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Barack Obama has urged Democrats of all ethnic backgrounds to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton, warning that the fate of the US – and the world – is at stake.

The president said Donald Trump was a threat to hard-earned civil rights.

Barack Obama was speaking at a rally in North Carolina.

Donald Trump said Barack Obama should stop campaigning for Hillary Clinton and focus on running the country.

“The bottom line is, no-one wants four more years of Obama,” the Republican candidate told supporters in Pensacola, Florida.

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton had become “unhinged” in recent days.Barack Obama blames media for Donald Trump coverage

Americans will vote for the candidate they want to see in the White House on November 8, with recent polls showing the race tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Barack Obama told supporters in the key battleground state of North Carolina: “The fate of the republic rests on your shoulders.

“The fate of the world is teetering and you, North Carolina, are going to have to make sure that we push it in the right direction.

“I am not on the ballot, but I tell you what – fairness is on the ballot; decency is on the ballot; justice is on the ballot; progress is on the ballot; our democracy is on the ballot.”

The FBI is now investigating new emails that may be linked to its probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

FBI chief James Comey has faced a fierce backlash for announcing the move just 11 days before the presidential election.

Earlier, Barack Obama implicitly criticized James Comey over the new inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email use.

It emerged in March 2015 that Hillary Clinton had been breaking federal rules by operating a private email server while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013.

Hillary Clinton’s lawyers combed through the server and provided the state department with 30,000 work-related emails, but her campaign deleted another 33,000 messages, saying they were personal in nature.

James Comey concluded in July that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information, but there were no grounds for any charges.

Hillary Clinton has labeled rival Donald Trump a “bully” for criticizing women for their looks.

Speaking at a Florida rally, the Democratic nominee said Donald Trump had a 30-year history of “demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting” women.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has branded Hillary Clinton “corrupt” and said she would “destroy American healthcare forever”.

Donald Trump told early Clinton voters with “buyer’s remorse” they could change their vote in four states.

The clashes came as the fractious contest entered its final week, with opinion polls appearing to show the race getting tighter.

The prospect of a Trump presidency sent Asian financial markets tumbling – appearing to confirm some analysts’ view that the markets believe a Clinton victory would bring more stability for the US economy.

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Appearing on stage with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who has previously claimed Donald Trump once called her “Miss Piggy” after she put on weight – Hillary Clinton said she had “learned way back in elementary school that it’s not OK to insult people”.

For her part, Alicia Machado called Donald Trump “cruel” and said she had spent years “sick, fighting back eating disorders” as a result of the Republican nominee’s comments.

Echoing Hillary Clinton’s comments at a rally in Ohio, President Barack Obama said the Republican candidate had spent a “lifetime calling women pigs and dogs and slobs”.

The focus on Donald Trump’s treatment of women coincided with a new TV advert put out by the Democrats which showed archive footage of him making remarks such as: “Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”

Donald Trump has faced a string of harassment allegations in the last month, after a 2005 video tape that saw him making inappropriate remarks about women emerged.

He has denied any wrongdoing and threatened to sue those involved after the election.

Donald Trump focused his attacks on the Affordable Care Act, dubbed ObamaCare, which he believes is becoming increasingly unpopular with low income families he needs to vote for him, amid reports of higher premiums and less choice.

Appearing on stage with his running mate Mike Pence and Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Donald Trump called ObamaCare “a catastrophe” and said he would immediately convene a special session of Congress to repeal and replace it if he becomes president.

Donald Trump also urged early voters who had “made a mistake” by voting for Hilalry Clinton to change their ballots before November 3 deadline.

Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania allow early vote switches but the practice is extremely rare, according to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College.

Both sides also continued to spar over the recent revelation that FBI investigators are again probing Hillary Clinton’s email practices on November 1.

The revelation has put Democrats on the defensive and hurt Hillary Clinton’s plans to promote a positive message over the campaign’s final week.

The FBI has released 129 pages of documents related to a 2001 investigation into then-President Bill Clinton’s controversial pardon of Democratic donor and financier Marc Rich.

According to NBC News, the release reportedly comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to the FBI. The investigation was closed in 2005.

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The documents were released online on October 31, but received little attention until the FBI noted it in a tweet on November 1.

The surprise move comes after FBI Director James Comey was accused of attempting to influence the election with his announcement that the bureau found more emails that could be connected to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign questioned the timing of the release.

Hillary Clinton has been introduced by former Miss Universe Alicia Machado at a rally in Dade City, Florida.

Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, said she has lived for 20 years with the agony of what Donald Trump did to her after she won the Miss Universe title: shame her, over and over, for gaining weight.Hillary Clinton email scandal 2016

Their joint appearance comes just a few days after Clinton appeared with women’s rights activists, including Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Speaking in a mix of English and Spanish, Alicia Machado addressed Latino voters, saying “this is our election, Latinos!”

“Let’s work our heart out so we can finally say madam president, senora presidenta.”

In the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, Hillary Clinton is now one point behind Donald Trump, for the first time since May.

