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5/2/2016

Donald Trump's personal brand and presidential ambitions are based on his business dealings, but a closer look at his companies shows a pattern of Trump expanding into areas outside his expertise, sometimes with disastrous results. Labor disputes, litigation and rocky relationships with corporate heads such as Carl Icahn add further layers of detail -- not all of it positive -- to Trump's public image as a dealmaker and savvy corporate mind.

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5/2/2016

Hillary Clinton is seeking to refocus on the general election, and on her likely GOP rival Donald Trump -- but Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's determined to keep fighting until the Democratic convention. In an interview, Trump said he was paying close attention to Sanders' attacks on Clinton, especially his suggestion that she was unqualified for the presidency. "We'll have that teed up. ... What he said is incredible. It's a sound bite," Trump said.

5/2/2016

Sen. Ted Cruz urgently needs a big win in Indiana to keep his presidential ambitions alive -- but his support appears to be inefficiently clustered in the Indianapolis suburbs, making it hard for him to sweep the state's congressional districts.

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FiveThirtyEight
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Sen. Ted Cruz, Indiana
5/2/2016

President Barack Obama gave his final White House Correspondents' Association dinner speech this weekend, and he took the opportunity to throw barbs at the Democratic and Republican candidates to succeed him. "There is one area where The Donald's experience could be useful, and that is closing Guantanamo -- Donald knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground," Obama joked.

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Slate, The Atlantic online
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5/2/2016

Epic Foundation has introduced a new app that helps nonprofit donors monitor the organizations they are helping, and how their gifts are used. Founder Alexandre Mars said the app, dubbed Impact, may encourage larger gifts because donors can better understand the impact of their donation.

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TechCrunch
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Alexandre Mars
5/2/2016

Leading investors aren't changing their investments to help mitigate climate change, says a report by the nonprofit Asset Owners Disclosure Project. Just 97 out of 500 top investors are taking actions to mitigate climate change, the report found.

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Reuters
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climate change
5/2/2016

The United Nations Security Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution that would hold accountable anyone who attacks hospitals and medical workers. The resolution was drafted by New Zealand, Japan, Egypt, Spain and Uruguay.

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The Associated Press
5/2/2016

Developing countries will continue to pay lower portions of their citizens' health care costs, requiring people to pay more out of their own pockets, says a recent study in The Lancet. Poor countries spend about 3 cents on health for every dollar spend by rich countries. That spending pattern isn't likely to change over the next two decades, the study contends.

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SciDev.net
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healthcare costs
5/2/2016

United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will travel to Moscow on Tuesday in an effort to prevent the Syrian cease-fire from completely falling apart. Separately, the Syrian government has extended its cease-fire in the Syrian capital by 48 hours to allow for more humanitarian deliveries.

5/2/2016

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is focusing on new threats from terrorist groups as well as its efforts in Syria. OPCW also hopes to persuade Egypt, South Sudan, North Korea and Israel to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, although North Korea has ignored overtures on the matter.

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The Associated Press