Hillary Clinton shook hands with the moderator, Chris Wallace, on Wednesday after the debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a gesture that she did not repeat with Donald J. Trump.CreditJosh Haner/The New York Times

She mansplained him. “Let me translate that if I can,” Hillary Clinton said dryly after Donald J. Trump talked up his tax plan.

She interrupted him. When Mr. Trump boasted of the gilded Las Vegas hotel that bears his name, Mrs. Clinton leaned into her microphone. “Made with Chinese steel,” she quipped with a smile.

She mocked him. After Mr. Trump said President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had “no respect” for her, Mrs. Clinton slyly posited why Mr. Putin seemingly preferred Mr. Trump: “He’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States,” she said.

In the third and final presidential debate, Mrs. Clinton outmaneuvered Mr. Trump with a surprising new approach: his.

Flipping the script, she turned herself into his relentless tormentor, condescending to him repeatedly and deploying some of his own trademark tactics against him.

The relatively subdued and largely defanged Republican nominee who showed up onstage at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was a different figure from the candidate America has watched for the past 16 months.

Mr. Trump was, for much of the night, oddly calm and composed. He minimized his name-calling. His interruptions were relatively rare for him.

In a debate that his allies had predicted would represent 90 minutes of scorched-earth verbal warfare, Mr. Trump seemed deserted by his most bellicose instincts.

He repeatedly gave up chances to respond to pointed taunts from Mrs. Clinton, who dominated the confrontation from its opening moments, needling and baiting him over and over.

During a back-and-forth about immigration, Mrs. Clinton landed a hard jab, asserting that Mr. Trump had used undocumented workers to build Trump Tower — even threatening such workers, she said, with deportation.

Mr. Trump, who until Wednesday had seldom let a critique go by unanswered, did not respond.

In the night’s biggest surprise, he allowed Mrs. Clinton to avoid entirely a question from the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News, about allegations of sexual misconduct against former President Bill Clinton and what role she might have played in trying to discredit the women who came forward to accuse her husband.

At times, Mr. Trump was inexplicably polite. As he replied to a question about the Second Amendment, Mr. Trump observed that his rival might have paid him a backhanded compliment by mentioning his endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

“I don’t know if Hillary was saying it in a sarcastic manner,” he said, with uncharacteristic mildness.

At the moments when Mr. Trump did revert to his old, familiar self, he seemed unsteady and defensive.


When Mrs. Clinton called him a puppet of Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump offered a limp interruption.

“No puppet. No puppet,” he said. “You’re the puppet,” he added, emptily. He never explained what he might have meant.

After two historically acrid debates, Mrs. Clinton finally got the policy discussion she had craved. But in between expounding on her proposals to make college affordable and to raise the minimum wage, she savaged Mr. Trump’s career, his finances and his sensitivities, portraying him as a lightweight with the temperament of a spoiled child.

On his experience: “On the day when I was in the Situation Room monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting ‘The Celebrity Apprentice,’” Mrs. Clinton said.

On his charitable giving, compared with the work of the Clinton Foundation: “I’d be happy to compare what we do with the Trump Foundation, which took money from other people and bought a six-foot portrait of Donald,” Mrs. Clinton said witheringly.

“I mean, who does that?” she added.

On Mr. Trump’s famed negotiating skills: “He went to Mexico. He had a meeting with the Mexican president,” Mrs. Clinton said bitingly. “He choked and then got into a Twitter war because the Mexican president said, ‘We’re not paying for that wall.’”

Mr. Trump struggled to keep pace. “Excuse me,” he complained. “My turn,” he stomped.

“The one thing you have over me is experience,” Mr. Trump said at one point.

And yet it seemed clear through this last confrontation that there was a gap in knowledge, or at least in command of the material that candidates seeking to be president are expected to master.

“Take a look at the Start-Up they signed,” Mr. Trump said at one point, apparently referring to the Start nuclear arms reduction treaty.

Pressed on immigration, Mrs. Clinton detailed her plan to overhaul the current system, identifying a daughter of undocumented parents who feared they would be deported. Mr. Trump’s response seemed far less certain: After reiterating his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border, he summoned a line straight out of a Hollywood western. “We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out,” he said.

Asked about a 2008 Supreme Court decision on gun control, District of Columbia v. Heller, Mr. Trump displayed a loose command of the subject, focusing his answer on Mrs. Clinton’s emotions after the ruling. “Hillary was extremely upset, extremely angry,” he said.

As the debate wore on, Mrs. Clinton kept finding opportunities to make Mr. Trump seem smaller and smaller, or at least more puerile.

