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Trump v. Clinton: Best one-liners from the first presidential debate

U.S. Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off Monday nightin the first debate, and there was no shortage of quips that drew either applause — or gasps.

Clinton, the democratic nominee, and Trump, the republican nominee, sparred back and forth for 90 minutes at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on many issues including climate change, NAFTA, Trump’s tax returns and the war in Iraq. But it was the personal jabs that seemed to garner audience reaction at the debate and on social media.

When Trump got in a dig about Clinton’s absence from the campaign trail, she said there was nothing wrong with spending time preparing for the debate.

Although Trump seemed to have a case of the sniffles Monday night, he did promise to release his tax returns as long as Clinton does the same with her missing “33,000” emails.

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"The System Is Rigged, Racist" Don King Urges "Black People Need Donald Trump"

"Everybody counts," explained boxing promoter Don King to an African-American church, stating that"every white woman should cast their vote for Donald Trump." But then King took it to '11' as he raged "the system is corrupt; the system is rigged; the system is sexist; the system is racist," concluding that “we need Donald Trump to create a new system - especially black people.

It appears Donald Trump is making some progres in the massive lead Hillary Clinton has among the African-American community. As The Hill reports, boxing promoter Don King appealed to both black Americans and white women...

"When the system was created ... the white woman did not have the rights, and she still don't have the rights. And people of color don't have their rights. ... Donald Trump says no, we're going back to inclusiveness. Everybody counts. Every white woman should cast their vote for Donald Trump."

King's appeal to female voters comes as Trump seeks to close the gap among this voter bloc, which has largely flocked to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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George H.W. Bush to vote for Hillary

Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party’s presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys.

Bush, 92, had intended to stay silent on the White House race between Clinton and Donald Trump, a sign in and of itself of his distaste for the GOP nominee. But his preference for the wife of his own successor, President Bill Clinton, nonetheless became known to a wider audience thanks to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

On Monday, Townsend posted a picture on her Facebook page shaking hands next to the former president and this caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

In a telephone interview, Townsend said she met with the former president in Maine earlier today, where she said he made his preference known that he was voting for a Democrat. “That’s what he said,” she told POLITICO.

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Hillary Clinton illness blamed for fall of Mexican peso

MEXICO CITY – Economists have long said that when the United States catches a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia.

But analysts now say that Hillary Clinton‘s pneumonia has given Mexico’s peso something worse.

A Banco Base analysis says the strength of Republican candidate Donald Trumpinfluenced the peso. Mexico newspaper columnist Carlos Loret says Democrat candidate Clinton’s health problems are key.

Trump has been critical of Mexico and the trade agreements its economy relies on.

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Gary Johnson cuts into Clinton’s lead

NEW YORK — Gary Johnson was never supposed to be a problem for Hillary Clinton.

The low-profile Libertarian’s presence on the ballot would serve as an easy out for #NeverTrump Republicans, Democrats aligned with the nominee have long figured, and that could only hurt Donald Trump.

But as national and battleground polls tighten and Democrats’ hand-wringing grows more urgent, operatives both within and allied with Clinton’s political operation who are looking around to explain Trump’s new polling strength are growing increasingly wary of the former New Mexico governor. His appeal with young and libertarian-leaning liberals, they worry, could create a growing headache for them in western states like Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona — if not yet reason to believe he could hand the states to Trump.

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Which Democrat Should Replace Hillary?

Suppose the unthinkable took place, and Hillary Clinton was forced for health reasons to step down as the Democratic presidential nominee. Who do Democrats think should take her place?

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely Democratic Voters believe Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s primary rival, should be their party’s nominee if health issues forced her out of the race. Twenty-two percent (22%) say Vice President Joe Biden should be the nominee, while only 14% opt for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the current Democratic vice presidential candidate. Nine percent (9%) of Democrats think it should be someone else. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Latino group hopes to troll Trump with taco trucks on Election Day

Washington (CNN)Marco Gutierrez, the "Latinos for Trump" founder who warned unchecked immigration would lead to "taco trucks on every corner," might have his nightmare come true on Election Day. Sort of.

The US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is organizing an effort hoping to put taco trucks on every corner -- or, rather, every polling site -- on Election Day.

