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Hillary Clinton Draws Distinction With GOP on Immigration

Republican policies would create a "second-class status" for immigrants, she argued

Hillary Clinton drew a sharp distinction Tuesday between herself and the 2016 Republican hopefuls on immigration reform, and called for a full path to citizenship for people who came to the U.S. illegally.

“Today, not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential is clearly consistent in supporting a path to citizenship,” the former Secretary of State said in prepared remarks before a roundtable at a high school in Nevada. “When they talk about ‘legal status,’ that is code for second-class status.”

Calling immigration a family and an economic issue, Clinton said she supported expanding programs for so-called Dreamers to help parents of immigrant children stay in the United States.

Clinton raised eyebrows in June when she said that the unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America should not be allowed to stay in the U.S. “to send a clear message.” Immigration activists expect Clinton to firmly embrace comprehensive immigration reform as a central part of her platform in 2016.

In response to a question from one of the roundtable participants, Clinton said she would make immigration reform one of her first initiatives if elected.

“We should put in place a simple, straightforward and accessible way for parents of Dreamers and others with a history of service and contributions to their community to make their case and to be eligible for the same deferred action as their children,” she said.

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Carly Fiorina Says She Would ‘Roll Back’ Net Neutrality Rules

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina speaks at TechCrunchÕs Disrupt conference on May 5, 2015 in New York City.
Andrew Burton—Getty Images Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina speaks at TechCrunchÕs Disrupt conference on May 5, 2015 in New York City.

And she wants the government to use technology to "re-engage" people

Carly Fiorina said Tuesday in her first public appearance since announcing her candidacy for the GOP nomination that she would “roll back” the new rules on net neutrality.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, arguably the presidential candidate with the most experience in the tech industry, came out swinging against the regulations in a talk at TechCrunch’s Disrupt event in New York City. “You don’t manage innovation, you let innovation flourish,” she said. “Regulation over innovation is a really bad role for government.”

Other Republican hopefuls have also come out in recent months against net neutrality—or the idea that all web content is treated equally—perhaps in opposition to Obama or in order to protect campaign donations, despite the fact that 85% of Republican voters say they oppose the creation of Internet “fast lanes.”

MORE: Why 2016 Republicans Oppose Net Neutrality

At other points during the talk, Fiorina pointed to her experience in the tech industry as a qualification for the Oval Office. “It is important to have someone in the White House who has a fundamental understanding of technology, and a fundamental vision of how technology could be used,” she said, adding that she hopes to use technology to “re-engage” people in politics.

Fiorina also addressed the industry’s inequalities for women, noting that they are “caricatured differently, criticized differently, scrutinized differently, because we’re still different.” To that end, she noted that she was pleased Hillary Clinton is also running for the Democratic nomination. “Obviously I’m running to beat Hillary Clinton, but I think It’s great there there are women on both sides of the aisle running for the highest office in the land.”

When the interviewer, a female journalist, asked Fiorina if she would consider a Vice Presidential slot, she bristled and replied: “Would you ever ask a man that question?”

In the past, male presidential candidates like former North Carolina Senator John Edwards and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have been asked whether they’re running for VP, and the idea has also been posed for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a presumed Democratic candidate. After the journalist responded that she would, the candidate said, “I’m not running for something else, I’m running because I want this job, and I think I can do this job.”

Read next: Carly Fiorina Calls Foul on Vice President Quesion

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Meets with Freddie Gray Family

Attorney General Lynch speaks with congressmen and faith leaders after meeting in private with Freddie Gray's family at Baltimore University in Baltimore
Jose Luis Magana—Reuters Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks with congressmen and faith leaders after meeting in private with Freddie Gray's family at Baltimore University in Baltimore, MD. on May 5, 2015.

Just days after the city's prosecutor announced officers would face charges in Gray's death

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a stop in Baltimore Tuesday, as tensions have begun to cool following a week of unrest and uncertainty.

Lynch, who is one week into her new role as the nation’s top prosecutor, met with community and faith leaders and politicians just days after the Baltimore City prosecutor announced charges against six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray’s death. Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Elijah Cummings were reportedly in the room.

“This is a flashpoint situation,” Lynch said at the meeting. “We lost a young man’s [life] and it begins to represent so many things.”

