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  • 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.

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

  • Your kidney stone: A user’s guide
    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 ...

  • Clinton: Trump ‘bragged’ about not paying taxes
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton: Trump ‘bragged’ about not paying taxes

    “He actually bragged about gaming the system to get out of paying his fair share of taxes,” Clinton told the crowd of roughly 1,500 at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. “I think there’s a strong possibility he hasn’t paid federal taxes a lot of years, and this is a man who goes around calling our military a disaster, who goes around criticizing every institution from health care to education, our vets,” Clinton said. During the debate, Clinton brought up that the last tax returns Trump turned over to the public — from the 1970s — show that he paid nothing in federal income tax for several years.

  • Obama and Biden trash Trump’s debate performance
    Dylan Stableford

    Obama and Biden trash Trump’s debate performance

    President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden blasted Donald Trump’s performance at Monday’s presidential debate while urging Americans to register in time to vote for Hillary Clinton. At a rally for Clinton at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, Biden ripped the Republican nominee over his assertion that the U.S. housing market collapse was good for his real estate business. “Can you imagine Ronald Reagan, the most conservative president we’ve had come along — can you imagine him saying, ‘It’s good business to take advantage of people’s misery’?

  • ‘There was no sniffles,’ Trump says after debate
    Caitlin Dickson

    ‘There was no sniffles,’ Trump says after debate

    Was Donald Trump sniffling throughout his first presidential showdown with Hillary Clinton Monday night? “There was no sniffles,” he said. Trump has recently attacked Hillary Clinton’s health, using his Democratic rival’s recent bout of pneumonia to question whether she has the “stamina” to be president.

  • Down Ticket #15: The most fascinating House contest of 2016, how the Clinton-Trump debate will shake up down-ballot races (and more!)
    Christopher Wilson

    Down Ticket #15: The most fascinating House contest of 2016, how the Clinton-Trump debate will shake up down-ballot races (and more!)

    Republican candidate Jason Lewis and Democrat Angie Craig vie for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. SAINT PAUL, Minn. — As you may have heard, there’s a race this year between a well-organized and well-financed centrist Democratic woman (with an Arkansas background) and a political newcomer, a Republican who ran against the party establishment with some far-right views and a long history of controversial, even offensive, statements.

  • Giuliani digs up Lewinsky scandal to bash Hillary Clinton
    Michael Walsh

    Giuliani digs up Lewinsky scandal to bash Hillary Clinton

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday night that Donald Trump is too much of a gentleman to dig up the Lewinsky scandal to attack his political opponent. After the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Giuliani delivered a litany of reasons he considers Trump to be a feminist despite frequent accusations of chauvinism against the GOP nominee, including about fair treatment of women at his organization.

  • NYPD fact-checks Donald Trump’s debate claims on crime
    Caitlin Dickson

    NYPD fact-checks Donald Trump’s debate claims on crime

    The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton drew a plethora of fact checkers, poised and ready to scrutinize every statement uttered by either candidate Monday night. The New York Police Department, somewhat unexpectedly, joined the fact-checking fray. While on the topic of race relations, Trump reiterated his recent campaign trail declaration that black and Latino Americans “are living in hell” and that the solution is to expand New York’s “stop-and-frisk” policy, which has been curtailed in recent years. The controversial police tactic, ruled unconstitutional by a judge, was primarily used against black and Latino New Yorkers.

  • Clinton pokes fun at Trump for ‘defective’ mic complaint
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton pokes fun at Trump for ‘defective’ mic complaint

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton poked fun at Donald Trump on Tuesday morning for complaining about his microphone after the first presidential debate. “Anybody who complained about the microphone is not having a good night,” Clinton told reporters in a brief question-and-answer session at the back of her plane before taking off for a rally in Raleigh, N.C. Monday night, Trump entered the spin room at Hofstra University after a tough first debate and complained that his mic had been “defective.” He mused whether that was on purpose.

  • Donald Trump: I opposed Iraq War, just call Sean Hannity!
    Michael Walsh

    Donald Trump: I opposed Iraq War, just call Sean Hannity!

    Feel free to call Sean Hannity if you want to know what Donald Trump thought about invading Iraq before the war started. Trump frequently touts his purported opposition to the now-unpopular war as proof of his vision when it comes to foreign policy. “I did not support the war in Iraq,” Trump said at the debate.

  • Rudy Giuliani: I’d skip future debates if I were Trump
    Michael Walsh

    Rudy Giuliani: I’d skip future debates if I were Trump

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would not participate in the next two presidential debates if he were in Donald Trump’s position — that is, unless the moderators agreed to certain conditions. The outspoken Trump adviser expressed dismay over NBC journalist Lester Holt’s performance moderating the debate Monday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Politico reported. Giuliani was apparently aggrieved by Holt’s attempts to fact-check the Republican candidate on the legality of stop-and-frisk and whether he initially supported the Iraq War.

  • Debate scorecard: How Clinton and Trump compared on six key presidential qualities
    Andrew Romano

    Debate scorecard: How Clinton and Trump compared on six key presidential qualities

    You could, if you were so inclined, distill Monday’s marquee clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University to a single iconic incident: Trump sniffling several times per sentence, perhaps, or Clinton debuting a new dance move.