    Gutierrez, a top Latino surrogate for Donald Trump's campaign, recently warned, in vivid terms, of negative consequences if America did not adopt tighter immigration policies.

    "My culture is a very dominant culture. And it's imposing, and it's causing problems. If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks on every corner," Gutierrez told MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid.

    Last week, treating Gutierrez's warning as a challenge of sorts, the USHCC created the initiative"Guac the Vote." Its aim -- mobilizing taco truck owners to encourage its customers to register to vote, and park their trucks outside polling sites on Nov. 8.

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    Colin Powell Urged Hillary Clinton’s Team Not to Scapegoat Him for Her Private Server, Leaked Emails Reveal

    FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE Colin Powell attempted to discourage Hillary Clinton and her team from using him as a scapegoat for her private email server problems, according to newly leaked emails from Powell’s Gmail account.

    “Sad thing,” Powell wrote to one confidant, “HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me to it.”

    “I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these ‘character’ minefields,” Powell lamented. He noted that he had tried to settle the matter by meeting with Clinton aide Cheryl Mills in August.

    Powell’s private messages were leaked by DCLeaks.com, an anonymously managed website that shares hacked emails from U.S. military and political figures. DCLeaks has a relationship with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that many allege to have ties with Russian intelligence. DCLeaks provided access to Powell’s emails to a number of reporters on Tuesday.

    The emails show Powell regularly corresponding with reporters and friends about the Clinton email server scandal, explaining that his situation was different. When Powell arrived at the State Department, the information technology system was badly dated, he argued. And unlike Clinton, Powell never set up a private server. Instead, he used his personal AOL account, on a server maintained by AOL, and used a government computer for classified communications.

    “It is no secret that I used a [sic] unclassified personal email account in addition to my classified State computer,’” Powell wrote to the New York Times’s Amy Chozick. He implored the dozens of reporters and producers who emailed him to read his book, “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership,” in which he devoted an entire chapter to his efforts to revamp the State Department’s IT system.

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    Justin Trudeau earns nickname ‘little potato’ during trip to China

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is finishing up his trip to China, where he earned the affectionate nickname “little potato.”

    The primary goal of the trip has been to strengthen business ties with China, the world’s second-largest economy.

    Trudeau is following in the footsteps of his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who established diplomatic ties with China.

    Trudeau, well-known around the world for his use of social media, has been given the nickname “xiao tudou,” or “little potato,” as the name Trudeau sounds similar to the Mandarin word for potato.

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    Trudeau Government Rejects E-Petition To Lift Restrictions On AR-15

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has shot down one of the first e-petitions to go before Canada's Parliament, saying it has no plans to change the restricted status of the popular Armalite AR-15 rifle.

    In a response to the petition, quietly tabled in the House of Commons this summer while it wasn't sitting, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he has "no intention" of invoking a section of Canada's criminal code to reclassify the firearm as unrestricted.

    Goodale said police should be the ones to decide how each firearm in Canada is classified.

    "The government is committed to putting decision-making authority about weapons classification back into the hands of police, not politicians," wrote Goodale, pointing out that the government believes in striking a balance between public safety and ensuring firearms owners are treated fairly under the law.

    "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is responsible for the technical determination of the classification of firearms in accordance with the criteria stipulated by Parliament in the Criminal Code."

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    Obama makes trade deal top priority in remaining months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite formidable opposition across the political spectrum, President Barack Obama is using his final months in office to fight for congressional approval of a 12-nation free trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Obama plugged the trade agreement Monday in China, saying it is "indisputable that it would create a better deal for us than the status quo." He said he doesn't have to sell the deal to Asian leaders who were part of the negotiations because "they see this as the right thing to do for their own countries."

    At home, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bash the agreement and public opinion polls show voters closely divided on its merits.

    A survey by the Pew Research Center estimated that 39 percent of registered voters view TPP as a bad thing for the United States and 37 percent consider it a good thing, hardly the kind of numbers that would inspire Congress to heed the president's call.

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    Duterte tells Obama not to question him about killings

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned President Barack Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or "son of a bitch I will swear at you" when they meet in Laos during a regional summit.

