and the Glass-Steagall Act's banking regulations, which he would reinstate. He has called for imposing a ban on fracking and for federally administered single-payer health care, neither of which Clinton supports. He would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour -- Clinton has said she backs $12 an hour though would encourage some states and cities to go higher. And Sanders opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal Clinton championed while it was being negotiated but now is against.

Sanders has already won an unprecedented say over the party's platform. He was awarded almost as many members on the committee writing the platform as Clinton, five to her six of the 15, and among his picks are James Zogby, an advocate for a more even-handed approach to Palestinian rights, and Cornell West, who challenged former Attorney General Eric Holder on why no banks were held accountable for the economic collapse in 2008.

"His delegates to the platform committee are going to put forward a radical vision of what they imagine the Democratic Party to be," Rigueur said. "And so what happens after that is the hammering out of the platform."

But presidents are not bound by a party's platform and most voters know little about them, said Keena Lipsitz, an associate professor at Queens College in New York City. Activists use them when they try to win over lawmakers and they can show how a party has evolved over time, but ordinary people care little about what's in them.

"They don’t really matter," she said.

John Hudak, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said that although Sanders' performance in the primaries gave him some power to seek changes, he needed to be careful not to overplay his hand.

"He is not going to get everything he wants because at the end of the day he did not win the nomination," Hudak said. "The longer that he holds out on endorsement and a sign of party unity, the less eager Democrats will be to meet whatever demands he has."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday that she hoped Sanders would endorse Clinton before the convention. Sanders knows what is at stake in November, she said. "Two words: 'Donald Trump.'"

Sanders persists in calling for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party. He wants a change in its leadership, primaries open not just to registered Democrats, same-day registration and the elimination of super delegates, the party officials and leaders who are free to vote for any candidate at the national convention at the end of July in Philadelphia.

Sanders wants the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to be replaced. In the USA Today interview, Clinton noted that she did not choose Wasserman Schultz but also praised the congresswoman's commitment to defeating Trump. 

Masket said that he thought that the party would resist open primaries, which could enable voters other than Democrats to pick the nominee. Sanders might win a commitment for a task force to study the nominating process, maybe with Sanders as the chairman, he said.

The national party has traditionally given state parties latitude about how to conduct their primaries.

"It's not as if — and it's important for Sanders supporters to understand this —the DNC can wave a magic wand and change every nominating contest in the United States overnight," Hudak said.

That said the Democratic Party could prompt nationwide changes if it wanted to, Masket said. The national committee protects Iowa's and New Hampshire's first in the nation voting status, for example.

Eliminating super delegates could also be a sticking point, especially considering Trump's success in the Republican primaries. The Republican Party does not have super delegates.

"It's sort of a tough sell for Sanders because in one sense there's a lot of skepticism of super delegates in the Democratic Party but if you look at what Republicans are doing this year, I imagine they wish to God that they had super delegates," Hudak said. "So I think the irony might be that if anything undermines Sanders desire to get rid of Democratic super delegates, it's the Republican nominee who is standing in the way."

The Vermont senator should focus on building his movement, supporting candidates who share his views, finding a position that would allow him to further his goals, Lipsitz said. Were Democrats to regain control of the Senate, she could imagine him head of its budget committee.

"Ultimately what matters is what Bernie Sanders does with all the excitement he's created and all these people who are following him," she said. "He needs to somehow turn that into something that’s more long term."

Only about half of his supporters plan to vote for Clinton in the national election, according to a Bloomberg poll of likely voters conducted earlier this month. Some of his supporters plan to demonstrate in his favor at the convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28. A group called Occupy DNC Convention, whose goal is to swing super delegates in Sanders' favor, has more than 28,000 members on Facebook.

And more than a dozen former staff members from his campaign already have joined NextGen Climate, the group founded by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer to build political power to fight climate change.

The question now for Sanders is whether he becomes an integral part of the Democrats' strategy, Rigueur said.

"Given how exciting this primary season has been, I don't think Bernie Sanders is going to walk off into the sunset and disappear," she said.

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<![CDATA[Rubio to Run for Re-Election]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:29:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/031216Rubio.jpg

One year ago, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination while promising to not seek re-election.

After failing in his run for the White House, the Florida senator is now reversing his stance and announcing that he will indeed run for a second term. The news was initially reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by NBC News.

Rubio was elected in 2010 as part of the Tea Party movement that put several Republicans into both chambers of Congress.

After dropping out of the running for the GOP nomination, Rubio was approached by Senate leadership in an effort to convince him to reconsider his initial pledge. Republicans who had announced they would run for the office said they would drop out if Rubio did run, including U.S. Rep. David Jolly and Lt. Gov.Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Several potential opponents on both sides of the aisle came out against Rubio for not keeping his promise to stay out of the race. Businessman and GOP candidate Carlos Beruff said that Rubio is “more worried about keeping the job than doing the job”, while U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, said Rubio is treating Floridians like "a consolation prize.”

