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June 14, 2014
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President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at the University of California, Irvine today, and he focused heavily on the dangers of climate change.

"I'm telling you all this because I want to light a fire under you," he said. "The climate change deniers suggest there's still a debate over the science. There's not. The talking heads on cable news suggest public opinion is hopelessly deadlocked. It's not."

He also called the nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students to action, as the address came just two weeks after Obama announced a new plan to cut power plant pollution.

"There's going to be a stubborn status quo and people determined to stymie your efforts to bring about change," he said. "There are going to be people who say you can't do something. There are going to be people who say you shouldn't bother trying. I've got some experience with this myself."

Watch the full address via C-SPAN.org. Sarah Eberspacher

9:14 a.m. ET
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Nearly half of likely Hillary Clinton voters say they are only supporting her to keep Donald Trump out of the White House — but before Trump backers start cackling, they ought to keep in mind that their ranks are in the same boat. Nearly half of Trump supporters are only backing the Republican candidate in order to keep Clinton out of office.

The uninspiring situation was discovered in a new Reuters/Ipsos survey that claims many voters this election season are only going to the ballot boxes to keep the opposition out of the White House, not to get their candidate in. With Trump supporters, a whole 47 percent are voting just to keep Clinton out; by comparison, only 43 percent are voting for Trump because they like his political positions, and only 6 percent because they like Trump personally.

Among likely Clinton voters, 46 percent are voting for her just to keep Trump out of office, with 40 percent backing her because they like her politics and 11 percent because they like her personally.

The results come from likely voters who were interviewed online between April 29 and May 5, with the margin of error for Trump supporters being plus or minus 5.3 and for Clinton supporters, plus or minus 4.7. Jeva Lange

9:04 a.m. ET
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In an interview Friday with Fox & Friends, Donald Trump shut down Ben Carson's suggestion that he would consider a Democrat or an independent to join his presidential ticket. "I would rule him out. Or her out," the presumptive Republican nominee said, denying Carson's comment to The Wall Street Journal Thursday that they were considering people who "are Americans," rather than just Republicans.

"I want to have a great ticket," Trump said. "The Democrats have been in there a long time, the economy is terrible. The real unemployment rate is probably 20 percent. Jobs are leaving. Look at Carrier, look at so many companies. They're leaving."

Instead, Trump says, he is "going to pick a great Republican" to sail towards a "tremendous victory" with him. "We're going to win," he said.

Watch the exchange below. Becca Stanek

8:32 a.m. ET
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April saw gains of only 160,000 jobs, which disappointed expectations that had hoped for 200,000. The gains are the weakest in seven months. "Worries of transmission from [economic weakness around] the rest of the globe are correct," Dreyfus Opportunistic Midcap Value Fund manager David Daglio said in an analysis before the report was released. The unemployment rate in April also stayed at 5 percent despite predictions it would dip back down to 4.9. Jeva Lange

8:01 a.m. ET
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Just a year after calling Donald Trump a "cancer on conservatism," former Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his support behind the presumptive GOP nominee, who he now says is "one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen." "He is not a perfect man," Perry told CNN Thursday, explaining his endorsement. "But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them."

Perry, once a GOP presidential candidate himself, says he is willing to do anything it takes to get Trump elected, including serving as his vice president. "I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no," Perry said. "We can't afford the policies and the character of Hillary Clinton."

Perry was previously a big critic of Trump's character when he was still in the running, and after he dropped out, he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz and briefly considered the possibility of a third-party run. But, Perry contends, the people have spoken. "He wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice," Perry said, "but he is the people's choice." Becca Stanek

7:33 a.m. ET

Hollywood has a women problem — even besides the poor lack of representation in directorial roles, it is hard to find dynamic, complicated female characters on screen, much less in lead roles. Amy Schumer eviscerated the system on Inside Amy Schumer Thursday night with the help of real life Oscar-winners Julianne Moore and Jennifer Hudson as well as nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Laura Linney.

In the skit, Steve Buscemi introduces the award for Best Actress, where each woman has been nominated for a part in which she plays someone's wife bawling helplessly on the phone. As if that wasn't searing enough, Buscemi quips, "Without the five beautiful, talented women we're honoring now, their movies would only have five names on the poster, instead of six."

The worst part, though? While the fake movies are clearly jokes, the roles for women seem depressingly realistic. Watch below. Jeva Lange

7:04 a.m. ET

Donald Trump told a crowd of 12,000 people in Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday night that he is disappointed the Republican primary is over, because "it's no fun this way." His campaign had invited hundreds of coal miners to stand behind him for his first rally as presumptive Republican nominee, and Trump touted an endorsement from the West Virginia Coal Association, criticized Hillary Clinton for saying she wants to phase out coal energy, and said, "We need to put our miners back to work!" He then put on a mining helmet the coal association had given him, fussed with his hair, and went on an extended riff about hair spray.

"You know, you're not allowed to use hair spray any more because it affects the ozone — you know that, right?" Trump said. "Hair spray is not like it used to be. It used to be real good ... In the old days, when you put on the hair spray on, it was good. Today you put the hair spray on, it's good for 12 minutes, right? ... So I said, 'If I take hairspray, and I spray it in my apartment — which is all sealed — and you're telling me that affects the ozone layer? Yes. I say, no way, folks." (Unless he buys his hair spray from a developing country, he's right — ozone-depleting CFC aerosol sprays were banned in the U.S. during the Reagan administration.)

Trump didn't just go after Clinton on coal. He said the Clinton Foundation is "disgusting," talked about the FBI investigation into her emails, and in criticizing NAFTA and other trade deals signed by Bill Clinton, alluded to Bill Clinton's extramarital dalliances. "The Clinton administration, of which Hillary was definitely a part — she was a part of almost everything. Almost, I say, not everything. Almost," Trump said, pausing for comic effect. Then he pretended to scold the crowd's dirty minds: "Terrible. I didn’t think the people of West Virginia thought about that. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Terrible, terrible people." Peter Weber

5:47 a.m. ET

An recent CNN/ORC poll has Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 13 percentage points nationally, which is obviously not great news for Donald Trump. But at CNN's magic wall on Thursday night, John King found some silver linings in Trump's gray clouds. In the upper Midwest, for example, Trump holds a big advantage over Clinton on handling of the economy, a common issue people base their votes on. If Trump wins Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, King pointed out, and won every other state Mitt Romney took in 2012, he will be the next president. If he wins all those states but Pennsylvania, it's an electoral college tie.

"Yes, Hillary Clinton enters with an advantage, but if Donald Trump can do some business across the Rust Belt, he can make this a very competitive election," King told Anderson Cooper. The Clinton and Trump campaigns are playing out all sorts of scenarios on which states they might be able to flip from 2012 — the Clinton camp is eyeing Arizona, for example. "They think the map is going to be different this year, because this year is very different, Anderson." Watch some of the 2016 scenarios play out on CNN's magic wall below. Peter Weber

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