    Duterte said before flying to Laos that he is a leader of a sovereign country and is answerable only to the Filipino people. He was answering a reporter's question about how he intends to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama. More than 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been killed since Duterte launched a war on drugs after taking office on June 30.

    In his typical foul-mouthed style, Duterte responded: "I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum," he said, using the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch.

    Duterte has earlier cursed the pope and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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    Bernie Sanders says Hillary Clinton must cut ties with foundation

    Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday that Hillary Clinton must cut ties with the Clinton Foundation, adding more pressure to the chorus of critics who say the former State Department secretary’s entanglements are damaging her.

    The comments of Mr. Sanders, who fought a grueling primary battle with Mrs. Clinton this year, come just two days after the FBI released its notes of its criminal investigation interview with the former top diplomat, revealing that, despite being one of the country’s few officials able to deem material classified, she showed little understanding of that weighty responsibility.

    Both her behavior toward her family’s foundation and her use of the secret email system during her time at the State Department — which some critics say was intended to further hide the foundation’s close connections during her time in office — have dogged Mrs. Clinton for months, and have dented her standing with voters.

    Mr. Sanders, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, said he wasn’t sure whether the foundation needs to be shut down altogether, but said if Mrs. Clinton wins the White House, she needs to divorce herself from it.

    “She should not be involved at the very least,” he said — and said it was possible the entire operation should be shuttered, though he acknowledged that given the charitable work it does, he’s not sure.

    New emails retrieved from one of Mrs. Clinton’s aides showed top foundation executives regularly sought special favors for themselves and their supporters from the State Department.

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    F.B.I. Releases Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Files

    A senior law enforcement official said the interview at F.B.I. headquarters had been intended “to fill the gaps” of what the F.B.I. did not know about why Mrs. Clinton decided to use a private email server.

    Both documents were partially redacted, which had slowed their release as the bureau sought to protect sensitive information while satisfying the public’s right to know.

    The documents offer the most detailed account of Mrs. Clinton’s role from the bureau’s yearlong investigation into whether the former secretary of state or her aides broke the law by using a private system – clintonemail.com – to send tens of thousands of emails about government business, including classified matters.

    The details of the investigation may do little to alter the basic outline of a controversy that has dogged Mrs. Clinton and her presidential hopes since The New York Times first disclosedin March 2015 that she had used a private email system exclusively as secretary of state in the Obama administration.

    Even so, the documents provided Donald J. Trump and the Republicans more ammunition — from the F.B.I.’s own files to attack Mrs. Clinton’s judgment and honesty as she heads into the final, post-Labor Day phase of the presidential campaign.

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    Trump takes risky gamble with Mexico trip

    Donald Trump has spent years trashing Mexico as a corrupt enemy of the United States, whose government has looked the other way as drug dealers and criminals stream across the border. On Wednesday, he’ll step off a plane in Mexico City and confront a government and people that have followed his every utterance — and rejected them.

    Trump’s meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is one of the greatest gambles of the election for Trump. It comes as he trails in most polls and prepares to deliver a speech expected to repackage — and perhaps walk back — his controversial immigration policies after a year of calling for mass deportations and a 2,000-mile border wall with Mexico. He’ll return from the trip in the evening and deliver his immigration address in Phoenix.

    “If he can go down there and look statesmanlike while at the same time being firm for what he stands for, then I think it helps shape people’s perceptions of him as to what he would be like if he’s actually president,” said Steve Munisteri, a Republican consultant and former chairman of the Texas GOP. “This is chance for him to demonstrate to the American people what it would be like to have Trump as president, what it would be like if he was dealing with foreign leaders.”

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    Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick: Find another country

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has weighed in on San Francisco 49ersquarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to refuse to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems as racial injustice in the United States in addition to recent comments from the quarterback on Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    "I have followed it and I think it's personally not a good thing. I think it's a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it's not gonna happen," Trump told The Dori Monson Show on Monday, per Buzzfeed.

    Kaepernick has refused to stand during the national anthem during the Niners' three preseason games this summer, telling NFL Media's Steve Wyche that his decision is based on perceived societal wrongdoings against African-Americans and minorities in the U.S.

    "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told Wyche Friday night. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

    Kaepernick reiterated his stance during an 18-minute long media session in the Niners locker room Sunday, during which he told reporters he planned to continue to sit during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick also was critical of both Trump and Clinton when he met with the media.

