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  • Newly released video deposition shows Trump in character: winging it
    Michael Isikoff

    Newly released video deposition shows Trump in character: winging it

    Donald Trump doesn’t prepare for depositions any more, it seems, than he prepares for presidential debates. “What did you do to prepare for the case today, for the deposition?” he was asked by a lawyer for restauranteur Geoffrey Zakarian, in a videotaped June 16 deposition that was released by a Washington, D.C., judge today.  “I would say virtually nothing,” Trump replies on camera, matter-of-factly.

  • Down Ticket #16: How Trump has transformed the Nevada Senate race — and down-ballot politics in general
    Andrew Romano

    Down Ticket #16: How Trump has transformed the Nevada Senate race — and down-ballot politics in general

    It’s clear from even the quickest glance at the latest headlines — the “audio issues,” the stiffed piano merchant, the whole “Miss Piggy” controversy — that Donald Trump has transformed the 2016 presidential election into a spectacle unlike anything in recent U.S. history. Last Friday, Down Ticket traveled to Las Vegas to check in on the race to succeed retiring Sen. Harry Reid former majority leader, current minority leader, and, with nearly 34 years of Capitol Hill maneuvering under his belt, the second most powerful Democrat in the country. Republican Rep. Joe Heck, a physician and a brigadier general in the Army Reserve who has served three tours of active duty, is precisely the kind of candidate the RNC was calling for when it declared, in its autopsy of Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss to Barack Obama, that Latinos “will close their ears to our policies” if they “think we do not want them here.” Heck’s Henderson-area congressional district, NV-3, is 15.4 percent Latino, and in his 2014 reelection bid, he won 40 percent of the Latino vote, besting Romney’s 2012 performance by 13 percentage points.

  • Clinton taunts Trump over ‘latest Twitter meltdown’
    Colin Campbell

    Clinton taunts Trump over ‘latest Twitter meltdown’

    Hillary Clinton repeatedly mocked Donald Trump on Friday for his early morning Twitter attacks against Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe. “I mean, really, who gets up at 3 o’clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe? Really, why does he do things like that?” Clinton asked her supporters at a rally in Coral Springs, Fla.

  • Commission admits ‘issues’ with Trump audio during debate
    Colin Campbell

    Commission admits ‘issues’ with Trump audio during debate

    It seems Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was right when he complained about audio in the debate hall.

  • Right-leaning newspapers bail on Donald Trump
    Michael Walsh

    Right-leaning newspapers bail on Donald Trump

    The Chicago Tribune endorsed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Friday as a “principled option” beyond the typical red-blue binary. The conservative paper’s editorial board argued that the Democratic and Republican parties have drifted so far from the United States’ political mainstream and failed to nominate suitable candidates to the top of their tickets. The paper’s editorial is as much an indictment of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as it is an endorsement of former New Mexico Gov. Johnson.

  • Katie Couric

    2016 The Choice: Maureen Dowd on the final push to the election

    ‘Yahoo News Now’ Special Edition: 2016 The Choice – Starting Oct. 3, we’ll be coming to you live from the Yahoo studio in New York City at 11a.m. ET, bringing the latest information and analysis of the day’s most compelling storylines in the race for the White House.

  • Alicia Machado fires back at Trump’s ‘campaign of hate’
    Colin Campbell

    Alicia Machado fires back at Trump’s ‘campaign of hate’

    Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado punched back on Friday after Donald Trump attacked her in a 5 a.m. Twitter rant.

  • Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials

    Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she wants to enlist 5 million new volunteers into a “national service reserve” aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds. The plan also offers an opportunity for the candidate to emphasize her own record of service for children — which could help combat her high unfavorable ratings — while also reaching out to voters under 30.

  • Colin Campbell

    Trump unleashes early-morning Twitter tirade against ‘disgusting’ Alicia Machado

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to go to war with his latest campaign nemesis: former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. During the debate earlier this week, Democrat Hillary Clinton brought up Trump’s past weight-shaming comments about Machado, who was Miss Venezuela when Trump took over the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1996. Machado, now a well-known actress in Latin America, says Trump once called her “fat,” “ugly” and “Miss Piggy,” among other things.

  • The Last 100 Days: Pouring Cold Water on the Lame Duck edition
    Olivier Knox

    The Last 100 Days: Pouring Cold Water on the Lame Duck edition

    Ever since the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, presidents have been judged on the successes they notch during their first 100 days. Now, as Barack Obama prepares to end his historic turn on the political stage, Yahoo News is running The Last 100 Days, a look at what Obama achieved during his consequential presidency, how he navigates the struggles of his last months in office and what lies ahead for him after eight years filled with firsts. As Obama himself is fond of noting, he also spent his two terms as father to his daughters, Malia and Sasha, and husband to first lady Michelle Obama.

  • Trump on former Miss Universe’s weight-shaming allegations: ‘It’s a beauty contest’
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump on former Miss Universe’s weight-shaming allegations: ‘It’s a beauty contest’

    Donald Trump continues to defend his treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whose job he says he “saved” years ago by pressuring her to lose weight. “They wanted to fire her,” the Republican nominee said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday. Machado was crowned Miss Universe in 1996, the beauty pageant that Trump would buy later that same year.

  • Dylan Stableford

    New Jersey train crashes into Hoboken station, killing 1, injuring more than 100

    A New Jersey Transit train plowed into the Hoboken terminal during rush hour shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. Injuries were reported and images show the train crash severely damaged the station, leaving debris and twisted columns of metal in its aftermath.

  • Trump calls Kaepernick protest ‘very bad for the spirit of the country’
    Colin Campbell

    Trump calls Kaepernick protest ‘very bad for the spirit of the country’

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hinted Wednesday that he would consider firing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick if he owned the team. Personally, if it was me, I would not be happy if I were the team owner,” Trump said. Trump discussed Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem at games, during a back and forth with Bill O’Reilly.

