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Can Hillary Be Beat In the
National Election?
Yes but not by either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump
Take two minutes to flip through the new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll
and you are left with two very clear takeaways:
Hillary Clinton is deeply vulnerable in a general election.  Donald Trump
and, to a lesser extent, Ted Cruz, are the exact wrong candidates to take
advantage of Clinton's weaknesses.
That is the reality that faces Republicans as they look down the road at the
general election.  A totally winnable race after eight years out of the White
House that may be unwinnable -- or close to it -- because of a primary
process that has put forward two of their least appealing general election
Start with this: Just one in three (32 percent) of general election voters see
Clinton in a positive light while 56 percent regard her negatively.  That's
Clinton's worst score since NBC-WSJ started asking about Clinton's image
in early 2001.  
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New York’s primary: What to expect
and when to expect it
Trump               Kasich              Cruz          Sanders            Clinton
In New York, you are always competing for attention with something bigger, flashier and
more exciting, and Tuesday's primary is no different: Politicians have to grab the attention of
Gotham residents who may be focused on the 7 p.m. start of the hometown Rangers NHL
playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is also a night baseball game at Yankees
Stadium. But there is a lot at stake for both parties in the Empire State, so grab a knish and
an egg cream (or, if you are watching the upstate vote, Buffalo wings and a Genesee Cream
Ale) and settle in. Polls close  at 9 p.m. ET. Here's how to watch:  
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Trump Hoping to Sweep NY Primaries
Minority women supporters serving as "eyes and ears"
If the polls are right, Donald Trump's only real opponent in New York is the expectations
game. The Manhattan real estate mogul is seeking to crack 50% in congressional districts
throughout his home state during Tuesday's primary, and to nail down all 95 New York
delegates to the Republican convention — and his rivals are sure to cast anything less as a
disappointment "We have to win by big numbers!" Trump told thousands of cheering
supporters Sunday at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in downtown Poughkeepsie, later urging
voters to give him a "landslide." While he retains a large lead over Ted Cruz in GOP delegates
overall, Trump wants the Empire State to offset gains that the Texas senator has made in
state conventions in recent weeks.  
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Trump Leads, but Kasich Support
Reaches New High Ahead of N.Y.
John Kasich
Trump remains at 46 percent support this week, unchanged from last
week. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped 2 points from last week and now has
28 percent support. Kasich has 19 percent support, up 3 points from last
week. Kasich's rise, while modest, still gives him the highest support he
has had since the start of the tracking poll. The poll was conducted online
from April 11 to April 17 among 13,020 adults aged 18 and over.
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Bernie Sanders tries to overcome
the odds
Bernie Sanders endorsed by various celebrities
"Bernie Sanders is boldly and fiercely addressing the biggest challenges facing our
country," Merkley wrote in the New York Times. He cited Sanders' long-time opposition
to both the undemocratic campaign-finance system and trade deals that have sent many
thousands of jobs overseas. Most of all, he celebrated Sanders' "willingness to fearlessly
stand up to the powers that be."  
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David Inkk Henry, 47, alleged grandmaster of the  Masonic
Fraternal Police Department, died Monday after appearing in a
San Fernando courtroom. A judge dismissed charges against
another man. Hours later David Inkk Henry died of a
pulmonary embolism at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial
Hospital, attorney Gary Casselman said. The case against three
people accused of operating the "bogus" Masonic Fraternal
Police Department — a supposedly ancient force that claimed
to work in 33 states and Mexico — partly collapsed on
Monday when the charges against one defendant were
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Case against 3 of the Masonic
Fraternal Police Department
collapses; Chief David Inkk Henry
David Inkk Henry
If the opinion polls are correct, Sen. Ted Cruz will be shown a thing
or two on Tuesday by the New York voters he’s been insulting by
going on about fellow Republican presidential contender Donald
Trump’s “New York values.’’ Everyone knows what values he
meant, Cruz says. We sure do. Cruz meant freedom, respect,
diversity and striving. But he disdains those values when it means
gays are free, women are respected, and immigrants strive.
Unfortunately for Cruz, those all-inclusive values help build prosperity
— and win national elections.
Here are some of our New York values:
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Hey, Ted Cruz: New York values are
everywhere — and they work
Ex-New York Officer Gets 5
Years of Probation in Fatal
Brooklyn Shooting
         Akai Gurley                                                 Peter Liang
In a Brooklyn courtroom packed with the relatives of his victim,
Peter Liang, the former New York City police officer who fatally
shot Akai Gurley while on patrol in a housing project stairwell, was
sentenced on Tuesday to five years of probation, escaping a prison
term in the divisive police misconduct case.  
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Go Home! You're Eleminated! Go!
The New York presidential primary featured two native New Yorkers, Queens-born Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, and Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders, a U.S.
senator from Vermont; and one transplant, Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state and former U.S. senator from New York who lives in the suburbs north of New
York City. Only Trump, the Republican front-runner, and Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, finished Tuesday in a New York state of mind, scoring big wins in the latest
event on the primary election schedule, moving them closer to becoming their parties' presidential nominees and making it almost impossible for anyone else to catch them.

