<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:12:06 -0700 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:12:06 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[How to Avoid Traffic During President Obama's LA Visit Saturday]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_285754319491.jpg

With President Barack Obama scheduled to visit the Los Angeles area for about 6 1/2 hours on Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a list of areas motorists should try to avoid to prevent being stuck in presidential motorcade traffic.

Obama's exact motorcade route is never released to the public.

According to the LAPD, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., motorists should avoid
the areas around:

  • Sunset Boulevard between Rivas Canyon Road and Monaco Drive;
  • Capri Drive between Corsica Drive and Casale Road; and
  • Casale Road between Capri Drive and San Remo Drive.

From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., motorists should avoid:

  • Amalfi Drive between San Remo and Capri drives;
  • Capri Drive between Amalfi Drive and Sunset; and
  • Pavia Place between Sunset Boulevard and Amalfi Drive.

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., motorists should avoid:

  • Sunset between Westcove and Minorca drives;
  • Allenford Avenue/26th Street between Sunset and San Vicente Boulevard;
  • San Vicente Boulevard between 25th Street and Wilshire Boulevard;
  • Wilshire between Barry and Devon avenues;
  • Beverly Glen Avenue between Ashton Avenue and Charing Cross Road;
  • Mapleton Drive between Club View and Wynton drives.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., motorists should avoid:

  • Beverly Glen Drive between Wynton Drive and Pico Boulevard;
  • Pico Boulevard between Patricia Avenue and Avenue of the Stars; and
  • Motor Avenue between Pico and Monte Mar Drive.

Police said Sepulveda Boulevard will be closed between Lincoln and Century boulevards for a roughly eight-minute period sometime between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m.

Will Rogers State Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., while

Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and Park will be closed until 7:30 p.m.

San Remo Drive in Pacific Palisades will be closed between Casale Road
and Amalfi Drive from about 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Amalfi Drive will be closed between 3 and 5 p.m. between Napoli and Minorca drives, and South Mapleton Drive will be closed from 5 to 7 p.m. between Wyton and Club View drives.

Club View will be closed between South Beverly Glen Boulevard and Comstock Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m. Motor Avenue will be closed from Pico to Monte Mar Drive between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Trump Fan: 'I'm Hispanic...We Vote for Mr. Trump']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:59:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_8630881865610-Trump.jpg

Donald Trump, who has called for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants but insisted that he loves Latinos, found an ecstatic Hispanic supporter at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday.

Appearing at a campaign event at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on the Strip, the Republican presidential candidate called on a woman holding a copy of People magazine, where Trump was recently featured with his family.

The woman, who said she was from Colombia, jumped on stage and screamed when Trump led her to the microphone.

"Where you from?" Trump asked.

"I'm from Colombia. I'm Hispanic, and I vote for Mr. Trump. We vote for Mr. Trump," she said. "We love you, we love you, all the way to the White House.”

Trump smiled broadly and put his hands on her shoulders, then appeared to have placed his hands on the woman’s hips. He kissed her several times.

"I swear to you, I think she's totally beautiful and great, I never met her before, I swear," Trump said.

The Las Vegas Sun spoke to the woman, identified as Myriam Witcher, after the event. She told the paper she supports Trump’s stance on immigrants who come to the U.S illegally.

"He needs to send illegal [immigrants] out of the country. I came here legally," she told the Sun, "I'm Hispanic, Latina and I love me some Trump."

According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey from Sept. 30, nearly three in four Latinos say they have a negative view of Trump.

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<![CDATA[Carson Defends Linking Gun Control to Holocaust]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:51:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_597656294333.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended his controversial statement in which he suggested that the Holocaust would have been "greatly diminished" if German Jews had been armed with guns.

“It is well known that in many places where tyranny has taken over, they first disarmed the people,” Carson said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "Good Morning America.” “There’s a reason that they disarm people. They don’t just do it arbitrarily.”

Carson was asked Thursday by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about an excerpt from his book "A More Perfect Union," in which the retired neurosurgeon links the disarming on German citizens with the killing of 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

In his book, Carson says "the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."