She noted that after a stretch without an Emmy for his reality TV show, Mr. Trump had claimed that the awards show was rigged against him — just as he now says about the election.

Mr. Trump did not disappoint. “Should have gotten it,” he said bitterly.

And it became clear that the candidate who relishes his role as a bully had little patience for being bullied.

Mrs. Clinton implied that Mr. Trump would find a way to weasel out of paying his fair share of taxes for Social Security.

“My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s — assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it,” Mrs. Clinton said, fully aware she was provoking him.

And provoked he was.

“Such a nasty woman,” Mr. Trump grumbled.


Source: nytimes.com

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For a week, neither campaign used the special program giving them guaranteed listings in Google for their name.

With the US presidential election hotter than ever, Google’s program to give the major candidates valuable yet entirely free space in its search results wasn’t used by either campaign for the past week. The Hillary Clinton campaign finally began using of the space again today while the Donald Trump campaign has yet to resume.



Free space for candidates, provided by Google

The space is provided through a program that lacks an official name but is commonly referred to by those outside Google as Google Podium or Google Posts. It allows both the major candidates to have whatever they want to appear in Google’s search results in response to a search for their names.

Here’s an example of how it looks for a “Hillary Clinton” search:


I can’t show an example for the Trump campaign because it hasn’t posted within the last seven days, for some reason. The section only shows posts from the last seven days. Trump’s campaign has used the program in the past, such as like this at the end of September:


When I was checking on search results for both candidates today, I noticed that the special section was missing for Trump results. That made me think perhaps the Trump campaign had stopped making use of the feature. After all, it has done that before. It had a six month gap between posts — from March through August of this year — before resuming at the end of September.

Donald Trump on Google

But digging further into the issue, I noticed that both the Clinton and Trump campaigns stopped posting at nearly the same time earlier this month.

Space goes unused for a week

The Trump campaign stopped posting as of October 9. The Clinton campaign stopped posting as of October 10, until it resumed earlier today (and for the record, the resumption that happened before I contacted Google or either campaign about this story). You can see all the posts from both campaigns here: Clinton & Trump.

Here’s a side-by-side of the latest posts by both:

Donald Trump on Google and Hillary Clinton on Google-2

Clinton’s campaign has been far more consistent than Trump’s in posting, though it also had a large gap from April through mid-June, earlier this year.

I’ve asked both campaigns for comments but have yet to hear back. My assumption is that neither campaign sees making use of this free space as essential and likely doesn’t bother with it at times.

If so, that’s extremely odd. Both campaigns appear to be running paid ads on Google (Clinton for “Hillary Clinton” and Trump for “Donald J Trump”). It’s strange they would spend money on paid Google listings but not take advantage of getting free ones in a guaranteed space.

As for Google, it gave me this statement:

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have access to this experimental search feature and have used it in the past. Posts appear for 7 days and if there is no new information shared, the carousel will not appear in Search until they post again.

In short, if you don’t see candidates with posts appearing in that area, that’s down to their campaigns, not Google. It’s still running the experimental program as usual.

Source : searchengineland.com

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Amid the political pundits, pollsters, and stump speeches, it's easy to get lost this election season. So much noise!



And in times like this, Americans often turn to an emotionless medium for their political questions: Google. It's there that you'll find some of the most revealing questions Americans have about the US's two major-party presidential nominees.

For those interested in what those questions are, Google has a service called Google Trends. If you're looking for what people are searching on Google, Trends is the place to explore as much. 

Given that we're just a few short weeks away from the November 8 presidential election, Google Trends has been cataloging what people are searching for on each candidate on a day-to-day basis. And what they're searching for speaks volumes.

Here's a look at what people are searching for most when it comes to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the past day:

Google Trends (Trump)

 The chart on the left measures the past week, while the one on the right is just the past 24 hours. 

Based on those questions, it's clear that both Trump supporters and nonsupporters alike are looking for information on Trump's campaign. Most tellingly, based on the chart to the left, people are looking up what Trump said most recently instead of his main policy tentpoles: building a wall along the US/Mexico border, defeating ISIS, and strengthening the economy.

Things get even more revealing when you look at general searches related to Trump's campaign:

Google Trends (Trump)

The top two results are Natasha Stoynoff and Jessica Leeds — two of the women who this week accused Trump of sexual assault.

It's not surprising that their names are the top-trending searches related to Trump's campaign, given that the sexual-assault allegations leveled at Trump are dominating news coverage of his campaign. He has repeatedly brought up the allegations himself in stump speeches since accusers came forward in several articles published this week.

