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Democrats’ debate advice to Clinton: Let Trump screw up

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Democrats have some advice for Hillary Clinton at her first presidential debate: Let Trump be Trump. Donald Trump’s more tightly scripted campaign of late could backfire on him when he squares off against Clinton on Monday in Hempstead, New York, Democrats believe. He won’t be able to rely on the teleprompter he’s been using of late, they say, and Trump’s only recent extended interview with The Washington Post showed that,…

Trump’s Israel ground game

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There’s one state where Donald Trump’s ground game appears to be a model of efficiency, rather than a ramshackle operation lacking organizers and field offices: Israel. As part of an effort to target what the Israeli chapter of Republicans Overseas says are as many as 300,000 U.S. citizens living there — many of them registered in places ranging from safe Democratic states like New York, New Jersey and California to…

Trump’s Ohio turnaround

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Gov. John Kasich is in open conflict with Donald Trump and national party leaders, but rank-and-file Ohio Republicans have forged their own tenuous truce with their nominee. The accord has transformed Ohio into one of Trump’s best bets to recapture a state that voted twice for Barack Obama. Resistance to Hillary Clinton is helping fuel Trump’s recent uptick in state polls, Ohio GOP operatives say. While Kasich, a Republican who…

GOP panics over N.C. Senate race

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John McCain has made 3 million voter contacts in Arizona. Rob Portman marshaled 500 college interns to make phone calls and knock on doors in Ohio. And Pat Toomey barnstormed 26 Pennsylvania counties this summer in a bus plastered with the words “security, prosperity, independence.” Then there’s Richard Burr. Republicans are privately fretting that the laid-back Burr isn’t campaigning aggressively enough for his third Senate term and potentially risking a…

Jill Stein: Trump may have ‘memory problem’

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Jill Stein is a Harvard-trained internist, a doctor who diagnosed thousands of patients for a quarter-century in Boston and Chicago before making the late-career switch to Green Party presidential candidate and could-be Hillary Clinton spoiler. So, as we settled in for our “Off Message” podcast interview last week in a drab hotel conference room in Baltimore (she had a rally there last Friday), I asked Stein — as a clinician…

50-day countdown begins

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With just 50 days until the election, Donald Trump is facing a staggering — and perhaps historic — organizational disadvantage. According to a POLITICO review of campaign spending, Hillary Clinton has invested seven times the amount of money on TV commercials as her Republican rival and has established twice as many field offices in many of the states that will decide who wins the presidency. In many battlegrounds, she has…

Trump shatters GOP records with small donors

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Donald Trump has unleashed an unprecedented deluge of small-dollar donations for the GOP, and one that Republican Party elders have dreamed about finding for much of the last decade as they’ve watched a succession of Democrats — Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and, to a lesser extent, Hillary Clinton — develop formidable fundraising operations, $5, $10 and $20 at a time. Trump has only been actively soliciting cash for a few…

An angry Obama puts himself on the ballot

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It was part mockery, part shock-to-the-system wake-up call. Donald Trump is a nasty, hateful charlatan selling a false message to African-Americans and the rest of the country that puts everything he’s done in office and stood for at risk, President Barack Obama said Saturday night, in a rip-roaring speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner in Washington. Declaring he would consider it “a personal insult, an insult to my…

Clinton rips Trump for birther ‘prejudice and paranoia’

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Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump on Saturday for his involvement in the birther movement, working to keep Trump’s role in the conspiracy theory on voters’ minds the day after the GOP nominee attempted to officially take it off the table. Speaking to more than a thousand attendees Saturday night at the Congressional Black Caucus’s annual gala in Washington, the Democratic presidential nominee lit into her Republican rival for…

Trump and Clinton’s unlikeliest promises

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Hillary Clinton promises to create jobs in coal country and provide debt-free college education for the middle class. Donald Trump pledges to rip up trade deals like NAFTA, negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare and get Mexico to pay for his border wall. And both presidential hopefuls are trying to outdo each other with grandiose plans for upgrading the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. But don’t bet on either candidate…

No one’s buying Trump’s Birther flip

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Black voters are reacting skeptically to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s admission that he now believes the nation’s first black president was indeed born in the United States. Many say the fact that Trump spent years questioningPresident Barack Obama‘s national origin was disrespectful, and an insult to all black Americans. Despite the fact that Obama himself said he viewed this renewed burst of commentary about his birth as “fairly typical” and not surprising, members of the…

Obama steps in to save Obamacare

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Deep into the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama is working behind the scenes to secure Obamacare’s legacy, struggling to bolster a program whose ultimate success or failure will likely be determined by his successor. With no lifeline coming from the divided Congress, Obama and his administration are redoubling their pleas for insurers to shore up the federal health care law and pushing uninsured Americans — especially younger ones…

What’s Really Ailing Hillary

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She wasn’t always like this. She wasn’t always a woman who could almost collapse in public, then emerge from seclusion a couple of hours later announcing, “I’m feeing great,” as if nothing had happened, as if she hadn’t already known for two days that she had pneumonia. And her opponents didn’t always accuse her of a “lack of transparency”—be it over Benghazi or a bacterial infection—the now-reflexive instinct that her…

Trump on Obama’s citizenship: ‘We have to keep the suspense going, OK?’

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Donald Trump passed up yet another opportunity to say he accepts the fact that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, promising to make a “major statement” on Friday morning in front of his latest hotel project and telling Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, “We have to keep the suspense going, OK? But he also blamed his opponent Hillary Clinton for raising doubts about Obama’s birthplace during the 2008…

Democrats brace against potential 2018 Senate ‘disaster’

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Red-state Democrats and party strategists are already nervously looking past 2016, when they are angling to recapture the Senate, to the 2018 elections, hoping against hope that their party isn’t setting itself up for a titanic midterm backlash that could flip control of the Senate for a third time in three elections. As difficult as the 2016 Senate map has been for Republicans, who had to defend numerous blue- and…