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Clinton, Sanders face off on fracking; Cruz bashes Kasich: 2016 Presidential Buzz


Hillary Clinton campaigns at a rally in Syracuse last week. (Ellen M. Blalock |

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are facing off over a hot-button issue in New York politics: fracking, according to the New York Times. Pressure from Sanders has been pushing Clinton steadily left on the issue, but she continues to face criticism. Climate change and opposition to fracking are especially important issues to the Democratic base in New York, which votes later this month. Clinton, who represented the state in the U.S. Senate, is looking for a big win. Activists are ready, the Times said. "We now have literally thousands of fractivists who are battle-tested, who understand the politics of these issues," Walter Hang, an activist in Ithaca, told the paper. "And they have zero inclination to give away their vote without firm commitments."

Ted Cruz wants John Kasich out of the race, according to the New York Times. He has been ramping up his calls for Kasich to drop out. Cruz is favored to win today's Wisconsin primary, which could provide him some momentum against Donald Trump. Cruz has been airing attacking ads against Kasich's record as governor of Ohio and has said he doesn't believe Kasich can win. Kasich called Cruz a smear artist.

A new poll found that Americans are deeply dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country and anxious about the future, according to CNN. The Quinnipiac University poll, out today, found majorities described themselves as "under attack" and agreeing with the sentiment that "public officials don't care much about what people like me think." Those feelings were especially strong among supporters of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, CNN said. Voters also expressed feelings of economic uncertainty and said they want a leader who is "willing to do or say anything" to solve the nation's problems.

Trump is staring down a loss in Wisconsin, according to Politico. He had a bad week, with numerous controversial statements dominating the conversation, and his rival Ted Cruz is in firm control. More than 40 delegates are at stake in the state, which has a "winner-take-most" system. That means the statewide winner will pick up a big chunk of the total. Still, Trump is far ahead of his rivals in New York, the next state to vote. The primary here will award 95 delegates.