"The race for the nomination is in the
home stretch and victory is in sight,"
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' winning streak is over. Former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton has won the New York Democratic primary. This is
her first victory since taking Arizona on March 22.
Hillary Clinton has 57.3 percent of the vote and Sanders 42.7 percent in
the New York primary. Clinton has "dealt a severe blow" to Sanders'
hopes of winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
Still, Sanders has no plans to abandon his campaign. Jeff Weaver, Sanders'
campaign manager, said that the Vermont senator will stay in the race
even if Clinton reaches the number of pledged delegates needed to secure
the nomination. Sanders is taking the long view, and that extends far
beyond this election. He has talked time and again about a "political
revolution," and he means it.
For her part, Clinton is calling for party unity as Democrats begin to
think about the general election. She said the nomination is "in sight."
Sanders, buoyed by a string of impressive victories over the past few
weeks, fought hard for Clinton's home state. He poured some $7 million
into advertising, more than double what Clinton spent. But Clinton's retail
politics -- dozens of events in small venues across the state -- paid off.
Exit polls indicated that New York Democrats found her more "inspiring"
than Sanders and a stronger candidate for the general election.
Sanders refuses to quit
After weeks of racking up victory after victory in
the delegate fight, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was left
completely out in the cold Tuesday night in New
As Donald Trump scored what is likely to be a
near-sweep of his home-state's New York
delegates with more than 60 percent of the popular
vote with 98.5 percent of precincts reporting as of
Wednesday morning, Cruz received less than 15
percent overall, and only cracked 20 percent in
two congressional districts.

Trump has received 89 of the 95 delegates, while
John Kasich, who finished a distant second with
25 percent, picked up three delegates. (Three more
are not yet allocated.) The governor of Ohio still
trails Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the overall
delegate count, despite Rubio having dropped out
of the race more than a month ago.
The Texas senator, who tried to explain his "New
York values" remark this week as repeating
Trump's own words from a 1999 "Meet the Press"
interview, failed to resonate in a state where he had
hoped to at least pick off a few delegates here and
Cruz preemptively shrugged off his New York
defeat on Tuesday night, kicking off his campaign
for Pennsylvania with a speech in Philadelphia in
which he declared, in an homage to a line from
"Rocky," that "America has always been best
when she’s lying down with her back on the mat
and the crowd’s given the final count."
Cruz's New York value:
Zero delegates
Does Donald Trump
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The Reign of the Purple Prince
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, the son of Mattie Della (Shaw) and
John Lewis Nelson. His parents were both African-American and his family
ancestry is centered in Louisiana, with all four of his grandparents hailing from that
state. Prince's father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.
Prince was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and who
performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In a 1991 interview with
A Current Affair, Prince's father said, "I named my son Prince because I wanted him
to do everything I wanted to do". Prince's childhood nickname was Skipper.

Prince said that he was "born epileptic" and "used to have seizures" when he was
young. He also stated that "My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said,
'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,' and she said, 'Why?' and I said, 'Because an
angel told me so'."

Prince's sister Tika Evene (usually called Tyka) was born in 1960. Both siblings
developed a keen interest in music, and this was encouraged by their father. Prince
wrote his first tune, "Funk Machine", on his father's piano when he was seven.
When Prince was ten years old, his parents separated. Prince repeatedly switched
homes following the separation, sometimes living with his father and sometimes with
his mother and stepfather. Finally, he moved into the home of neighbors named
Anderson and befriended their son Andre Anderson, who later became known as
André Cymone.

Prince and Anderson joined Prince's cousin Charles Smith in a band called Grand
Central while they were attending Minneapolis's Central High School. Smith was
later replaced by Morris Day on the drums. Prince played piano and guitar for the
band, which performed at clubs and parties in the Minneapolis area. Grand Central
later changed its name to Champagne and started playing original music influenced
by Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis,
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Todd
Rundgren. Rock critics have noted similarities between Prince's later androgynous
look, music and vocal style and that of Little Richard.

Prince also played basketball in high school, and continued to play it for recreation
as an adult. Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of
the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden
Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince
at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.On April 7,
2016, Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone
Tour, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta; the venue released a statement saying he
was "battling the flu". He rescheduled the show for April 14, even though he
still was not feeling well. While flying back to Minneapolis early the next
morning, his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City International
Airport in Moline, Illinois, so that he could seek medical treatment.
Representatives stated that he suffered from "bad dehydration" and had been
fighting influenza for several weeks. Prince was seen in public the following
evening, when he shopped at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis on Record Store
Day, and made a brief appearance at a dance party at his Paisley Park recording
studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, stating that he was feeling fine.

On April 19, 2016, he attended a performance by singer Lizz Wright at the
Dakota Jazz Club.

On April 21, 2016, at 9:43 a.m., the Carver County Sheriff's Office received a 9-
1-1 phone call from an unidentified male, requesting an ambulance be sent to
Prince's home and reporting, at first, that Prince was unconscious, and, later in
the same call, that he was dead. Authorities found Prince unresponsive, in an
elevator at Paisley Park, which also served as his Minnesota home. Prince did
not respond to CPR administered by emergency responders and was
pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. He was 57 years old.

Many musicians and cultural figures reacted to Prince's death. Cities across the
U.S. held tributes and vigils, and lit buildings, bridges, and other venues in
purple light. In the first five hours after the media began reporting his death,
"Prince" was the top trending term on Twitter, and Facebook reported there had
been 61 million Prince-related interactions. Snapchat added a "purple rain" filter
in honor of the late artist.
As a performer, Prince was known for his flamboyant style and showmanship. He
came to be regarded as a sex symbol for his androgynous, amorphous persona,
play with gender, and defiance of racial stereotypes.