The Anti-Defamation League condemned Carson's comments, noting the "small number of personal firearms available to Germany's Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state."

"Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate," National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement. "When they had weapons, Jews could symbolically resist, as they did in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and elsewhere, but they could not stop the Nazi genocide machine.

Greenblatt added that "Nazism and anti-Semitism," not gun control, caused the Holocaust.

Carson called the response by the Anti-Defamation League "total foolishness," adding that he'd be happy to discuss it "in depth" with anybody.

Earlier this week, Carson drew criticism by calling for potential victims of mass shootings to rush the attacker.

In an interview on Wednesday, Carson also offered a shaky explanation of his opposition to raising the debt ceiling, appearing to confuse the borrowing limit with the federal budget.

"Let me put it this way: if I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget. Absolutely would not do it. They would have to find a place to cut," Carson said in a radio interview on "Marketplace."

In a statement to NBC News, Carson later said, “critics have blown this way out of proportion” but does make clear that he understands "raising the debt ceiling is about paying for obligations the federal government has incurred.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[GOP, Dems React to McCarthy Announcement]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:37:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_689482047515.jpg

In a stunning move that came as a surprise to many in the Republican party, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took his name off the running for House Speaker.

McCarthy announced his decision moments before GOP lawmakers were set to nominate the California Rep. as their speaker.

The front-runner threw Congress' Republican leadership race into chaos and disarray Thursday and forced outgoing House Speaker John Boehner to abruptly end the closed-door session and reschedule the vote.

In a statement, Boehner said he will continue to serve as speaker until the House votes to elect a successor.

"We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new Speaker in the coming weeks," Boehner said. "Our conference will work together to ensure we have the strongest team possible as we continue to focus on the American people’s priorities.” 

Presidential hopefuls and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle had mixed reactions to McCarthy’s announcement.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said McCarthy was "unselfish" by prioritizing the Republican conference ahead of his own political ambitions, while anti-establishment GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump expressed enthusiasm over the news in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Democrats warned that the GOP's internal strife shouldn't keep the House from conducting serious business — like raising the debt ceiling before Nov. 5, when the nation risks defaulting on its loans.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says it's easy to "poke fun at the chaos" triggered by McCarthy's stunning move. But Earnest says the challenge facing the next speaker is the same one that McCarthy would have faced — and what outgoing Speaker John Boehner had to deal with.

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<![CDATA[President Obama to Visit San Diego Saturday]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:48:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/454510990.jpg

 President Obama will make a stop in San Diego Saturday for what may be one of his last visits as commander-in-chief. 

The President will arrive Saturday and stay in the city overnight with no public events planned. 

He will return to Washington, D.C. on Monday. 

The last time Obama visited San Diego was in May 2014.

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<![CDATA[Murdoch Apologizes for 'Real Black President' Tweet]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:04:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_508647646484.jpg

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has apologized for comments he made suggesting President Barack Obama is not a "real black president,” NBC News reported.

The 84-year-old tweeted late Wednesday that Republican presidential nominee Ben Carson would give the U.S. "a real black president who can properly address the racial divide."

Murdoch's tweet praised Carson, the only African-American running in the 2016 race, and his wife, Candy, as "terrific," shortly after promoting the nominee's appearance on "The Kelly File" on his Fox News Channel.

The message sparked controversy on Twitter as thousands voiced their disapproval of his comment, ranging from funny to serious. 

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<![CDATA[In Ad, GOP Candidate Fires Gun and Says: 'I'm Hunting RINOs.']]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:44:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_110511112754.jpg

Rep. Renee Ellmers is being challenged by House GOP primary candidate, Kay Daly, who in a new ad saying she's "hunting RINOs."

Daly's ad calls Ellmers a "feminist" and a "RINO" (an acronym for "Republican in Name Only") before she fires her gun at the end of the video. The narrator of the ad accuses Ellmers' for voting "to let homosexuals pretend they're married" and for raising "the debt ceiling twice to pay for abortions in D.C. to fund 'Planned Butcherhood.'"