In the latest results, 46% of likely voters support Donald Trump, and 45% are for Hillary Clinton.Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump anti Muslim rhetoric

With the data taken to a decimal place for illustrative purposes, a mere 0.7 of a percentage point divides them.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has 3% and Green Party’s Jill Stein, 2%

“Trump and Clinton continue to run nearly even in overall vote preferences, with Trump at 46% and Clinton 45% in a four-way contest in the poll conducted Thursday through Sunday,” the Washington Post reports, citing the latest Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll.

“The margin is a mirror 48-47 Clinton-Trump split when third-party candidates are asked which major-party candidate they lean toward, a comparison which has grown in importance as support declines steadily for Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein,” the newspaper says.

Variety is backing Hillary Clinton in its first ever presidential endorsement in 111 years.Hillary Clinton South Carolina victory

In its endorsement statement, Variety said: “We believe that Clinton is not only the best candidate for the job, but the only candidate. 

“The time has come to elect our first female president. Women, young and old, are ready to have someone in the highest office who will protect their rights, champion their causes, and serve as a role model for this and future generations.”

Variety acknowledged Hillary Clinton’s experience, temperament and her public service record “fighting for the rights of women, children, families, the disabled, farmers, veterans, and the LGBTQ community” in making its endorsement.

Hillary Clinton’s camp has blasted FBI Director James Comey for “blatant double standards” over the new inquiry into the Democratic candidate’s email use.

The comments came after media reports that James Comey had urged against publicly accusing Russia of interfering in the US election, including alleged email hacking.

James Comey’s concern about releasing the information was due to the proximity to the election, reports say.

The statement that James Comey reportedly declined to sign off on was released by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on October 7.

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It said: “The US intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations… these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”

James Comey agreed with the statement but was against making it public before the election, according to media.

There have been allegations that Russian hackers have targeted the Democrats in an effort to skew the election in favor of Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said: “It is impossible to view this as anything less than a blatant double standard.”

He also called on James Comey to “immediately explain this incongruence and apply the same standard to Donald Trump’s associates as he has applied to Hillary Clinton’s.”

James Comey has faced a fierce backlash for announcing on October 28, just 11 days before the presidential election, that the FBI is investigating new emails that may be linked to its probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

In March 2015, it emerged that Hillary Clinton had been breaking federal rules by operating a private email server while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013.

Hillary Clinton’s lawyers combed through the server and provided the State Department with 30,000 work-related emails, but her campaign deleted another 33,000 messages, saying they were personal in nature.

James Comey concluded in July that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information, but there were no grounds for any charges.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign team has condemned the FBI’s decision to brief lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate’s email use.

On October 28, FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter, 11 days before the election.

Hillary Clinton told supporters the move was “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling”.

However, Donald Trump has praised the FBI’s decision.

In his letter to Congress, James Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be “pertinent” to its previous inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

James Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be “misleading” and also risked being “misunderstood”, given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.Hillary Clinton on Brussels attacks

Speaking to supporters in Florida on October 29, Hillary Clinton said: “It’s not just strange, it’s unprecedented. And it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts.

“So we’ve called on Director Comey to explain everything right away, put it all out on the table.”

Hillary Clinton has said she is confident the investigation into the emails will not change the FBI’s original finding in July, which criticized her but cleared her of any illegal acts.

James Comey has been heavily criticized by Clinton supporters – and according to the New York Times, justice department officials – for his decision to make the information public so close to polling day.

In a memo, James Comey acknowledged “we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations”. But he said he felt an “obligation” to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by James Comey was “long on innuendo” and “short on facts”.

There was, he said, “no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary”.

Donald Trump meanwhile has said the issue is the biggest political scandal in the US since Watergate, which brought down President Richard Nixon.

At a rally in Colorado on October 29, the Republican candidate said: “Her criminal action was willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.

“Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her illegal actions from public disclosure and exposure.”

The FBI has already established that Hillary Clinton had held classified information on a private email server.

In July, James Comey said Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was “extremely careless”, but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.

The latest emails were discovered as part of a separate investigation into the estranged husband of top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

Devices belonging to Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, a former high-flying congressman, were seized in an investigation into whether he sent explicit emails to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Investigators are reviewing the documents to see if they contain classified information.

Hillary Clinton’s private email server was first revealed in March 2015 by the New York Times.

She did not immediately express regret, and said the main reason for her “[email protected]” address was “convenience”.

Soon after that Hillary Clinton apologized in an interview with ABC News, and has since said sorry to voters a number of times.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton says she is “confident” a new FBI probe linked to her emails will not change its original finding that she should not be prosecuted.

She called on the FBI director to explain the new inquiry to the American people.

James Comey earlier said the FBI was looking into newly found messages.

The latest emails came to light during a separate inquiry into top Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Devices belonging to Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner were seized in an investigation into whether he sent explicit emails to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Hillary Clinton said: “The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.

“It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay.” Hillary-Clinton

She highlighted that James Comey had said he did not know the significance of the new emails, adding: “I’m confident (that) whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July.”

Donald Trump, however, described the FBI investigation as “the biggest political scandal since Watergate”, referring to the 1970s scandal that engulfed Republican President Richard Nixon.

“It’s everybody’s hope that justice at last can be delivered,” the Republican candidate told supporters at a rally in Iowa.

