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Foreign diplomats voicing alarm to U.S. officials about Trump

Foreign  leaders warn about TrumpForeign diplomats are expressing alarm to U.S. government officials about what they say are inflammatory and insulting public statements by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, according to senior U.S. officials.

Officials from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia have complained in recent private conversations, mostly about the xenophobic nature of Trump's statements, said three U.S. officials, who all declined to be identified.

"As the (Trump) rhetoric has continued, and in some cases amped up, so, too, have concerns by certain leaders around the world," said one of the officials.

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Republican Ex-IRS Commissioner: Trump Should Release Taxes

Trump and tax returnsA former head of the IRS is calling on Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying that there is no legitimate reason to withhold them.

"When Americans file their tax returns each year, they declare under penalty of perjury that to best of their knowledge they are true, correct and complete," says Mark Everson, who served as IRS Commissioner during the Bush Administration.

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Hillary Clinton wins South Carolina primary with ease

Clinton wins SCThe win in South Carolina was Clinton's third victory in the first four Democratic contests [Randall Hill/Reuters]

United States Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has won the South Carolina primary over rival Bernie Sanders, propelling her into next week's crucial "Super Tuesday" voting in 11 states on a wave of momentum.

With almost all of the votes counted on Saturday night, Clinton was easily winning with more than 73 percent.

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Donald Trump’s Trolls Unleash Hell on Veterans

Trump and fake supportersVeterans who have passed on being the GOP frontrunner’s props have found themselves targeted by his legion of trolls.

Veterans groups who stood up to Donald Trump’s pandering to their ranks are now routinely bombarded with nasty messages from the mogul’s supporters, who want to punish them for daring to challenge their leader.  

Paul Rieckhoff, the CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, learned this first-hand when he stood up to the Republican presidential frontrunner in late January, saying he would decline any donations from Trump’s charitable foundation if offered.

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Obama chooses to fight over Supreme Court

Obama to nominate Scalia replacementPresident Barack Obama, suddenly given perhaps the greatest voter turnout tool ever, was facing the choice between setting off a nasty brawl with Congress by seizing the best chance in a generation to flip the ideological balance of the Supreme Court, or simply punting.  Obama chose the fight.

And he chose it just as the Supreme Court nears the end of a term that’s already shaping up as a referendum on his presidency around just about every core Democratic issue: abortion, affirmative action, union rights, immigration reform and environmental regulations.

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The partisan strategy of voter suppression

Voter suppression by the GOPOver the last five years, perhaps no elected official in the country has been more aggressive in placing limits on voting and registration than Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

He authored a provision that created a two-tiered voting system under which some Kansans could cast a ballot for their president but not their governor or any other statewide official. On Jan. 15 a Kansas district court judge struck down the measure, calling it a violation of the state’s constitution and sharply rebuked Kobach, writing, “No such authority exists at all … to encumber the voting process as he has done here.”

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to suspend presidential campaign

Christie to suspend campaignAfter failing to secure a single delegate in the New Hampshire Republican primary, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to suspend his presidential campaign Wednesday.

Christie could announce his departure from the presidential race as soon as Wednesday afternoon after he meets with advisors, an anonymous source familiar with the plans told ABC News.

"We bet the ranch on New Hampshire, and no one ever anticipated the Trump phenomenon," the source said. "He's a realist."

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