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Clinton TV ad hits Trump hard; he promises an all-out effort

Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:40am

While Hillary Clinton unveiled an emotional television ad featuring the parents of a slain Muslim American Army captain, Donald Trump assured supporters he would have no regrets if he loses the presidential election because he was going all out in the final weeks of the campaign.

WHY IT MATTERS: Islamic State

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:32am

THE ISSUE: The Islamic State group seized swaths of land in Iraq and expanded its territory in Syria in a dramatic blitz in 2014, taking advantage of unrest in both countries. The militant group slaughtered civilians in its march to try to establish a radical caliphate, and has spawned a string of deadly attacks across Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Pence continues to massage Trump's controversial remarks

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:31am

It's become a familiar routine for Mike Pence.

WHY IT MATTERS: Homegrown Extremism

Deb Riechmann and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:22am

THE ISSUE : Radical Islamic militancy that has sustained itself for decades overseas has inspired a series of attacks on U.S. soil in the last year and a half.


Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:22am

THE ISSUE: There are an estimated 21.6 million veterans in the United States. Among them, nearly 9 million are enrolled in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 4.3 million veterans get disability compensation from the VA and nearly 900,000 have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

WHY IT MATTERS: Executive Authority

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:22am

THE ISSUE: "Your Majesty" isn't in the American political lexicon. But when a president sets a major policy by edict, skirting Congress, it invariably sets off a debate that traces back to the time of kings and queens — and the Founding Fathers who rejected the authority of the crown.

WHY IT MATTERS: Immigration

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:22am

THE ISSUE : An estimated 11 million people are living and in many cases working in the United States illegally. The questions of what to with them and how to curb future illegal immigration have been a campaign issue for more than a decade. Never more so than now. Illegal immigration goes to the heart of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. It's a source of his strength among supporters, contention among critics and confusion over what he really intends to do.


Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:20am

THE ISSUE: Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year on the country's public schools. The U.S. has a record-high graduation rates, 83 percent, but also stubborn achievement gaps and dismally lagging math and reading scores compared with other countries. And university degrees are leaving millions mired in debt. Few issues touch the lives of families like the state of education.


Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:20am

THE ISSUE: Support for Israel has been a mainstay of American foreign policy since the Jewish state's creation in 1948. Despite occasionally strong and even pointed differences, successive U.S. administrations of both parties have steadily increased financial, military and diplomatic assistance to Israel over the past six decades. The U.S. now provides Israel with roughly $3 billion every year, making it the largest single recipient of American foreign aid, and the Obama administration boosted that amount to $3.8 billion with a new memorandum of understanding on defense.


Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 12:20am

THE ISSUE : The United States is the proud home of "the mother of exiles," the Statue of Liberty. But of the millions of exiles from the Syrian war, only about 10,000 have reached U.S. shores.

WHY IT MATTERS: Race and Policing

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 12:10am

THE ISSUE : Policing in the United States' minority communities has been a flashpoint since the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, Sandra Bland in Texas and others. The increasing number of graphic photos and videos depicting the deaths of black men, women and children at the hands of police officers has sparked unrest around the nation. The perception that law enforcement officers are rarely, if ever, punished for what some consider unethical behavior, brutality and even criminal acts against black Americans has led to the rise of new social and civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter.


Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 12:10am

THE ISSUE : About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare's insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Every family has a stake.


David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:50pm

THE ISSUE: Persistent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and to curb government funding for Planned Parenthood have been hotly debated in Washington and in states, and will be shaped in some way by the next president.

WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:30pm

THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

Clinton camp preparing for possibility Trump won't concede

Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:20pm

Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.

The Latest: Trump to lay out closing arguments in Gettysburg

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:30pm

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Trump attorneys seek to bar his campaign comments at trial

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:42pm

In an unusual legal maneuver, Donald Trump's attorneys have asked a federal judge to exclude any statements made by or about the Republican nominee during the presidential campaign from his upcoming civil trial over the now-defunct Trump University.

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:11pm

Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.

White supremacist David Duke qualifies for Senate debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10pm

White supremacist David Duke has qualified for a televised debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.