Rubio released a statement admitting that he changed his mind and said he has no problem with potential opponents using it against him, saying "I have never claimed to be perfect." Rubio went on to say that he is running because he feels Washington needs "principled, persuasive leaders" no matter who is elected President.

Recent polls show Rubio easily winning the Republican primary despite his late decision, while being a slight favorite against both Democratic contenders.

"Keeping Florida’s US Senate seat Republican is a top priority for our party and for hardworking Floridians who reject Democrats’ policies of ineffective government that put Washington first. That is why we welcome Senator Rubio’s decision to run for reelection," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement. "From the chambers of the Florida House to the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio has proven himself as bold leader who is focused on real solutions to the issues facing Floridians across the state and to the nation."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump and the 'Mad Men' Ad Agency Mystery]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:23:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP16170075104020_opt.jpg

Donald Trump's latest campaign finance filing contains the names of dozens of companies that were paid for services, but one really stands out: Draper Sterling, a play on the name of the fictional ad agency from the cable TV series "Mad Men," NBC News reports.

The firm that collected $35,000 from Trump for "web advertising" in late April isn't headquartered in Madison Avenue offices filled with mid-century modern furniture and stylish secretaries; it traces back to a private home in suburban New Hampshire that's about a 15-minute drive from the home of ousted Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Unraveling what it is and how it wound up getting a big chunk of Trump change is a bit like trying to figure out Don Draper's true identity.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to questions about Draper Sterling and the work it did, and efforts to reach people connected with the firm were unsuccessful.

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<![CDATA[Apple Will Not Support GOP Convention: Report]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:57:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg

Apple is not being silent about its political stance against Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The company informed GOP leaders that it will not be providing monetary or any other form of support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it has done in years past, Politico reported.

In return, Trump supporters are calling for an Apple boycott, using the hashtag #BoycottApple on social media to vent their anger.

Their decision is because of Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrant and minorities, according to Politico.

Although opposition to Trump seems to be widespread, Apple is not part of the majority in opting out of their support. Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all expressed their intention to support the GOP next month in some form.

However, HP announced last month that it would not donate to the convention, just as BuzzFeed refused to sign a profitable ad deal with RNC because of Trump.

Meanwhile, Trump is not fazed by those who oppose him. In a statement on Saturday, he claimed he would self-fund his campaign if the GOP wavers in its support from the party.

"It would be nice if the Republicans stepped together,” Trump said in an interview with NBC News. “But I could win either way.”

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<![CDATA[Republican Senator Seeks Bipartisan Support for Gun Deal]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:00:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16173674394575.jpg

A moderate Republican senator was seeking broad support Tuesday for a compromise to block guns from suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along partisan lines to derail each party's more sweeping proposals. 

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was discussing her plan with GOP leaders and said she expected the Senate to vote on her proposal. 

"I remain encouraged," she said.

There was no immediate word from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on whether a vote would occur. And it remained unclear whether she could attract enough support to win if a vote were held. 

In an ominous sign, the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist criticized Collins' emerging effort, though he stopped short of outright opposition to it. 

"According to reports, Sen. Collins and others would prefer to continue to talk about gun control and ignore the growing threat from ISIS," an acronym for the Islamic State group, the NRA's Chris W. Cox said in a statement. 

Cox said keeping guns from terrorists and "providing meaningful due process are not mutually exclusive." 

That could be aimed at a provision in Collins' bill that allows people to appeal to federal courts after they've been denied a gun, not before it happens.

Collins was pushing her proposal at a time when election-year politics has made partisan compromise on guns difficult to achieve. 

Even after the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando by a sympathizer of Islamic State extremists that left 49 people dead, neither party has seemed eager to cut a deal that might anger its most loyal voters — NRA-backing conservatives and pro-gun control liberals. 

The government's overall terrorist watch list has 1 million people on it. Collins' proposal would let federal prosecutors bar guns to two narrower groups of suspected terrorists: the no-fly list with 81,000 people and the selectee list with 28,000 people. 

Selectees are people who can fly after unusually intensive screening. Nearly all the people on all three lists are foreigners. 

Under Collins' proposal, Americans denied guns could appeal their rejection to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In addition, the FBI would be notified if someone who's been on the broader terrorist watch list in the past five years buys a gun. 

Senators expressing support for Collins' plan included Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Tim Kaine of Virginia, along with independent Angus King of Maine, who usually backs Democrats. 

Republicans supporting her included Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.

