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Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday highlighting the latest push for their Joining Forces program, announcing that at least 40 U.S. companies will pledge to hire 110,000 military veterans and spouses.

The leading women note that American companies often solicit applications for technology-related jobs from world-renowned institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Caltech or Stanford, or other highly-regarded universities and community colleges. "For too long, though, another source of talent has been largely overlooked," they write, "despite producing many of America's most talented technology professionals."

"On land and in the air, under the sea and out in space, America has the most technologically advanced armed forces in history," the op-ed reads.

In the piece, Obama and Biden say that more than 40 American companies and organizations will vow to hire more than 110,000 veterans military spouses, and will train more than 60,000 of them.

The First and Second Ladies launched Joining Forces in 2011 in an effort to help veterans get hired. Since then, more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses have already been hired or trained, and the unemployment rate for veterans is lower than the national average.

Amazon will pledge to hire 25,000 veterans and military staff, the largest commitment announced by a single company on Thursday. The Aerospace-Defense sector, which includes Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, among others, will hire a total of 30,000 veterans, while AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will hire a combined 25,000 veterans.

Other companies involved in Thursday's announcement include Accenture, Dell, Hewlett Packard, JPMorgan Chase, Tesla, Intuit, SpaceX and Samsung.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., took to Facebook on Wednesday to call for the drafting of a third-party candidate for President, decrying the current front-runners, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as "dishonest."

The post, Sasse writes, is directed towards those who find Trump and Clinton "dishonest" and believe they "have little chance of leading America forward," and not for any "rare souls who genuinely believe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are honorable people."

Sasse writes that he has received numerous voicemails from "party bosses and politicos telling me that 'although Trump is terrible,' we 'have to' support him, 'because the only choice is Trump or Hillary.'" Sasse openly questions the reality of that choice, listing ten observations about the current election cycle.

"Washington isn't fooling anyone," he writes, "neither political party works." Both parties, he adds, "bicker like children about tiny things, and yet they can't even identify the biggest issues we face."

"As a result, normal Americans don't like either party," Sasse says, and "young people despise the two parties even more than the general electorate."

Sasse goes on to predict that the two national political parties will "come apart," saying that "it might not happen fully in 2016...but when people's needs aren't being met, they ultimately find other solutions."

Pointing to the negative favorability ratings of both Clinton and Trump, Sasse says "there are dumpster fires in my town more popular than these two 'leaders.'"

So, Sasse says, "America should draft an honest leader who will focus on 70% solutions for the next four years." He envisions a candidate who "hadn't spent his/her life in politics either buying politicians or being bought...who didn't want to stitch together a coalition based on anger, but wanted to take a whole nation forward...who pledged to serve for only one term, as a care-taker problem-solver for the messy moment...[and] who knew that Washington isn't competent to micromanage the free people, but instead wanted to SERVE by focusing on 3 or 4 big national problems."

Among the national problems Sasse highlights in his post are national security, budget and entitlement reform, education and ending incumbency protections to push career politicians towards retirement.

But Sasse hints that he wouldn't be interested in being that choice, saying that "such a leader should be able to campaign 24/7 for the next six months" and "therefore he/she likely can't be an engaged parent with little kids," and that he isn't interested in "an ideological purity test, because even a genuine consensus candidate would almost certainly be more conservative than either of the two dishonest liberals now leading the two national parties."

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will support the likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the Kentucky senator said in a written statement Wednesday night.

"I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters," McConnell said, "and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, is now on the verge of clinching that nomination." McConnell has been a leader of what has been referred to as the Republican "establishment," and has previously told Republican Congressional candidates that they should avoid tying themselves to Trump if need be.

"Republicans are committed to preventing what would be a third term of Barack Obama and restoring economic and national security after eight years of a Democrat in the White House," McConnell said. "As the presumptive nominee, [Trump] now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals."

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MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett has died at the age of 82.

Bennett served as senator from 1993 through 2011. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2015, ABC News affiliate ABC4 Utah said, and suffered a stroke in April that left him paralyzed.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued a statement calling Bennett "a tremendous public servant who faithfully represented our state."

Statement on the passing of former #Utah Senator Bob Bennett: #utpol pic.twitter.com/MxccY2L6NI

— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) May 5, 2016


"A born leader, [Bennett's] passion for public policy...guided his lifetime of service and civic involvement," Herbert said. "Above all, he was a man of integrity who loved his family and the people he served."

