Trump Ally Paid Anti-Clinton Assault Victim

UPDATE: Roger Stone confirmed a $2500 payment to Kathy Shelton, saying it was because "we were researching her case and interviewed her on video." Stone said no other payments should be expected when the next round of FEC filings come out October 20.

ORIGINAL POST: Kathy Shelton, one of the four anti-Hillary Clinton women who was sexually assaulted and appeared with Donald Trump at Sunday's debate, was paid $2500 by the super PAC of Donald Trump's close ally, Roger Stone.

The Committee to Restore America's Greatness, started by Trump's loyal and longtime attack dog, Stone, paid Shelton $2,500 in May for "contract labor," according to filings to the Federal Election Committee. The line-item was first reported by the Associated Press.

Shelton attended the second debate and appeared with Trump in a Facebook Live event Sunday night. Now 54, Shelton was raped when she was 12 years old. Clinton defended her rapist as a court appointed defense attorney.

The PAC's third-quarter filings will be released on Oct. 20, which will detail if Shelton was paid any additional money or if any of the three women who also attended the debate and accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault were, too.

After the debate Anita Broaddrick, who accuses Clinton of raping her in the 1980s, denied that she told a reporter that Brietbart, a conservative news website closely tied to the Trump campaign, paid for her travel to the debate.

Trump brought the women to the debate after a video leaked of Trump's vulgar remarks about women and his unwanted advances on them.

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Rudy Giuliani: Donald Trump Is Not a Racist

"The last thing in the world Donald Trump is a racist," former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani said on MSNBC Wednesday.

In an interview with Stephanie Ruhle, Giuliani fired back at implications that Trump is racist, calling them "outrageous" and stating that "there is no racism" in the campaign. "I've known him for 28 years. The man likes White people, he likes Black people, he likes Hispanic people, he plays golf with them," he said.

Giuliani added that, "It's Hillary Clinton who says to us; we all have implicit bias, who I believe has a problem. She should look in the mirror." He said that he has "no racial guilt ... which is why I am willing to tell the truth about black crime and what has to be done about it."

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Hillary Clinton Celebrates Her 69th Birthday

Hillary Clinton turns 69 years old today.

She began celebrating on Monday by visiting her grandchildren and getting serenaded by Stevie Wonder at her final New York City fundraiser.

On Tuesday, she was surprised by a spontaneous rendition of "Happy Birthday" by a Coconut Creek, Florida crowd. Delighted and embarrassed, she said the third presidential debate counted as "an early birthday present" and changed the subject. Later, she made a surprise stop at Adele's concert in Miami.

Today, she has two Florida events in Lake Worth and Tampa. She will then return to New York.

Celebrities are wishing the Democratic nominee a happy birthday on Twitter.

Kellyanne Conway: Joe Biden Is Being a Bully

Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Vice President Joe Biden "acted like a bully" towards the GOP nominee.

At a recent Hillary Clinton rally, Biden said he wished he could take Trump "behind the gym." Trump himself responded that he would love to fight the vice president, who he called "Mr. Tough Guy."

Conway on CBS Wednesday said she found the comment "disappointing."

"I thought [Biden] acted like a bully," Conway told King. "It was very disappointing to hear the vice president of the United States suggest violence the old-fashioned way."

Conway suggested that if her candidate made a comment like Biden's, the press would have been harsher. "I think if Donald Trump said anything even remotely close to that, we would've had our hair on fire for three days, would have had high school psychologists coming in and talking on air, we would have been talking about bullying and violence."

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Clinton Campaign Unveils Two New Ads for Closing Weeks

Hillary Clinton's campaign is up with two new ads as the campaign heads into its final 13 days.

One of the ads, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, draws a contrast of between the Democratic nominee and Donald Trump. "Our children," the ad starts, "they look up to us, what we value, how we treat others. And not they're looking to see what kind of leaders we choose, who we'll entrust our country and their future to. Will it be the one respected around the world, or the one who frightens our allies and emboldens our enemies? The one with the deep understanding of the challenges we face, or the one who is unprepared for them? A steady hand, or a loose cannon?"

The second features Clinton on-camera talking about her proposals to help working families. "Kids and families have been the passion of my life and they will be the heart of my presidency," Clinton says. The ads will run on national cable and in battleground states.

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New Six-Figure Digital Ad Says Trump Will Break Up Families

A Democratic super PAC, For Our Future, is releasing Wednesday a new digital ad in five critical states that uses an emotional plea to knock Donald Trump's immigration plan.

