5 takeaways from the vice presidential debate

5 takeaways from the vice presidential debate

Farmville, Virginia (CNN)For one night, Mike Pence put a calmer, gentler face on the 2016 Republican ticket. And Tim Kaine’s pestering style helped him do it. But the Indiana governor’s big night in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate might not transfer to his running mate, Donald Trump. Kaine — Hillary Clinton’s number two — spent his night throwing all of Trump’s most politically damaging lines at Pence and asking him to explain them. For the most…

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Post-debate, Clinton takes the lead

Post-debate, Clinton takes the lead

(CNN)Hillary Clinton emerges from the first presidential debate with a five-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the presidency, having narrowed the enthusiasm gap between her supporters and Trump’s, and holding broad advantages over the Republican nominee as the candidate with the right temperament and preparation for the job, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The survey finds Clinton topping Trump 47% to 42% among likely voters with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson at…

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Obama defends Kaepernick’s anthem protest

Obama defends Kaepernick’s anthem protest

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama said at a CNN presidential town hall Wednesday that he respected Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback started the protest last month after he sat during the national anthem for a preseason game, saying he would not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Since then, other professional athletes have also chosen not…

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Trump angry at allies conceding he lost debate

Trump angry at allies conceding he lost debate

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump is angry that his aides and advisers have conceded to reporters — largely without attribution — that the Republican nominee struggled in his first presidential debate. In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton. And he wants them to stop it immediately….

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Will Saudis seek revenge for Congress’ veto override?

Will Saudis seek revenge for Congress’ veto override?

(CNN)Once upon a time, there was a kingdom where the ruling family called the American president by his first name and where the royals’ every demand was met unquestioningly in the interest of mutual profit and security in a most insecure region. Its safety was guaranteed by the United States, which helped equip it with its own weapons so that the King and his consorts could rest with hardly a care in the world. In…

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Obama: Why I won’t say ‘Islamic terrorism’

Obama: Why I won’t say ‘Islamic terrorism’

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama has taken a lot of criticism from political opponents over his rhetoric when it comes to terrorism. But on Wednesday at a CNN presidential town hall, he was asked to defend why he refuses to say “Islamic” terrorism to a Gold Star mother. “My son gave his life for acts of terrorism,” audience member Tina Houchins told Obama at the town hall moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Do you still believe…

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Miss Universe strikes back

Miss Universe strikes back

Washington (CNN)Former “Miss Universe” Alicia Machado struck back Tuesday against insults hurled at her by Donald Trump, saying that he was “aggressive” and “really rude.” Machado, who represented Venezuela in Trump’s 1996 “Miss Universe” competition said that Trump called her “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy” when she gained weight after winning the beauty pageant. “I know what I left with him and he knows, too. And he was really aggressive. He was really rude. He…

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Clinton, Trump clash in first debate: CNN’s Reality Check Team vets the claims

Clinton, Trump clash in first debate: CNN’s Reality Check Team vets the claims

(CNN)Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed Monday in their first head-to-head debate of the general election season, with Trump in particular straying from the truth, CNN’s Reality Check Team found. The team of reporters, researchers and editors across CNN listened throughout the debate and selected key statements from both candidates, rating them true; mostly true; true, but misleading; false; or it’s complicated. Climate change By Laura Koran, CNN Clinton claimed Trump “thinks that climate change…

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The six lives of Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau

The six lives of Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau

By Didi Akinyelure BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winner 27 September 2016 From the section Africa Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video to reject reports that he was fatally wounded by Nigeria’s military last month. He has been reported dead several times before. July 2009: Dead Abubakar Shekau took over leadership of Boko Haram in 2009 following the death of Mohammed Yusuf, the group’s founder. It was reported…

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US, South Korean missile destroyers in fresh show of force to North Korea

US, South Korean missile destroyers in fresh show of force to North Korea

(CNN)The US and South Korean navies put on a show of force in the Sea of Japan on Monday, the latest in a string of displays of military might in response to North Korea’s testing of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. Monday’s exercises saw the US guided missile destroyer USS Spruance join ships, submarines and planes from the South Korean navy in waters east of the Korean Peninsula.

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