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MIAMI (AP) — Donald Trump is refusing to take back his claim that Barack Obama founded the Islamic State group -- even when he's challenged on the logic of his position. When a conservative radio host pointed out that Obama "is trying to kill them" with airstrikes, Trump replied, "I don't care." Clinton's campaign accuses Trump of "trash-talking" the U.S. while failing to present any serious counter-terrorism plans of his own.
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling Donald Trump's plans for greater childcare deductions for families a handout for the wealthy. Clinton says Trump's proposal was "designed for rich people." She argues that the plan would help wealthy families with nannies, and do little for others. She made her remarks in Warren, Michigan, where she accused Trump of pushing policies that would only benefit the super-wealthy — himself included.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some frustrated Republicans have drafted a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) urging him to stop helping Donald Trump win the White House. They want the party to focus its resources instead on protecting vulnerable Senate and House candidates. A draft of the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, warns that Trump's "divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide." Five former members of Congress are among those who've signed it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says he is convinced that Hillary Clinton will nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if she is elected president. Senate Republicans have blocked Garland's confirmation since President Barack Obama nominated him in March. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the next president will choose the person to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps has opened defense of his Olympic title in the 100-meter butterfly. He qualified fourth fastest today as he seeks a fourth consecutive gold medal in the 100 fly. He'll swim the 200 individual medley final tonight night in pursuit of a fourth straight title in that event and return 33 minutes later for the 100 fly semifinals.
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