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US Congress(PHILADELPHIA) — Despite the support of both former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, has lost her Democratic primary bid for the Congress to opponent Brendan Boyle.

At 37, Boyle, a state legislator, is 15 years younger than his next-youngest opponent. His campaign raised the least amount of money. He lacked his opponents’ powerful connections to the Philadelphia political establishment.

And yet, he just beat the Clinton family at its own game, winning the race for Pennsylvania’s 13th district.

“They say money always wins,” Boyle told ABC News in a recent interview. “If we win, we show that’s not true.”

Margolies, 71, had a significant boost from the Clinton machine throughout the race. Margolies’ son, Marc Mezvinsky, married Chelsea Clinton in July 2010 and they are expecting a baby this fall.

Bill Clinton hasn’t campaigned for any candidate as much as he has for Margolies, with a fundraiser, an ad, and a robo-call on her behalf. While serving Congress in 1993, Margolies famously cast a controversial vote in favor of the Clinton budget. The fallout from the vote cost her the seat, and hers’ became the textbook case of a career-ending vote. ABC News called her favor to Clinton “the most celebrated political debt of the year.”

While Hillary Clinton has shied away from 2014 campaign events, she made an exception for a fundraiser on Margolies’ behalf, which the former congresswoman did not attend.

Margolies, however, struggled to connect to voters, and while her fundraising numbers were strong, the campaign had trouble maintaining cash-on-hand throughout the race. To make matters worse, a March report asserted that Margolies “doubled her own salary as head of a small, largely taxpayer-funded charity [Women’s Campaign International] into the six figures” as her now-ex-husband Ed Mezvinsky was facing charges of fraud.

Boyle emerged as Margolies’ lead contender in early May, when all three of his opponents, alongside women’s groups EMILY’s List and NARAL Pro-Choice America, mounted attacks on his anti-abortion record. Boyle maintained that he is pro-life.

He is set to face Republican opponent Dee Adcock in the safe-Democratic district this November.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sprint is set to pay $7.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission in a settlement involving unwarranted marketing calls and texts, the government agency reported Monday.

The FCC Enforcement Bureau investigated the mobile company’s failure to honor consumers’ requests to opt out of the telemarketing attempts, resulting in the largest Do-Not-Call settlement the organization has ever reached.

“When a consumer tells a company to stop calling or texting with promotional pitches, that request must be honored,” said Travis LeBlanc, acting chief of the Enforcement Bureau. “Today’s settlement leaves no question that protecting consumer privacy is a top enforcement priority.”

In addition to the payment, Sprint will implement a two-year plan to make sure the company complies with FCC requirements.

A senior corporate manager will serve as a compliance officer and Sprint will also start a training program to make sure employees and contractors follow the proper protocol in recording consumers’ requests.

The decision follows a 2011 settlement in which the company shelled out $400,000 to the U.S. Treasury as a result of similar complaints.

Americans are able to opt out of receiving most telemarketing calls by putting their phone numbers on a Do-Not-Call national registry free of charge, the FCC advises.

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Okech Francis/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) — The United States announced nearly $300 million in additional humanitarian aid to South Sudan on Tuesday, in an effort to further assist those at risk by the ongoing violence and conflict in the region.

The U.S. Department of State joined more than 40 other countries at the Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan in Norway, giving support to people displaced inside the country as well as those who have fled to neighboring areas.

Funding will go toward food needs, the distribution of nutritional supplements for children, and support to programs that help train South Sudanese farmers to maintain a livelihood.

Safe drinking water and hygiene education will also be provided with the pledged assistance.

A civil war continues to threaten South Sudan, displacing and killing thousands.

While many may benefit from the financial aid, the State Department maintains that international help can only be effective if the country’s government, opposition forces, and other involved parties stop fighting.

“It is crucial that both sides implement their May 9 agreement to end the violence and allow immediate, full and unconditional access for the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to reach those in need,” a statement reads.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Petco Animal Supplies Inc. will end its sales of dog and cat treats made in China, the company announced Tuesday, declaring the move a “step in support of the health and well-being of pets.”

The retailer will stop carrying the products at more than 1,300 store locations nationwide, as well as online.

