Decision 2016

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Elisha Fieldstadt

New York Times Endorses Clinton for President

The New York Times on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying her extensive experience, record of service and straight-forward policy proposals are what the challenged country needs.

The newspaper's editorial board said Clinton has "produced detailed proposals on crime, policing and race relations, debt-free college and small-business incentives, climate change and affordable broadband."

Meanwhile, her Republican rival Donald Trump "discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway," The Times said.

But, its editorial board cautioned: "The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn't Donald Trump."


Hillary Clinton Postpones Sunday Trip to Charlotte

Hillary Clinton has decided to postponed a plan trip to Charlotte, saying she did not want to burden the resources of the city as it deals with protests following the fatal police shooting of an African-American man, her campaign said.

Clinton spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement Friday night that Clinton was invited to the city by faith leaders, but she will postpone the visit until next Sunday.

"In the meantime her prayers are with the people of Charlotte during these difficult days," the statement said. Protests were held for the fourth night Friday following the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who police have said was armed.

Monica Alba

Hillary Clinton to Travel to Charlotte Amid Protests

Hillary Clinton will travel to Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, a city engulfed in protests and division after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, an African American man, by Charlotte police.

Clinton's visit will occur after she's taken several days off the campaign trail to prepare for the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York on Monday.

Bruce Springsteen Calls Donald Trump a 'Moron'

Bruce Springsteen labeled Republican nominee Donald Trump a "moron" during his extensive interview with Rolling Stone, which will appear in the magazine's next issue.

"Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it's a tragedy for our democracy...The ideas he's moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas — white nationalism and the alt-right movement," Springsteen said on the Trump phenomenon.

Although Springsteen believes that he has a "limited amount of political impact" on his audience, he wasn't shy in showing his support for Hillary and said she would be a "very, very good president."

Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses Hillary Clinton

The Cincinnati Enquirer in endorsing Hillary Clinton Friday broke the newspaper's traditional support of Republican presidential candidates for the first time in almost a century.

"She has been on that world stage and knows how to behave in a thoughtful way, in a way that doesn't make us fear for, you know, what happens if she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one day with a launch button sitting next to her bedside," the newspaper's Opinion Editor said during a Facebook Live video.

The Editorial Board called Republican nominee Donald Trump and Clinton the "most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in American history" in the piece and indicated that they both have "troubled relationships with truth and transparency."

Anna Brand

Mark Cuban Is Pumped For 'Front Row' at Presidential Debate

Mark Cuban, billionaire businessman and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, will be attending the first presidential debate, thanks to an invite from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Cuban, who has repeatedly ripped Republican nominee Donald Trump, tweeted his excitement on Thursday. "Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the "Humbling at Hofstra" on Monday," Cuban tweeted. "It Is On!"

Cuban endorsed Clinton in July.

Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri retweeted Cuban's tweet, and confirmed to NBC News that he was, in fact, invited via the campaign.

New Clinton Ad Hits Trump on Past Comments About Women

Hillary Clinton's campaign is out with a new ad this morning highlighting some of Donald Trump's past demeaning comments about women. The ad features Trump in his own words over the images of young girls and carries the tag-line, "is this the president we want for our daughters?" According to the campaign, the ad will air nationally on cable and in the battleground states of Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Watch:

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Poll: Race Riots Possible if Trump Elected

Race riots, nuclear detonation, political retaliation - those are some of the things that respondents of a new poll said could happen if Donald Trump is elected president.

The poll, commissioned by the Lincoln Leadership Initiative, a coalition of anti-Trump Republicans, and conducted by Survey Monkey, asked 1,051 registered voters the likelihood a scenario would take place.

The respondents were asked to rate on a scale of 0 to 100 the likelihood of a scenario under a Trump administration with 100 being the most likely and 0 being the least likely. The respondents said:

- 65 percent chance of race riots

- 65 percent chance Trump would use the power of his office against political opponents

- 54 percent chance the U.S. government would default on its debt

- 54 percent chance of a database to track Muslims

- 46 percent chance that Trump would use a nuclear weapon against a foreign enemy

Andrew Weinstein, co-founder of LLI and former adviser to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said there has been little analysis of a possible Trump presidency.

"We thought it might be useful to learn a little more about what the American people thought a trump presidency would bring," Weinstein said.

'West Wing' Cast Reunites to Campaign For Clinton

The stars of political drama "The West Wing" will reunite this weekend to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Ohio. According to the campaign, six actors — Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, and Mary McCormack — will participate in voter registration drives and grassroots events across the battleground state.

Voters hoping for a meet-and-greet with President Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) may be disappointed. Sheen isn't expected to make an appearance, but fans can catch him in Joss Whedon's star-studded video encouraging people to get out and vote.

Clinton Deadpans, Takes Jabs at Trump on "Between Two Ferns"

After recovering from being tackled by Secret Service agents, Zach Galifianakis sat down with Hillary Clinton to ask the tough questions every American wants to know: "Are you excited to be the first girl president?"

Hillary Clinton appeared on the comedian's satirical interview series "Between Two Ferns" Thursday, trading deadpan jokes and thinly veiled Trump insults with the actor.

Her appearance is part of the Clinton campaign's ongoing efforts to appeal to youth voters, and the strategy has worked in the past. In 2014, President Obama also appeared on the show to promote the Affordable Care Act and the video went viral.

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NY Times: Fmr. Clinton aid playing Trump


The Hill's Niall Stanage and the Los Angeles Times' Seema Mehta talk about the report that Hillary Clinton's former aid is playing the role of Donald Trump is debate prep. They also discuss how it is difficult to predict how Donald Trump will act in the first debate.

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