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, himself a former Utah resident, called Bennett a friend, and mentioned Bennett's involvement in Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, which Romney helped head up. "His keen mind made him a leading figure in the Senate on issues as disparate and far-reaching as emerging technologies and federal budgets," Romney said in a statement on Facebook. "What I will remember most about Senator Bennett is his unwavering commitment to principle; his is an example of integrity and character that will long live in the memories of all who knew him."

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said that Bennett "served our state and the nation with unwavering devotion," calling him "widely respected as a wise and thoughtful leader committed to finding innovative solutions to the most difficult challenges of the day."

Senator Hatch's statement on the passing of his former colleague and dear friend Senator Bob Bennett. #utpol pic.twitter.com/UEpab7qP8J

— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) May 5, 2016

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- The White House posted a dance video to commemorate Star Wars Day late Wednesday.

The 22-second clip was released on the White House's official Facebook and Twitter accounts with the caption, "Dance. Or dance not. There is no try. #MayThe4thBeWithYou."

Dance. Or dance not. There is no try. #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/9g1JUHV1n5

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 5, 2016

Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" sets in motion the impromptu dance party where President Obama can be heard saying "come on, stormtroopers," in which the suited soldiers join the first couple in a dance-off.

Not to be outdone, R2-D2 can also be seen in the background spinning its head back and forth grooving to the music.

May the 4th, as in "May the Fourth Be With You," has become a day to celebrate all things Star Wars, especially following last year's revival of the series with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump is now the all-but-inevitable Republican nominee and he started his first day by announcing he will renege on one of the core tenants of his campaign.

He announced Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America that he would accept “small contributions,” and is now telling the Wall Street Journal that he won’t be entirely self-funding his campaign.

“I’ll be putting up money, but won’t be completely self-funding, as I did during the primaries,” Trump told the newspaper.

A campaign official confirmed to ABC News, as first reported by the Journal, that Trump will tap into his vast personal Rolodex to shore up his campaign so that it will be able to compete in a general election.

The official went on to say that the campaign will likely operate on a business model that is less expensive than traditional campaigns. Trump also announced on NBC that he hopes to raise $1 billion, working in conjunction with the Republican National Committee.

Trump has insisted for months that he is financing his own campaign, and he has loaned himself most of the dollars he spent in the primary, though his campaign website has a prominent link at which voters can donate.

The New York businessman, who did receive some small donations, lent his campaign $36 million of the $47 million he spent through March, according to WSJ.

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Brett Coomer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President George H.W. Bush and his son President George W. Bush have no plans to endorse Donald Trump, their spokespeople told ABC News.

"President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” spokesman Freddy Ford said.

Jim McGrath, spokesman for the elder Bush, said the 41st president is out of politics.

"At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics," McGrath said in an email. "He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the 'exceptions that proved the rule.'"

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and son and brother of the former presidents, left the race in February.

The Texas Tribune was the first to report the news.

This is the first time in the last five election cycles that Bush 41 has not endorsed the GOP nominee.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While the Republican field has now been cleared for Donald Trump, the road ahead is still messy for the front-runner to become the official nominee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, in July.

Currently, Trump has 1,012 bound delegates, plus an additional 43 unbound delegates who are free agents -- though they have told ABC News they support Trump.

Most likely, Trump will hit and far surpass the needed 1,237 in total delegates on June 7, when delegate-rich states like New Jersey and California cast their ballots. He is predicted to take most of the 228 delegates up for grabs on that day.

Before June 7, though it is mathematically impossible for Trump to clinch the nomination with only bound delegates, he could still hit the winning delegate number with unbound (free agent) delegates after the primaries in Oregon and Washington, which happen in late May.

To do this, he will need to win by wide margins in both states. He will also need to take winner-take-all Nebraska and earn the allegiance of nearly all of the currently uncommitted, unbound delegates and those who currently back Ted Cruz.

Heading into Cleveland, Trump will likely pick up some of the 545 delegates currently pledged to Ted Cruz and 153 pledged to John Kasich.

The GOP leaves it up to the state Republican parties to determine how these delegates are allocated after candidates drop out. In many states, delegates become unbound, sometimes only after the candidate withdraws in writing. In other states, delegates remain locked in even when the candidate leaves the race. In a small number of states, the state party will reallocate the delegates to a remaining candidate, according to election expert Josh Putnam.

As Cruz and Kasich delegates become free agents, there is likely to be unity around Trump, said a GOP insider. “We will see pockets of resistance, but generally what we have seen historically is the party apparatus falls into place behind the presumptive nominee.”