Looking at the same trend charts for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton offers a look into a campaign that's seemingly more in control of its messaging:

Google Trends

First lady Michelle Obama, a surrogate for Clinton's campaign, was a popular search query after her speech on Thursday went viral. Another thing that went viral, however, was the second-highest result: Clinton's Wikipedia page was replaced with porn earlier this week (it's been fixed).

More interesting in Clinton's case is the type of questions people are asking on Google:

Google Trends (Clinton)

Unlike the questions people are asking Google about Trump, the questions people are asking about Clinton have more to do with her as a person than her faults.

The chart to the right suggests the most notable negatives attached to Clinton are storylines involving the attack on the American embassy in Libya ("Benghazi"), the private email server she used while serving as secretary of state ("emails"), and her family's charity ("Clinton Foundation").

Yet, outside the least searched question, it looks as if few people are turning to Google to ask questions critical of Clinton.

Instead, they're wondering whether Fox News host Megyn Kelly is voting for Clinton or Trump.

Source : businessinsider

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Trump’s miserable economic plan is counterproductive for communities that need help more than ever

Donald J. Trump supporters claim to like someone who “tells it like it is.” OK, then let’s try this: Trump is going to lose in a landslide and he’s going to do lasting harm to your economic prospects in the process.

Look, I understand many of you don’t see the future as very bright. But Trump is only looking to make things worse — and while it may feel good to rage against the establishment and vote for chaos over the status quo, the fact remains that Trump’s ideas are very dangerous for many of you already living hand to mouth.

This is a website about finance and the markets so let’s not bother to relitigateTrump’s “Access Hollywood” tape, his open feud with other Republicans or thelatest scandal du jour. Instead, let’s simply focus on the fundamental truths of Trump’s miserable economic plan and how it is counterproductive for communities that need help more than ever.

Protectionism is painful: In every sense, closing our borders economically is a sure way to kill jobs and drive up costs. A host of independent reports estimate that retaliatory tariffs and trade wars with partners like China and Mexico would cost millions of jobs — 4 million jobs according to investment firm Moody’s, or 5 million jobs according to the Peterson Institute. Also, forecasting firm Oxford Economics estimates Trump’s anti-trade policies would sap $1 trillion from economic activity over the next five years. And let’s not forget that those tariffs on foreign goods would also hit consumers who are lucky enough to keep their jobs;one study estimates consumer goods would cost a typical American household an extra $11,000 over the next five years. Globalization has some costs, yes… but protectionism is even more costly in this interconnected global economy.

Hometown hubris: Of course, thinking globally is not a strength of Trump voters.A poll by PRRI and The Atlantic found 40% of Donald Trump supporters still live in their hometown. And while hometown pride is generally an admirable thing, it’s important to also be realistic about your community’s struggles. A feature in the New York Times this summer illustrates this in a powerful way, where younger residents of Monessen, Pa., “are frustrated that the older generation still dreams of factories.” That kind of false hope will only lead to more frustration and more clutching at the past at the expense of meeting the future.

Robots took your jobs, not China: The biggest way Trump has created false hope in small towns across America is duping them into thinking that he can simply turn back time 60 or 70 years. The reality of the global economy in the 21st century is that services matter more than manufacturing now thatautomation has eliminated many old assembly-line jobs. Consider that in China, a nation Trump likes to blame often for stealing our jobs, the same trend is now playing out there — including the loss of 60,000 jobs at a single factory because of robot-based manufacturing! Demanding more old-school manufacturing jobs to akin to wishing for more milkmen or anvil salesmen. 

Service jobs matter most:The reality is that the American economy in the 21st century is a service economy. Consider that in 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 21.8 million “goods producing” jobs that include manufacturing, mining and construction. Meanwhile, the U.S. boasted 120 million “services-providing” jobs including health care, education, hospitality and retail. Why not focus on supporting those kind of jobs, or retraining and vocational education aligned with these industries? Or if you scoff at service jobs as low-paying dead ends, why not support a higher minimum wage? The romanticism of manufacturing and a failure to think seriously about our service-driven economy only ensures you’ll continue to be left behind.

You need the government: In deeply red states like Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas or Alabama, it’s fashionable to maligning policy makers for wasting your tax dollars even as citizens rely on the government’s help to avoid financial catastrophe. These four states have the highest percentage of working-age adults on disability – with over 8% of the working age population in each of those four regions. And heck, one report estimates that over 30% of Mississippi’s GDP comes from programs like disability, Social Security and other taxpayer-funded assistance! Voters here seem to think they are serving their home states by advocating lower taxes and less government spending… but be careful what you wish for, because next time you just might get it.

