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Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Merrick FarlandUS President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, an appellate court judge, to the Supreme Court.

White House confirmed the news on Wednesday, emphasising his readiness for the job and history of support from both Republicans and Democrats.

"No one is better suited to immediately serve on the Supreme Court," a White House official said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The Economist rates Trump presidency among its top 10 global risks

Donald Trump global economic riskA Donald Trump presidency poses a top-10 risk event that could disrupt the world economy, lead to political chaos in the U.S. and heighten security risks for the United States, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Electing Trump could also start a trade war, hurt trade with Mexico and be a godsend to terrorist recruiters in the Middle East, according to the latest EIU forecasts.

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Opponents of GMO Labeling Broke Washington's Campaign Finance Law

GMO Labeling opponents broke lawA court in Washington has ruled that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) violated the state's finance disclosure law when it funneled millions of dollars in dark money from its major corporate members to the campaign that defeated a 2013 ballot initiative to label food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.  

The GMA could face up to a $33 million fine if a trial court determines that members of its staff knew they were breaking the law when they attempted to hide the identities of processed food companies opposed to the ballot initiative, which would have required special labels for grocery items containing GMO ingredients.

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Trump warns of riots if denied GOP nomination

Donald TrumpU.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump warned on Wednesday of riots if he is denied the party's presidential nomination after a string of primary election victories, raising the temperature even more in a heated White House race.

The outspoken New York businessman scored big wins in primaries in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina on Tuesday, knocking out rival Marco Rubio and bringing him closer to the 1,237 convention delegates he needs to win the nomination.

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Marco Rubio suspends GOP presidential campaign

Marco Rubio suspends campaignSenator Marco Rubio of Florida announced Tuesday night that he would suspend his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

That announcement came on the heels of a "significant" victory in his home state of Florida for GOP front-runner Donald Trump, as projected by NBC News.

Rubio lamented in a Tuesday address that it was "clear" he would not be on the winning side of history, but he continued to promote the thesis of his campaign: A political run that is "realistic about the challenges we face," but still "optimistic."

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Trump Aide Has History of ‘Inappropriate’ Behavior

Corey LewandowskiDonald Trump’s staff and advisers have expressed concerns about campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s quick temper and heavy-handed leadership, and some even planned a coup against him last month, sources involved in the discussions told POLITICO.

A series of presidential primary victories ended the talk of deposing Lewandowski, the sources said. But now, Trump is facing external pressure to fire Lewandowski after he was accused last week of manhandling a reporter.

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Trump considers paying legal bills for man charged at rally

Trump considers paying legal fees for puncherDonald Trump says he’s “instructed my people” to explore the possibility of helping pay the legal bills for a 78-year-old man charged with assault at a Trump rally.

Authorities have said John Franklin McGraw of Linden, North Carolina, was charged after he was caught on video hitting a man deputies were escorting at a Trump rally last Wednesday in Fayetteville.

Trump tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that McGraw “got carried away” and “maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country.”

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