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Trump's team says Obama's birth is a settled issue, but Trump hasn't
Donald Trump is getting some not-so-gentle prodding from his team to renounce 'birtherism'       
180 points by USA Today | United States Barack Obama Democratic Party President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 Bill Clinton Republican Party Hawaii
Rep. Louie Gohmert: Clinton is 'mentally impaired'
Rep. Louie Gohmert called for prayers for Hillary Clinton on Friday  — but they weren’t for her to win.       
1643 points by USA Today | Hillary Rodham Clinton John McCain Disability Barack Obama 2008 singles Adoption and Safe Families Act President of the United States George W. Bush
Hillary Clinton's plane: 5 things to know
The Democratic nominee is getting plenty of use out of her new jet.       
34 points by USA Today | Westchester County New York White Plains New York Westchester County Airport President of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton Airline Bill Clinton Rob Astorino
Hillary Clinton to visit ground zero on 9/11
Campaign 2016 updates: With Trump's resilience, Clinton can't afford to coast Sept. 9, 2016, 8:32 a.m. After his stop in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump heads to Florida on Friday. Hillary Clinton can't coast in this election against Donald Trump's resilienceTrump plans another visit to Capitol...
38 points by Los Angeles Times | Democratic Party George W. Bush Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton President of the United States Vice President of the United States George H. W. Bush Barack Obama
Bill Clinton, After a Year of Restraint, Unleashes an Impassioned Self-Defense
In a series of swing-state appearances this week, Mr. Clinton struck back at criticism of the family foundation, by turns sarcastic and almost pleading.
11620 points by The New York Times | Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton Barack Obama Democratic Party George W. Bush President of the United States Lewinsky scandal United States presidential election 2008
The cost of repealing our motorcycle helmet law
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64 points by Detroit Free Press | Barack Obama Donald Trump Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Bill Clinton United States presidential election 2008 Republican Party President of the United States
Clinton tries, again, to share warmer side
Campaign 2016 updates: With Trump's resilience, Clinton can't afford to coast Sept. 9, 2016, 8:20 a.m. After his stop in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump heads to Florida on Friday. Hillary Clinton can't coast in this election against Donald Trump's resilienceTrump plans another visit to Capitol...
17 points by Los Angeles Times | Voting Elections Presumptive nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 Poll Candidate
Christie orders flags to half-staff on 9/11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at state government buildings lowered to half-staff on Sept. 11 in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks. In his executive order, the Republican says almost 700 New Jerseyans were among the nearly 3,000 who perished 15 years ago. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | President of the United States Federal government of the United States State U.S. state Government New Jersey Washington D.C. Sovereign state
Louie Gohmert mocks Hillary Clinton memory gaps from FBI interviews
Rep. Louie Gohmert got some laughs at the annual Values Voters Summit Friday by poking fun at the gaps in what Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recalls during her time as secretary of state. "I do want to warn since most people here are Christians and I am serious about ...
422 points by The Washington Times | Hillary Rodham Clinton Barack Obama United States Secretary of State President of the United States John McCain Bill Clinton United States Cabinet Adoption and Safe Families Act
Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founder, donates $20 million to Democrats, liberal causes
Arguing that the 2016 election cycle is a "referendum" on the direction of American society, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz said he and wife Cari Tuna are endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and will contribute $20 million to Democratic campaign groups and liberal causes this year. Mr. Moskovitz made the announcement ...
82 points by The Washington Times | Elections Dustin Moskovitz Referendum Democracy Initiative Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States
President Obama condemns North Korea's fifth nuclear test
Elizabeth ShimWASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- North Korea's fifth nuclear test drew an immediate response from the White House on Friday.
17 points by UPI | President of the United States United States Air Force United States Barack Obama Bill Clinton United Press International Democratic Party International News Service
Bill championed by families of 9/11 victims headed for veto showdown with the White House
Congress is set to send the president a bill to let 9/11 victims' families sue Saudi Arabia, despite the threat of a veto
2703 points by The Washington Post | United States Congress President of the United States September 11 attacks Bill Clinton Washington D.C. United States Capitol White House United States Senate
Facebook co-founder pledging $20 million to defeat Donald Trump
A billionaire Facebook co-founder says he is giving $20 million to help defeat Donald Trump, calling the Republican presidential candidate divisive and dangerous.