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Iowa]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_293658131134.jpg

Hillary Clinton holds a community forum to affordable health care and the economy in Mount Vernon, Iowa. 

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<![CDATA[Man Paints 'Trumpkin']]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:26:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/candidate+pumpkins.jpg

What started out as a $5 pumpkin from Walmart became a viral Internet sensation after an Illinois man painted Donald Trump's face on the pumpkin and dubbed it "Trumpkin." 

John Kettman, of La Salle, Illinois, has since painted two more pumpkins with candidates' faces — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The three candidates were chosen in part because the excitement they were generating on his Facebook feed.

"This year is very political," Kettman said. "We've got a lot of important topics that are representing different people, too. We've got a surgeon, we've got a billionaire, we've got Hillary Clinton." 

Inspired by his sister, Kettman, who a portrait artist, painted his first pumpkin 22 years ago, he said. He picked up the hobby again about six years ago, and this year he turned political with his gourd art.

Kettman wasn't a complete newcomer to the art form, however. In the past, he dabbled in political cartoons, and he also has a collection of portraits he painted on single grains of rice, including one of Abraham Lincoln and another of Jimmy Fallon.

After the "Trumpkin" went viral, Kettman decided his next candidate portraits would be painted on foam pumpkins instead of real ones, so they'll last longer.

Kettman said he'll likely paint a few more candidates' likenesses on pumpkins, but he hasn't decided on which ones. Ben Carson is a contender, but Kettman said he wants to see what the next poll numbers show.

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<![CDATA[Carson: Loss of Gun Rights 'More Devastating' Than Bullet Wounds]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:56:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_388941844272.jpg

In one of his signature Facebook Q&As Monday night, Ben Carson again weighed in on the Oregon school shooting, writing that he had operated on victims of gun violence "but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away," NBC News reported. 

Responding to a question on whether he changed his position on the Second Amendment, Carson suggested new gun-control laws wouldn't solve the problem and accused Democrats of "us[ing] these tragedies to advance a political agenda."

In a separate interview with USA Today released Tuesday, Carson suggested that, if he had a child in kindergarten, he would want school security guards - and even possibly that child's teacher - to be armed.

"If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't," he said.

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<![CDATA[California Approves 'Right-to-Die' Bill]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:46:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_cancervaccine0517.jpg Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs.]]> <![CDATA[2016 Election: Is Rubio the New GOP Favorite?]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:03:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_105374863179.jpg

A series of strong performances on the campaign trail and in the two debates as well as missteps by other candidates have helped improve Marco Rubio's presidential prospects, and some top party operatives say the Florida senator is for now the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination, NBC News reported. 

The withdrawal of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker eliminated one of the Republicans who, like Rubio, had the potential to appeal to both the establishment and conservative wings of the party. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has not overcome reluctance from the GOP to elect a third president from the same family and has made a number of gaffes on the campaign trail.

Senior Republicans say they still think it is unlikely the party will turn to Donald Trump or Ben Carson, who have led in many polls but have little political experience and have made a number of controversial statements that could hobble them in a general election.

Republicans say Rubio must now withstand media scrutiny of his years as member and eventually speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and as a U.S. senator.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Ad to Highlight McCarthy Benghazi Comments]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 03:47:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_293658131134.jpg

Hillary Clinton's first ad to air on national cable will highlight House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's comments linking the House Benghazi Committee to Clinton's political fortunes, NBC News reported.

In the ad, a narrator says "The Republicans finally admit it" before airing McCarthy's remark that "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. What are her numbers today?"

The 30-second ad starts on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Trump's Lead Narrows as Fiorina, Carson Close In]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:42:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fiorina-Trump-Carson.jpg

Donald Trump remains ahead in the early Republican nominating contests of Iowa and New Hampshire, but his lead has shrunk from a month ago, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of these two states.

In New Hampshire, Trump holds a five-point advantage over Carly Fiorina among GOP primary voters, 21 percent to 16 percent. But a month ago Trump's lead over the nearest competition in the Granite State (John Kasich) was 16 points, 28 percent to 12 percent.

