Arizona GOP candidate: Constitution forbids Trump’s ‘religious tests’

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Donald Trump’s independent bid is Republicans’ worst fear in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The divisive billionaire’s renewed threats to bolt from the GOP and run as an independent in the general election has party elders on edge that he’ll guarantee four more years of a Democrat in the White House. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Herald, the SNP MP and former First Minister revealed he has signed the parliamentary petition to prevent the would-be US president from setting foot in the UK.President Barack Obama hailed an international agreement that would limit fossil-fuel pollution to put a brake on the effects of climate change, calling it a marker of historic consensus that will make a difference for generations to come.

NEW YORK — No other topic has dominated public discussion over the past week like Donald Trump’s call to indefinitely ban Muslims from entering the U.S.Fast forward to November 2016: If Hillary Clinton is crowned the new American president, her misery will be just beginning — her enemies, the Republicans, control the House of Representatives which passes laws, they seized the Senate too late last year, gaining full control of both the lower and upper houses of Congress.WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can’t wait forever.

Mr Trump is still leading the pack with 35 per cent of support from Republican voters, the same lead he held before his comments on Monday that Muslims should be banned from the US. Salmond’s predecessor, the former Labour First Minister, Jack McConnell, has also backed Nicola Sturgeon’s decision last week to strip Trump of his status as a “Globalscot”.

We’ve shown that the world has both the willingness and the ability to take on a challenge.” The framework, which encountered quick criticism from environmentalists for not going far enough and from some Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who question whether humans are affecting the global climate, was described by the administration as the starting point for developed and developing nations to cut carbon emissions. On Saturday Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal demanded that Mr Trump withdraw from the presidential race for his ban comments, calling the Republican a disgrace “to all America”. Usually, foreign policy absorbs second term Presidents, the new White House occupant will tangle with it from Day One: Gun laws, Syria, Muslims, visas, homeland security.

That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the ballot in every state. And while many doubt he’ll actually run, they see his threat as an effective way to pressure them to play nice and let him write the rulebook. “I think he’s bluffing 100%. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said Obama is making promises he can’t keep, because he doesn’t have the authority to enforce the pledges. More often described as school-teacherish rather than rock star, Hillary Clinton stands out in the present confusion as the presidential candidate viewed as most able to win a general election, with 78 percent of Americans as a whole thinking she could win if nominated, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. At a hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, last week where Mr Trump had come to speak to members of a police union, they held up slogans and yelled their support for the nominee.

But one or both could siphon enough votes from the Republican nominee to hand the election to the Democrats. “If you think about a Trump-Carson exit, then you’re talking about 51 percent of the current Republican electorate, based on the polling,” said Walter Stone, a political scientist at the University of California Davis. Chief Executive Officer John Maraganore said in an interview in his office in Cambridge, Mass., that Trump’s statements were “outlandish” and that his company had a diverse workforce made up of all religions and he cherished and needed that.

But they say he’s just unpredictable — and arrogant — enough for many to hedge their bets, even as Trump drags the party’s name through the mud. “The challenge for establishment Republicans who are saying nothing is he’s doing long-term damage to the party’s brand. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is vying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said in a post on Twitter that the agreement “goes nowhere near far enough. But representatives of the country’s biggest banks — including Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. — declined to make executives available for comment.

The Obama bump — an extraordinary turnout of black voters, unmarried women, non-white women for his second term may not favour Clinton with an encore. The sense is that, like many at the top of the Republican Party, corporate leaders are afraid of getting into a Twitter war with Trump and alienating his many followers, despite distaste for his statements. “Businesses will sit on the sidelines unless there’s something truly profound that is threatening their brand or their industry or their product,” said John Hudak, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

At a recent meeting of Republican officials, they searched for a strategy that could defeat the frontrunner. “It is fair to say these elected Republicans were apoplectic at the thought of Trump being their nominee,” Larry Sabato, an American pollster who attended the meeting. In 2014 he visited Beijing, where recent pictures portray a gray, toxic haze that’s alarmed even residents there who are accustomed to pollution. “Negotiations that involve nearly 200 nations are always challenging,” said Obama. “Even if all the initial targets in Paris are met, we’ll only be part of the way there when it comes to reducing carbon from the atmosphere. The popularity of Mr Trump and other “outsider” candidates has opened such deep fissures within the party that, for the first time in recent American political history, the primary elections may fail to produce a nominee. “What you’re seeing is the Party bracing for a potential ‘Hunger Games’ scenario where you have a different person win each of the first four primaries and they all have the resources to slug it out until the convention,” Stuart Stevens, a former adviser to Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, told the Washington Post.

On the Republican side, the hot dog barons who will pick their candidate are ageing whites far more conservative and less diverse than the US votebank. Launching an independent campaign for president isn’t as simple as holding a press conference and coming up with a catchy name for your new political party — something like, the Make America Great Party. Trump would take a percentage of voters away,” said Bonjean. “It would be Ross Perot a quarter-century later.” Trump’s campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment, but those close to Trump privately say he’s focused on winning the nomination and don’t deny he’s using the threat as leverage. So we cannot be complacent because of today’s agreement.” The voluntary commitments would take effect in 2020, expanding on a 1997 climate treaty reached in Kyoto, Japan.

As the demographics in the United States change, with birthrates of racial and ethnic minorities far exceeding those of non-Hispanic whites, Republicans have watched their traditional constituency shrink before their eyes. The new agreement calls for average temperature increases recorded since the Industrial Revolution to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and encourages nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June, Trump called Mexicans “rapists” causing NBCUniversal, Univision Communications Inc., Grupo Televisa SAB, Serta and PVH Corp. to break ties with him.

Trump ridiculed Senator John McCain for having been captured and tortured in Vietnam, made fun of fellow candidate Carly Fiorina’s appearance and claimed that thousands of people in New Jersey were celebrating the 9/ 11 attacks. This split between the centre-Right and the anti-establishment approaches are leading Republicans to “cannibalise each other” said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

In a sign of the fundamental divide, “two-thirds of Republican voters” are dissatisfied with their elected representatives, said Mr Murray, but for opposing reasons. It was announced during Obama’s 2014 visit to Beijing. “That accomplishment encouraged dozens of other nations to set their own ambitious climate targets, and that was the foundation for success in Paris,” Obama said Saturday.

Many of the delegates who attend the Republican convention to make the final selection for their nominee are locked into backing the candidate that their state voted for in primaries. But if no candidate received enough votes in the primaries or “first-ballot” votes, that restriction is lifted, opening up the potential for a “floor fight” in which the candidates and their campaigns scramble to lobby the delegates to support them – thus making it a “brokered” convention. It would be good for America if the end of him, as seems likely, is in sight,” says The Economist More Americans are killed in gun violence than terror strikes.

In the 2016 scenario, Mr Trump would capture much of the anti-establishment vote, and Mr Cruz would play well with the Republican Party’s evangelical wing. The murder of children in Sandy Hook did not tighten gun laws, what happened in San Bernardino will make more Americans go out and buy a gun for self defence. “Whatever happened in San Bernardino, it will make the problem worse.” The key problem is that whilst Mr Rubio is favoured by the establishment, there is no candidate that has the charisma or who has inspired enough passion to reunite different factions and draw support away from Mr Trump.

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