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Gary Johnson Releases Medical Letter

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is in "extraordinarily good health," according to a letter released from his doctor on Friday.

Dr. Lyle Amer, who conducted an examination of the 63-year-old two weeks ago, wrote that the presidential candidate frequently exercises, doesn't drink or smoke, and "feels well."

In releasing the letter, Johnson's campaign noted that he has completed 17 marathons, four Ironman triathlons and climbed the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

Johnson does have Celiac Disease and is going to start taking 1,000 units of vitamin D each day.

Monica Alba

Clinton Responds to Trump's Twitter Storm

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Hillary Clinton ridiculed Donald Trump's "latest Twitter meltdown" here Friday, calling his overnight series of tweets on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado "unhinged, even for him."

Clinton slammed the Republican nominee for both the content and the timing of his tweets. "I mean, really, who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?" she asked the crowd. "Really, why does he do things like that?"

Arguing that this is just another example of her belief that Trump is "temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief," Clinton repeated a line she debuted at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

"A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes," she said.

Debate Commission Now Says There Was an 'Issue' with Trump's Audio

After Donald Trump complained of problems with his microphone during Monday night's presidential debate, the nonpartisan organization sponsoring the event confirmed Friday that there were problems with his audio inside the auditorium.

"Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a brief statement posted on its website Friday afternoon.

Read more here.

Clinton Calls Alicia Machado, Thanks Her for Her 'Courage'

Hillary Clinton called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Friday after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump continued to attack the onetime beauty queen in late-night Twitter messages.

Clinton and Machado spoke for about five minutes, according to Clinton's campaign, and the Democratic nominee thanked Machado for her "courage" in going public with stories of Trump's derogatory language about her appearance. During the conversation, Machado confirmed that she will be casting her first vote as a U.S. citizen for Clinton.

Clinton is expected to continue to talk about Machado's story, which she first discussed in Monday night's presidential debate.

Overnight, Trump slammed Clinton for portraying Machado as a "paragon of virtue," suggesting that Twitter followers "check out [Machado's] sex tape."

Carson Says Trump Will Be Better When He Gets to 'Real Issues'

Ben Carson said Donald Trump will be "so much better" once he begins to focus on real issues in response to a question about Trump's morning tweetstorm against former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado.

Carson on Fox Business News this morning said the tweetstorm is one of the "ratholes" he keeps getting stuck in, and will have to focus on forcing Hillary Clinton to "defend her positions and the positions of the Obama administration" in the future to throw her off.

"You know it's going to be so much better when he begins to focus on the real issue, because what we have to recognize is there is no way that Hillary Clinton can explain something good about raising taxes," Carson said.

On the topic of the next two debates, Carson said Americans can expect to see a "different picture" and a much deeper concentration on the real issues at hand.

Trump Attacks Alicia Machado Yet Again in Overnight Tweetstorm

Donald Trump's nasty feud with the former Miss Universe who claims he once called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" shows no sign of abating.

The GOP nominee unleashed a tweetstorm early Friday in which he called Alicia Machado "disgusting" and ripped into Hillary Clinton for mentioning her in the first presidential debate.

The purported "sex tape" appears to be a reference to reports about explicit footage from Machado's time on a Spanish reality television show called "The Farm."

USA Today Calls Trump 'Unfit for the Presidency,' But Doesn't Endorse Clinton

Despite not taking sides in any presidential race during its 34-year run, USA Today's editorial board on Thursday decided it could no longer stay silent about "dangerous demagogue" Donald Trump.

"This year, the choice isn't between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences," they wrote. "This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency."

In its sweeping breakdown, the group called Trump erratic, ill-equipped, and a serial liar who "speaks recklessly," "traffics in prejudices" and "has coarsened the national dialogue." They also called out his "checkered past" as a businessman, and wrote that their own investigations have turned up at least 60 instances when Trump stiffed those that he done business with.

"So much for being a champion of the little guy."

The paper's board also didn't come to a consensus on Clinton, who many on the staff had reservations about due to her "sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information."

"Where does that leave us?" they asked. "Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions."

Donald Trump Says Angela Merkel is His Favorite World Leader — Sort Of

In a shock move, Donald Trump told an interviewer that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the world leader he most admires, before immediately clarifying he was also disappointed with her.

Trump was asked by NECN to name his favorite global politician after Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson flubbed the same question at an MSNBC town hall on Wednesday, struggling to come up with an answer.

"Well I think Merkel is a really great world leader but I was very disappointed that, when she, this move with the whole thing on immigration," Trump said. "I think it's a big problem and really you know to look at what she's done in the last year and a half. I was always a Merkel person. I thought, really fantastic, but I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago."

The initial answer was surprising, because Trump has accused Merkel of "ruining Germany" by taking in large numbers of refugees from countries like Syria. He has even used his rallies to denounce Hillary Clinton as "America's Angela Merkel."

In a rare moment of agreement between Trump and his Democratic opponent, Clinton also told reporters on Thursday that Merkel was one of her model politicians.

"Look, I, I like a lot of the world leaders," Clinton said. "One of my favorites is Angela Merkel, because I think she's been an extraordinary strong leader during difficult times in Europe."

Andrew Rafferty

Clinton: Trump 'Deliberately Flouted' Law to Do Business in Cuba

Hillary Clinton on Thursday said a Newsweek report that Donald Trump did business in Cuba despite the U.S. embargo suggests he "deliberately flouted" the law and put his own interests ahead of the country's foreign policy.

"This adds to the long list of actions and statements that raise doubts about his temperament and qualification to be president and commander in chief," Clinton told reporters aboard her campaign plane.

Newsweek reported Trump's company spent at least $68,000 on a trip to Cuba in 1998, when corporations were banned from spending money in the island nation without government approval.

"Donald Trump knew what the law was and from everything we can tell by the investigative reporting that has been done, he deliberately flouted it," Clinton said.

Andrew Rafferty

AZ Paper Reportedly Receives Death Threats For Clinton Endorsement

Editors of the Arizona Republic, who this week endorsed a Democrat for president for the first time in the newspaper's history, are now reportedly receiving death threats.

Arizona's 12 News reports that the reaction to the state's largest newspaper has been robust. The paper, like a number of other conservative editorial boards that have chosen not to endorse Trump, has lost subscriptions.

You can read more on conservative papers abandoning Trump here.

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Trump: No regrets about late-night tweet rant


Donald Trump defended his early morning tweet-storm attacking Hillary Clinton and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, saying "now people understand" the situation. Lawrence talks with Rick Wilson, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Josh Barro.

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