Trump's broad businesses pose conflict tests, specialists say

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NEW YORK -- The federal tax audit that emerged as an issue in Donald Trump's campaign would turn into another problem altogether if the Republican nominee wins the election -- and gains the power to pick the next Internal Revenue Service chief.

"He would be on both sides of the issue," said Sheldon Cohen, the IRS commissioner in President ...Read more

What's the evidence of an immigrant crime wave?

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WASHINGTON -- When Donald Johnston, a police officer in El Monte, Calif., went on a routine call in January 1990 to investigate a forgery attempt at a bank, he ended up shot in the neck and a paraplegic.

Twenty-six years later the case has become a part of the presidential campaign -- used by Donald Trump as an example of someone who was in the...Read more

Clinton faces race's final days with towering cash advantage

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NEW YORK--Hillary Clinton extended her financial advantage in the presidential race's final weeks, amassing a $153 million war chest that is more than twice as large as Donald Trump's.

Clinton raised $101 million in the first 19 days of October for her campaign and a pair of committees that share funds with the Democratic Party, according to ...Read more

'Year of the Woman' again?

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- In the closing stretch of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton is trying to harness women's anger over Donald Trump's behavior into a surge of support for her and other female candidates.

It's an effort that harks back to Democratic victories that stemmed from similar controversy a quarter-century ago, in an election ...Read more

Justice Clarence Thomas faces new harassment allegation

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ATLANTA -- A lawyer claims Clarence Thomas groped her at a dinner party in 1999 when he was on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a published report.

Thomas denied the charges through a court spokesperson. The Georgia native had been plagued by earlier allegations of sexual harassment during his polarizing 1991 confirmation hearings.

Moira ...Read more

Election, shmelection: 'Just give it to Trump,' GOP nominee says

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TOLEDO, Ohio--Donald Trump had an interesting idea Thursday, for a candidate who claims the elections are rigged.

"I'm just thinking to myself right now: We should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump," he said during a rally in downtown Toledo, Ohio.

The crowd of several thousand at the Sea Gate Convention Center downtown ...Read more

Georgia voting machine suspected of 'flipping' presidential votes

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ATLANTA -- A voting machine in Bryan County that may have been "flipping" some Georgia voters' picks for president has been removed from service, after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the problem to state elections officials.

The Secretary of State's Office has expressed confidence in the state's voting machines. It has launched an ...Read more

Clinton introduces anti-bullying proposal

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is thinking beyond Election Day as her campaign unveiled an anti-bullying policy to help heal wounds caused by Donald Trump's campaign-trail attacks on minorities, women, Muslims and the disabled.

States would receive $4 in federal funding for every $1 in new money they spend on anti-bullying initiatives such as ...Read more

Paul Ryan thought he'd finished off Paul Nehlen in the primary. Apparently not

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WASHINGTON -- The man who House Speaker Paul Ryan routed in Wisconsin's Republican primary is back, this time trying to win Ryan's gavel.

Paul Nehlen said he's launching a long shot bid for Speaker of the House of Representatives because Ryan has bowed to President Barack Obama's agenda and "is openly working to undermine Donald Trump's effort ...Read more

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas accused of groping woman at 1999 party

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WASHINGTON -- Allegations that GOP nominee Donald Trump groped numerous women have prompted an Alaska attorney to go public with a claim that she was briefly grabbed at a 1999 dinner party by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Moira Smith, then age 24 and a Truman Foundation scholar in Washington, said she was invited to a small dinner ...Read more

News reports claim Trump allies use 'voter suppression' tactics

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WASHINGTON -- Media reports of possible voter-suppression activity involving groups that support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have swelled concerns about widespread voter intimidation in the November general election.

Trump has repeatedly excited his base with charges about a "rigged" election and he has claimed that reporters...Read more

Trump leads as researchers use sharks to predict election outcome

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- That recent Bloomberg poll that has Donald Trump edging Hillary Clinton in Florida isn't the only contest he's winning in the state.

In a creative bid to drum up awareness of the highly sought after and vulnerable shortfin mako shark, researchers at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale are incorporating the ...Read more

Poll: Most Trump supporters say they lack confidence the election will be fair

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WASHINGTON -- Warnings that the election is "rigged" against him have frequently punctuated Donald Trump's speeches in the closing weeks of the campaign, and his supporters have clearly absorbed that message.

A majority of Trump's supporters, 56 percent, say they have little or no confidence that the election "will be open and fair," according ...Read more

Are there voting-fraud risks? Sure, but the chances of widespread rigging are low

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Despite fears of Election Day mayhem, the 2016 presidential race is likely to be the most secure in years, according to experts.

That's because the way America casts and counts its vote is increasingly driven by newer and more reliable technology, they say.

"I don't think we'd be here if we did believe it was rigged," Amy ...Read more

Republicans split on Supreme Court strategy in lame-duck session

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Thursday that he would work to advance the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland this year if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

Flake's comments come less than two weeks ahead of an election that is expected to shape the ideological balance of the ...Read more

Clinton, with Michelle Obama: Elect me, other Democrats in North Carolina

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama held their first joint rally Thursday afternoon in Winston-Salem, promoting not just her candidacy for the White House but other Democrats for governor and the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

"This election is about whether we build on the ...Read more

White House blasts GOP over calls to block Clinton Supreme Court picks

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday slammed three Senate Republicans for saying their party should refuse to take up any Supreme Court nominees submitted by Hillary Clinton if she becomes president.

At various points during the 2016 campaign, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and John McCain of Arizona have made such ...Read more

Millions of people have voted, and Democrats are showing strong signs in key states

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The millions of votes already cast in the presidential election show promising signs for Hillary Clinton, with Democrats registering a strong performance in key states such as Florida and Colorado.

But the early votes reveal bright spots for Donald Trump in the Midwest, potentially signaling a significant shift in the parties' geographic bases ...Read more

Voting rights groups brace for Election Day 'chaos'

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WASHINGTON -- Voting rights advocates are preparing for a "perfect storm of chaos" on Election Day -- and not just because a hurricane has already affected registrations in some key battleground states.

Reports of voter disenfranchisement have already cropped up during early voting, the advocates say. Some Texas election officials are ...Read more

Chaffetz Sixth Member to Reverse Course and Back Trump

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz of unexpected-presidential-battleground Utah has become the sixth Republican member of Congress to reverse his repudiation of Donald Trump.

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Wednesday he would vote for the GOP nominee because he's slightly preferable to the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

"I will not...Read more