“We know some pet parents are wary of dog and cat treats made in China, especially Chicken Jerky products, and we’ve heard their concerns,” Petco CEO Jim Myers said in a statement. “…Very simply, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the pets we all love and, ultimately, for our business.”

The company will expand its assorted offerings, many of which are made in the United States, Myers added.

The decision comes after warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioning consumers about a potential link between reported illnesses in dogs and the consumption of jerky products made in China. While there hasn’t been a direct link to the treats made in the country, Myers said “the uncertainty of the situation outweighs the lack of actual proof.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of State added 12 individuals to its list of sanctioned Russian human rights violators, bringing the tally up to 30 on Tuesday.

Acting with the Treasury Department, authorities submitted a list of people who have been sanctioned under the “Sergi Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.” The provision is named after the lawyer who allegedly uncovered a tax fraud scheme involving Russian officials.

The blacklist includes people tied to Magnitsky’s detention and death, which occured at the hands of Russian authorities. Those who profited from his captivity, helped cover up its legal liability, or were involved in the criminal conspiracy are also pinpointed on the record, according to the State Department.

Individuals are ineligible to receive visas and cannot be admitted into the United States. In addition, any U.S.-related assets will be frozen.

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U.S. Senate(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell beat his Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in Kentucky’s primary election Tuesday. With 7 percent of the results in, McConnell had 62.4 percent of the vote to Bevin’s 32.9 percent.

McConnell was expected to win the Kentucky GOP Senate primary, but this decisive victory blew the Tea Party out of the water, and McConnell gets to start the general election with the wind at his back, despite the serious challenge from Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat half his age.

It’s always difficult to oust a leader, but this fight was supposed to be much tougher. McConnell’s unfavorable ratings, Bevin’s personal fortune, and Tea Party groups pouring money into the race to try and defeat their number one target made this a much-talked-about possibility. But in the end it never materialized. Why?

“Obviously, Bevin did not start out even with McConnell so he needed to make up a lot of lost ground,” political science professor at the University of Kentucky Stephen Voss told ABC News.

“A really well-done campaign free of errors that started getting people talking may have been able to do it…but that’s not the type of campaign we saw. Instead it was the type of campaign we usually see from an inexperienced politician.”

Several outside Tea Party groups, including the Madison Project, the Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, McConnell’s chief irritator, spent over $1 million to help boost Bevin. He also spent a serious amount of money, about $3.3 million, including $1 million of his own money. It really can’t compare to how much McConnell has spent, however. He’s raised over $21 million and spent over $11 million to quell the challenge.

McConnell and his team took Bevin seriously, choosing not to ignore him, a strategy toppled incumbents have come to regret. A series of serious campaign errors on Bevin’s part, which he made worse with fumbling answers or excuses, were expertly manipulated by McConnell’s campaign.

Bevin made a series of critical errors during the primary, including fumbling around on whether he supported the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the 2008 federal bailout of banks, after he had consistently whacked McConnell on the campaign trail for his vote. He also seemed to have clearly padded his resume by saying he went to MIT on his LinkedIn profile, when he actually just attended a short seminar there with no official ties to the school. The final nail in the coffin: attending a cockfighting rally and claiming, despite video showing clearly the reason for the rally, that it was a “states’ rights” event.

Voss said these “series of controversies” and how Bevin “mishandled them,” including the “multiple justifications” he gave, showed what a “novice campaign” it was and it “made him look less credible.”

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Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — From a kids chorus line with Sarah Jessica Parker, to a blaring brass band led by Alfre Woodard, to the occasional off-key note, the first-ever White House Talent Show did not disappoint.

“Come on girls, bring it home!” Parker shouted as she put her arms around students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Portland, Oregon, for the big finish of their performance of “You’re Never Fully Dressed” from Annie.

The event, hosted by the First Lady and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, featured performances by major artists alongside students from schools in the Turnaround Arts program, which helps low-performing schools boost student achievement through arts education.

“Two years ago when I joined Turnaround Arts I was given the honor of adopting, and the personal gift of, falling in love with this school and its children,” Parker said after their act, noting it was a “small but mighty and glorious example” of the students’ achievements.

