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U.S. presidential election 2016

Coverage of the much awaited elections and results, syndicated from ScribbleLive's US-Elections Polling Widgets and the Minnesota Public Radio.

  • On Women

    Donald Trump says claims by women who say he groped them have been largely debunked, even though they have not.

    Trump is also claiming in Wednesday's debate that he thinks Hillary Clinton's campaign is behind the women coming forward, even though there is no evidence of that, either. Trump says, "I believe she got these people to step forward." He calls the women's stories "lies and fiction." He says, "I don't know those people."

    Clinton says, "Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger." She says Trump attacks women's dignity and self-worth and says: "That's who Donald is. I think it's up to us to demonstrate who we are."

    Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump "thinks belittling women makes him bigger." And she's accusing him of going after women's "dignity" and "self-worth."

    Clinton is making the case against Trump's treatment of women, saying, "I don't think there's a woman anywhere who doesn't know what that feels like."

    Clinton's comments come in response to allegations from several women that Trump groped or kissed them without consent. He's denying the charges. But Clinton is noting that he brushed off the remarks by belittling several of the women's appearances.

    Trump is denying he suggested some of the women weren't attractive enough to win his attention. But he said of one recently, "believe me, she would not be my first choice."

    --AP

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 2:12:27 AM
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  • The Latest: Clinton, Trump in final debate showdown

     

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Here is The Latest news from the third and final presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, less than three weeks before the Nov. 8 election (all times EDT):

    9:28 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is adamant that government should stay out of women's health issues.

    Clinton is pushing back forcefully in responding to Donald Trump's criticism of Clinton's support for women to be able to have late-term abortions.

    "This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make, and I do not believe the government should be making it," Clinton said.

    Clinton notes that she has traveled to countries where governments have forced women to have abortions or to have children.

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    9:27 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton says she supports a woman's right to undergo a late-term abortion, saying "the United States government shouldn't be stepping in" on "the most-personal" of decisions.

    Clinton says current federal law protects "partial-birth" abortion and she would keep it that way as president. She says she has met women undergoing the "heartbreaking" procedure for health reasons.

    Donald Trump says, "I think it's terrible." He is likening partial-birth abortions to allowing women to "rip the baby out of the womb" in the ninth month or even on the last day of pregnancy.

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    9:25 p.m.

    Donald Trump says he thinks Roe v. Wade will "automatically" be overturned if he is elected because he will appoint justices who oppose abortion rights.

    Trump says he is against abortion rights but did not give a straight answer on whether he personally thinks the landmark abortion case should be overturned. He is saying he will appoint justices who would likely do so.

    Trump says it would then be up to states to decide whether abortion should remain legal and what restrictions should be placed on it.

    Hillary Clinton says she'll strongly defend Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood.

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    9:20 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is criticizing one of the Supreme Court's biggest recent decisions.

    Clinton disagrees with the 2008 Heller decision that found the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms for self-defense.

    Clinton says she supports the Second Amendment but thinks the court prevented a reasonable attempt to make guns safer. It struck down the District of Columbia's requirements for a trigger lock on all guns.

    Republican Donald Trump says this is one of the reasons supporters of the Second Amendment don't trust Clinton.

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    9:15 p.m.

    Donald Trump is opening the final presidential debate by promising to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold Second Amendment gun rights, saying it is "under such trauma."

    The first question in Wednesday's debate focused on what kind of justices Trump and Democrat HillaryClinton would appoint to the high court.

    Trump says he would appoint judges who are "pro-life," have a "conservative bent" and will protect gun ownership rights.

    Trump says, "The Supreme Court is what it's all about." He says it's "imperative that we have the right justices."

    Trump has released the name of 20 potential nominees to the Supreme Court and has emphasized the high number of potential appointments the next president may make.

    Trump also says the Constitution should be interpreted "the way the founders wanted it."

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    9:10 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton says she supports a Supreme Court that stands "on the side of the American people" and not the "powerful corporations and the wealthy."

    The Democrat's comments were part of her first response in Wednesday night's third and final debate.

    The former secretary of state specifically said the nation's high court should not reverse its decisions on abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Clinton said it should, however, reverse its Citizens United decision that allows "dark" money into politics.

    She added that the Senate has a responsibility to act on a president's Supreme Court pick.

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    9:05 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have kicked off their third and final debate without shaking hands, continuing a break from decorum that began at their last showdown in St. Louis.

    The two stepped onto the stage in Las Vegas from opposite sides, each briefly waving to the audience before immediately moving behind their podiums.