“The FBI would never have reopened this case at this time unless it were a most egregious criminal offence.”

James Comey said the FBI would investigate if the newly discovered emails contain classified information.

The FBI chief said in a letter to Congress that investigators had discovered the emails “in connection with an unrelated case… that appear to be pertinent to the investigation”.

James Comey said he “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work”.

The FBI has already established Hillary Clinton had classified information on a private email server.

In July, James Comey said Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive material during her 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state was “extremely careless”, but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.

The revelation that Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information while breaking federal rules by running her own email server out of her upstate New York home has dogged her campaign since last year.

Her campaign chairman John Podesta criticised the FBI’s “extraordinary” timing.

The revelation comes just 11 days before Americans go to the polls in the presidential election.

Hillary Clinton is five points ahead of Donald Trump, according to a Real Clear Politics average.

During the opening ceremony of his new hotel, Donald Trump has praised Newt Gingrich in his TV row with Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly over claims of misconduct made against the Republican nominee.

“Congratulations,” Donald Trump said.

“That was an amazing interview last night… We don’t play games, Newt.”

After the opening ceremony in Washington, he re-joined the campaign trail in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is spending her 69th birthday campaigning in the must-win state of Florida.

Donald Trump had some good news in a Bloomberg Politics poll that put him two points ahead in that state.

However, with less than two weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump continues to trail Hillary Clinton in other key battleground states.

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The $212 million hotel opening at the Washington’s Old Post Office Pavilion was Donald Trump’s second marketing event of the week.

His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told NBC’s Today show on October 26 that his appearance at the opening was to showcase his accomplishments.

“Hillary Clinton took five days off to prepare for one debate and everyone looked at that as some kind of noble exercise,” Kellyanne Conway said on Today show.

“He’s got the most active campaign <<sched>> of the two candidates by far.”

The hotel opening was seized on by Hillary Clinton as further evidence that Donald Trump exploits American workers.

The Democratic nominee told a rally in Lake Worth, Florida, that Donald Trump relied on undocumented workers “to make his project cheaper”.

Many of the products in the hotel’s rooms were made overseas, Hillary Clinton said.

Megyn Kelly has previously angered Donald Trump for questioning his attitude towards women.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich claimed the media was spending a disproportionate amount of time on the accusations of assault, which Donald Trump has denied.

Donald Trump has said Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy plan in Syria would trigger World War Three.

The Republican also said the US should focus on defeating ISIS rather than removing Syria’s president.

Hillary Clinton has proposed a no-fly zone over Syria. The top US military chief has said that could spell conflict with Russian jets in the region.

The Clinton campaign accused Donald Trump of “playing to Americans’ fears”.

The New York billionaire also attacked Republicans for not uniting behind his candidacy.

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“If we had party unity, we couldn’t lose this election to Hillary Clinton,” Donald Trump told Reuters at Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida.

He struck an apocalyptic tone when criticizing his Democratic rival’s plan to control Syrian air space.

“You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton,” he said.

“You’re not fighting Syria anymore, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right?

“Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.”

Donald Trump suggested there should be a refocus away from the long-held US position of trying to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying: “What we should do is focus on IS. We should not be focusing on Syria.”

He also suggested Hillary Clinton would be unable to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin after her sharp criticism of him.

Donald Trump questioned “how she is going to go back and negotiate with this man who she has made to be so evil” if she is elected president on November 8.

The Clinton campaign dismissed the criticism, saying both Republican and Democratic national security experts have denounced Donald Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief.

“Once again, he is parroting Putin’s talking points and playing to Americans’ fears, all while refusing to lay out any plans of his own for defeating ISIS or alleviating humanitarian suffering in Syria,” Hillary Clinton spokesman Jesse Lehrich said in a statement.

Donald Trump’s warning of confrontation with Russia echoes concerns raised last month at a congressional hearing by the highest-ranking military officer in the US armed forces.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine General Joseph Dunford told lawmakers a “no-fly zone” in Syria could spell war with Russia.

“Right now, senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria it would require us to go to war, against Syria and Russia,” he told the Senate Arms Services Committee.

“That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make.”

At the final presidential debate in Nevada on October 19, Hillary Clinton outlined her support for the measure.

“A no-fly zone can save lives and hasten the end of the conflict,” she said on stage.

However, in a 2013 speech to Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton said establishing a no-fly zone would “kill a lot of Syrians”, according to a transcript disclosed by WikiLeaks.

Donald Trump’s campaign has admitted the Republican nominee lags behind rival Democratic Hillary Clinton with just over two weeks before Election Day.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said: “We are behind. She has some advantages.”

“We’re not giving up. We know we can win this.”

On October 21, Donald Trump made a rare admission that he could lose.

New polls suggest Hillary Clinton remains well ahead nationally and in several battleground states.

Her campaign has predicted this is going to be “the biggest election in American history”.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robbie Mook told Fox News on October 23: “More people are going to turn out than ever before.”

Polling in Republican strongholds like Utah and Arizona suggest these states could back a Democrat for the first time in decades.

