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Civil rights, religious groups upset over police union Trump endorsement

Police union in NH emdorse TrumpCivil rights and religious groups have slammed the decision by a northeastern police union to endorse controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose comments on police brutality and calls to restrict U.S immigration for Muslims have sparked outrage across the political spectrum and among minority constituencies.

Rev. Jason Lydon was part of a group of clergy members who protested the event Thursday during which the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA) announced their endorsement for Trump. Lydon, along with other clergy, kneeled down and prayed, blocking a hallway until police told them that they would be arrested if they continued.

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Trump branding removed from Dubai development amid uproar

Trump branding removed in DubaiThe image and name of American presidential hopeful Donald Trump was gone on Friday from much of a Dubai golfing and housing development amid the uproar over his comments about barring Muslims from traveling to the United States.

The disappearance of Trump branding from the multibillion-dollar development in the United Arab Emirates comes amid growing concern over his comments in the Middle East, where he has long sought moneymaking opportunities.

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Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users

Ted Cruz using firm to access FBTed Cruz’s presidential campaign is using psychological data based on research spanning tens of millions of Facebook users, harvested largely without their permission, to boost his surging White House run and gain an edge over Donald Trump and other Republican rivals, the Guardian can reveal.

A little-known data company, now embedded within Cruz’s campaign and indirectly financed by his primary billionaire benefactor, paid researchers at Cambridge University to gather detailed psychological profiles about the US electorate using a massive pool of mainly unwitting US Facebook users built with an online survey.

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Rubio Wants to Undo Gay Marriage, End Obama’s LGBT Protections

Rubio's right wing sideThe conventional wisdom is that Marco Rubio is the moderate alternative to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

But when it comes to LGBT equality, Rubio is as extreme as anyone. In less than three minutes on the Christian Broadcasting Network, the up-and-coming candidate said he would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on LGBT nondiscrimination, appoint judges to roll back abortion and same-sex marriage, and expand religious exemptions to a wide range of laws.

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Ben Carson blasts RNC, threatens to leave Republican Party

Ben CarsonBen Carson on Friday blasted the Republican National Committee following a Washington Post report that nearly two-dozen establishment party figures were prepping for a potential brokered convention as Donald Trump continues to lead most polls.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus held a dinner in Washington, D.C., on Monday, and, according to five people who spoke with the Post, the possibility of Trump heading into the Cleveland convention with a substantial number of delegates was a topic of discussion. Some attendees suggested the establishment lay the groundwork for a floor fight that could lead the party’s mainstream wing to unite behind an alternative. Carson rejected this approach.

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White supremacist groups see Trump bump

Trump invigorates KKKThe Ku Klux Klan is using Donald Trump as a talking point in its outreach efforts. Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike.

And former Louisiana Rep. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s.

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Trump cancels Israel visit after controversies over comments

Trump cancels Israel tripDonald Trump on Thursday called off a planned December trip to Israel, shelving what was shaping up to be an awkward visit by the Republican presidential front-runner following comments that managed to offend Muslims and Jews alike.

Dozens of Israeli lawmakers had called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the Dec. 28 meeting with Trump. The prime minister, wary of being seen as endorsing Trump's positions despite his own Republican leanings, had given only guarded remarks, saying he would honor a previously scheduled meeting but at the same time rejecting Trump's calls to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

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