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Trump: Pageant Winner's Weight Was a 'Real Problem'

Alicia Machado 'gained a massive amount' after win, he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's treatment of a former beauty pageant winner became campaign fodder during Monday night's debate, and Trump wasn't feeling very apologetic Tuesday morning. "I know that person," Trump said on Fox and Friends, referring to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. "And she was... More »

'Miss Piggy' Pageant Winner Becomes Clinton Weapon

Campaign rolls out ad with Alicia Machado

(Newser) - Debate watchers were introduced to an unfamiliar name Monday night, that of Alicia Machado. As NBC explains, she won the Miss Universe Pageant in 1996 while representing Venezuela, a pageant owned by Donald Trump at the time. Hillary Clinton brought it up to highlight Trump's treatment of women: "... More »

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 Owned Clinton in the Debate Over Trade

Analysis: He started the night strong on this topic

(Newser) - Generally speaking, pundits think Hillary Clinton came away as the overall winner in Monday night's debate. But at Slate , Jordan Weissmann writes that the night didn't start out that way at all: The first question was on trade, and Trump "absolutely savaged" a seemingly ill-prepared Clinton on... 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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Trump, Clinton Go at It: 12 Debate Clashes

ISIS, loans from dad, and Trump's tax returns

(Newser) - The latest Washington-Post/ABC News poll found 74% of Americans planned to watch what could be one of the most-viewed events in US political history. Here are 12 of the more spirited back-and-forths they heard at Monday night's presidential debate at Hofstra University:
  1. The two tussle over a loan: Hillary
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Trump: I'll Release Tax Returns When She Releases Emails

He's hiding something, says Clinton

(Newser) - Donald Trump got the question everyone expected he'd get at Monday night's debate: When will he release his tax returns? He initially gave a familiar response: “I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit. As soon as it’s finished, it will be released,... More »

First Gaffe of Debate Happens Before It Begins

It's Donald vs. Hilary, apparently

(Newser) - Both candidates dodged a bullet on Monday night in that the first gaffe of the 2016 presidential debates was made by ... neither of them. Host Hofstra University committed the goof, by way of "last-minute" souvenir tickets it printed for the 350 of its students who managed to get a... 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 »

Trump Tells Netanyahu of Major Shift If He's Elected

GOP nominee says he'd recognize the city as Israel's capital

(Newser) - Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set up Sunday meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the eve of their first big debate, the AP reports—and Trump, who met with Netanyahu first in New York City, made a big promise to the PM that would mark a "... More »

Judge: Not My Business to Unseal Trump Divorce File

'NYT' wanted access to file, but court says Ivana Trump deserves her privacy

(Newser) - A New York judge refused Thursday to let his court "inject itself into the political process" and turned down a media request to unseal the divorce file of Donald Trump and first wife Ivana, Politico reports. The New York Times and the Gannett Co. had tried to gain access... 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 »

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 »

Trump Used $258K From His Nonprofit to Settle Business Lawsuits: Report

'Washington Post' looks at whether he broke self-dealing laws

(Newser) - Donald Trump used $258,000 from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits involving his for-profit businesses, the Washington Post reports after a number of interviews and a review of legal documents. In doing so, Trump might have broken anti-"self-dealing" laws, which bar nonprofit leaders from using charity money toward... 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 »

Trump Jr.'s Refugee Tweet Doesn't Fly With Skittles Maker

'Skittles are candy. Refugees are people'

(Newser) - One of the most controversial moments from the campaign trail on Monday came not from either of the major candidates but from Donald Trump Jr. As CNN reports, he shared a tweet that compared the Syrian refugee problem—and the notion that terrorists might be hiding among them—to Skittles.... 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 »

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