3 points by The Denver Post | President of the United States Bill Clinton Democratic Party Barack Obama United States Hillary Rodham Clinton George W. Bush Republican Party
High court won’t hear appeal on straight-ticket voting
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to hear an emergency appeal in Michigan’s straight-ticket voting case        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Supreme Court of the United States Appeal Antonin Scalia United States Voting Democratic Party President of the United States Supreme court
Clinton, Trump campaign in the world made by 9/11
The 2001 attacks changed the United States, including its politics.       
32 points by USA Today | United States President of the United States Al-Qaeda World Trade Center Barack Obama September 11 attacks Security Democratic Party
Hillary Clinton’s email server is why this race is even close
A new poll shows 62 percent says it's "an important indicator of her character."
243 points by The Washington Post | Voting E-mail President of the United States Poll Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 Voter turnout
On birtherism, Donald Trump's campaign manager wants him to be somebody Trump doesn't want to be
Kellyanne Conway is the latest Republican to offer a version of Trump that doesn't exist.
1696 points by The Washington Post | United States Donald Trump President of the United States John McCain United States presidential election 2008 Republican Party Ivana Trump Fred Trump
Donald Trump to campaign in Maryland
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Baltimore on Monday to speak with a conference of National Guard officers taking place in the Inner Harbor – his first visit to the city as a candidate.  Trump is set to speak to the annual conference of the National Guard Association...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Barack Obama Democratic Party George W. Bush John McCain President of the United States United States Vladimir Putin United States presidential election 2008
Supreme Court rejects Michigan Republicans who fear Trump effect, keeping practice of straight-ticket voting
The Supreme Court, acting in a partisan election dispute triggered by the rise of Donald Trump, has turned down an appeal from Michigan Republicans who sought to eliminate straight-ticket voting for the first time in 125 years. The justices by a 6-2 vote refused to allow the state to enforce a...
185 points by Los Angeles Times | Supreme Court of the United States United States Voting Appeal Law Elections President of the United States George W. Bush
A House Republican already wants to impeach Hillary Clinton
Theoretically, could they? Would they?
1421 points by The Washington Post | United States House of Representatives United States Congress Bill Clinton President of the United States United States Senate Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Impeachment of Bill Clinton
U.S. sends 500 more troops to help fight 4,500 Islamic State militants in Mosul
Andrew V. PestanoWASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. has increased its deployed forces by more than 500 troops to assist Iraqi security forces in the operation to claim Mosul from Islamic State control.
58 points by UPI | Iraq War United States Barack Obama United Press International International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst President of the United States
Michigan straight-party voting ban won't take effect after U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan straight-party voting ban won't take effect after U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene.
1 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. Supreme Court of the United States United States Michigan United States Constitution John G. Roberts Jury President of the United States
Trump’s plan to stop a nuclear North Korea? Can’t tell you
If North Korea had weapons that could reach the United States, Trump will make sure they don't use them. How exactly? That's a secret.       
5338 points by USA Today | United States Bill Clinton President of the United States World War II White House Thomas Jefferson Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Cold War
Navy SEALs fail in 2 bids to rescue Taliban-held Western hostages
US Navy SEALs twice failed to rescue American and Australian university professors being held by the Taliban in a remote part of Afghanistan, during unsuccessful operations launched since early August, top military sources told US media. Read Full Article at RT.com
123 points by Russia Today | Barack Obama President of the United States Iraq War Democratic Party United States Department of Defense United States Illinois United States presidential election 2008
The week in 34 photos
Take a look at 34 photos of the week from September 2 through September 9.
434 points by CNN | Barack Obama Vladimir Putin President of the United States Week-day names United States International Space Station United States presidential election 2008
Trump allies say he now believes Obama born in U.S. -- but what does Trump say?
Campaign 2016 updates: With Trump's resilience, Clinton can't afford to coast Sept. 9, 2016, 6:40 a.m. After his stop in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump heads to Florida on Friday. Hillary Clinton can't coast in this election against Donald Trump's resilienceTrump plans another visit to Capitol...