You can’t turn back the clock: The rise of automation and the evolution of the American economy are just two points that prove we can’t go back to the old ways of doing things — even if we wanted to. We can’t go back to defined-benefit pension plans. We can’t practically deport 11 million illegal immigrants, even if we wanted to. We can’t unlearn what we know as fact about global warming and that natural gas burns cleaner than coal. If your only plan for the future is to live in the past, you are in big trouble.

Stubbornness won’t serve you: The hardest truth of all is that Trump supporters, like the Donald himself, never back down from a fight. But after you lose this election you’ll have to figure out a way to work with Democrats, including President Clinton and Congress, as well as the anti-Trump Republicans who walked away from your candidate. I suppose perpetual obstructionism like we saw across the Obama presidency is an option, but do you want to continue to see a swath of executive orders to work around your intransigence? After all, the key message of Trump’s campaign is that America is a hellscape, from the“rotting” Midwestern rust belt to the “war zone” of inner cities. If you really believe that, you can’t afford another four years of sour grapes and conspiracy theories.

Source : marketwatch

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Disgruntled Trump lets loose on Lester Holt, Google

Donald Trump has gone on the offensive after his underwhelming debate performance by criticizing Monday’s debate moderator Lester Holt as biased and accusing Google of a conspiracy to rig search results in favor of Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee launched the latest salvo of attacks in an interview with Fox News, claiming Holt “was much, much tougher on me than he was on Hillary.” He also said: “The Google search engine was suppressing the bad news on Hillary Clinton.”

Meanwhile, we meet the 12-year-old Trump campaign chair and ask, can Clinton win in “Never Trump” land?

Libertarian Gary Johnson in new slip-up 

Donald Trump attacks ‘biased’ Lester Holt and accuses Google of conspiracy 

Asked during a televised town hall meeting to name a foreign leader he admires, the Libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, struggled to come up with a single one. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews pressed Johnson. “You gotta do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe over there, Asia, South America, Africa – name a foreign leader that you respect.” “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said, referring to an earlier gaffe, then quickly said “the former president of Mexico”.

US presidential candidate Gary Johnson fails to name a foreign leader he admires

Man in San Diego police death holding e-cigarette

A black man who was fatally shot by police officers in a San Diego suburb was pointing a 4in-long electronic smoking device when he was killed, the police said late on Wednesday. El Cajon police said that they recovered the vaping device that 38-year-old Alfred Olango was holding on Tuesday when police fatally shot him, one minute after arriving at the scene. Police had said that Olango was shot several times after refusing to obey police commands, drawing an object from his pants pocket and pointing it at an officer in a “shooting position”.

Police say black man killed by officer near San Diego was holding e-cigarette

Obama’s pick for Cuba ambassador ‘never going to happen’ 

Barack Obama has a “0%” chance of getting his nomination for ambassador to Cuba approved by Congress, according to the American Foreign Service Association, the union representing US diplomats. Obama nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis (who is currently the top US diplomat in Havana) this week to become the first American ambassador to Cuba in more than half a century. Havana welcomed the move, but Republican senators including Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas pledged to block any ambassador nomination, citing a lack of progress in democracy and human rights. Ásgeir Sigfússon, spokesman for the AFSA, said that with Rubio on the Senate foreign relations committee, confirmation is “never going to happen”.

Obama’s pick as ambassador to Cuba has ‘0% chance’ of approval, union says

Mexican ‘narcos’ target the priesthood

The Catholic priest José Alfredo López Guillén was seized from his parish residence in rural Michoacán. His body was discovered nearly a week later; he had been shot five times in the stomach. López was the third priest to be killed in Mexico in less than a week. His body was found days after Alejo Jiménez and José Juárez were abducted from their church in the city of Poza Rica and found dead in the Gulf state of Veracruz. “By killing the parish priest in a small village, the narcos assert their authority in a brutal way. Not even the traditional, spiritual authority of the priest is respected: narcos alone rule,” says historian Pablo Mijangos y González.

‘Narcos alone rule’: Mexico shaken after three priests killed within a week

Oil rises sharply as Opec promises to limit crude

Oil prices settled up nearly 6% on Wednesday after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) struck a deal to limit crude output. Its first agreement to cut production since 2008 follows a crash in the market on oversupply and will be finalized at its policy meeting in November. Meanwhile, energy experts try to make sense of Trump’s energy proposals, from making coal great again to “canceling” the Paris accord. They find his ideas are largely far-fetched and his talk of climate change as a “hoax”, dangerous.