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    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Trade Jabs Over Their Health

    Clinton pokes at Trump's doctor while Trump calls for release of detailed records

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are challenging each other over their personal health, after repeated suggestions by Trump and his surrogates that Clinton is somehow medically unfit to serve as president.

    Trump said in a tweet on Sunday said both candidates should release their “detailed medical records.” “I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records. I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?” he said.

    Clinton was the first presidential candidate to release her medical records during the primary, presenting a detailed document from her physician that outlined medical conditions including hyperactive thyroid and seasonal allergies.

    The Clinton campaign responded to Trump’s call by taking aim at the clean bill of health Trump’s doctor gave him earlier in the campaign, calling into question the doctor’s motives and pointing out mistakes and typos on the one-page letter. “Donald Trump is healthy as a horse—just ask his personal physician, who sounds remarkably like Donald Trump,” the campaign says before pulling out 13 questionable points from the letter.

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    Clinton hits new roadblocks in campaign for White House

    Hillary Clinton has hit a rough patch at a critical time in the race for the White House.

    A new batch of 14,900 emails found by the FBI is threatening to throw her off message, and the drip-drip release of emails will be something to contend with through Election Day. 

    The Democratic nominee's campaign is also facing new questions about the Clinton Foundation after separate emails were released that showed a foundation official seeking time with Clinton for a donor. 

    Days later, The Associated Press ran a story, which the Clinton campaign has repeatedly attacked, detailing links between Clinton Foundation donors and meetings with former Secretary of State Clinton. 

    If that weren’t enough, a lingering GOP perjury threats looms over Brooklyn, as House Republicans have promised action this fall. 

    The string of negative headlines follows weeks of good news for Clinton. 

    A successful convention and repeated mistakes by Republican nominee Donald Trump have strengthened her standing as the favorite to be elected president. 

    A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday found her with a 10-point lead over Trump, and battleground state maps suggest she could win the presidency even if she loses the critical battleground states of Florida and Ohio, where polls show she is running neck-and-neck or ahead of Trump. 

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    Clinton on foundation attacks: 'I know there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire'

    Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump and issued a strong defense of the Clinton Foundation Wednesday amid the Republican nominee's claims that she used public office for personal gain.

    Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper in her first national news interview in nearly a month, Clinton pushed back against Trump's accusations and issued perhaps her most succinct answers on her use of a private email server during her time leading the State Department.

      What is the Clinton Foundation and why is it controversial?

      "What Trump has said is ridiculous," Clinton said. "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right."

      She added: "I know there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire."

      Trump has recently upped his attacks on Clinton and her family's namesake foundation, saying that foreign governments and business leaders gave primarily to get something in return.

      "It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins," Trump said Tuesday night at a rally in Austin, Texas. "The specific crimes committed to carry out that enterprise are too numerous to cover in this speech."

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      Real estate agent offering to help angry, Canada-bound voters sell homes

      ‘If my candidate doesn’t win, I’m moving to Canada.’

      It’s a common refrain, perhaps even more so in the heated 2016 race – but one South Carolina realtor is trying to cash in on the voter discontent. 

      Jeff Cook has put up roughly a dozen billboards across eastern South Carolina with pictures of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton staring down, next to the phrase, “Moving to Canada? We can sell your home.”

      The 48-foot by 15-foot advertisements offering the services of Jeff Cook Real Estate started cropping up along freeways and interstate highways back when the Republican convention began last month. The signs are, naturally, a bit tongue-in-cheek – after all, few ever make good on threats to move across the northern border. But Cook tells FoxNews.com they’re generating business, including from people who say they're looking to make that move.

      “It’s a joke, obviously, but we have actually started the application process for people who want to move if their candidate doesn’t win,” Cook said. “I don’t know if they understand the immigration issues, cost and paperwork that comes with this. But they say they’re serious.”

      Cook’s billboards have become a sensation across social media, resulting in about 200 additional phone calls a week from around the world. Most of the callers are looking for a good realtor, some are members of the media (including press from New Zealand and Great Britain) and others are fascinated by the ads and want to give their opinion.

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