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Off his message again: Trump vows to sue all female accusers

Josh Lederman and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:22pm

Steering his campaign toward controversy yet again, Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior. He called them "liars" whose allegations he blamed Democrats for orchestrating.

Kaine sees working with GOP as key to post-election healing

Kathleen Ronayne and Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 1:20pm

Tim Kaine is sounding a hopeful note that a Democratic White House could work with Republicans to bridge deep divides laid bare by this bitter presidential campaign.

For Clinton, struggle to change public perception persists

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 12:50pm

Hillary Clinton bested Donald Trump in three debates. She leads in many preference polls of the most competitive states. Barring a significant shift in the next two weeks, she is in a strong position to become the first woman elected U.S. president.

WHY IT MATTERS: America and the World

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 12:01pm

THE ISSUE: How should America use its influence in a world where being a superpower doesn't get you what it once did? As instability and human tragedy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria have shown, the U.S. alone cannot impose solutions or force the surrender of adversaries like the Islamic State group, which cannot be deterred by the threat of nuclear attack.

Trump says he'll sue sexual misconduct accusers

Jeremy Diamond and Eugene Scott, CNN  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 11:06am

Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent days.

Race in GOP-friendly Missouri could determine Senate control

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 8:50am

The clamor for change fueling Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign may help a little-known Democrat upset a powerful GOP senator in red-state Missouri on Election Day. And with just a handful of competitive races around the country, the outcome in Missouri could help determine control of the Senate.

As Dems seek House wins, Fla. lawmaker walks Trump tightrope

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 7:41am

Clasping the $4,000 check that Orlando area real estate agents handed him, Rep. John Mica stood in the F&D Cantina restaurant and described his pathway to a 13th term in Congress.

WHY IT MATTERS: Voting Rights

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:10am

THE ISSUE: Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It's a question that goes to the core of democracy.


Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:00am

THE ISSUE: The right to bear arms is fundamental to the U.S., carved into the Constitution and seemingly embedded in the national DNA. But after a seemingly endless stretch of violence, Americans are confronting how far those rights extend, propelling gun issues to the forefront of this year's elections.

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.


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.