Oil prices rise 6% after Opec agrees to limit crude output

Lifespan determined by internal clock, study finds 

Scientists have found the most definitive evidence yet that some people are destined to age more quickly and die younger than others – regardless of their lifestyle. The findings could explain the seemingly random and unfair way that death is sometimes dealt out. “You get people who are vegan, sleep 10 hours a day, have a low-stress job, and still end up dying young,” said Steve Horvath, a biostatistician who led the research at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’ve shown some people have a faster innate ageing rate.”

Internal ‘clock’ makes some people age faster and die younger – regardless of lifestyle

The emotional rollercoaster of Major League Baseball

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Fans cried for Scully, writes David Lengel, “because after 67 beautiful seasons, there were no more tomorrows for baseball’s familiar voice”. Then, 48 hours later, came the news that José Fernández had been killed in an early morning boating accident, and the contrast could not have been more stark.

Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

In case you missed it …

As a reporter on Alaska’s KTVA, Charlo Greene did not plan to curse on live television but on 22 September 2014 she ended a segment by revealing that she was a proponent of legalization, the words came pouring out: “Fuck it, I quit.” Greene quickly became a full-time cannabis advocate. Police raided her club, charging her with eight serious criminal offenses of “misconduct involving a controlled substance”. Now she face 24 years behind bars. “It’s almost dizzying when you try to make sense of it,” she says.

Reporter who quit on air to fight for cannabis legalization could face prison

Source : theguardian


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Donald J. Trump has lashed out at fellow Republicans, calling them “disloyal” and “far more difficult” than Hillary Clinton.

He has griped openly about a “rigged” political system, saying Wednesday that he has “no respect” for the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, and previously complaining about a “defective” microphone in the first debate.

And on Monday, at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he worried that the election could be “stolen” from him and singled out Philadelphia, a city with a large African-American population, warning, “We have to make sure we’re protected.”

Mr. Trump’s ominous claims of a “stolen election” — which he often links to black, urban neighborhoods — are not entirely new. But in recent days, he has been pressing the theme with a fresh intensity, citing everything from the potential for Election Day fraud to news media bias favoring Mrs. Clinton to rigged debates.

The assertions — which coincide with Mr. Trump’s decline in the polls after a shaky performance in the first debate and accusations that he forced himself on women — highlight concerns that he may not accept a Clinton victory, breaking from the traditional decorum of defeated presidential candidates and undermining the legitimacy of the election result.

At rallies in recent days, Mr. Trump has become a candidate full of excuses, perhaps the clearest manifestation of his frustration with his current standing in the polls and the growing alarm in his campaign that a White House victory is slipping away.

On Monday, on a trip through Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump began the day urging the almost entirely white crowd outside Pittsburgh to show up to vote, warning about “other communities” that could hijack his victory.

“So important that you watch other communities, because we don’t want this election stolen from us,” he said. “We do not want this election stolen.”

Later, at the evening rally in Wilkes-Barre, Mr. Trump raised more concerns about voting fraud. “I just hear such reports about Philadelphia,” he said. “I hear these horror shows, and we have to make sure that this election is not stolen from us and is not taken away from us.”

He added for emphasis: “Everybody knows what I’m talking about.”

The crowd chanted an anti-CNN epithet as Mr. Trump attacked the “crooked media.”

At a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday, Mr. Trump said that, “This election will determine whether we remain a free nation or only the illusion of democracy,” suggesting that the system was “in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests, rigging the system.” He continued, “And our system is rigged.”

The country has not had a presidential candidate from one of the two major parties try to cast doubt on the entire democratic process and system of government since the brink of the Civil War, said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University.

“I haven’t seen it since 1860, this threat of delegitimizing the federal government, and Trump is trying to say our entire government is corrupt and the whole system is rigged,” Mr. Brinkley said. “And that’s a secessionist, revolutionary motif. That’s someone trying to topple the apple cart entirely.”

Roger J. Stone Jr., a close confidant and informal adviser to Mr. Trump, has also highlighted fears of election rigging. In an August column in The Hill,he wrote of voting machine manipulation. And during a panel Saturday at this year’s New Yorker Festival, as he discussed the possibility of such tampering, Mr. Stone hedged when asked whether he would advise Mr. Trump — should he lose in November — to concede the election and accept its legitimacy.

“As long as there is no irrefutable evidence of fraud, yes,” he told his questioner. “He should — unless there is any refutable evidence to the contrary.”

Mr. Stone is one of the people behind Stop The Steal, a movement of 500 volunteers who plan to stand outside what they believe could be “suspect precincts” on Election Day and conduct their own exit polls to compare against voting machine results.