The six-figure digital ad buy is meant to complement a large grassroots voter mobilization effort targeting the Obama coalition of young voters, minorities and women.

In the ad, "Isabel," a mother and teenage daughter are Skyping when the daughter says she has to help her friend.

"You have to go so soon," the mom says, saddened. "Yeah, sorry mom, but I'm already late," the daughter responds to a heartbroken mom.

On the screen flashes the words: "Under Donald Trump's deportation plan, millions of immigrant families could be torn apart."

It will run in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin. Those states also have competitive Senate races.

The super PAC is a coalition of unions who have teamed up with Democratic donor Tom Steyer of NextGen Climate Change.

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Senate GOP PAC Massive, Last-Minute Spree to Save Senate

The Sen. Mitch McConnell linked Senate Leadership PAC is throwing an additional $25 million into Senate races.

This Hail Mary move comes in the final two weeks of the election, and on the day that the Cook Political Report determined that Dems could pick up five to seven Senate seats, effectively switching control of the Senate from Republican to Democrat.

The $25 million is going to run television advertisements in six states: Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Missouri and Indiana. All seats except Nevada are held by a Republican and at risk of a Democrat winning. The news was first reported by Politico.

Ian Prior, spokesperson for the super PAC, told NBC News, "Holding the Senate in this environment is going to be tough, but if Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer want the majority they're going to have a hell of a fight on their hands for the next two weeks."

They would not detail who their last-minute donors are, and it's notable that the super PAC got a huge infusion of cash last month when Sheldon Adelson gave the super PAC $20 million.

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Colin Powell Says He Will Vote for Clinton

Colin Powell said Tuesday that he is endorsing and voting for Hillary Clinton, NBC News has confirmed.

Powell, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, most recently as President George W. Bush's Secretary of State, endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

He has been highly critical of Trump, calling him a "national disgrace" but has also been critical of Clinton. But unlike many Republicans who say they can't vote for Trump but have also said they can neither back Clinton, Powell has come out for Clinton.

He has been a tangential figure this election cycle as hacked emails show that Powell told Clinton when she was beginning her tenure as secretary of State that he used his personal email while at State.

Texas Politician's Wife Urges Voters To Help Get Her Husband Out of the House

Texas' Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty "really doesn't have any hobbies," according to his wife, Charlyn.

That's why he spends nearly all of his time talking about the issues facing his constituents, much to his wife's frustration and annoyance.

In a tongue-in-cheek political ad, the badgered commissioner's wife begs voters to re-elect her Republican husband, just to get him out of the house. Daugherty rolls her eyes and sighs throughout the ad as her husband talks business nonstop.

The ad has been viewed nearly 2 million times on Facebook, and shared by more than 11,000 viewers who, judging from the comments, appear frustrated by the negativity that has characterized the 2016 campaign season

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A Republican is Winning in Bernie's Vermont

Poll after poll over the last several weeks has contained good news for Democrats. But not this one - in deep-blue Vermont.

A poll from local news station WCAX shows Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott leading Democrat Sue Minter in Vermont's gubernatorial race by seven points among likely voters, 47%-40%.

Incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) is retiring.

Is there a Bernie Sanders Effect going on? The pollster who conducted the survey think so, saying Hillary Clinton "may have burned some Vermont voters in her race against Bernie Sanders, dampening Clinton's support, with a trickle down effect for Minter," per WCAX.

Notably, Sanders didn't endorse Minter until this month.

New Dem anti-Trump Ad Features Mushroom Cloud

A new super PAC started by former senator Bill Bradley is behind an intense new anti-Donald Trump ad that mysteriously started appearing on Ohio local television this week, the group announced Tuesday.

Taking a page from President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater, the ad features images of a mushroom cloud and nuclear test footage, intermixed with Trump telling MSNBC host Chris Matthews that he doesn't understand why the U.S. builds nuclear weapons if it's not willing to use them.

"One nuclear bomb can kill a million people," says the narrator of the new ad, which is running in the Columbus, Toledo, and Cincinnati media markets, supported by a $750,000 buy. "That's more than all the men, women, and children living in Columbus, Ohio."

Bradley, a former NBA player and New Jersey senator who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000, called his new group the 52nd Street Fund. The name is a reference to a WH Auden poem Johnson referenced in his famous "Daisy" ad, which also featured a mushroom cloud.

"During these final days of the campaign, it's important to focus on the real stakes for America. Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button is a horrifying prospect. His temperament and absence of experience makes him a danger to all Americans," Bradley said in a statement.