Theirs was just one of many performances that showcased the students’ budding talents, including kids from Boston’s Orchard Gardens School who performed their original song “I Won’t Give Up” and three young gentlemen who charmed the audience with a rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

“When you see a child, the light going on in their eyes, when they understand they have a voice… their confidence just spreads all across their lives. It’s such a joyous things,” Woodard said, holding back tears, after her performance with the students of Renew Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana.

After the big finale, the kids were surprised by President Obama. “I have some talent, but I wasn’t invited to be part of the show,” the president joked as the kids squealed with excitement.

“I just wanted to come by and say that the arts are central to who we are as a people, and they are central to the success of our kids. This is not an afterthought. This is not something you do because it’s kind of nice to do. It is necessary for these young people to succeed that we promote the arts,” he said. “I hope that events like this help send a message to school districts, and parents, and governors, and leaders all across this country: You’ve got to support the arts. It’s a priority….And you guys were all outstanding.”

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Florida House of Representatives(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Over the past few months, the new U.S. education standard known as the “Common Core” has attracted its fair share of negative attention by opponents.

But Florida Republican State Rep. Charles Van Zant took the Common Core critique to a new level by claiming that the educational initiative promoted by the Obama administration will turn your children “homosexual.”

Van Zant made the comments at an Orlando education conference back in March, but the video of his remarks went viral Tuesday. Van Zant told his audience that the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which implements the Common Core in Florida, “will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.”

Watch the video, courtesy of the blog Think Progress.

“Please go on their website, click the link to what they’re doing with youth and you will see what their agenda really is,” Van Zant implored his audience. “They are promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda.”

Van Zant added, “I’m sorry to report that to you, but you need to know.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks took a tumble Tuesday after major retailers reported disappointing earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 138 points at 16,374.31. The Nasdaq Composite lost 29 points, ending the day at 4,096.89, and the S&P 500 dropped 12 points, closing at 1,872.83.

Shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods took a hit, plunging 18 points after reported earnings and revenue came in lower than expected. Other companies saw numbers short of expectations, including Staples, Urban Outfitters, and TJX, the parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

General Motors fell more than three percent following the announcement of another recall of 2.5 million vehicles.

A new report from mortgage research firm HSH finds San Francisco at the top of the list for the most expensive market in the country, with homeowners needing to make at least $137,000 a year to afford their property.

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Erkan Avci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Military forces have taken control in Libya and Thailand, but the United States isn’t calling them coups — at least not yet, anyway.

In Libya, forces loyal to a retired general took over parliament over the weekend. In Thailand, the military declared martial law, giving itself substantial powers including the right to detain people and ban political TV programming.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the U.S. wasn’t characterizing either situation as a coup, defined by national security expert Edward Luttwak in his book Coup d’Etat: A Practical Handbook as “the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”

Of Libya, Psaki said Tuesday: “We do not condone or support the actions on the ground, and nor have we assisted with these actions.”

Regarding Thailand, she noted that martial law is allowed within the Thai constitution and that the U.S. has remained in communication with both the military and the government, which said Tuesday morning that it was still in control even though the military had not informed it of the martial law decree in advance.

Psaki added that the Thai military promised the U.S. that it would relinquish control back to the government.

“We expect them to abide by their commitment that this is a temporary action to prevent violence and to respect — and that they will respect democratic institutions,” she said.

U.S. law prohibits the funding of countries “whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d’etat or decree.”

For that reason, the United States declined to characterize the Egyptian military’s July 2013 removal of elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as a coup. The U.S. did suspend some aid to Egypt later that year but resumed part of the money flow in April 2014 to ensure it carried out its responsibilities under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

Similarly, the U.S. has strategic interests in maintaining funding for Libya and Thailand.

The U.S. provided almost $190 million to Libya after the revolution that ended the Gadhafi regime, and in FY2014 requested $5.9 million to support goals that have clear implications for U.S. security, including “accounting for and securing conventional weapons; building niche military capacities to address specific threats to Libya’s sovereignty” and “strengthening counterterrorism cooperation.”

The U.S. funds programs in Thailand that target human trafficking, narcotics and anti-terrorism, and in FY2014 requested $10 million in assistance funding.

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