The death of 25-year-old Gray, who died due to injuries he sustained while in police custody, was the match that lit the proverbial flame in Charm City, leading to days of protest that at one point turned violent. Lynch met with the family of Gray around noon on Tuesday. The meeting was closed off to press. Later in the afternoon, Lynch is expected to meet with Baltimore police and the mayor.

The new Attorney General is following in the footsteps of the now-retired Eric Holder in her visit to a city where a young black man’s death shined new light on mistrust between the community and police. Following the death of Michael Brown in Missouri, Holder traveled to Ferguson to meet with local leaders.

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Democrats Take Fire for Exclusivity Clause in Official Debates

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University on April 29, 2015 in New York City.
Kevin Hagen—Getty Images Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University on April 29, 2015 in New York City.

The Democratic National Committee is coming under fire for its takeover of the presidential primary debate process.

Just minutes after announcing that it will only sanction six contests and that candidates who appear in any debate outside of those six will be barred from attending a sanctioned debate, Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for likely Democratic contender former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley criticized the small number of debates and the exclusivity requirement.

“If Governor O’Malley decides to run, we will expect a full, robust, and inclusive set of debates — both nationally and in early primary and caucus states,” she said in a statement to reporters. ”This has been customary in previous primary seasons. In a year as critical as 2016, exclusivity does no one any favors.”

The DNC said the six debate number was the jumping off point in 2004 and 2008 but it was quickly overridden by candidates and news outlets wanting more. In 2008, Democrats faced off more than 20 times before President Obama won the nomination.

“The precedent that was set was six, but there was no mechanism controlling that,” said DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee. “We’ve always said that we’d like to come up with a number and stick with it.”

“Every now and then Republicans have ideas that aren’t so terrible, and this was one of them,” he added of the exclusivity clause.

But an aide to one Democratic 2016 aspirant said they were taken aback by the exclusivity clause. “In the discussions that the DNC had with potential 2016 candidates, they explicitly said there would be no exclusivity clause and it was a shock to see that they included one in their press release today,” the aide said. “It was all an elaborate game where everything was worked out in advance with the Clinton people,” the aide alleged.

Elleithee declined to detail the nature of internal conversations the DNC conducted with candidates and campaigns, including whether the exclusivity clause was a late addition to the parameters.

“I have been involved in debate negotiations for various campaigns for nearly 20 years and they are almost always have some people who want more and some people who want fewer,” Elleithee said.

Appearing on stage with Clinton would be a significant credibility boost to the likely Democratic field, which includes lesser-known figures like O’Malley, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. Clinton aides understandably want to limit her opposition’s potential for a breakout moment on stage, while protecting a candidate who who occasionally struggled during the 2008 primary debates. Minutes after the DNC announced its debate plans, Clinton tweeted her support.

Elleithee added that campaigns were given a heads up about the press release Tuesday morning before it was sent out. But a spokesman for likely presidential aspirant Jim Webb said the former senator’s team had not discussed the debates “internally or externally.”

Additional reporting by Sam Frizell

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Huckabee Aims for Social Conservatives, Christians at Campaign Launch

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks as he officially announces his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential race on May 5, 2015 in Hope, Ark.
Matt Sullivan—Getty Images Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks as he officially announces his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential race on May 5, 2015 in Hope, Ark.

Invoking the gun he received at age 5, the prayers he recited in kindergarten and his baptism at age 10, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee launched his second presidential campaign Tuesday in the small Arkansas town the formed the basis of his small-town, Christian worldview.

A fierce social conservative and former Baptist televangelist, Huckabee stands to electrify the party’s religious conservative corners. Citing his faith repeatedly through his 30-minute announcement speech at a community college, it was clear the former governor plans to keep his Christianity at the center of his national campaign more than he did his failed 2008 bid.

“We ought to get our knees every night and thank God we live in a country people are trying to break into, instead of trying to break out of,” the 59-year-old Huckabee said.

His will be a campaign that blends political scolding and church revival.

It is a message tailored at conservatives who decide the outcome of Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, as well as the Southern states that Huckabee is putting at the front of his electoral thinking. Huckabee is betting voters in these states help him overcome the financial heft of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a fundraising machine, or the enthusiasm of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s libertarian supporters.