The polls may be wrong in Arizona but if they are correct, it may be the start of a Democratic trend that doesn’t just put the state in play in a Clinton 2016 rout scenario, it makes Arizona a legitimate swing state in coming elections.

For Democrats, that’s a dream scenario, giving them new and plentiful paths to electoral success.

For Republicans, it could mean the start of a long-term political nightmare.

That apparent change to the electoral map has prompted a shift in strategy for the Clinton camp, which is spending money on helping Democrats running in close House or Senate races.

Hillary Clinton said she didn’t even bother responding to Donald Trump anymore and would instead spend time “emphasizing the importance of electing Democrats down the ballot”.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager said the Clinton team had a huge financial advantage in how much they could spend on negative ads against the Republican nominee, and high-profile campaigners.

“She has a former president, who happens to be her husband, campaigning for her. The current president and first lady, vice president, all much more popular than she can hope to be,” said Kellyanne Conway.

But this election does not feel over when you realize the depth of support Donald Trump has on the campaign trail, she said.

However, Donald Trump reflected on defeat for the first time on October 21 when he said that – win, lose or draw – he would be happy with himself.

A day later, the billionaire announced a raft of measures for his first 100 days in office, that include used curbs on lobbying and new trade and climate change negotiations.

With just 16 days until Election Day, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to Donald Trump’s campaign.

On October 22, he promised to sue every woman who had accused him of assault.

Donald Trump also repeated his claims that the election is rigged, because of voter fraud at polling booths and media bias.

On October 23, Eric Trump said his father would accept the outcome but only if it was a “fair” election.

Hillary Clinton has said she no longer cares what Donald Trump might say and will focus on issues instead.

Recalling their acrimonious exchanges, Hillary Clinton said: “I debated him for four and a half hours.

“I don’t even think about responding to him anymore.”

The Democratic nominee was speaking to reporters aboard her campaign plane.Hillary Clinton on Brussels attacks

Donald Trump used a rally in Gettysburg to promise curbs on lobbying and new trade and climate change negotiations.

With just 16 days until Election Day, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign.

On October 22, Donald Trump again promised to sue every woman who had accused him of assault or inappropriate behavior as soon as his presidential campaign was over.

More polls on October 23 suggested Donald Trump lags behind Hillary Clinton in key battleground states.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has predicted this is going to be “the biggest election in American history”.

Campaign manager Robbie Mook told Fox News on October 23: “More people are going to turn out than ever before.”

Speaking on stage in Pittsburgh, Hillary Clinton called for Americans to unite.

“I understand that they need a president who cares about them, will listen to them and I want to be their president,” she said.

Before his speech in Gettysburg, Donald Trump said the media were fabricating stories to make him “look as bad and dangerous as possible”.

Eleven women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior, in the weeks since a video emerged of him boasting of groping women and kissing them.

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Donald Trump told the audience.

Donald Trump has outlined what he would do in his first 100 days at the White House.

With 17 days until Election Day, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign.

In a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, The Republican nominee sought to highlight changes he would introduce.

Among them were restrictions on lobbyists and a renegotiation on trade and climate change deals.

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Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine appeared at events on October 22 in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the race for the White House.

Donald Trump’s advisers indicated before his speech that the measures announced would serve as the focus for the remaining two weeks of his campaign.

The speech was one of the most detailed by Donald Trump during his candidacy, and also touched on matters of security, economy and trade.

He said the country was facing a “fork in the road” over its future.

While some polls have shown he has eaten into Hillary Clinton’s lead over the past week, after the third presidential debate, she is still leading him in a number of the key swing states.

Before his speech, Donald Trump again attacked leading media outlets and suggested they were biased against him.

The billionaire vowed to break up media conglomerates, saying he would scrap the rumored purchase of the Time Warner company, the owner of CNN, by AT&T. However, those comments were made outside of his main speech, and it was not clear if they were being put forward as policy.

Donald Trump also said he would sue every woman who has accused him of assault or inappropriate behavior as soon as his presidential campaign was over.

Ten women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior, in the weeks after a video emerged of him boasting of groping women and kissing them.

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” he told the audience in Gettysburg.

Donald Trump said the media was fabricating stories to make him “look as bad and dangerous as possible”.

Donald Trump has launched a rare attack on First Lady Michelle Obama, saying “all she wants to do is campaign” for Hillary Clinton.

The Republican nominee also accused Michelle Obama of attacking Hillary Clinton in 2007 by invoking a line she had said about fitness to run the White House.

The Obama campaign had denied the line referred to Hillary Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, accused Donald Trump of threatening democracy if he did not accept the election result.

“We know the difference between leadership and dictatorship, and the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart,” the Democratic nominee told a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.”

At his own rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump told supporters: “I see how much [Michelle Obama] likes Hillary.”

“But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, <<If you can’t take care of your home>>, right? <<You can’t take care of the White House or the country?>> Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.”

Donald Trump was referring to a remark Michelle Obama made in 2007 while campaigning for her husband, who was running against Hillary Clinton.

Back in 2007, Michelle Obama said: “If you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House.”

