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After a woman asked Donald Trump a question about equal pay and how he treats women, the real estate mogul's campaign accused former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign of sending the woman to the event.

Bush's campaign on Tuesday confirmed that the woman is an unpaid volunteer with the campaign, but that her question was not sanctioned by the campaign.

While speaking at a No Labels event in New Hampshire on Monday, a member of the audience told Trump, "I don’t think you’re a friend to women."

She then asked, "If you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) lamented on Monday that the U.S. military's effort to allow transgender individuals to serve will take away from its main focus.

"How about having the military focusing on hunting down and killing the bad guys...instead of treating it as this crucible for social justice innovations," the presidential candidate said at a campaign event in Iowa, according to the Washington Post. "We’ve lost sight of what their job is and that’s what we need to get back to."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "kept it 100 real" on Monday's "Nightly Show" when host Larry Wilmore asked her which of her Republican colleagues she would toss out of a theoretical hot air balloon.

In a new segment called "Larry Wilmore's Big Gay Ice Cream Sit-Down Featuring House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi," Wilmore asked the California Representative who she would toss overboard: celebrity tycoon Donald Trump, House Speaker John Boehner or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks Tuesday that escalated a monthlong wave of violence. Two Israelis and one attacker were killed.

The Jerusalem attacks, along with two stabbings in a central Israeli city, marked the most serious outbreak of violence since the current round of tensions erupted. More than 10 people were wounded.

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Hillary Clinton joined a protest held by members of the Culinary Workers Union outside of Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel on Monday, slamming the real estate mogul's comments on the campaign trail.

"Some people think Mr. Trump is entertaining,” Clinton said, according to Buzzfeed News. "But I don’t think it’s entertaining when somebody insults immigrants, insults women."

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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian state-controlled missile-maker said Tuesday its investigation of last year's crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane over rebel eastern Ukraine contradicts conclusions from a Dutch probe.

Ukraine and Western countries contend the airliner was downed by a missile fired by Russia-backed rebels or Russian forces from rebel-controlled territory on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people aboard.

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The epic GOP meltdown of 2015 should not come as a surprise.

The modern Republican Party had been careening toward this kind of wheels-off-the-track moment for a long time. Its knee-jerk rejectionism, high-stakes brinksmanship, strict demands for ideological purity, and willingness to take hostages had been on display in one form or another in a series of political clashes since the 1990s.

But you knew that already if you read the 2012 book "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism." While not predicting the current GOP leadership crisis, it sounded the alarm that the party was on a dangerous course and taking the country with it. The book argued that responsible governance had been severely crippled by the Republican Party's push to the right and its adoption of take-no-prisoners politicking.

TPM asked one of the co-authors if he was feeling any vindication.

“Damn straight I do,” Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said in an interview with TPM late last week. “But I would have rather been proven wrong -- honest to God -- because we're talking about the fucking country that is at stake here.”

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“The facts are that I wrote Haiti’s constitution, myself, and if I do say it, I think it’s a pretty good Constitution.” So said Franklin Delano Roosevelt to reporters in 1920. As he campaigned for vice president, Roosevelt hoped to promote his talents as a state-builder. His boasting, however, would have repercussions that would threaten Roosevelt’s presidential aspirations more than a decade later and raise enduring questions about the tension between economic populism and racial justice.

Like all Americans in the throes of the Great Depression, African-American voters in 1932 were receptive to economic populism. Desperate for emergency relief and good jobs, voters hoped that the country’s leaders could jumpstart the nation’s stalled economy.

In the context of Jim Crow America, many black voters also sought a president that would support racial equality and black self-determination. Remarkably, a candidate’s position on Haiti emerged as a test of that support.

A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson ordered U.S. Marines to move into Haiti. Haitians had ousted their seventh president in seven years, and Wilson feared that Haiti’s apparent instability would invite European powers, most notably Germany, to establish a foothold in the Americas and threaten U.S. control of the Panama Canal. Wilson was also a staunch segregationist and vocal critic of Reconstruction who exhibited little faith in black people to govern the affairs of state in the U.S. or abroad. Under the authority of the White House, America’s military brass, civilian staffers, and foreign investors effectively took control of Haiti’s financial, political, and physical infrastructure.

Roosevelt worked as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under Wilson. He spent no more than a week in Haiti during the occupation. Still, Roosevelt observed and helped enable the State Department to reinstate corveé, a form of forced labor widely practiced in the French colonies and later employed in the American South following natural disasters in Florida and the Mississippi Delta. Under corveé, Haitian citizens worked on road and other modernization projects, sometimes for weeks or months at a time. Oftentimes, overseers bound workers together with rope or chains and meted out brutal physical punishments with the help of the Gendarmerie, a 3000-person Haitian police force that answered to the U.S. Secretary of State.

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