But even among Christian conservatives, Huckabee faces competition. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas launched his campaign at the Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University, for instance. And many influential pastors continue to eye other alternatives, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is the son of a pastor.

That leaves Huckabee swinging further right with an increasingly religious message.

“This exceptional country could only be explained by the providence of God,” Huckabee said.

In a speech that advisers say will be the core of his political message, Huckabee rejected the Supreme Court’s authority to decide whether gay and lesbian couples can marry or women can have access to abortion rights. He also called for term limits on justices, as well as members of Congress.

“We’ve lost our way morally. We have witnessed the slaughter of over 55 million babies in the name of choice, and we are threatening the foundation of religious liberty by criminalizing Christianity,” Huckabee said. “Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law and enforce it. … The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being, and they cannot overturn the law of nature or of nature’s God.”

Huckabee made no mention of Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton during his remarks. But no one overlooked the fact that Huckabee and former President Bill Clinton both called Hope their home, although they are a decade apart in age and further distanced in terms of policies and politics.
Neither the Clintons nor Huckabees call Arkansas home these days. The Clintons live in New York; Mike and Janet Huckabee call Florida their base.

The campaign launch contained a fiery message, for sure, but one that Huckabee’s team is betting earns him the nomination that slipped through his hands seven years ago. Huckabee won Iowa’s leadoff caucuses in 2008, propelling him to the top of the pack. But the campaign ran out of money, leaving Huckabee as an also-ran.

This time, he made sure he had the cash to launch — and then run — the campaign at the ready. Just look at his first day as a candidate compared to how he started in 2007.

When Huckabee launched eight years ago, he chose the television set of NBC’s “Meet the Press” as his venue. He was a little-known former governor from a Southern state who was nipping at the heels of GOP rock stars Rudy Giuliani and John McCain as well as well-connected establishment darlings such as Mitt Romney. Even as he was enjoying success, he still struggled to piece together a flashy campaign and went broke just as he was capturing the imagination of the party base.

This time, it is local marching band outside greeting guests as they arrived, overflow crowds adjoining the auditorium and towering LED screens behind the governor. As supporters filled the auditorium — the largest in the county — three suspended televisions over the stage projected the title of Huckabee’s memoir, “Hope to Higher Ground.” Another two projected his campaign’s logo, and a sixth showed an American flag. Crooner Tony Orlando warmed up the crowd with “Tie A Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and a song he said he wrote for Huckabee, “America is My Home Town.”

“We all know Mike Huckabee, right?” said Bob Wickers, Huckabee’s pollster and ad maven. “We had to do something new.”

Huckabee’s advisers acknowledge the path to the nomination remains a challenge. He is unlikely to match the fundraising haul of Bush. He is unable to match the online buzz of Paul. He cannot appeal to a new generation of Republicans as can Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida or Cruz. And he was out of the governor’s office before the tea party propelled Walker into power.

Taking a jab at them, Huckabee said those seeking the White House should resign from their day jobs.

“If you live off the government payroll and want to run for an office other than the one you’re elected to, then have the integrity and decency to resign the one you don’t want,” Huckabee said.

And for Bush, the son of one president and the brother of another, Huckabee had the swipe: “I grew up blue-collar, not blue blood.”

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Here Is the ‘Best Governors’ List the Huckabee Campaign Launch Cited

Republicans Hopefuls Speak At Iowa Faith And Freedom Coalition
Scott Olson—Getty Images Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks to guests gathered at the Point of Grace Church for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, IA.

In introducing Huckabee at the campaign launch, Asa Hutchinson mentioned this TIME list of the best governors in America

At the launch of Mike Huckabee’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson listed this as one of Huckabee’s credentials: when Huckabee himself was the top politician in Arkansas, TIME named him one of the country’s best governors.

In one particular way, that 2005 list is an apt piece to cite. “Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is tickled by the rampant speculation that he will seek the presidency,” the story began. “Officially, he’s ‘keeping all options open,’ which is another way of saying he’s trying to figure out how much money he could raise.”