22 points by Los Angeles Times | Barack Obama Democratic Party United States President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton George W. Bush Republican Party
Bill Clinton to make campaign stop in Pittsburgh today
Former president and potential future first spouse Bill Clinton is coming to Pittsburgh today to stump for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.
140 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Bill Clinton George W. Bush Democratic Party President of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton Barack Obama George H. W. Bush United States House of Representatives
Hillary Clinton talks about God
Hillary Clinton found religion Thursday night — offering a rare address on her faith, her duty to love and humility. “Humility is not something you hear much about in politics, is it? But we should. None of us is perfect,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City. “It isn’t easy,...
188 points by New York Post | Bill Clinton President of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party George W. Bush Criminal justice Law Barack Obama
The Daily 202: Did Obama squander an opportunity by nominating Merrick Garland?
Another nominee might have motivated Democrats more
104 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Barack Obama Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton Joe Biden Donald Trump George W. Bush President of the United States
PolitiFact: Trump wasn’t against the Iraq War
During NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on Sept. 7, Donald Trump said, “I was totally against the war in Iraq.”Our rulingTrump said he was “totally against the war in Iraq.” While he came to that position when the war became difficult, earlier on he was more accepting of military action. In 2002, as...
4 points by Concord Monitor | 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq War President of the United States United States George W. Bush Iraq Canada Gulf War
Obama extends post-9/11 state of emergency for 16th year
16,345 National Guard troops remain called up under 2001 Bush proclamation         
4307 points by Arizona Republic | George W. Bush President of the United States Iraq War Democratic Party Barack Obama Bill Clinton United States Ronald Reagan
Letter: Kidder for Merrimack County commissioner
Kidder for commissionerDavid Kidder would make a great Merrimack County commissioner. We have known him for many years. He has a strong sense of public service. For the past 12 years, Dave has served as a state representative for an area that includes New London, where we live. He has been thoughtfu...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United States House of Representatives United States Senate President of the United States Alaska County commission Louisiana Connecticut Barack Obama
US media, Trump’s own campaign freak out about his interview on ‘Kremlin RT’
Republican president candidate Donald Trump’s interview with Larry King, which aired on RT America Thursday night, is fueling the flames of growing US propaganda against Russia, even within his own campaign. Read Full Article at RT.com
1054 points by Russia Today | George W. Bush President of the United States Barack Obama Democratic Party Hillary Rodham Clinton John McCain Bill Clinton Russia
On battling militant Islam, neither Trump nor Clinton has a clue: Kevin O'Brien
Everything about Islam's war on the West has evolved over the last 15 years, including our leaders' response. It's more timid. Veterans look on as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" Wednesday in New York.Evan Vucci/Associated Press  Militant Islam has been at war with the United States for more than three decades. We noticed 15 years ago Sunday. About half of us decided almost immediately not to take it seriously as a national security issue, but recognized it as a great domestic political issue. The other half tried to take it seriously, but didn't quite know how. The "compassionate conservative" who was going to turn Big Government to a new course that would truly benefit Americans got stuck being a wartime president instead. We needed to make sure terrorists couldn't crash airliners into tall buildings anymore. We needed to make sure our intelligence agencies understood that defeating our enemies in a real war mattered more than defeating one another in turf wars. And we needed to make clear to other nations that harboring terrorists would bring serious consequences. To an extent, we did those things, though we -- all too predictably --gave up on that last one. Too hard. Too expensive. Defending the nation had to be done circumspectly. Defeating our enemies was a delicate process. We chose very early in the game to downplay our enemies' religious motivation. We fought battles over theology with at least as much tenacity as we fought about U.S. policy, military strategy or national defense. In every war, armchair generals use fabulous powers of hindsight to say what the real commanders should have done. In this war, the current U.S. commander in chief -- the guy who bosses the real generals -- prefers the role of armchair professor of comparative religions, lecturing endlessly on who is or is not a genuine Muslim. The president has also taken to reminding us that Americans are more likely to die from slipping in their bathtubs than from terrorism. The next time a terrorist hollers "Allahu akbar!" and starts blazing away in a gun-free zone, I want to think someone's last thoughts will be, "Whoa! How far out of touch with the tenets of true Islam is this guy? And thank goodness I'm not standing in a bathtub right now." For a while, al-Qaida made Americans nervous about flying commercial or hanging around iconic U.S. locations. Now, "lone wolves" inspired by al-Qaida's successor in big-name terrorism, the Islamic State, make us queasy about leaving our houses. Even more than we were 15 years ago, we're living on the front line of this war. Our enemies have figured out that they don't have to finance and plan grandiose attacks when any radicalized dope can drive to the bar or his own office and find Americans in large groups who are squeamish about protecting themselves with guns. Meanwhile, cynical politicians use terrorist attacks to advocate more limits on law-abiding Americans' possession of guns. It doesn't get much more unserious than that. Nor is it likely to get any better during the next four years, no matter who wins November's presidential election. At NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump inspired no confidence that either is capable of a serious effort toward radical Islam's defeat. Clinton: "We have to defeat ISIS. That is my highest counterterrorism goal. And we've got to do it with air power. We've got to do it with much more support for the Arabs and the Kurds who will fight on the ground against ISIS. We have to squeeze them by continuing to support the Iraqi military. ... We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again. And we're not putting ground troops into Syria. We're going to defeat ISIS without committing American ground troops." If defeating ISIS is her highest counterterrorism goal, she's not paying attention. ISIS is getting the current headlines, but it's based on the same principles as the Taliban in Afghanistan, Boko Haram in Africa, Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, the Chechens in and near Russia, a number of Islamic militias in Indonesia, al-Qaida and its several offshoots, etc. A coherent counterterrorism strategy would accept the religious, worldwide nature of the enemy and the ideological nature of the war against Western civilization, and use the knowledge to the United States' advantage, rather than minimizing the conflict or pretending it's about something else. And if Clinton won't use U.S. ground troops to achieve her "highest counterterrorism goal," what would she use them for? Donald Trump: "I've always said, shouldn't be there, but if we're going to get out, take the oil. If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil. ... I would be very, very cautious. I think I'd be a lot slower. She has a happy trigger. You look, she votes for the wars, she goes in Libya." Cautious. Slow. Completely out of touch with the ideological underpinnings and the financing of terrorist organizations. She would act by proxy. He might not act at all. Oh, well. A serious prosecution of the war against radical Islam has waited this long. Now we'll see what difference four more years makes. O'Brien is The Plain Dealer's deputy editorial page editor.
27 points by The Plain Dealer | Terrorism United States Taliban President of the United States Iraq War Al-Qaeda Islam Donald Trump
Trump's foreign policy nuttiness was on full display in NBC forum
During NBC’s “Commander-In-Chief Forum” Wednesday night, Donald Trump demonstrated why he would be a constant embarrassment to his country should he ever be unleashed on the world stage with all the powers of the American presidency. Much of the post-forum buzz has been about interviewer Matt Lauer’s...
711 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States Iraq War George W. Bush Barack Obama United States 2003 invasion of Iraq Commander-in-chief Iraq
Atkins: Hill Clinton comes out blazing in rare presser
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton used her first press conference in 278 days to blast Donald Trump one day after appearing at the first joint event with her GOP presidential rival.Clinton said Trump’s claim at Wednesday night’s foreign policy forum that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama demonstrates that he’s unfit for the Oval Office.
6 points by Boston Herald | George W. Bush Ronald Reagan President of the United States Barack Obama United States Vladimir Putin Democratic Party Richard Nixon
Obama extends post-9/11 state of national emergency for 16th year
16,345 National Guard troops remain called up under 2001 Bush proclamation       
4307 points by USA Today | George W. Bush President of the United States Iraq War Democratic Party Barack Obama Bill Clinton United States Ronald Reagan
Young voters from newer immigrant families lean liberal
Eighty-seven percent of those age 18 to 30 support allowing children brought to the U.S. illegally to stay legally        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United States Barack Obama Democratic Party Immigration to the United States California Hispanic and Latino Americans Immigration President of the United States
US warns of serious consequences after N Korean N-tests
US President Barack Obama today warned North Korea of "serious consequences" as he consulted leaders of South Korea and Japan after Pyongyang conducted its fifth nuclear test - believed to be its most powerful ever.