Trump is ahead of Carson by five points among potential GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, 24 percent to 19 percent - with Fiorina in third at 8 percent. Trump's lead over Carson in the same poll a month ago was seven points.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton maintains her lead in Iowa with 47 percent support of caucus voters, and Bernie Sanders is still ahead in New Hampshire, leading the former secretary of state by nine points, 48 percent to 39 percent.  

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<![CDATA[Clinton Campaign Courts Latino Voters]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HilaryClinton-HumanRightsFoundation.jpg

Capitalizing on her still positive polling numbers with Latinos, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making the most of Hispanic Heritage Month to bolster her backing in the community and overall nationally, NBC News reported.

The campaign said Thursday it is launching "Latinos for Hillary" with several events that it will roll out over the next several weeks.

Clinton, the frontrunner early in the 2016 election, has seen her positive ratings drop among all voters and the wide lead over closest rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, shrink or disappear in New Hampshire and Iowa.

The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released this week shows Clinton with a negative popularity rating, 39 percent to 47 percent (-8) favorable/unfavorable among all voters. 

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<![CDATA[Bush on School Shooting Reaction: 'Stuff Happens']]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:56:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_183581022528.jpg

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush drew a rebuke from the president for comments he made Friday about the university shooting that left nine people and a gunman dead in Oregon the day before.

Speaking at a campaign stop in South Carolina, Bush urged caution on the government's reaction to the Umpqua Community College shooting, using the phrase "stuff happens" in reference to crises.

"I resist the notion -- and I had this challenge as governor -- 'cause look, stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do," Bush said.

Bush called the shooting "heartbreaking," but was speaking about the larger issue of how to set rules in the face of tragedy. 

"We're taking people's rights away each time we do that and we're not necessarily focusing on the right challenge," he said.

He said "the best laws" are usually at the state level.

Bush's campaign addressed the outrage over his comments in statement:

“It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush’s comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political agenda in the wake of a tragedy. Taking shameless advantage of a horrific tragedy is wrong and only serves to prey on people's emotions.”

President Barack Obama was asked to respond to Bush’s comments at a news conference Friday afternoon.

"I don’t even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgment based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that 'stuff happening,'" Obama said.

Bush, pressed by a reporter in Greenville about the phrase "stuff happens," said the choice of wording was not a mistake but about tragedies in general. He cited as an example an "impulse" to pass a law about fencing after a child drowns in a pool. 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Carly Fiorina Attends Town Hall]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:01:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_615136142641.jpg

 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a South Carolina town hall.

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<![CDATA[Kevin McCarthy Attempts to Clarify Benghazi Comments]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 01:49:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_380749363036.jpg

Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he never meant to link a congressional investigation into Benghazi to Hillary Clinton's faltering poll numbers, and that the outrage over his remarks has been a setback to his hopes of becoming the next House speaker, NBC News reported.

In an appearance on Fox earlier this week, McCarthy said, "We put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are [Clinton's] numbers today? Her numbers are dropping."

The comment drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, including some of his fellow members of the House GOP.

McCarthy, the favorite to become speaker once John Boehner retires later this year, said the comments have "been a setback," but he is still confident he will have the votes to become the next leader of the House Republicans.

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<![CDATA[Obama Calls For Gun Reform After Ore. Shooting]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:28:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/obama-AP_749073385113.jpg

President Barack Obama spoke passionately and with frustration Thursday night after a gunman opened fire on a community college campus in Oregon, killing nine people.

"Somehow this has become routine," Obama said. "My response here, at this podium, is routine. We’ve become numb to this. It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict pain on someone else to get their hands on guns.”

The president called upon Congress to implement what he called common sense gun control laws. He noted that critics would say that he had "politicized" the issue.

"This is something we should politicize— it is relevant to our common life together," he said.

The shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, also wounded at least nine others at the college in Roseburg, before dying himself.

Obama compared the United States to other advanced countries, saying that they changed their gun policies after only "one mass shooting." States with more gun control laws have less gun violence, he said.

Other countries also have people who are mentally ill, but the United States is the only developed country that sees shootings like the one in Oregon every month, the president said.

