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Jersey City, N.J. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose, wading into one of the most contentious issues in politics and opposing many in his party.

Speaking at a town hall event on NBC’s “Today” Thursday, Trump was asked about North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” which, among other things, requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate in state government buildings as well as public schools and universities.

Trump said the law had caused unnecessary strife for the state, which he said had paid “a big price” economically.

“There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” said Trump. “There has been so little trouble.”

Ted Cruz criticized Trump’s position, saying his rival is giving in to “political correctness.”

Cruz supports the North Carolina measure and says, “Grown adult men, strangers, should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls.” He says his view is “basic common sense.”

Clinton, relatives of Newtown victims talk gun violence

Hartford, Conn. — Hillary Clinton, sitting with relatives of victims of the Newtown school massacre, vowed Thursday to make sure gun violence is not ignored, saying Connecticut’s bipartisan gun control legislation was a model for the nation.

“I’m really proud that your leaders here in Connecticut have shown the way,” the Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd of about 600 supporters at a YMCA gymnasium in Hartford’s north end, a section of the capital city where families have first-hand experience with gun violence. “That’s why what happened here in Connecticut really needs to be a model.”

The state passed a sweeping package of gun law changes following the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. The new law expanded the state’s assault weapons ban, barred large-capacity magazines and boosted background check requirements, among other changes.

Clinton’s campaign has focused heavily on the gun issue in Connecticut. This week, it began running a television ad featuring the daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung.

Sanders more subdued after N.Y. defeat

Washington — Bernie Sanders is urging his supporters to pressure the nation to tackle problems like wealth inequality and the influence of Wall Street but offering a more subdued speech after his defeat in New York’s primary.

The Vermont senator is back on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania after losing to Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential primary in New York.

He is only mentioning Clinton in passing, pointing to their differences over trade, fracking and Social Security.

When he brings up New York’s primary, some supporters boo. Sanders jokes, “I share those sentiments.”

He points out that 3 million voters in New York were registered as independents but “did not have the right to participate.” He says, “that really is not democracy.”

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