178 points by | South Korea North Korea Korea Korean Peninsula Korean War Pyongyang President of the United States Korean language
Campaign 2016 updates: With Trump's resilience, Clinton can't afford to coast
Campaign 2016 updates: With Trump's resilience, Clinton can't afford to coast Sept. 9, 2016, 4:15 a.m. After his stop in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump heads to Florida on Friday. Hillary Clinton can't coast in this election against Donald Trump's resilienceTrump plans another visit to Capitol...
26 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States Ronald Reagan George H. W. Bush Richard Nixon Elections Gerald Ford White House Democratic Party
Donald Trump interviewed on Russian-government funded TV show
Trump called into Larry King’s RT America show, “PoliticKing,” Thursday to discuss his bid for the White House.
456 points by Daily News | Russia President of the United States United States George W. Bush United States presidential election Bill Clinton Washington D.C. United States Constitution
Philippines leader calls Obama ‘son of a b****,’ rejects lecturing from US on human rights
In an acid comment, Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte called Barack Obama a “son of a b****,” warning the US president against lecturing him over the Philippines’ human rights record in its brutal war on drugs at a global summit in Laos, where the two are set to meet. Read Full Article at RT.com
21711 points by Russia Today | United States Barack Obama Southeast Asia Philippines President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 ASEAN Illegal drug trade
The Latest: Clinton offers intimate look at her faith
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Campaign 2016 (all times EDT):7:45 p.m.Hillary Clinton is offering an intimate look at her Methodist faith and how it has influenced her life in public service.At the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Clinton recalled her father's nightly prayers, her mother's time as a Sunday School teacher and the youth minister who took her to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Clinton said that thanks to her family and church, she "embraced an activist social justice faith."
-1 points by Boston Herald | President of the United States George W. Bush Ronald Reagan Barack Obama Democratic Party John McCain George H. W. Bush Richard Nixon
Facebook cofounder pledges $20M to defeat Trump
A billionaire Facebook co-founder says he is giving $20 million to help defeat Donald Trump.
13 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | President of the United States Bill Clinton Democratic Party Barack Obama United States Hillary Rodham Clinton George W. Bush Republican Party
Outside Havana, Cubans are still waiting for American visitors
HOLGUIN/SANTA CLARA, Cuba (Reuters) - U.S. visitors and their dollars are flooding into Havana as airlines and hotels take advantage of the thaw in relations between the Cold War antagonists, but in the provinces outside the Cuban capital, the promised tourism boom is more rumor than fact.
213 points by Reuters | United States Cuba Fidel Castro Raúl Castro Barack Obama Democratic Party Che Guevara President of the United States
Republican leaders to ding Democrats over gun sit-in led by John Lewis

512 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Democratic Party Barack Obama United States United States House of Representatives President of the United States Bill Clinton Republican Party United States Senate
Facebook co-founder pledging $20M to defeat Trump
Dustin Moskovitz calls the Republican presidential candidate divisive and dangerous        
-1 points by The Detroit News | President of the United States Bill Clinton Democratic Party Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton United States George W. Bush Republican Party
Clinton: GOP seeks ‘to undermine right to vote’
North Carolinians should reject Republicans’ “concerted effort to undermine the right to vote” by showing up at the polls in droves, Hillary Clinton said at a campaign rally Thursday.         
227 points by Arizona Republic | George W. Bush Vladimir Putin Voter turnout Elections Democratic Party President of the United States Bill Clinton Voting
For the Record: Gap narrows, plot thickens between Clinton and Trump
A new batch of swing state polling dropped Thursday, showing Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump shrinking in some key states.       
26 points by USA Today | Barack Obama President of the United States United States Hillary Rodham Clinton Swing state Democratic Party Donald Trump Bill Clinton
Trump says he was against Iraq war despite Howard Stern interview
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday said he was against the Iraq war all along despite telling radio interviewer Howard Stern in 2002 that he favored it.
73 points by | Howard Stern President of the United States Iraq War Democratic Party Barack Obama George W. Bush United States Bill Clinton