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<![CDATA[Women Who Ran for the Presidency]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:02:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Presidency-thumb.jpg Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to become the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party. But the first woman to try for the White House ran 144 years ago. Here are some of Clinton's female predecessors, who in seeking the presidential nomination, one by one splintered the glass ceiling that Clinton would eventually break.

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<![CDATA[Hastert's Last Hours of Freedom]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:09:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hastert2.png

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is enjoying his last 48 hours of freedom.

Hastert has until 2 p.m. Wednesday, to surrender to the Federal Medical Center prison in Rochester, Minnesota, where he will begin serving a 15-month sentence.

While the former speaker’s jail term is technically a financial crime, he admitted in court that the hush-money case stemmed from the sexual abuse of athletes in his care, when he was wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.

“I am deeply ashamed,” Hastert told Judge Thomas Durkin. “I mistreated some of the athletes that I coached.”

With credit for good behavior, he will be released from custody in about 12 and a half months.

Upon arrival in Rochester, Hastert will be required to submit a DNA sample, and will be required to attend a mandatory admission session, where his physical and psychological needs will be assessed. The disgraced speaker’s incoming and outgoing mail and parcels will be opened, read, and examined. His movements around the facility will be strictly controlled in various ten minute periods throughout the day. If he is deemed medically fit, he will be given a job shortly after arrival, which he will hold for at least three months. 

Upon rising every day, Hastert will be expected to have his bed made by 7:30, according to the prison’s inmate handbook, and he is to sweep and wet mop his cell daily. He will be allowed to post photos of immediate family, but outside clothing is strictly prohibited. If he wants to watch television in any of the facility’s common areas, he will be required to bring his own chair. 

The halls at Rochester have been walked by familiar and notorious names. Former Chicago congressman Dan Rostenkowski did his time there, as did televangelist Jim Bakker, mob boss Joey Aiuppa, and County Commissioner Bill Beavers. Disgraced Chicago detective chief William Hanhardt also served at Rochester, and Jared Loughner, the assailant of congresswoman Gabby Giffords is housed there now serving a life sentence.

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<![CDATA[LeBron Wears an 'Ultimate Warrior' Shirt ]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:16:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/lebron19.jpg

When LeBron James got off the plane in Cleveland with the NBA trophy Monday, he wasn't just wearing any shirt — he was wearing an "Ultimate Warrior" shirt.

Why? Because he and the Cavs beat the Warriors last night. As Esquire points out, it' s not an easy shirt to find. In fact, it looks like it's only available here.

We get it King James, and congrats and all, but way to rub it in.

Wonder what Draymond has to say.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Trump Republicans Allege 'Intimidation' by Party Leaders]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:25:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpArizona-AP_16171030319864.jpg

Republicans who do not support Donald Trump as their presidential candidate said that "intimidation" tactics were being used by party leaders against them to prevent any subversion at the party's convention next month, NBC News reported.

A North Carolina delegate said the delegates in her state "are very much under direct threat from our state with a $10,000 fine," adding that she had been "threatened" by the state GOP "vice-president" over Facebook and asked about the possibility of a legal fund being established to defend them.

"I think that that's definitely going to affect very many people who are not going to be willing to step up in front of the committeemen" and contest votes for Trump at the convention, she said.

She also noted that delegates in Arizona are required to sign a pledge committing to vote for Trump or they'll be barred from the convention.

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<![CDATA[Speaker Ryan Talks Obligation to Support Trump]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:42:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/split2-ryan-trump.jpg

Paul Ryan says it's his obligation as the Speaker of the House to support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, but he won't force fellow Republicans to do the same.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Ryan said it's his responsibility as Speaker of the House to keep the Republican Party united and promised to continue criticizing Trump if he says or does "something that puts a bad label on conservatism."

"Imagine the Speaker of the House not supporting the duly elected nominee of our party, therefore creating a chasm in our party that splits us in half which basically helps deny us the White House, and strong majorities in Congress.”

Ryan explicitly denied that he was choosing party over country, arguing that he remains behind Trump because Republican primary voters chose him.

"He won the election. The voters voted for him…That's the choice they made." He continued, "That's not something I can control."

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<![CDATA[Sacramento Mayor Says He Can 'Take' Wrestling Champ]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:24:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-487799676.jpg

Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson usually wrestles with local issues when he's in the City Council chambers. This week, though, he just wrestled.

Johnson and the City Council on Tuesday were honoring Sacramento City College for winning the state wrestling championship.

Johnson, a former pro basketball player who also used to wrestle, decided to try his moves on one of the community college champions.

The mayor jokingly told one of the champion wrestlers that he could "take him." The two got into the standard opening pose on the floor of the Council chambers before the mayor dashed back to the council dais.