But, the article hinted, if he could raise the money he might go far:

Huckabee, 50, is a good Governor, not just for what he has done but also for who he has become, personally and politically. He is literally half the man he used to be, having lost 110 lbs. after learning in 2002 that he has diabetes and suffering chest pains a year later. He now exercises with martial regularity. More important, but less noted, has been Huckabee‘s political transformation. In his early years as Lieutenant Governor and then in the top job, he offered little more than anti-Clinton resentment and capering populism; in 1996 he warned of “environmental wackos who … want to tell us what kind of deodorant we can use.” Huckabee is now a mature, consensus-building conservative who earns praise from fellow Evangelicals and, occasionally, liberal Democrats.

Huckabee did end up running in the presidential election that followed that story, in 2008, but did not win his party’s nomination. This time around, he’s hoping for a different result.

Read the whole story, in the TIME archives: America’s 5 Best Governors

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Democrats to Face Off in 6 Primary Debates

Hillary Clinton Begins New Hampshire Election Campaign
Andrew Burton—Getty Images Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Sectetary of State Hillary Clinton takes a tour of an engineering lab before a roundtable conversation with students and faculty of New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord Community College, on April 21, 2015 in Concord, NH.

The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that it will approve six presidential primary debates for those seeking the nomination beginning this fall.

Each of the four early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina — will host debates, the party announced. The move follows the Republican Party’s effective takeover the debates process following an internal review of its 2012 defeat.

“We’ve always believed that we would have a competitive primary process, and that debates would be an important part of that process,” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters multiple opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, but will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress – no matter whom our nominee may be.”

Like the Republican rules, any candidate participating in an officially sanctioned debate must agree to participate exclusively in those debates.

The six debate schedule is more modest than the RNC’s effort, which has capped the number of debates at 11, beginning this August. But Democrats have the inverse problem of the GOP—which is struggling with how to fit a massive field on stage—needing to build out a crop of candidates to debate Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign has expressed openness to debating primary rivals, but has not agreed to any of the as-yet-unscheduled contests.

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Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

ISIS Claims Texas Shooting

An audio statement released Tuesday said that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack on an exhibition of cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad near Dallas, Texas, and promised to deliver more in the future

Tears for Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cried as his sobbing aunt took the stand in his federal death penalty trial Monday

Israel Reels From Protests

Scores were hurt in Tel Aviv as Ethiopian Israelis rally against what they say is long-running racism. In full riot gear, the police have responded in force

Baltimore Citizens Mistaken for Indicted Officers

A school cafeteria worker and a plumber in Maryland said Monday their lives have been turned upside down after court documents mistakenly identified them as the police officers charged in the death of Baltimore 25-year-old Freddie Gray

Hillary Clinton to Testify Once More Before Benghazi Panel

Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once — and once only — on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her email practices during her tenure as Secretary of State, her attorney told lawmakers Monday

How Millennials View Sex Compared to Their Parents

Millennials are more tolerant of premarital sex than earlier generations, but they tend to have slightly fewer partners than their parents did, according to a new study. “Millennials have never known a world where premarital sex was a taboo,” a researcher said

Mike Huckabee Eyes Southern States

White House hopeful Mike Huckabee is pinning his hopes on the 11 contiguous states that run from Florida to Missouri and Texas to South Carolina, as he seeks to avoid a repeat of the spectacular flameout of his 2008 run

Obama to Name a New Joint Chiefs of Staff Head

President Barack Obama is to nominate Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013–14, as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Happiness Factors Have Changed Dramatically Over 80 Years

Psychologists from Bolton, England, have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost 80 years ago that sought to find out what made people happy. While security remains at the top, religion fell to the bottom of the current list

Chris Brown Suspected of Beating Man in Vegas

Las Vegas metropolitan police responded to reports of an assault during a basketball game at Palms Casino Resort. The 25-year-old singer threw a punch at a male suspect, according to police, who was hit again by one of Brown’s acquaintances

Refugees Spurn Australian Resettlement Offer

Australia has reached a deal with Cambodia to resettle an unlimited number of asylum seekers, currently in Australian government detention on the Pacific island of Nauru, in exchange for $31 million. However, the move has been met with resistance by refugees

Sleepwalking May Be in the Genes

New data shows that children were three times more likely to walk in their sleep if they had one parent who was, and seven times more likely to sleep walk if both parents had a history of it; sleep terrors are also likely to be hereditary, the study found

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Obama Lays Groundwork for Post-Presidency

Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va. on April 24, 2015.
Kevin Dietsch—dpa/Corbis Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va. on April 24, 2015.