Obama added that "our thoughts and prayers are not enough."

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee criticized Obama in a statement on Facebook, saying that his "passion is grossly misplaced into destroying the Second Amendment" and that gun violence is "the fault of evil people doing evil things."

"With few facts, Obama is quick to admittedly politicize this tragedy to advance his liberal, anti-gun agenda," Huckabee wrote. "For this president to make a political pronouncement is at best premature and at worst ignorantly inflammatory."

Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich learned of the shootings during a taped interview with NBC News. He said that "stripping" citizens of their guns won't "get the job done" to prevent these tragedies.

"You can strip all the guns away, but the people who are going to commit crimes or have problems are always going to have the guns," Kasich said. Instead, he criticized the lack of treatment for the mentally ill in order to prevent shootings.

Earlier Thursday, other presidential candidates and politicians tweeted their thoughts and prayers for victims of the shooting.

Republicans Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and Kasich and Democrats Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders were among those sending condolences.

Many of the initial messages streered away from the politics of gun control but not all, including Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, who challenged Republicans over gun safety.

Here is additional reaction from other public figures. 

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<![CDATA['They're Going Back': Trump on Syrian Refugees in U.S.]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:35:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_150044116061.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’s going to toughen up on Syrian refugees if he wins the upcoming federal election, NBC News reported.

"I'm putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they're going back!" he said at a town hall on Wednesday in Keene, New Hampshire.

The comments are a departure from Trump’s previous, softer remarks about the ongoing refugee crisis. In a speech in Rochester, New Hampshire, two weeks ago, Trump said the U.S. can do something about the crisis, but “we have to get other people to help us.”

This is Trump’s 14th visit to New Hampshire.

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<![CDATA[Secret Service Apologizes to Rep. Jason Chaffetz ]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 02:57:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_814422308089.jpg

The Secret Service apologized to Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday for violating federal privacy law, NBC News reported.

The agency improperly accessed sensitive personal information about him dozens of times in little more than a single week. The handling of his information was confirmed Wednesday in a 29-page report by the inspector general's office of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Secret Service.

"It's a bit scary. If they would do this to me, I just, I shuddered to think what they might be doing to other people," he told NBC News. "I'd like to tell you how tough I am, but it's scary, and it's intimidating, and I will continue to investigate the Secret Service and others, but this should have never ever happened."

Chaffetz, R-Utah — who applied to the Secret Service in 2003 — has aggressively pursued allegations of Secret Service misconduct as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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<![CDATA[All 15 GOP Candidates Pay Hefty Fee for S.C.]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_730791540628.jpg

 All 15 top running Republican presidential candidates have paid the hefty filing fee to qualify for South Carolina's primary. 

The Palmetto State's deadline is the first in the nation and requires the most expensive filing fee in the country: $40,000.

All the major candidates, including low-polling, lesser known candidates such as former Virginia Governor James Gilmore and former New York governor George Pataki have submitted the forms and paid. Pataki was the last one to file, having to overnight a package to the South Carolina Republican Party, which received the package midday on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[More Money, More Problems for 2016 Candidates]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:10:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_233926444912.jpg

How much does money matter in the current presidential contest? So far, not that much — at least in terms of those who have spent the most on TV ads.

According to the latest ad-spending data by NBC partner SMG Delta, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign and super PAC Right to Rise spent a combined $5.4 million on TV ads, followed by $4.9 million by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign and $4.1 million by Hillary Clinton’s team. Louisiana Gov.Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have shelled out nearly $3 million each on TV ads, money that has not translated to surges in polls.

Meanwhile, like an inverse to the current polling, GOP front-runner Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — who has made a considerable cut into Clinton’s national lead in the latest NBC News pol l— have spend $0 on TV ads. 

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<![CDATA[Poll: Latinos Have 'Very Negative' View of Trump, GOP]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:18:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-463702166.jpg

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump - and the GOP as a whole - are deeply underwater with American Latinos, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey shows.