Some critics asked whether the comment had been aimed at Hillary Clinton’s relationship with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

However, the Obama campaign maintained the line was not directed at the Clintons and instead referred to their own struggle with parenting during a campaign.

“So, we’ve adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he’s traveling around, I do day trips,” Michelle Obama continued in her 2007 speech.

“That means I get up in the morning, I get the girls ready, I get them off, I go and do trips, I’m home before bedtime.”

Donald Trump was back on the campaign trail a day after he and Hillary Clinton appeared together at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation charity dinner in New York City.

The event, which takes place during election years, offers presidential candidates a chance to crack jokes about one another.

However, Alfred E. Smith V told CNN on October 21 that Donald Trump had “crossed the line and took it a little too far”.

President Barack Obama has said Donald Trump’s insistence that he might not accept the election result is “dangerous”.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Miami for Hillary Clinton, President Obama said Donald Trump’s comments undermined American democracy.

During the third debate, the republican nominee refused to say he would accept the outcome of the election on November 8.

The billionaire later said he would accept a “clear” result but left a challenge open.

Speaking in Ohio on October 20, Donald Trump said, with a grin: “I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election – if I win.”Barack Obama blames media for Donald Trump coverage

In the same speech, the Republican said he would accept a clear election result but reserved the right to file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable one.

Hours later, Barack Obama said that sowing the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of US elections provided a boost to the country’s enemies.

“You’re doing the work of our adversaries for them, because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters,” the president said.

Donald Trump has been heavily criticized by many in his own party by suggesting he might not accept the election result.

For days, the Republican has claimed the election is rigged against him, due to media bias and voter fraud.

During October 19 debate with Hillary Clinton, when moderator Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump if he would accept losing to her, the Republican nominee said he would “keep you in suspense”.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, later insisted that the candidate had meant he would not concede until the “results are actually known”.

Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, said: “A concession isn’t just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.”

First Lady Michelle Obama also joined the attack on October 20, saying “you do not keep American democracy in suspense”.

At the Ohio rally, Donald Trump also reiterated a claim he made during the debate, that Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama were responsible for inciting violence at a Chicago rally earlier this year.

The crowd erupted into cheers of: “Lock her up!”

During the debate, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”.

Donald Trump has trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls after facing damaging fallout over a video that emerged of him making inappropriate remarks about groping women.

Latest polls suggest Hillary Clinton is ahead nationally and in key battleground states.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have poked fun at each other at a charity dinner, just one day after their bitter final debate.

Hillary Clinton laughed as Donald Trump joked about her well-paid speeches and the FBI investigation into her private email.

However, the Republican nominee was booed when he joked that she hated Catholics.

The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York is a white-tie gala that every four years features the presidential candidates.

There is a tradition that the rivals stand up and make jokes about each other, but this year it comes after one of the most rancorous campaigns in memory.

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At their final debate in Las Vegas, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” and they both interrupted each other throughout. They refused to shake hands before or after.

Donald Trump’s nickname for her is “Crooked Hillary” and he has threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to have her jailed if he becomes president.

Hillary Clinton has said Donald Trump is running a “hateful, divisive campaign” and is unfit to take the highest office.

However, at the New York event, they briefly put their differences aside and sat just one seat apart, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan between them.

When they entered and took their seats, they did not shake hands or make eye contact, but when Donald Trump stood up to speak, he gave Hillary Clinton a friendly double-pat on her shoulder.

The billionaire joked that this crowd – of about 1,500 people – was Hillary Clinton’s biggest audience yet, and in a dig at her Wall Street connections, he said it would be unusual for her to be with so many corporate leaders and not get paid.

However, when he said Hillary Clinton was so corrupt she got booted off the Watergate commission, boos rang out.

They resurfaced when, in a reference to emails hacked within Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, Donald Trump said she was “pretending not to hate Catholics”. It was one of the few occasions when the smile left Hillary Clinton’s face.

Perhaps Donald Trump’s best line was when he referred in jest to his wife Melania’s plagiarized speech in July, which borrowed from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Then Hillary Clinton stood up and said: “We’ll either have the first female president or the first president who started a Twitter war with Cher.”

Instead of seeing the Statue of Liberty being a beacon of hope, Donald Trump rates her looks as a “four” or “maybe a five” if she loses the torch and tablet, and changes her hair, Hillary Clinton joked.

Donald Trump has said he will accept the results of the election if he wins.

The Republican nominee added that he would accept a “clear” result – but reserved the right to challenge a “questionable” result.

Donald Trump appeared at a rally in Delaware, Ohio, speaking for the first time after the final debate with rival Hillary Clinton.

He has been heavily criticized for suggesting that he might not accept the election result.

Latest polls suggest Hillary Clinton is ahead nationally and in key battleground states.

Speaking in Ohio, Donald Trump said, grinning: “I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election – if I win.”

The billionaire also said: “I will accept a clear election result, but I will also reserve my right to contest and file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.”

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During last night’s debate, when moderator Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump if he would accept losing to Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee said he would “keep you in suspense”.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, later insisted that the candidate had meant he would not concede until the “results are actually known”.

However the remark, which drew anger from some Republicans, is part of Donald Trump’s repeated claim that the election is “rigged” against him.