As America’s first black president, Barack Obama has walked a careful line on racial issues, trying to avoid controversy that could hurt his other priorities. As he prepares to become America’s first black ex-president, though, it is increasingly clear that he will not feel as hamstrung.

Over the course of a long day Monday, Obama talked about the importance of increasing economic opportunities for young black and Hispanic men, echoed the “black lives matter” slogan used by protesters of police shootings, pushed Democrats at a fundraiser to keep up the political fight on those issues in future elections and reflected on his parents’ interracial marriage in an interview with David Letterman.

With more than 20 months left to go in the White House, Obama has kept mum on his post-presidential plans and his press secretary, Josh Earnest, made clear that it is still too early for them to comment. But Monday’s calendar showed that Obama does not intend to follow in the footsteps of his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush, and disappear from public life. Instead, he seems headed toward a more active retirement like that of Bill Clinton.

The most telling moment appeared off camera, as he offhandedly told Letterman — who then repeated it, incredulously, to the studio audience of “The Late Show” after the commercial break — that he might take a month off after leaving office.

The day started at Lehman College in the Bronx, where Obama announced the launch of a nonprofit initiative building off his My Brother’s Keeper effort in the White House to help young minority males.

“The lives and the young men who are here today matter,” he said, repurposing a line about policing in black communities into a broader economic argument. As if to underscore the point, Obama’s remarks were briefly on split-screen on major cable news networks with breaking news about another incident in Baltimore, the site of recent unrest over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

Obama went on to say that the young men he met at a roundtable before his speech, the ones he mentors as a part of My Brother’s Keeper and the kids from the streets of Ferguson to Appalachia are just like him. “When it comes down to it, we love these kids,” he said.

The president singled out a man in the audience named Alex Santos. Born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Brooklyn and the Bronx, he was, Obama said, “lucky” even though he’d seen his mom’s best friend shot and killed and his older brothers drop out of school and turn to drugs and violence. Obama said that with the help of his mother, Santos had changed his own circumstances. He earned his GED and now wants to work with kids as a coach. America, the president said, should be more like Alex.

“If Alex is able to overcome what he’s been through, we as a society should be able to overcome what we’ve been through,” he said. “If Alex can put the past behind him and look towards the future, we should be able to do the same.”

It was a line that spoke volumes about the president’s essential optimism on racial issues. Obama may be more ready to talk about the tricky politics of race than he has in the past, but he remains the candidate of hope and change.

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Obama Makes Final Appearance on David Letterman

Late Show host David Letterman’s signature top 10 list had a presidential theme on Monday: the top questions “dumb guys” ask the president. Question No. 2 happened to get answered that very night: “Will you be a guest on one of my late shows?”

As Letterman counts down the days until his final show on May 20, he was joined by President Obama, who is also heading towards retirement when he leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017.

The two alternated between sincere appreciation and goofy jokes in Obama’s eighth and final appearance on “The Late Show” (and third since becoming president). Letterman asked what Obama would do once he leaves the White House.

“I was thinking, you and me we could play some dominoes together,” Obama joked. “We could go to the local Starbucks and swap stories.”

Later, Obama offered praise for Letterman’s 22 years on “The Late Show.”

“We’ve grown up with you,” he said. “The country, I think has after a tough day at the office or coming home from work, knowing you’ve been there to give us a little bit of joy, a little bit of laughter, it has meant so much. You’re a part of all of us.”

The two also talked about last week’s protests in Baltimore and recent unrest around the country in response to police shootings. Letterman asked Obama if he believes the country is facing a period of racial strife.

Obama said that while he thinks things are “leaps and bounds” better in America in terms of race. “When I was born it was illegal for my parents to be married. The problems that we see with law enforcement, that used to be the law,” he said.

But he added that dealing with the country’s racial past and its current problems requires vigilance, comparing it to “tending a garden.”

“One thing I know about America is that when we decide to solve a problem, we can. This problem is solvable. … We have to come together and say what works and how we’re going to make it better.”

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