  • Why Clinton hasn’t put Trump away
    Matt Bai

    Why Clinton hasn’t put Trump away

    Clinton had proved herself again to be the diligent studier who pretends to be amused when you know she isn’t. According to all the TV analysis, which now eerily resembles an NFL playoff postgame show, Donald had self-destructed, Hillary had humiliated him, and the dynamic of the race had suddenly shifted — perhaps for good. For about the thousandth time this year, the headlines portrayed Trump as a political Gulliver bound finally in ropes and about to crash to earth once and for all.

  • Trump unloads on Clinton after tough debate: ‘She can’t even make it to her car’
    Holly Bailey

    Trump unloads on Clinton after tough debate: ‘She can’t even make it to her car’

    Amid rumors of campaign disarray and unease over his debate performance, Donald Trump took aim at Hillary Clinton in a more personal way Wednesday, mocking her for taking days off the campaign trail and suggesting she would only bring scandal to the White House if elected. Campaigning in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the celebrity businessman turned Republican presidential nominee delivered a scathing scripted speech casting Clinton as a corrupt insider who has had many opportunities to bring change to Washington but failed. For nearly a half-hour of his 45-minute speech, Trump relitigated a litany of Clinton scandals, including the flaps over her private email server and dealings between Clinton’s State Department staff and the Clinton Foundation.

  • Russia steps up trolling attacks on the West, U.S. intel report finds
    Michael Isikoff

    Russia steps up trolling attacks on the West, U.S. intel report finds

    A new U.S. intelligence report says the Russian government is conducting a wide-ranging and “opportunistic” campaign to expand its political influence in Europe by deploying Internet “trolls and other cyber actors” to challenge pro-Western journalists and spread pro-Kremlin messages in social media forums. Yahoo News obtained a declassified summary of the report, which also describes the role of two state-owned media outlets, RT and Sputnik, in what some experts say is an increasingly aggressive “information warfare” campaign. The report, by the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, was originally requested by congressional intelligence committees late last year.

  • Tune in: 2016 vice presidential debate
    Yahoo Politics Team

    Tune in: 2016 vice presidential debate

    Join us on Tuesday, October 4 for 2016’s sole vice presidential debate between Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. The two will face off in Farmville, Virginia, at Longwood University in a ninety-minute conversation moderated by Elaine Quijano. We’ll have a live stream of the debate, along with analysis from our New York studio and on the ground in Farmville.

  • David Pogue

    Your kidney stone: A user’s guide

    Ew! Who’d want to read about kidney stones? Heat leads to dehydration, which leads to kidney stones. According to some women who have both had a kidney stone and given birth, the stone hurts more than childbirth.

  • This is the surreal 1997 press conference Donald Trump held to discuss Alicia Machado’s weight
    Dylan Stableford

    This is the surreal 1997 press conference Donald Trump held to discuss Alicia Machado’s weight

    On May 17, 1996, in Las Vegas, Alicia Machado, a 19-year-old from Venezuela, was crowned Miss Universe, the beauty pageant that Donald Trump would buy later that same year. Eight months later, in New York City, Trump, the contest’s new executive producer, stood next to Machado as she rode a stationary bike surrounded by a scrum of local cameramen and news reporters and flanked by a personal trainer. “I went to the Miss Universe contest last year,” Trump told reporters.

  • During visit to Windy City, Trump suddenly quiet on Chicago violence
    Holly Bailey

    During visit to Windy City, Trump suddenly quiet on Chicago violence

    CHICAGO — It has been a central theme of Donald Trump’s campaign in recent weeks: the ongoing bloodshed from gun-related violence that has plagued the streets of inner city Chicago. In stump speeches all over the country and at Monday’s debate against Hillary Clinton, Trump has repeatedly invoked the violent turmoil in President Obama’s adopted hometown. But it seems there is one place where the GOP nominee does not want to talk about Chicago’s violence: in Chicago.

  • Conservative Arizona paper endorses Clinton
    Colin Campbell

    Conservative Arizona paper endorses Clinton

    The Arizona Republic endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, becoming the latest traditionally Republican newspaper to back the Democratic nominee. In a passionate editorial, the largest newspaper in Arizona argued that Republican Donald Trump was fundamentally unfit for the presidency. It was the first time the Republic had endorsed a Democrat.

  • The surprising agreement between Trump and Clinton on gun control
    Jon Ward

    The surprising agreement between Trump and Clinton on gun control

    In the four-dimensional chessboard on which the politics of gun control plays out, anything can happen — and for a brief moment in Monday night’s presidential debate, it did, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton found themselves in agreement on at least one small aspect of it. At issue was a ban on gun sales to people on the government’s terror watch lists, a move that has taken on huge symbolic importance since Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., began pushing for it earlier this year in the wake of the deadly attack at an Orlando nightclub.

  • Howard Dean defends Trump cocaine tweet
    Amy Sullivan

    Howard Dean defends Trump cocaine tweet

    Howard Dean isn't backing down. On an already unusual debate night, Dean — a former Vermont governor, presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee chair — raised some eyebrows when he sent out a tweet asking: “Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?"

  • Defying critics, Obama nominates Cuba ambassador
    Olivier Knox

    Defying critics, Obama nominates Cuba ambassador

    Facing down congressional opponents of his historic outreach to Cuba, President Obama announced Tuesday that he has chosen highly respected career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Havana in 55 years. DeLaurentis is currently the top official at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate
    Calvin Woodward and Christopher s. Rugaber, Associated Press

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

    For all of his occasional restraint, Donald Trump offered debate viewers a greatest-hits collection from his history of mangled facts, with some new ones thrown in. For all of her policy sobriety, Hillary ...