    The less-than-civil tone extended to the candidates' families. They, too, entered separately, unlike at the previous two debates, and did not cross paths or shake hands.

    At the second debate, Bill Clinton and Melania Trump greeted each other before taking their seats. But that night Trump's campaign had tried to parade three women who'd accused Clinton of sexual misconduct past him — a plan the nonpartisan debate commission nixed just before it could be carried out.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:41:29 AM
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  • "Putin has outsmarted her at every step of the way," -- Trump.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:34:55 AM
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  • Where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on 10 big policy issues

    We broke down where the candidates stand on the 10 issues voters say they care about most.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:30:45 AM
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  • Where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on 10 big policy issues

    We broke down where the candidates stand on the 10 issues voters say they care about most.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:30:32 AM
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  • Context: Citizens United

     
    When Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign one of the first promises she made was to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. Later in the primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would have a litmus test for Supreme Court justices. Later, in an interview with NPR’s Ari Shapiro, Clinton committed to nominating justices who would overturn Citizens United.  (NPR)
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:28:49 AM
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  • Hillary Clinton says U.S. loses 90 people a day to guns

    @politifactRallying supporters in San Antonio, Hillary Clinton said Oct. 15, 2015, that she’s running for president in part
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:22:44 AM
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  • Fact-check: Trump and Clinton's final presidential debate

    Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas -- the final time before the November election.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:17:29 AM
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  • “It’s what it’s all about.” -- Donald Trump on the Supreme Court nomination the next president will make.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:11:52 AM
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  • Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence looks down at the debate floor from a television booth before the start of the third and final presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:05:21 AM
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  • 4 things to watch in the 3rd presidential debate

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face off one last time before election day. Here's 4 things to watch in the Las Vegas debate.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 1:02:09 AM
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  • No handshakes for the spouses

     

    "The Clinton side is not taking any chances at the final presidential debate, on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, and has apparently gained approval of a different protocol for the entry of the candidates’ spouses and families into the debate hall," reports the New York Times.

    "The new arrangement calls for the candidates’ spouses to enter the hall closer to their seats, rather than crossing the room, and each other’s paths."

     

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 12:45:41 AM
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  • The Latest: Debate protesters use 'public expression area'

     
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the scene leading up to the final debate in the U.S. presidential race (all times Pacific Standard Timezone):

    5:15 p.m.

    Rives Grogan says he's been at all three presidential debate sites, and he was in Las Vegas on Wednesday encouraging voters to back Donald Trump.

    The 51-year-old Grogan describes himself as a minister to people who are homeless and addicted and as a part-time pizza delivery man.

    Grogan, who lives in Mansfield, Texas, says he's trying to encourage America to vote for Trump, reject Hillary Clinton and avoid God's judgment.

    Grogan and Paul Naughton were holding signs showing their opposition to abortion. The two men were standing in a sunbaked parking lot with about 20 protesters of various causes in a parking lot designated a "public expression area." About 20 security guards stood around the free speech zone.

    The area is about two blocks from the debate hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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    4:35 p.m.

    Mick Jagger's sore throat may have helped ease a bad case of congestion Wednesday.

    The Rolling Stones canceled its concert in Las Vegas when frontman Jagger was told by doctors to rest his voice after coming down with laryngitis.

    Some 20,000 fans were expected to descend on the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip about the same time authorities were closing roads and freeways surrounding the nearby Thomas & Mack Center. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas arena will be hosting Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the final debate of the presidential election.

    About 1,000 people were expected inside the debate hall, and many more outside.

    Authorities warned residents and tourists to prepare for blocked streets and detours around McCarran International Airport, at UNLV, and on some major roads crossing the busy Las Vegas Strip.

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    4:10 p.m.

    Candace Blalock flew with her son from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas, knowing she didn't have a ticket to the debate but wanting to be part of the goings-on.

    She found her way to be first in line for a campus viewing party at the UNLV Student Union.

    "I've learned that Democracy is really messy," she said. "But I'm an optimist, and I think it's an institution that will survive this tremendously upsetting campaign."

    Blalock might be from a mostly Republican state, but she's made a stand. She points to a Hillary 2016 pin on her blouse.

    Now 73 and retired, Blalock says she's "liberated and enthusiastic" about expressing her opinion after serving 16 years as a non-partisan elected Oklahoma state court judge from Pauls Valley, about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City.

    "I expect perhaps there'll be a little more policy questions asked of Hillary," Blalock said of the debate. "I expect Donald will be Donald."

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    3:45 p.m.

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate student Sparkle Payne took the scene in stride as she crossed campus Wednesday after psychology class.