Donald Trump told the Ohio audience that the election was posing questions about “the fairness of our country”.

Former Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain also released a statement implicitly criticizing Donald Trump’s debate comments.

John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, said: “I didn’t like the outcome of the 2008 election. But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance.

“A concession isn’t just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.”

At the Ohio rally, Donald Trump also reiterated a claim he made during the debate against Hillary Clinton and President Obama, who he said were responsible for inciting violence at a Chicago rally earlier this year.

The crowd erupted into cheers of: “Lock her up!”

During the debate, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”.

The Republican has trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls after facing damaging fallout over a video that emerged of him making inappropriate remarks about groping women.

When asked to address the allegations made against him by several women in the wake of the video, Donald Trump said the claims had been “largely debunked”.

Donald Trump’s comments come after a 10th woman came forward to accuse him of assault on October 20 at a news conference.

Karena Virginia said Donald Trump allegedly touched her breast at the US Open in 1998 and made offensive comments about her to a group of men.

Donald Trump and Hillary Trump are scheduled to appear at a charity dinner on October 20 in New York.

In the final debate against rival Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has refused to commit to accepting the election result if he loses.

The Republican nominee told moderator Chris Wallace: “I will tell you at the time.”

For days Donald Trump has claimed the election is “rigged”.

The Las Vegas debate on October 19 continued the campaign’s bitter tone, with Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”.

The final battle of wits came less than three weeks before election day on November 8.Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Super Tuesday

The candidates declined to shake hands before and after the political sparring, setting the tone for what would later become yet another debate marked by shouting and interrupting.

Donald Trump appealed to the Republican establishment by vowing to appoint Supreme Court justices with a “conservative bent” who would overturn a key ruling that made abortion legal in the US and protect gun rights.

The billionaire  also stuck to his pledge to deport undocumented immigrants and secure US borders.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton firmly declared she would stand up for the LGBT community, defend abortion rights, focus on restoring the middle class and equal pay for women.

“The government has no business in the decisions that women make,” she said.

In one of the more striking moments, Donald Trump twice declined to say whether he would accept the election’s outcome, breaking with the country’s long-standing tradition of a losing candidate’s concession after the votes are counted.

“That’s horrifying,” Hillary Clinton shot back.

“He is denigrating and he is talking down our democracy. And I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of a position.”

Donald Trump’s response drew sharp criticism from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who said the candidate was “doing the party and country a great disservice by continuing to suggest the outcome of the election is out of his hands and ‘rigged’ against him,” according to a statement.

When asked about her paid speech to a Brazilian bank in which she spoke of her dream of open trade and open borders, Hillary Clinton said she was talking about energy policy.

In one key exchange, Donald Trump attacked Hillary Clinton’s 30 years of “very bad experience” and she responded by going through her timeline, comparing where she was to where Trump was.

While she was in the White House helping to track down Osama Bin Laden, “he was hosting the Celebrity Apprentice”, Hillary Clinton said.

Donald Trump has faced damaging fallout after a video emerged of him making inappropriate comments about groping women, with senior Republicans deserting him.

When pressed about assault allegations made against him by several women in the wake of the video, Donald Trump said the claims had been “largely debunked”.

In addressing the groping accusations, Hillary Clinton said: “Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger.”

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Donald Trump said as the crowd was heard scoffing.

Donald Trump also blamed Hillary Clinton, whose campaign he said was responsible for drumming up the allegations.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take to the stage in Las Vegas on October 19 for the final debate in an increasingly bitter race for the presidency.

According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing in key battleground states after facing a slew of assault allegations.

However, Hillary Clinton remains unpopular with many voters and has faced more bad headlines about her use of a private email server.

Most Americans will cast their votes on November 8.

Millions are expected to tune into the third and final debate at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, which gets under way at 09:00 EDT and will be moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will discuss six topics: The debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump anti Muslim rhetoric

The Republican presidential candidate has faced damaging fallout after a video emerged of him making inappropriate comments about groping women, with senior Republicans deserting him.

In recent days Donald Trump has railed against the election process itself, warning the vote is “absolutely rigged” with “large-scale voter fraud” taking place.

The New York billionaire’s remarks prompted a scathing response from President Barack Obama, who said the Republican challenger should “stop whining”.

Donald Trump has invited Barack Obama’s estranged half-brother, Malik Obama – one of his supporters – as a guest.

He also invited Patricia Smith, whose son was killed in an attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, while Hillary Clinton was US secretary of state.

In contrast to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has kept a low profile ahead of the debate to prepare for the showdown.

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said the Democratic nominee was ready for whatever “scorched-earth” tactics her rival might try.

She is likely to face questions about a batch of hacked emails from the account of her campaign boss, released by WikiLeaks, that Donald Trump has seized on.

Before the last debate, Donald Trump appeared at a news conference with women who accused Bill Clinton of s**ual misconduct. Since then he has suggested Hillary Clinton took performance-enhancing drugs ahead of that meeting.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has signaled their candidate will try to focus on policy.

Among her guests, Hillary Clinton is bringing Donald Trump critic Mark Cuban, as well as Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, one of her highest-profile Republican backers.