“In an election in which Donald Trump has made it pretty clear that the Clintons are going to prison, I think they would do anything to make sure they win it, even steal it,” Mr. Stone said. But, he added, “Trump cannot just lose and say, ‘They stole it.’ He has to have some tangible evidence — and that’s exactly what we’re trying to collect.”

Democrats fear that Mr. Trump’s accusations, in the short term, will lead to voter suppression — and, in the long term, could encourage huge swaths of Americans to view Mrs. Clinton as an illegitimate president if she is elected.

“He’s using phrases like ‘rigged election’ to incite his followers to rig the election by using tactics like voter intimidation, and I don’t think it’s particularly subtle, and I don’t think he cares about the integrity of our elections,” said Stacey Abrams, the Democratic minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Ms. Abrams, who is African-American and has worked on voting-rights issues, is also the founder of the New Georgia Project, a voter registration and engagement effort in the state. She said Mr. Trump was employing a “voter intimidation model.”

“Just scare them away from the polling place,” she said. “That’s his crude form of voter suppression — not particularly artful, but effective.”

The Clinton campaign is stressing to supporters that they expect voter participation to be higher and easier than in previous elections — but it has also begun recruiting election lawyers to help with voter protection efforts.

“We are prepared for anything in terms of how he chooses to conduct himself in the closing weeks of this campaign, and that includes what is increasingly looking like a scorched-earth approach,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign. “He is clearly trying to lay a foundation for challenging the legitimacy of the potential next president, just as he sought to do with the nation’s first African-American president.”

With less than a month until the election, Mr. Trump’s grievances has come fast and furious as he has begun to slip again in the polls.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump also asserted, without offering evidence, that the Obama administration was allowing illegal immigrants to enter the country to vote in November, another example of how he claimed the election was being rigged. “They’re letting people pour into the country so they can go and vote,” Mr. Trump said at a meeting in New York with the National Border Patrol Council, the union of border patrol agents. 

There has been no evidence that the administration is delaying deportations of — or intentionally letting in — immigrants so they can vote. (Illegal immigrants are barred from voting in federal elections.)

Mr. Trump’s claims seem to be resonating among his supporters. At a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, a woman stood up and, her voice quavering, said she feared “voter fraud” before offering a stark call to action to Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Mr. Trump’s running mate.

“If Hillary Clinton gets in, I myself, I’m ready for a revolution because we can’t have her in,” the woman said.

Mr. Pence has emerged as Mr. Trump’s most loyal defender. But the call to revolt was a step too far for him. “Yeah, don’t say that,” he said, shaking his right hand as if to try to brush away her comment.

He then tried for a more positive spin: “There’s a revolution coming on November the 8th,” he said. “I promise you.”

Correction: October 13, 2016
An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the day of the week that Donald J. Trump had a rally in West Palm Beach. It was Thursday, not Friday.

Source : nytimes

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“You look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so,” Trump says about Natasha Stoynoff Thursday afternoon. “These people are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars.”

ATLANTA—A former Toronto Star journalist has accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her when she interviewed him for People magazine in 2005.

Natasha Stoynoff, now an author, came forward with her story on Wednesday, joining at least three other women whose accounts of alleged assaults by the Republican presidential candidate were published the same day.

Trump denied Stoynoff’s allegation of assault, as he did the allegations from other women.

“This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story,” a spokeswoman told People.

In a campaign speech Thursday afternoon, he continued to attack Stoynoff’s credibility.

“Why wasn’t it part of the story that appeared 12 years ago? Why wasn’t it part of the story... it would’ve been one of the biggest stories of the year.. think of it, [she’s doing this story] ‘and she said I made inappropriate advances,” said Trump.

“Take a look, you look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so,” he continued. “These people are horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars.”

People editor-in-chief Jess Cagle issued a statement defending Stoynoff.

“We are grateful to Natasha Stoynoff for telling her story,” Cagle’s statement read. “Ms. Stoynoff is a remarkable, ethical, honest and patriotic women, and she has shared her story of being physically attacked by Donald Trump in 2005 because she felt it was her duty to make the public aware….We stand steadfastly behind her, and are proud to publish her clear, credible account of what happened.”

The cascade of accusations poses a mortal threat to Trump’s campaign, which was already nearing collapse in the wake of a newly revealed September 2005 video in which he boasted to an Access Hollywood host about kissing and groping women without their consent.

Stoynoff worked for the Star for about two years in the early 1990s, as a reporter and photographer, and later for People for two decades. She said that Trump assaulted her three months after the Access Hollywood video was recorded, when she went to his Florida home at the Mar-a-Lago club to interview him and his wife Melania about their first anniversary.