    Her campus was bustling in preparation for the final debate between presidential candidates DonaldTrump and Hillary Clinton.

    Payne didn't plan to attend the event but wanted "everyone to tune in" to see Trump's antics.

    "This is the biggest, most controversial debate," Payne said. "It's huge."

    Security was tight, and some roads leading to campus were closed.

    Uniformed police from Las Vegas and surrounding cities bunched in groups of six and eight in the campus quad, chatting with each other. Most had riot-gear packs strapped to their thighs.

    Media and the first spectators gathered in front of the Thomas & Mack Center, where parking lots were bordered with a two-story barrier of tan metal shipping crates.

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    3:10 p.m.

    Some of the action before the third and final debate was happening away from the UNLV campus that is playing host to the televised event.

    On Wednesday afternoon several taco trucks lined up outside the Trump Hotel, about three miles from the campus and just off the Las Vegas Strip. The food trucks joined Grammy Award-winning band Los Tigres Del Norte, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, progressive groups and union members to rally against the GOP candidate and to protest a fight over organizing the hotel's workforce.

    In September, Marco Gutierrez, founder of the group Latinos for Trump, said if something was not done about his own "very dominant" culture, "you're going to have taco trucks on every corner."

    On Tuesday the trucks fanned out across the city to register voters.

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    12:56 p.m.

    Hours before Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump meet for their third and final presidential debate, it was anything but quiet outside the Thomas & Mack Arena on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas.

    Media members, marching bands and supporters of all stripes assembled under sunny skies on the campus not far from the busy Las Vegas Strip.

    Media outlets are broadcasting live, speculating on the candidates' debate strategy and decorum.

    The Rebels marching band tuned up while noisy supporters and detractors chanted loudly under the watchful eyes of a promised large contingent of law officers, including Las Vegas and UNLV police, Secret Service agents and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers.

    Air space over the arena has been cleared, and road closures are expected to snarl traffic.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/20/2016 12:30:28 AM
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  • 'Just words'? Picking apart the language of the 2016 election

    From "bigly" to "basket of deplorables," what do the candidates' ways of speaking say about them?
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 8:19:39 PM
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  • Third debate guests include Trump tormentor, Benghazi mom, Obama half-brother

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both invited guests to the third presidential debate with an eye towards rattling their opponent.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 7:13:46 PM
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  • Minnesota teachers get through the election with real talk, and sometimes gourds

    Amid contentious debates, teachers try to find ways to engage students about elections.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 6:59:40 PM
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  • Marco Rubio warns GOP on WikiLeaks: 'Tomorrow, it could be us'

    The Florida senator, up for re-election, says he won't discuss leaked emails from political opponents, citing an effort by a foreign government to sway the U.S. election.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 5:00:41 PM
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  • Bonoff gets a boost from Obama in congressional challenge

    President Barack Obama was featured in a video released Wednesday promoting state Sen. Terri Bonoff's campaign for Congress. The 30-second spot mentions that Bonoff's son is one of the president's closest aides.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 4:31:09 PM
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  • Battleground Map: Hillary Clinton is winning - and it's not close

    It's been a rough October for Donald Trump. Barring something extraordinary happening in the final few weeks, his path to win is a near-impossible feat to pull off.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 4:11:09 PM
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  • Much at stake, Minnesota immigrants keep close eye on presidential election

    Minnesotans who would be most affected by changes in immigration policy are paying close attention to the opposing proposals coming from Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 3:10:22 PM
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  • Poll workers hoping for calm but preparing for the worst

    This election, the focus is on vote rigging. But election officials say they are more worried about possible violence at the polls.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 12:12:26 PM
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  • 4 things to watch in the 3rd presidential debate

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face off one last time before election day. Here's 4 things to watch in the Las Vegas debate.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/19/2016 10:48:24 AM
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  • Hallberg's Picture of Health: Mixing politics and medicine

    When everyone's talking about the election, is the clinic a politics-free zone?
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/18/2016 8:47:31 PM
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  • 'Stop whining,' and focus on winning votes Obama tells Trump

    Obama called Trump's intensifying, pre-emptive warnings about voter fraud "unprecedented" in modern politics. The rhetoric is not based on any evidence, Obama said, but is simply aimed at discrediting the election before the first votes are counted.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/18/2016 5:18:26 PM
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  • 5 reasons (and then some) not to worry about a 'rigged' election

    Donald Trump is insisting the presidential election will be rigged. There is about zero chance of that happening. It would require an unprecedented, bipartisan and broad-sweeping conspiracy.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 10/18/2016 2:26:05 PM
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