OFF TO THE RACES: Drip, drip, drip on the Trump Foundation
From the Washington Post: “Donald Trump’s charitable foundation — which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family — has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general’s office.”
Traditionally conservative newspapers are breaking with tradition to urge readers not to vote for Trump. One of the latest: USA Today, which has never taken sides in a presidential race. The paper writes: “This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.”
From the AP: “Donald Trump is warning voters that a Hillary Clinton victory would bring her husband's sex scandal back to the White House. Injecting Clinton's marital troubles into the 2016 campaign was Trump's latest effort to bounce back from Monday night's debate performance, which has been widely panned as lackluster. In contrast, Clinton has delivered a mostly positive message in the days since her debate performance re-energized her candidacy.”
Trump attacked Alicia Machado again in an overnight tweetstorm urging followers to “check out sex tape.”
The New York Times reports on Democrats’ embrace of big money despite their distaste for the Citizens United decision.
Trump’s reported violations of the U.S. embargo in Cuba could hurt his chances in Florida.
If Trump wins Ohio, he’ll probably have Rob Portman to thank, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Jeb Bush told reporters yesterday: “if everybody didn't vote, that would be a pretty powerful political statement, wouldn't it?”
The Washington Post Fact Checker takes issue with Clinton’s pinning of blame for the recession on the Bush tax cuts.
From POLITICO, on documents released last week regarding Clinton’s email server: “Together, the documents, technically known as Form 302s, depict less a sinister and carefully calculated effort to avoid transparency than a busy and uninterested executive who shows little comfort with even the basics of technology, working with a small, harried inner circle of aides inside a bureaucracy where the IT and classification systems haven’t caught up with how business is conducted in the digital age.”
From the New York Times: “Hillary Clinton expressed doubts about whether the United States should go forward with a trillion-dollar modernization of its nuclear forces at a fund-raiser in February, questioning an Obama administration plan that she has remained largely silent on in public. Mrs. Clinton also suggested she would be far tougher against foreign nations that hack into American computer networks and would kill one of the Pentagon’s pet projects, a nuclear-tipped cruise missile.”
Today in Washington: “Republican congressional leaders said Thursday they might need to revisit a measure that allows victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia over worries that it will expose U.S. officials to lawsuits abroad. It was just this week that Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Obama’s veto of the measure, which is now law. But some lawmakers already seemed to be backtracking from their embrace of the measure shortly before leaving town until after the November elections.”
Many immigrants eager to vote for the first time are stuck in a backlog, the New York Times reports.