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Ecuador has admitted it partly restricted internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is taking refuge at its London embassy.

It said Julian Assange had in recent weeks released material that could have an impact on the US presidential election.

The country also said its move was not the result of pressure from Washington.

The US denied WikiLeaks accusations that it had asked Ecuador to stop the site publishing documents about Hillary Clinton.Julian Assange assault inquiry dropped

Julian Assange has sought asylum at London’s Ecuadorean embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over assault allegations.

In a statement, the Ecuadorean foreign ministry said WikiLeaks‘ decision to publish documents could have an impact on the US presidential election.

It said the release was entirely the responsibility of the organization, and Ecuador did not want to interfere in the electoral process.

“In that respect, Ecuador, exercising its sovereign right, has temporarily restricted access to part of its communications systems in its UK Embassy,” the statement said.

It added that “Ecuador does not yield to pressures from other countries”.

WikiLeaks earlier said that Ecuador had cut off Julian Assange’s internet access on October 15.

The site has recently been releasing material from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including those from a hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails.

WikiLeaks released transcripts on October 15 of paid speeches Hillary Clinton made to Goldman Sachs in the past, which her campaign had long refused to release.

The scripts reveal bantering exchanges with bank executives, which correspondents say may increase concerns among liberal Democrats that she is too cosy with Wall Street.

Hillary Clinton’s camp has claimed the cyber-breach was orchestrated by Russian hackers with the aim of undermining the US democratic process.

While Hillary Clinton’s team has neither confirmed nor denied the leaked emails are authentic, there have been no indications they are fake.

According to the latest leaked emails, Hillary Clinton told a Goldman Sachs conference she would like to intervene secretly in Syria.

The Democratic presidential nominee made the remark in answer to a question from Lloyd Blankfein, the bank’s chief executive, in 2013 – months after she left office as secretary of state.

“My view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene,” Hillary Clinton told employees of the bank in South Carolina, which had paid her about $225,000 to give a speech.

Hillary Clinton – who is accused of being hawkish by liberal critics – added: “We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can’t help themselves.

“They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we’re doing and I want credit for it.”

According to a recent research, more than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favor of Donald Trump around the first presidential debate as by those backing rival Hillary Clinton.

The study found Donald Trump would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the accounts – known as bots – had not been active.

However, the research highlights that the software has the capacity to “manipulate public opinion” and “muddy political issues”.

The report has yet to be peer-reviewed.

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One critic noted that it was impossible to be completely sure which accounts were real and which were “web robots”.

The research was led by Prof. Philip Howard, from the University of Oxford, and is part of a wider project exploring “computational propaganda”.

The investigation covered tweets posted on September 26, the day of the debate, plus the three days afterwards, and relied on popular hashtags linked to the event.

First, the researchers identified accounts that exclusively posted messages containing hashtags associated with one candidate but not the other.

These accounted for about 1.8 million pro-Trump tweets and 613,000 pro-Clinton posts.

The researchers then analyzed which of these had been posted by bots. They identified an account as such if it had tweeted at least 50 times a day across the period, meaning a minimum of 200 tweets over the four days.

The results suggested that 32.7% of such pro-Trump tweets had been posted by bots and 22.3% of such pro-Clinton ones.

In total, that represented a total of 576,178 tweets benefiting Donald Trump and 136,639 in support of Hillary Clinton.

Prof. Philip Howard said: “On the balance of probabilities, if you pulled out a heavily automated account the odds are four to one that you’ll find it’s a bot tweeting in favor of Trump.”

There is no suggestion, however, that bots were generated by either of the official Presidential campaign groups.

“We are not looking at the source, who is working on the bots or to what end, merely the metrics of the data,” said Prof. Philip Howard.

Looking wider – to accounts that tweeted neutral hashtags or a mix of different kinds – the study suggested that 23% of all the tweets were driven by bots.

One machine learning expert cautions that the criteria used to identify the bots might have been too imprecise to have sifted out all the human-based activity.

So, is it possible that Donald Trump supporters might simply have been more enthusiastic than Hillary Clinton’s and have done a better job at leveraging social media to their advantage?

Prof. Philip Howard said that it is unlikely to be the only explanation.

“Most of the heavy automation and tweets happened overnight and shared similar hashtags and information,” he says.

“They show behavior that is not human and often don’t have comments [about other issues apart from] the particular topic in question.”

Prof. Philip Howard adds that the 50-tweets-a-day rule was borne out by analysis of posts made during a past Venezuelan election and the Brexit vote.

In both cases, his team double-checked a sample of accounts that had been flagged as bots and confirmed they displayed other characteristics of being inhuman.

Donald Trump has said the election is “absolutely rigged” by the “dishonest media” and “at many polling places”.

The Republican nominee’s comments appear to contradict his running mate Mike Pence, who told NBC earlier Donald Trump would “absolutely” accept the election result, despite media “bias”.

Donald Trump’s adviser Rudy Giuliani has also accused Democrats of “cheating”.

Polls suggest Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine has blasted Donald Trump’s election-rigging claims as “scare tactics”.

Donald Trump has questioned the legitimacy of the election process in a series of tweets, the latest of which said: “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.”