Nearly three in four Latinos say they have a negative view of Trump, with 67 percent saying their view is "very negative." Trump, who has called for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and has derided opponent Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish at campaign events, gets a thumbs up from just 11 percent of Latinos.

The Republican Party is viewed negatively by a plurality of Latinos as well. More than four in ten have a poor impression of the GOP, compared to 24 percent who view the party positively. 

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<![CDATA[Clinton's Not-So-Subtle Message to Sanders]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:47:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_6845836253611.jpg

Even though the first Democratic presidential debate is just two weeks away, frontrunner Hillary Clinton isn’t engaging with opponent Bernie Sanders, NBC News reported.

Clinton hasn’t even mentioned Sanders’ name while on the campaign trail, but did point out some of his weaknesses in an interview with NBC/MSNBC's Chuck Todd.

"Well, I'm not in any way going to criticize Sen. Sanders," Clinton told Todd in an interview for the new MSNBC show "MTP Daily." "And he's running a great campaign and I respect that."

During the interview, Clinton said Democratic lawmakers have lined up behind her, not him.

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<![CDATA[Americans Are Angry About the Country's Direction: Poll]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:34:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_294710634427.jpg

Americans are angry and think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to a new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. 

A relative majority of adults feel angry because the American political system seems to be working for those with money and power.

And more than half of Americans - 55 percent - say that something upsets them enough that they'd carry a protest sign for an entire day if they could.

The one hitch: The public is divided over the source of this anger.

Still, there is some optimism from the public when it comes to the economy. Fifty-three percent of Americans say they're "confident and optimistic" about their own financial situation over the next year, versus 45 percent who are "worried and uncertain."

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<![CDATA[Poll Shows Joe Biden as Most Popular Candidate]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Biden_crop.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden is a popular guy. 

In fact, if Biden were to declare a run for the White House right now, he would enter the race as the most popular candidate in the field, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll. 

Forty percent of Americans have a favorable view of Biden and only 28 percent have a negative view for a +12 rating. 

For comparison to his fellow Democrats, Bernie Sanders is +10 and Hillary Clinton is -8.  On the Republican side, Ben Carson earns a +8; Carly Fiorina earns a +7 and Donald Trump is -33. 

Biden, according to the poll, would fare better in head to head matchups with Republicans than Clinton. 

The poll was conducted between Sept. 20 and 24 and sampled 1,000 adults (400 of whom were reached by cell phone.) It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. 

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<![CDATA[Immigration Reform Supporters Pray for Miracle from Boehner]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:14:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/AP_140043121627.jpg

A group of religious leaders who are proponents of immigration reform say it would take a miracle to get the House to vote on an immigration bill and are praying House Speaker John Boehner was inspired enough by Pope Francis to make it happen, NBC News reported.

Sure it's a long shot, but Boehner's leaving anyway, so what is there to lose, say those offering up prayer for the fall miracle.

Boehner, R-Ohio, made a surprise announcement Friday that he plans to retire at the end of next month. His news came the day after Pope Francis met with Boehner and made a plea on behalf of immigrants in a speech to Congress.

In his speech, the pope implored Congress and others to view immigrants as persons, see their faces and listen to their stories and to treat them with humanity. He invoked the Golden Rule.

"We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome," he said.

Boehner, a Catholic, was seen teary-eyed during the pope's public appearances and later acknowledged the emotional impact the pontiff's visit had on him.

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<![CDATA[6 in 10 Oppose Defunding Planned Parenthood: Poll]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:40:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483023072-PP.jpg

Six in 10 Americans say they're opposed to completely eliminating Planned Parenthood's federal funding -- including more than 40 percent who are "strongly" opposed, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted Sept. 20-34 of 1,000 adults. 

Attitudes about Planned Parenthood are virtually unchanged months after a string of secretly taped videos showing Planned Parenthood employees talking about the use of fetal tissue and organs in scientific research from pregnancies that had been terminated at their facilities.

In the poll, 44 percent of Americans say they're strongly opposed to completely eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and another 17 percent are "somewhat" opposed. That's compared with 22 percent who strongly favor eliminating its funding, and another 13 percent who somewhat support it.

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