One of the largest audiences in the history of presidential debates — perhaps the largest ever — is expected to watch when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face each other for the first time on the same stage. Clinton has a debate history that includes not just her appearances with Bernie Sanders in this cycle, but her epic confrontations with Barack Obama in 2008, all the way back to her campaign for United States senator in 2000. Trump built his winning primary campaign in large measure on his performance in a dozen debates against nine or more rivals since entering the race in 2015.
Comedian Zach Galifianakis asked Hillary Clinton a series of awkward and inappropriate questions in a “Between Two Ferns” video released Thursday. Among other things, Galifianakis suggested that Clinton, a former secretary of state, had fetched coffee for President Obama. Are we going to be stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months?
“Donald Trump is counterfactual, ahistoric — in other words, he persistently lies and has no appreciation of history,” Booker said. Trump’s name came up again in the discussion when it turned to the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the subsequent arrest of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami. After Rahami was apprehended, Trump said police forces “know who a lot of these people are.
The younger Trump sparked outrage when he shared an image asking people if they'd eat Skittles if some were poisonous. “That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” his image concluded.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old suspect in the bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, N.J., on Monday morning, officials said. ABC’s New York affiliate captured images of the Rahami as he was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. • His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J., where five explosive devices were found at a train station on Sunday night.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a crowd at a rally that a “bomb” went off in New York City before any confirmation came from official sources about what caused an explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night. “I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York. About two hours later, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that the explosion on 23rd Street appeared to be the result of an “intentional” act and that there was no indication it was linked to terrorism.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered Donald Trump an unusual deal on Friday: $10 million in exchange for a four-hour interview. In a series of tweets, Cuban initially said Trump could have the money go to the charity of his choice. The billionaire “Shark Tank” star, who frequently taunts Trump on Twitter, issued the offer hours after Trump slammed him in a Fox Business interview Friday morning.
President Obama on Friday scolded the news media for asking about Donald Trump’s latest flirtation with the racist “birther” movement the GOP nominee has long championed, telling reporters to focus on “more serious issues” in the 2016 race for the White House. Obama’s comments came after Trump, who for years was a proponent of the discredited racist theory that the nation’s first black president was not born in the United States and may therefore be in office illegitimately, refused to say in a new story, published late Thursday, whether he had changed his mind. Obama spoke to the media at a White House meeting designed to shore up weak support in Congress for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
A new bipartisan report by the House Intelligence Committee depicts former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden as a “serial exaggerator and fabricator” who only began downloading highly classified documents after being reprimanded over a “workplace spat” with his bosses. The highly damning report, which accuses Snowden of doing “tremendous damage to national security,” was released by the committee late Thursday — the day before the release of a new Oliver Stone movie about the case that portrays its subject as a courageous whistleblower who exposed frightening and illegal surveillance by the U.S. government. It also comes the same week that Snowden’s supporters mounted a public campaign to win him a pardon from President Obama, allowing him to return from Moscow without facing a criminal prosecution that could result in years behind bars.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Back on the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she's running to be president. She vowed to close her campaign against Donald Trump by giving Americans "something to vote for, not just against."
Donald Trump Jr. addresses the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 19, 2016. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up,” Trump Jr. said in a radio interview on Thursday, according to CBS Philadelphia. “They’ve let her slide on every [discrepancy], on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing.
Ivanka Trump abruptly ended an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine about Donald Trump’s new maternity-leave policy on Wednesday after fielding questions she felt were “unfair” about her father’s record with women. According to a transcript published by the magazine, Ivanka bristled at Cosmopolitan senior writer Prachi Gupta’s line of questioning. “In 2004, Donald Trump said that pregnancy is an inconvenient thing for a business,” Gupta said.
