Election 2016

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Late Night Skewers Trump's Sniffles

And more, via Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Seth Meyers

(Newser) - Donald Trump's sniffles, "Ghost Abraham Lincoln," and even the candidates' initial salutations all made star appearances on Monday's late-night roster as hosts tackled the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, per the Hollywood Reporter . Some takes from the after-prime-time set:
  • Stephen Colbert's
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Fact-Checkers Weigh In on Debate

Clinton hasn't fought ISIS her 'entire adult life'

(Newser) - The first presidential debate was a busy night for the fact-checkers—who were asked to "get to work" by Hillary Clinton after Donald Trump said she had been fighting ISIS her "entire adult life," the Los Angeles Times reports. ISIS, in fact, first emerged in 2004 as... More »

5 Takes on the Clinton-Trump Showdown

Clinton 'went right for Trump's ego'

(Newser) - The Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump showdown on Monday night was billed as the most anticipated in many years, and it did not disappoint, according to the Hill , which describes the clash as one between "the more incisive and prepared Clinton and Trump, who leaned heavily on instinct and combativeness."... More »

Trump Calls His Debate Mic 'Defective'

No comment on whether that somehow triggered the sniffles

(Newser) - In January, a "son of a b----" installed Donald Trump's "stupid mic" at a Pensacola, Fla., rally; a month later, he blamed a "lousy earpiece" on his much maligned reaction to a question on David Duke during a CNN interview, recalls NBC News . Audio problems have... More »

Who Won? Instant Analysis of First Debate

Early assessments from pundits favor Clinton

(Newser) - The first of three presidential debates is in the books, and while pundits will be dissecting it for a while, here's some instant analysis in the wake of round one:
  • Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic : "My impression, for what it's worth: Hillary Clinton won decisively. But I never
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Donald Trump Fact-Checked by Donald Trump's Twitter

He did indeed say global warming was made up by the Chinese

(Newser) - When the conversation turned to global warming during the first presidential debate Monday, Donald Trump was quickly disproved by Donald Trump's Twitter account. CBS News reports Hillary Clinton claimed Trump called global warming a Chinese hoax. "I did not," Vox quotes Trump's response. "I do... More »

Polls: Trump, Clinton Basically Tied in 2 Swing States

Hillary has 1-point lead in Pennsylvania, Trump in Colorado

(Newser) - New CNN/ORC polls released Monday have Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump practically in a dead heat in two battleground states, with just one point separating the two, CNN reports. In Colorado , Trump is the one in the lead, nabbing 42% of likely voters to Clinton's 41% (Libertarian Gary Johnson... More »

Why the First 30 Minutes of Tonight's Debate Matter So Much

It's the most anticipated debate in decades

(Newser) - It's going to be the most-watched presidential debate in American history—and possibly the most controversial. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have their first debate Monday night, and it's expected to draw a Super Bowl-sized audience of around 100 million. The stakes will be even higher than in... More »

Trump Says He's Bringing Bill Clinton's Mistress to Debate

He invited Gennifer Flowers because Clinton invited Mark Cuban

(Newser) - For the moment it appears the woman who had an affair with Bill Clinton will be front-and-center during Monday's debate at Donald Trump's invitation, BuzzFeed reports. It started with the Clinton campaign inviting Bizarro-Trump Mark Cuban to the presidential debate at Hoffstra University. TPM quotes a Clinton aide... More »

Dems: Russia Making 'Serious' Effort to Influence Election

Members of intelligence committees are convinced

(Newser) - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees said Thursday they have concluded Russian intelligence agencies are making a "serious and concerted effort" to influence the US presidential election, the AP reports. A joint statement issued by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than... More »

Trump: Actually, Stop-and-Frisk Only in 1 City

He says Chicago is 'out of control'

(Newser) - After appearing to endorse its use nationally on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified Thursday that he meant stop-and-frisk—a policing policy found to be inherently biased and unconstitutional in the past—should only be used in Chicago, Politico reports. "I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk," he said.... More »

As Debate Nears, Clinton Leads by 6 Points

But FiveThirtyEight says she can't claim a rebound quite yet

(Newser) - For those not yet suffering from poll fatigue, new results are out right before the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday. Per an NBC News /Wall Street Journal poll, its first general-election survey of likely voters, Clinton leads Trump by 6 points. The poll was taken... More »

Galifianakis Asks Clinton the Important Questions on Ferns

You know, like 'What happens if you become pregnant?'

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis asked Hillary Clinton the important questions during a Between Two Ferns interview on Funny or Die Thursday. Questions like: "Are you excited to be the first girl president?", "As secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee?"... More »

Another 'Unprecedented' First for Trump & Co.

Donald's campaign has paid out $8.2M to his family businesses

(Newser) - The word "unprecedented" has been used many times in association with Donald Trump's presidential run, and now Politico has another to add to the list. The site found the GOP nominee's campaign has paid $8.2 million out to his own family's businesses, or about 7%... More »

Celebrities Assemble for Joss Whedon's Pro-Clinton Video

And promise a Mark Ruffalo nude scene

(Newser) - Joss Whedon hopes the prospect of a Mark Ruffalo nude scene will get people fired up about voting in November. The Hollywood Reporter reports the Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator took a break from movie-making to launch the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Save the Day, returning Wednesday... More »

The Left's 'Cultural Dominance' Is 'Suffocating'

And it would end if not for Trump: Ross Douthat

(Newser) - Liberals may have been peeved at Jimmy Fallon for his softball interview with Donald Trump, but that's nothing to how conservatives should feel about Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and many other late-night "propagandists," writes Ross Douthat. The conservative columnist's take at the New York ... More »

Trump Campaign Paid CNN Commentator $20K Last Month

Documents show it was for 'strategy consulting'

(Newser) - CNN was widely criticized for hiring a former Trump campaign manager as a commentator back in June. So you can imagine the reaction now that it appears the network may have actually hired a current Trump strategy consultant. The Washington Post reports FEC filings from the Trump campaign show Corey... More »

Secret Service Now Protecting Ivanka Trump

Not clear if any of Trump's other kids are getting protection

(Newser) - As of Monday morning, you can add Ivanka Trump to the list of people getting protection from the Secret Service this election cycle. The service confirmed Trump's eldest daughter will be getting protection, USA Today reports. Trump himself, as well as wife Melania, already have a protective Secret Service... More »

Kasich Slams RNC's Priebus as a Podunk Political Hack

After Priebus warned Kasich, others to 'get on board' with Trump

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Republican National Committee chief Reince Priebus warned Donald Trump's former rivals in the primaries that they should endorse Trump or risk retribution from the party if they ever run for office again. Well, one of those former rivals isn't having it. On official campaign letterhead,... More »

Obama Roars at Black Caucus: 'Personal Insult' If You Don't Vote

For Clinton; says Trump 'missed that whole civics lesson about slavery

(Newser) - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, some of whom may have been having a hard time getting excited about voting for Hillary Clinton, got an angry warning Saturday night about a Trump presidency from the man preparing to pack up and leave the Oval Office in January. "You may... More »

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