Earlier, Donald Trump accused the press of inaccurate reporting: “Election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news!”Donald Trump RNC conspiracy

However, speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press, Mike Pence said the American people were “tired of the obvious bias in the national media” which was “where the sense of a rigged election goes”, but said: “We will absolutely accept the results of the election.”

“Elections always get pretty rough,” he added, but said the US has a tradition of “the peaceful transfer of power”.

Meanwhile Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s State of the Union that he’d have to be a “moron” to think that some elections, such as those in Philadelphia and Chicago, were going to be fair.

“I’ve found very few situations where Republicans cheat… they don’t control the inner cities the way Democrats do. Maybe if Republicans controlled the inner cities, they’d do as much cheating as Democrats,” he said.

“I’m sorry. Dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans,” he added.

Tim Kaine told ABC’s This Week Donald Trump was “swinging at every phantom of his own imagination” because “he knows he’s losing”.

“He’s blaming the media. He’s blaming the GOP. He’s saying that America can’t run a fair election.

“He’s making weird claims that, no, I couldn’t have assaulted this person, she’s not attractive enough to assault. How bizarre is that?… And this is what bullies do.”

Multiple women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of groping or kissing them this week, following the emergence of a 2005 video tape in which he made inappropriate remarks about women.

Donald Trump has repeatedly denied the claims, calling the women “horrible liars” and accusing the media of being an agent of the “Clinton machine”.

Tim Kaine denied that the Clinton campaign had anything to do with the women making accusations against Donald Trump.

On October 15, House speaker Republican Paul Ryan criticized Donald Trump for questioning the validity of the electoral process.

“Our democracy relies on confidence in election results, and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity,” his spokesperson AshLee Strong said.

It’s not the first time Donald Trump has directly contradicted his running mate during the campaign, with them clashing over how to solve the war in Syria.

In the vice presidential debate, Mike Pence said the Trump administration would impose a safe zone in Syria, “stand up” to Russian aggression and go after Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

But in the second presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that although he didn’t “like Assad”, the Syrian president was “killing ISIL [ISIS]”.

Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of being “pumped up” during their last presidential debate, saying they should both be tested for drugs before the next one.

The Republican nominee also suggested the presidential race was looking like a “rigged election”.

The comments came in the wake of the publication of a recording in which Donald Trump made inappropriate remarks, which sparked a string of assault claims.

According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump said Hilalry Clinton had been “all pumped up” at the beginning of the last debate but could “barely reach her car” at the end.

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“We should take a drugs test,” the billionaire said.

Donald Trump did not provide any evidence to back up his claim.

Meanwhile the Clinton campaign has hit back against Donald Trump’s contention that women accusing him of assault are part of a scheme to help elect Hillary Clinton president.

Voting was to be encouraged and not “dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he’s going to lose”, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said.

Robby Mook said he expected a record turnout because voters could see through what he described as Donald Trump’s “shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens”.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “fully confident” that the November election would be carried out “with integrity”, according to his spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

Paul Ryan, the most senior elected Republican official, has said he will not defend Donald Trump in the wake of the recording of the nominee’s obscene comments.

However, Paul Ryan has stopped short of ending his endorsement of Donald Trump.

The latest person to come forward is 63-year-old Cathy Heller, who told the Guardian that Donald Trump grabbed her and “went for the lips” during their first and only meeting 20 years ago, during a Mother’s Day event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

A spokesman for Donald Trump rejected the claim.

Donald Trump has denied attacking any of the women who have made allegations against him, saying the claims are part of a plot to damage his campaign.

The final presidential debate takes place on October 19.

Donald Trump has told supporters in Florida that latest groping claims are “totally and absolutely false”.

He said the women making the allegations were “horrible liars” and the media was colluding with rival Hillary Clinton.

Several women say Donald Trump groped them or forcibly kissed them.

First Lady Michelle Obama earlier said Donald Trump’s boasts about groping women were “shocking and demeaning”.

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“Leaders should meet a basic standard of human decency,” she said during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.

Seeing Donald Trump make inappropriate comments about women, on a video leaked last week to the Washington Post, “has shaken me to my core in a way that I cannot have predicted,” Michelle Obama said, her voice cracking with emotion.

The first lady never mentioned Donald Trump by name but her references made her target obvious.

Two women told the New York Times that Donald Trump groped or kissed them.

A People magazine reporter also said she was forcibly kissed, while another woman said Donald Trump grabbed her bottom.

Making his first public appearance since the allegations were made, Donald Trump told a rally in West Palm Beach these stories were “a conspiracy against the American people” by the political and media establishment.

Donald Trump said he had evidence the accusations were unfounded and would release that at the “appropriate time”.

In one reference, the Republican presidential runner appeared to imply People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff could not have been telling the truth because of her appearance.

“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”

The media, Donald Trump said, “will seek to destroy your career and your family”.

Donald Trump has threatened to sue the New York Times, which published accusations from two women on October 12.

The publication has responded by saying it would welcome the opportunity to make its case in court.

Many of the women said Donald Trump’s denial during the second presidential debate prompted them to come forward.