In an interview that aired Thursday morning, Hillary Clinton declined to respond to Colin Powell’s criticism of her in personal emails recently leaked to the public. “I have a great deal of respect for Colin Powell, and I have a lot of sympathy for anyone whose emails become public. In the leaked emails, Powell said “everything H.R.C. touches she kind of screws up with hubris,” referring to the Democratic nominee by her initials.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd cited the United States’ wars in the Middle East, financial collapse and trade deals as the root cause of some Trump supporters’ anger. “I would just like to say these voters who are angry have something to be angry about,” said Dowd in a Wednesday interview with Yahoo News’ Bianna Golodryga. Dowd also speculated on how Trump, who longtime acquaintances she interviewed never described as racist, ended up with supporters with such negative views of minorities.
Trump will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday. When Donald Trump appears on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday, the Republican nominee will reveal “his own personal health regimen,” according to a press release. Just don’t expect him to reveal the results of his recent physical — and don’t expect any probing from Dr. Mehmet Oz, the show’s host.
U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, serving a 35-year prison term for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, ended her hunger strike on Tuesday after the Army said she would be allowed to receive gender transition surgery, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said. Manning's treatment will begin with the surgery that was recommended by her psychologist in April, the ACLU, which represented Manning, said in a statement. Manning is held in Kansas.
Obama didn’t mention Clinton’s bout of pneumonia, which has kept her off the campaign trail and has spurred accusations — including by David Axelrod, a former top advisor to Obama — that she hasn’t been frank about her health. Speaking in Philadelphia — where Democratic turnout will be crucial for Clinton’s chances of carrying Pennsylvania in the election — Obama argued that Clinton has been more transparent than Trump, pointing out that she has released decades’ worth of tax returns while Trump has refused to release any.
Donald Trump condemned Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment, saying it disqualifies her from seeking the presidency.
At the 2015 Values Voter Summit, the annual gathering of conservative Christians held in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump finished a distant fifth place in the straw poll vote of GOP candidates — far behind overwhelming favorite Ted Cruz, as well as Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio. On Thursday, he returned to the confab hosted by the Family Research Council, but now as the Republican presidential nominee and the event’s main attraction.
Donald Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 in 2014 to a conservative activist group that was used to help finance a federal lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — the same public official who was suing the real estate mogul for fraud over the operations of Trump University. The size and timing of the donation to the Citizens United Foundation, an arm of the sprawling conservative network run by David Bossie, who is now Trump’s deputy campaign manager, could raise fresh questions about whether Trump has used his tax-exempt charity to further political and personal causes. It is a claim, actively promoted by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, that got new attention this week after Trump’s foundation acknowledged paying a penalty to the IRS for an improper $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s reelection campaign during a time her office was considering whether to join Schneiderman’s lawsuit against Trump University.
Donald Trump didn’t realize his Thursday interview with Larry King would be on a Russian state-run television network, his campaign subsequently claimed. “What Larry King does with the interview content is up to him. The GOP nominee’s appearance on RT, the Moscow-based media organization previously known as Russia Today, drew immediate scrutiny as the station is used to back the Kremlin’s messaging efforts.
The "Today" show host was pummeled by critics who said he spent too much time on Hillary Clinton's emails, cut her responses short, and lobbed Donald Trump softball questions without challenging him on his past statements.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson stunned a “Morning Joe” interviewer on Thursday when he appeared to be unfamiliar with Aleppo, the most populous city in Syria and the epicenter of the long and violent conflict that has sparked a global refugee crisis. “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?” journalist Mike Barnicle asked Johnson. “And what is Aleppo?” the candidate replied.
Greta Van Susteren’s exit from Fox News came as a bit of a shock, but it seems the most surprised person in the whole situation could be Susteren herself. A courier arrived at Van Susteren’s Washington, D.C. home at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hand-delivering two letters that said that Van Susteren “was being taken off the air” immediately, according to her husband, John Coale, who is a high-profile Washington lawyer. Van Susteren was already planning to leave, but she thought she would be hosting her 7 p.m. program “On the Record” for a few more weeks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University.