Stoynoff had been on the Trump beat for People since the early 2000s, she wrote, and always had a “very friendly, professional relationship.”

“Our photo team shot the Trumps on the lush grounds of their Florida estate, and I interviewed them about how happy their first year of marriage had been. When we took a break for the then-very-pregnant Melania to go upstairs and change wardrobe for more photos, Donald wanted to show me around the mansion. There was one ‘tremendous’ room in particular, he said, that I just had to see,” she wrote.

“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.

“Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.”

Stoynoff said Trump told her soon after, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” The next day, she said, she was alarmed when a Mar-a-Lago massage therapist told her Trump had been waiting for her in a massage room before she arrived for an appointment he had helped to arrange.

In the September 2005 video, leaked on Friday, Trump told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he sometimes kisses women soon upon seeing them.

“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” he said. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Stoynoff said she disclosed the incident to a People colleague and “a few close friends and family” but otherwise kept quiet, trying to convince herself “it was no big deal.” She said she decided to speak out after she watched the Access Hollywood video and the presidential debate on Sunday, during which he specifically denied kissing and groping women without their consent and described his recorded comments as mere “locker room talk.”

“I’m not sure what locker room talk consists of these days. I only know that I wasn’t in a locker room when he pushed me against a wall. I was in his home, as a professional, and his beautiful pregnant wife was just upstairs,” Stoynoff wrote. “Talk is talk. But it wasn’t just talk in my case, it was very much action. And, just for the record, Mr. Trump, I did not consent.”

 Source : thestar

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Launched today, fact check will now appear as a label among news search results alongside other labels such as opinion, local source and highly cited

In the midst of a highly charged presidential election, where fact and fiction have frequently become confused, Google News has introduced a new fact check feature in search results for news stories.

Launched today, fact check will now appear as a label among news search results, alongside other established labels such as opinion, local source and highly cited.

Google News algorithmically connects fact-checking articles with live news stories partly based on an established process called Claim Review. Google says that sites meeting the definition of a fact-checking service can apply to have their service included.

Alan Yuhas fact-checks Trump and Clinton’s statements at the second presidential debate at Washington University in St Louis

In a blogpost promoting the new feature, Google said: “We’re excited to see the growth of the Fact Check community and to shine a light on its efforts to divine fact from fiction, wisdom from spin.”

Facebook, despite its increasingly critical role in the distribution of news, has yet to deploy any fact-checking feature. Research by the Pew Center in June 2016 found that Facebook was the primary source of news for 18- to 24-year-olds. After sacking their trending topics news team, the social media site was at the center of a storm when its algorithm started promoting fake news.

In Google News, fact check labels are visible in the expanded story box on the Google News site, on both the iOS and Android apps, and roll out for users in the US and UK first.

The timing of the new label is significant, contributing to an unprecedented US presidential election where both sides have been accused of misrepresenting facts. Some commentators have used the term “post-truth” to describe the current state of political discussion.

There are 26 days, and one remaining debate, until the US electorate votes on 8 November – not 28 November, as Donald Trump incorrectly stated this week.

Source : theguardian.com

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This election cycle, more users than ever before are turning to social media - and as a result, it can be difficult to separate reported fact from rampant speculation. The BBC's Charlie Northcott discovers how to spot a conspiracy theory.

Conspiracy theories, a common feature in many elections, have run amok in a new climate where scuttlebutt travels round the world on social media before the mainstream media can get its boots on.

On Twitter, rumours that Hillary Clinton uses a body double to hide her health problems run alongside mainstream media reports about her contracting pneumonia.

Donald Trump hasn't been spared either.

Some say he is a Russian spy, while others suggest he is really plotting to win the election for his rival, Hillary Clinton.

The BBC has spoken with four fact-checking and lie-detection experts. This is their guide to spotting conspiracy theories in the news.

Dick Cheney at 9/11 memorial


What do the claims that Hillary Clinton is scheming to ban Christian churchesand that Donald Trump is conspiring to destroy the Republican party have in common? Both involve a secret plot.

Hatching nefarious schemes behind closed doors is often a tell-tale sign of a conspiracy theory.

"If someone asserts something is going on in secret, alarm bells should be going off in your head," says Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami and author of American Conspiracy Theories.

"People acting in secrecy is a necessary feature of a conspiracy theory, as it cannot be disproved."

Claiming a heinous plot is underway gives cover to even the most outlandish claims.

"The idea that 1% of America is secretly controlling the rest. Or that George Bush secretly plotted to blow up the Twin Towers. These ideas persist, with no evidence, because their 'secrecy' makes them impossible to verify."

