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AP Top Political News at 12:24 p.m. EDT

Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign....

In reversal, House backs LGBT rights for federal contractors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A revolt by GOP conservatives over a measure to stop discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors has blown up an otherwise routine spending bill....

Obama: World leaders rightfully 'rattled' by Trump
SHIMA, Japan (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that foreign leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump and have good reason to feel that way, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs....

AP PHOTOS: Highlights of the 2016 race for the White House
The candidates in the race for the White House are making the case to voters across the country in a fight to win the Republican and Democratic nominations. Here's a look, as seen in images made by Associated Press photographers on the campaign trail....

Report traces arc of Hillary Clinton server, agency failures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight days before Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in January 2009, an aide to former President Bill Clinton quietly registered a new internet address for the couple. That trivial but deliberate online purchase is the earliest known hint of the private email system that now plagues the presumptive Democratic nominee's presidential campaign....

Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights....

Libertarian Gary Johnson to never-Trumpers: 'I'm it'
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- He has virtually no money, no strategy to compete in battleground states and no plan to stop talking about his drug use....

Some Hispanics face ridicule over support for Trump
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piņatas - clashing with police, at times - to protest the Republican presidential contender's hard line approach to immigration....

Groups say GOP convention protest area could foster clashes
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Organizers for two groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum are unhappy with a protest route designated for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, arguing it restricts their free-speech rights and creates the possibility of clashes....

State Department email report complicates Clinton's message
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is telling voters not to trust Donald Trump. But a new government report about her usage of a private email server as secretary of state is complicating that message....

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