At the polls, low voter turnout and disproportionate numbers of Trump supporters are expected, said Putnam, even though Cruz and Kasich’s names will remain on most ballots. “Once the last viable challenger has dropped out, voters are less inclined to come out when their vote won’t be meaningful and decisive.”

While the possibility of a contested convention is essentially off the table, the Republican National Convention could still get heated. “It will still have its Cruz sympathizers and Party regulars who may try to reign in Trump,” said a GOP insider, “but the motivation will be to line up behind him.”

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Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHTINGTON) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Hillary Clinton may have to give a deposition in the case over her use of private email.

The statement is another turn in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit between conservative group Judicial Watch and the State Department, in progress at the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued an order Wednesday saying that it “may be necessary” for the Plaintiff to seek a deposition from the former Secretary of State, as part of the discovery process. The case ultimately seeks to determine whether or not the State Department complied fully with Judicial Watch’s request for all relevant employment records of Ms. Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s long time aides.

Judicial Watch is seeking an answer to whether Abedin’s employment status with the State Department and other outside groups connected to Clinton broke any rules. The group sued the State Department for relevant documents. During thee court proceedings, Clinton’s email -- and the question of whether or not she deliberately sought to hide information normally subject to FOIA -- has been a central topic of discussion.

"Based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary," Judge Sullivan wrote. "If Plaintiff believes Mrs. Clinton’s testimony is required, it will request permission from the Court at the appropriate time.”

Ultimately, Wednesday's ruling means that the Judicial Watch lawyers could be allowed to grill Clinton about her email setup, possibly on tape.

The judge also approved plans to get sworn testimony over the next eight weeks from seven on Clinton’s aides and State Department staffers, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Patrick Kennedy and Bryan Pagliano.

Judge Sullivan's statement today still leaves the question open; Clinton is not, as of now, definitively ordered to give the deposition.

The State Department said it would not discuss ongoing litigation and Clinton's campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — John Kasich announced Wednesday evening he was suspending his presidential campaign.

“As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life,” the Ohio governor said in the same refurbished barn where former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed him on March 6.

Kasich began his speech by thanking his wife, twin 16-year-old daughters, and individual members of his staff by name. He thanked volunteers and praised his colleagues in Ohio.

“Nobody has ever done more with less in the history of politics than what the staff has done,” Kasich said.

He at times appeared on the verge of tears as he described how emotional encounters with Americans across the country had changed him.

“They encouraged me,” he said, choking up. "The people of our country changed me. They changed me with the stories of their lives.”

The move comes less than 24 hours after Republican front-runner Donald Trump won Indiana’s GOP primary, defeating Kasich and Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who ended his own presidential bid last night.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, said in a tweet last night that Trump will be the “presumptive” GOP nominee. Kasich only won one state contest -- his home state of Ohio -- and failed to reach the number of delegates to compete with Trump at this summer's Republican national convention.

Kasich announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on July 21, 2015.

“I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts, because I have decided to run for President of the United States,” Kasich said at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, at the time.

Kasich was invited to every “main stage” Republican primary debate, although with so many other candidates on stage, he failed to have a true break-out moment. As mudslinging broke out among the other GOP candidates, Kasich strove to portray himself as staying above the fray, calling himself the “prince of light and hope.”

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Jill Knight/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department has sent a letter informing the state government in North Carolina that the state's House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act.

The department gave the state until Monday to respond to the letter “by confirming that the State will not comply with or implement HB2.”

A Justice Department source tells ABC News that the Justice Department hopes that the state will comply with the letter voluntarily. If the state does not, the source said that the Justice Department will use other tools at its disposal, but did not specifically list the possible punishments.

In response, Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement that his office will work to determine the next steps in addressing the letter.

“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.," the statement reads.

“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”

The law, which critics say is anti-LGBT because it discriminates against gay and transgender residents, has been the source of controversy since it was first introduced. But supporters argue the law defends religious liberty and protects girls in public restrooms.

HB2 was signed into law by Gov. McCrory in March, and directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on their "biological sex" stated on their birth certificate. Transgender people can use the bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity only if they get the biological sex on their birth certificate changed.

The law also declares that state law overrides all local ordinances concerning wages, employment and public accommodations. So, the law bars local municipalities from creating their own rules prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The White House(FLINT, Mich.) -- President Obama drank filtered Flint water during a visit to the Michigan city Wednesday as he received a first-hand look at the crisis he has said deeply affected him as a parent.