The truth is, it's very difficult keep a secret plot secret, which ties into the next tell-tale sign of a conspiracy.



Sandy Hook families hold pictures of their loved ones



American politicians have engaged in serious cases of subterfuge and real conspiracy historically, from Bill Clinton's misrepresentation of his affair with Monica Lewinsky to Richard Nixon's deceit during the Watergate scandal.

"It is reasonable to suspect government," says Michael Shermer, publisher ofSkeptic Magazine. "Governments do lie."

But distinguishing between true conspiracies and false theoretical ones is difficult.

One way to go about it is to think about scale.

"The more people allegedly involved in a conspiracy, the less likely it is to be true," Mr Shermer says.

"People are bad at keeping secrets. People make mistakes. The chances of hundreds of people successfully controlling something, while keeping it secret are slim.

"The bigger the claim, the less likely it is to be true."

Hillary Clinton



Billions of blogs, articles and social media comments are posted on the internet every day. As many as eight billion videos are viewed on Facebook alone.

When digesting this information, readers should ask themselves a key question: who is the source?

"The first thing we do when we hear a television advert, a political statement or read an article is track down the source of that information," says Eugene Kiely, Director of FactCheck.org.

"Is a source cited? If so, how reputable is that individual or organisation?"

In the case of a fake Hillary Clinton medical record that recently circulated online, Mr Kiely's team had to track down her doctor's real name and contact her presidential campaign team to discredit the forgery.

But in many cases, basic source analysis can be done through search engines like Google, for gathering background details, and through cross-referencing stories with credible media outlets, which aspire to avoid publishing information that has not been verified.

Readers should be aware of satirical news websites which publish intentionally funny and false news. The Onion is the most notable example, but there are several other sites, including ones that are often more subtle and harder to spot.

Readers should also be wary of fake news websites which pose as organisations like the BBC.

When in doubt, click around to see what else that site is covering, or see what turns up when it's plugged into a search engine.

George Bush and John Kerry


Conspiracy theories often contain similar themes - like a desire for global domination, power or wealth. They also often contain similar narratives.

George Bush was accused of being fed answers during a 2004 presidential debate; in 2016 Mrs Clinton's detractors said she had received illicit information via a hidden earpiece.

Stories which touch these issues should be read with discerning eyes.

"A rumour that the government is planning to dramatically raise taxes occurs every year in America," says Angie Halan, editor in chief of PolitiFact, a US media outlet that fact checks politics.

"A lot of conspiracy theories have an alarmist tone. If it sounds too awful to be true, you should view the story with scepticism."

After all, in this election cycle, there is enough real news - strange, awful, and otherwise - to bother yourself with what's made up.

Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37344846

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has described the US economy as “false,” saying that the central banking system is intentionally keeping interest rates low to prevent a new economic collapse.

“We have a very false economy,” Reuters reported Trump as saying in answering to a journalist’s question while campaigning in Ohio on Monday.

“They’re keeping the rates down so that everything else doesn't go down,” Trump added in response to the question, which was about a possible rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve this month.

“At some point the rates are going to have to change,” Trump said.“The only thing that is strong is the artificial stock market.”

The ideas on rebuilding the US economy offered by the billionaire in an interview to Fortune magazine in April have been dubbed as questionable by some, while others argue that his approach may work out just fine. 

“We have to rebuild the infrastructure of our country. We have to rebuild our military, which is being decimated by bad decisions. We have to do a lot of things. We have to reduce our debt, and the best thing we have going now is that interest rates are so low that lots of good things can be done – that aren’t being done, amazingly,” Trump said back in April.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has not been so radical in her future plans concerning the US economy. However, she promised to support a shakeup in the top ranks of the Federal Reserve in an effort to increase diversity and minority representation within the Fed, Clinton’s campaign said in a statement back in May.

“The Federal Reserve is a vital institution for our economy and the wellbeing of our middle class, and the American people should have no doubt that the Fed is serving the public interest,” the statement said.

“That's why Secretary Clinton believes that the Fed needs to be more representative of America as a whole and that common sense reforms – like getting bankers off the boards of regional Federal Reserve banks – are long overdue.”

The Fed is currently headed by a board of governors based in Washington along with a dozen regional bank presidents spread across the US. The board is nominated by the White House and then approved by the Senate. Regional bank presidents, on the other hand, are chosen by their boards of directors, which are chosen by the banking industry and by Washington Fed governors.

Source : https://www.rt.com/usa/358365-trump-fed-false-economy/

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