Johnson says he's glad his wrestling challenge was just pretend, or he might have been carted out of the chambers on a stretcher.

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<![CDATA[Marco Rubio Laying Groundwork for Potential Senate Bid]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:14:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RUBIO_GettyImages-515906890.jpg

Signs are growing that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is moving towards a run for reelection, a reversal of his past statements committing to retire from the Senate at the end of his term, NBC News reported.

A major fundraiser for Rubio's presidential bid confirmed the senator and his advisers are instructing operatives and donors to begin laying the groundwork for a run — but emphasized Rubio hasn't made the final decision yet.

"I think it's making sure things are in place should he make the decision," the fundraiser said.

Rubio is expected to announce his decision as early as Monday, after consulting with his family this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Trump Vows to 'Save' Gun Rights at Texas Rally]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:33:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP16170075104020_opt.jpg

Donald Trump emphatically told a Texas crowd Friday night that when he wins the presidency, people will call the White House to say they "can't believe you've saved the Second Amendment,” NBC News reported.

"We're going to save your guns," Trump roared to the thousands in a Houston hotel ballroom. "They're not going to take away your bullets. They're not going to shorten up your magazines. They're not going to do anything."

Trump also said it would have been a "beautiful sight" to see the Orlando gunman shot by someone armed at the nightclub last week.

"If we had people where the bullets were going in the opposite direction, right smack between the eyes of this maniac," Trump began to openly consider. He then added: "That would've been a beautiful, beautiful sight, folks." 

But despite his colorful denouncement of gun restriction efforts, Trump did not specifically refer to the gun measures that the Senate is expected to vote on next week.

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<![CDATA[Dump Trump Campaign at GOP Convention Emerges]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:19:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump-AP_16169030171563.jpg

Anti-Donald Trump forces are launching a "multi-pronged" approach to stop the presumptive nominee at the Republican National Convention, which could lead to chaos on the floor, NBC News reported.

Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate, is the leader of the effort, which centers around changing convention rules to include a "conscience clause" that would allow delegates bound to Trump to vote against him -- even on the first ballot in July.

According to Unruh, there's been growing interest in her proposal since last week, and many delegates she's hearing from already believe they aren't bound under RNC rules to back Trump.

Trump's strategists involved with delegate operations have downplayed the prospect, with one adviser telling NBC News they believe they have the "overwhelming majority" of delegates on the Rules Committee supporting Trump.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Backers Keeping Eye on Clinton's College-Ed Plans]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:20:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-519597112.jpg

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has now slowed to a halt, but that isn't to say his run was for nothing. The candidate may be best remembered for his ability to shake up the election, inspire young voters and bring attention to back-burner issues — like higher education, NBC News reports.

Sanders drew considerable support from young voters with his promises of free tuition at public four year colleges and universities, a plan that Tax Policy Center said would cost $800 billion over 10 years.

And many of his young supporters say college affordability is the issue keeping them from embracing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

What Clinton has proposed is a debt-free model where students will still pay for the fees associated with college — and ensuring higher education institutions maintain affordable costs — without having to borrow money. Clinton also called for allowing those with student loans to refinance at today's rates.

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<![CDATA[Ryan Lets GOP Voters Follow 'Conscience' on Trump]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PaulRyan-AP_16161559614348.jpg

In a "Meet the Press" interview set to air Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan essentially gave Republicans license to follow their conscience in whether to support Donald Trump.

"The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that's contrary to their conscience," Ryan said.

"[Trump is] a very unique nominee," he went on to say. "But I feel as a responsibility institutionally as the speaker of the House that I should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party. Because you know what I know that'll do? That'll definitely knock us out of the White House."

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is beginning her battleground-state ad blitz while Trump campaigns in Texas.

According to The New York Times, "Trump's campaign schedule is being driven by his fund-raising needs, prompting him to appear in heavily Republican states like Georgia and Texas and diverting his attention from battlegrounds where Hillary Clinton is spending her time."

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<![CDATA[Trump Campaign Brushes Off RNC Advice, Sources Say]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:05:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/539034324-reince-priebus-donald-trump.jpg

Tensions are growing between Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee as the presumptive GOP nominee's operation proves sluggish to adopt suggestions from party leaders, NBC News reports.

Six sources — granted anonymity in order to speak freely — detailed to NBC News how trust between the two camps has steadily deteriorated as the Trump campaign seems to brush off RNC advice on personnel, messaging and what it will take to win a national election come November.

Behind the scenes, the RNC is struggling to get Trump's team to staff up, the sources say.

But Trump communications director Hope Hicks told NBC Nes there is "no truth" to reports of tension: "The campaign has a great relationship with the RNC."

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