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In racially charged remarks, Trump urges crowd near Detroit to stand guard for election fraud

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NOVI, Mich. -- Donald Trump has been fighting allegations that he is racist by casting himself as a defender of minorities.

But at a rally in the Detroit suburbs Friday, he urged the mostly white crowd to travel to monitor other polling places on Election Day -- a plea that civil rights groups say is code for preventing blacks from voting.

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Donald Trump to Michigan crowd: 'I'm an outsider fighting for you'

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NOVI, Mich. -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump played to an audience in this city northwest of Detroit on Friday evening hungry for change, disenfranchised from a political system that has left them with stagnant or non-existent wages and deeply opposed to four more years of a Democratic presidency.

"We have many people who made ...Read more

Clinton hits Trump on porn cameo after he tweets of 'sex tape'

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Donald Trump started the day Friday talking about sex tapes. At end of day Trump was still facing talk of sex tapes -- though not the same one.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted at 3 a.m. about suggestive footage that reportedly exists of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, drawing fire from Democrat Hillary Clinton. But by day's end...Read more

Analysis: Republicans fear Trump's playing into Clinton's hands by lashing out on infidelity

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The airwaves and newspaper headlines were filled with talk of infidelity and impeachment. When the votes were counted, the result was a shock: For only the second time since the Civil War, the president's party had gained seats in the House of Representatives.

Republicans learned a lesson. "It was a huge blunder," said Scott Reed, a GOP ...Read more

Clinton campaigns in Florida as poll shows she's slightly ahead in the state

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Hillary Clinton showed she knew her South Florida audience, provided a dose of policy prescriptions and offered lots of Donald Trump bashing at a campaign rally Friday.

People in the crowd of more than 2,000 -- most of whom stood for hours in a sweltering gymnasium waiting for her arrival and during her speech -- loved ...Read more

Fort Worth lawmakers team up to stave off attack on their water project

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, was just getting off the plane on Monday afternoon from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for Congress' last week before the elections when his staff told him that a massive flood control and economic development project in his community was in big trouble.

"Literally, on Monday when I stepped off the plane I ...Read more

A sedate Trump discusses campaign, immigrants in video deposition over hotel dispute

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WASHINGTON-- The braggadocio was familiar, but it came without the bombast typically seen on the campaign trail.

Donald Trump bragged about his hotel's beauty and the power of his brand. He gloated about getting more votes in the Republican primaries than anyone in history and found ways to direct the conversation to glowing remarks he received...Read more

Here's the real story of how a Miss Universe became part of the presidential race

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of Americans heard the name Alicia Machado for the first time this week in the final minutes of the most-watched presidential debate in history.

But there were actually a year's worth of twists and turns, largely behind the scenes, that led Hillary Clinton to utter the name of the Latina beauty queen, turning Machado into...Read more

Poll shows Clinton slightly ahead in Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll of Florida voters released Friday shows a slight lead for Hillary Clinton.

The poll, conducted after Monday night's presidential debate, shows Clinton with 46 percent to 42 percent for Donald Trump.

Libertarian Gary Johnson had 7 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein -- who ...Read more

Commission acknowledges Trump's audio troubles in debate, without explanation

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Almost immediately after Monday's presidential debate, Donald Trump complained he was saddled with a "defective mic." Now, the Commission on Presidential Debates is acknowledging some technical difficulties with Trump's audio.

The commission put out a succinct statement Friday that read, in its entirety: "Regarding the first debate, there were ...Read more

In Florida, Hillary Clinton pushes new plan for volunteering

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Hillary Clinton on Friday called for a new national focus on volunteer service, drawing a contrast between her vision of communal assistance with Donald Trump's claim that "I alone can fix" the country's problems.

The Democratic candidate said she wants to triple the size of AmeriCorps, a domestic service program created by...Read more

What's a shorthanded Supreme Court likely to do in its new term? Maybe nothing

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WASHINGTON -- A bank fraud conviction sent Southern California resident Lawrence Eugene Shaw to federal prison and his lawyer to a Supreme Court that remains depleted by politics.

Shaw's challenge Tuesday to his 2012 conviction will help start the high court's new term. It could be a term that ultimately stars a new justice and confirms the ...Read more

Clinton tells Mary J. Blige that it's hard to be both tough and likable as a woman

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Mary J. Blige launched her new interview series, "The 411," by sitting down with Hillary Clinton and asking the question that has dogged her political aspirations for years -- why does she struggle to bridge the gap between how she wants to be perceived and the way people perceive her?

"I've always been the same person," Clinton said. "When you...Read more

Chicago Tribune endorses Libertarian ticket

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WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Tribune's editorial board endorsed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson Friday.

"Libertarians Gary Johnson of New Mexico and running mate William Weld of Massachusetts are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments. They offer an agenda that appeals not only ...Read more

Trump digs in on birther lie about Clinton

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Unbowed by charges of racism, Donald Trump is sticking by his fictional story that Hillary Clinton tried to force President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate.

"Hillary Clinton was unable to get there, and I will tell you she tried," Trump told an NH1 television reporter Thursday.

It was Trump, not his ...Read more

Trump continues attacks on former Miss Universe with middle-of-the-night tweets

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump said Friday that Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton was "duped" into using his comments about a "disgusting" former Miss Universe to attack him.

Trump has repeatedly gone after 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, now a U.S. citizen living in Los Angeles, after Clinton brought her up in Monday night's ...Read more

What might Trump be hiding in those tax returns he won't disclose?

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is the first nominee from a major party in recent memory to decline to release at least a summary of his taxes. This generates speculation that he's hiding something big, that he's not worth as much as he claims or even that he's squirreling money away in offshore tax havens.

He compounded the speculation during ...Read more

'Don't vote for Trump,' says USA Today in first presidential endorsement in its history

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USA Today broke its 34-year tradition of not endorsing in a presidential race, publishing a scathing argument against voting for Donald Trump.

The editorial board unanimously found Trump "unfit for the presidency" and the editorial, published Thursday, goes on to list the reasons why, among them: his "erratic" behavior and his "checkered" ...Read more

Congress members question whether SpaceX should conduct its own investigation

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LOS ANGELES -- Ten Republican Congress members led by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., have sent a letter to the heads of the Air Force, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration questioning whether SpaceX should be allowed to lead its own investigation into a Sept. 1 launch pad explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and a communications ...Read more

Is Monica Lewinsky the Trump comeback for Miss Universe?

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump seems to be itching to bring up Bill Clinton's sex life the next time he debates Hillary Clinton. It's a high-risk strategy.

It could offend women, remind voters of Trump's own marital infidelity and frustrate participants at the next debate, where voters will post the questions, likely more about issues that affect ...Read more