The president’s water sip came as he met with federal officials at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to receive a briefing on the federal response to the Flint water crisis. The president said that filtered water in Flint is safe for individuals over the age of 6 and urged residents to use filters for their water as directed by the Environmental Protection Agency. He noted that the EPA still recommends pregnant women and children under the age of 6 should drink bottled water out of an abundance of caution.

The president also said it may take years to replace the pipes for the city's water system.

Obama's visit comes two weeks after two state officials and one city official were charged following an investigation of elevated lead levels in the city's drinking water.

Ahead of the president's visit, Gov. Rick Snyder urged Obama to drink the city's water to show the country it is now safe.

Obama will later visit a local high school to hold a roundtable with community members before delivering remarks on the crisis.

Obama previewed his visit last week, saying he hoped it would "shine a spotlight" not just on the city of Flint, but other communities across the country facing similar issues.

"We have underinvested in some of our basic infrastructure that we rely on for our public health," Obama said. "Hopefully it will give me a chance to speak to the nation as a whole about how we need to ensure that our air is clear, our water is clean, and that our kids are safe.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday not to expect the president to point fingers at government officials or agencies tangled up in the controversy.

"I don’t ... expect for the president to spend a lot of time talking about specific accountability," Earnest said. "Primarily because there continues to be ongoing investigations into that accountability, and the President doesn’t want to be perceived as weighing in on one side or the other."

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Hero Images/Getty(NEWSOMS, Va.) -- In a small Virginia town with a population of 200, there are few aspiring politicians.

In fact, there are so few that Newsoms, Virginia, found itself with a unique problem on Election Day Tuesday: No one ran for office, and the ballot was blank.

The town, near the North Carolina border, didn't produce a single nominee for seven open positions, so now the entire election will be decided based on write-in votes.

Right now, it's anyone's guess who will be mayor, or councilman or councilwoman after the vote count.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- A day after the Republican National Committee announced Donald Trump “will be presumptive GOP nominee,” Vice President Biden let it be known he still doesn't take the business mogul seriously.

"I anticipate he'll ask me to be vice president," Biden said, responding to a shouted question at the State Department Wednesday.

The room full of Central American heads of delegation laughed and Biden cracked a smile before adding, "I have nothing serious to say."

If Trump is to be believed, Biden would fit several of the candidate's stated prerequisites for his hopeful VP pick.

Trump told Good Morning America Wednesday he would hope to have someone with "great political experience" who is skilled in dealing with the Senate.

But don't expect to see a Trump- Biden ticket any time soon because the New York real estate developer also told ABC News that his pick would "definitely" be a Republican.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- British bookmaker William Hill is now giving Donald Trump a 33 percent chance of winning the U.S. presidential election in November, comparing the presumptive nominee to the Leicester City soccer team.

Trump's victory in Tuesday's Indiana primary has boosted his chances of winning the general election, the betting site said, comparing Trump's rise to that of the underdog soccer team that clinched a victory in the Premier League on Tuesday after a fairy tale rise from the bottom of the league.

Trump has also come a long way in terms of betting odds: He was first offered to bettors with "no-hope odds" of 200-to-1 to make it to the White House, according to the bookmaker. After last night's primary, his odds are 2-to-1, or 33 percent.

"We've just paid out on the longest odds ever seen in U.K. sport of 5,000-to-1 on soccer club Leicester City winning the Premier League," betting website William Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe said in a statement. In other words, bettors risked $1 to win $5,000 off the wager. "Now, Donald Trump is set to become our longest ever political odds winner."

Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton is still the favorite to win in November, with a 73 percent chance, or 4-to-11, following her loss in Indiana to rival Bernie Sanders.

 While betting on political contests is illegal in the U.S., it's permitted in the U.K. One of Trump's biggest bettors is a British investor who placed about $10,400 in bets and hopes to win $112,000 from William Hill. John Mappin, owner of the Camelot Castle Hotel in Cornwall, England, began betting on Trump in July when the candidate was 20-to-1 to become the Republican candidate.

Sharpe said he and many others underestimated Trump's appeal and commitment and could pay the price.

"Donald Trump was seen originally in being a useful figure to make people aware of the impending election before the serious contenders moved him aside and decided who would be Hillary's authentic challenger," Sharpe told ABC News.

According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, both Trump and Clinton’s odds have improved in the past month as they both increased their lead over their competition.

On the other hand, Sanders was 20-to-1 last month, and went to 40-to-1 after New York’s primary results on April 19, according to Paddy Power. But now the Democratic ticket hopeful has settled into 33-to-1 following his surprise win on Tuesday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was 80-to-1 last month to win the election in November, but now he's a very unlikely 125-to-1 shot, Paddy Power said.

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