<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 05:38:50 -0700Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:38:50 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Hillary Clinton for President]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:25:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-profile.jpg

The New York Times editorial board endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Saturday, writing the endorsement is "rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service."

The Times touted Clinton's record as first lady, New York senator and secretary of state in their endorsement, claiming she has shown the ability to work with politicians from opposing parties to enact her policy agenda.

"When Mrs. Clinton was sworn in as a senator from New York in 2001, Republican leaders warned their caucus not to do anything that might make her look good," the editorial says. "Yet as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she earned the respect of Republicans like Senator John McCain with her determination to master intricate military matters."

The editorial also praised her foreign policy record as secretary of state, but does mention her missteps in that role.

"As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was charged with repairing American credibility after eight years of the Bush administration’s unilateralism," the editorial board wrote. "She bears a share of the responsibility for the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failings, notably in Libya. But her achievements are substantial."

Clinton's ability to bounce back from her failings, however, is another one of her strengths as a politician and presidential candidate, according to the endorsement.

"She is one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation, whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship. As first lady, she rebounded from professional setbacks and personal trials with astounding resilience," the editorial board wrote.

The endorsement only made passing reference to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who "discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway," according to the Times.

The editorial board added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the "worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history."



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<![CDATA[How Should Trump Debate Clinton? Advice From a Man Who Knows]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:38:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-upset.jpg

The man famous for getting in Hillary Clinton’s face during the campaign that launched her political career has some debate advice for Donald Trump.

Stay at his lectern.

Rick Lazio should know. The former Republican congressman didn't — and paid the price for a performance that has become a textbook example of what not to do when your opponent is a woman.

Lazio, today a partner with the Jones Walker law firm, ran against Clinton in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. At their first debate in Buffalo, New York, he crossed the stage to Clinton's lectern, pointing his finger as he urged her to sign a pledge about limiting the funding of their race. He was seen as hectoring, his campaign faltered and she went on to win.

Lazio's misstep is being recalled as Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their debate on Monday, pitting the first woman to run as a major party presidential candidate versus the former reality TV star who has made browbeating opponents a key to his success. "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "Low-energy Jeb" have given way to "Crooked Hillary," but will he fling insults at her when they meet at New York's Hofstra University? Will Clinton goad him to try to show he is not suited for the presidency?

Trump said that he would curb his disparaging tone at the debate, to be moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt. The 90-minute debate will be televised by NBC and streamed on this site at 9 p.m. ET Monday. 

"I'm going to be very respectful of her," he told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I think she deserves that and I'm going to be nice. And if she's respectful of me, that'll be nice."

That hasn't stopped him from mocking her on Twitter.

"Hillary is taking the day off again, she needs the rest," he tweeted Tuesday about her bout with pneumonia. "Sleep well Hillary — see you at the debate!"

For Clinton's part, she zeroed in on Trump's derisive comments when she spoke on Steve Harvey's radio show.

"I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we have seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said. "I can take it, Steve. I can take that kind of stuff. I have been at this, and I understand it is a contact sport."

Lazio, who said that neither Trump nor Clinton had earned his support, has several suggestions for Trump: Present a positive vision, be aware of non-verbal communication and don't go for the knock-out punch, but rather, amplify Clinton's negatives. Demonstrate enough knowledge of policy details to establish his credibility as president without trying to duel with someone who has been in and around Washington for nearly 25 years. And with nearly two-thirds of the public feeling that the country is on the wrong track, distinguish himself as the change agent and Clinton as more of the failed and uninspiring status quo.

"Have your team prepared and on high alert afterward to drive your debate message," he wrote. “There are two debates — as I well discovered — the actual event and what gets covered by the media and watched by the public afterward.

"And finally....stay at the podium!"



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<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:45:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg

Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

Known as the Hyde Amendment, the 40-year-old law restricting federal funding for abortions has shown to be effective in curbing the number of abortions performed, both sides agreed. For anti-abortion Republicans, the policy’s functionality proves its success. But for abortion rights supporters, it’s a sign that women are simply being denied health care, NBC News reported.

Rep. Trent Franks said the fact that abortion hasn’t become a major issue in this general election campaign is disappointing.

“The American people deserve to know where the candidates stand, in the most important election this century and in the last century,” he said. Franks presided over the House judiciary subcommittee hearing Friday morning.



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<![CDATA[Trump Calls For End to Violence ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:31:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/US-PA-Trump-3-CR-147464484892100001.jpg Delivering his law-and-order message at a rally in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, saying that "The main victims of these violent demonstrations are law abiding African-Americans who live in these communities and only want to raise their children in safety and peace and with a good education." He also criticized Hillary Clinton, saying that "The job of a leader is to stand in someone else's shoes and see things from their perspective. You have to be able to do that."]]> <![CDATA[Trump Campaign Volunteer Quits After Racially Charged Speech]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:50:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg

A Trump campaign chair in Ohio resigned Thursday after she made several racially insensitive comments in an on-camera interview, including a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time,” NBC News reports. 

Kathy Miller, a volunteer chair, made a variety of comments to The Guardian newspaper, which published the interview Thursday. Miller told the publication, “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.”

The video was posted Thursday morning, after the second night of protests in Charlotte, N.C., that were organized in response to the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police.

The Trump campaign in Ohio released a statement Thursday confirming that they’d accepted Miller’s resignation and calling her comments “inappropriate.”



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<![CDATA[Trump Says Stop-and-Frisk Comment Meant for Chicago]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:08:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

After calling for the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" police practice to combat crime on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified his comments to say he really only meant in Chicago.

"Look, we had tremendous shootings, numbers of shootings. Now, Chicago is out of control and I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk," the Republican presidential nominee said in a phone interview with Fox & Friends Thursday morning. "They asked me about Chicago and I was talking about stop-and-frisk for Chicago," he added.

Trump intended to clarify comments made in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that was broadcast Wednesday evening. In that interview, an audience member asked the nominee about addressing "violence in the black community," to which he proposed expanding the policy in which officers may stop and question individuals, possibly searching those they find suspicious. Critics of the practice say it can lead to racial profiling.

"I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well," he said. "You understand, you have to have, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do."

"I think Chicago needs stop-and-frisk," Trump said Thursday. "Now, people can criticize me for that or people can say whatever they want. But they asked me about Chicago and I think stop-and-frisk with good strong, you know, good strong law and order. But you have to do something. It can’t continue the way it’s going," he added.

The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

This is not the first time the nominee has mentioned Chicago's violence, drawing harsh criticism for tweeting in August that the murder of Dwyane Wade's cousin is an example of why black voters will support him. 

Just days earlier he also said that he met with a "top" Chicago officer who believed the city's violence could be stopped within a week using "tough police tactics," a claim that the Chicago Police Department refuted

"No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign," a CPD spokesperson said in a statement.



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<![CDATA[Poll: Clinton Leads Trump Ahead of First Debate]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:12:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-serious.jpg

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 6 points among likely voters heading into the first presidential debate on Monday, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey, conducted after Clinton's return to the campaign trail following her bout with pneumonia, shows a bigger advantage for the secretary of state than did polls taken during the heightened scrutiny of her health.

"Despite arguably the worst few weeks of her candidacy, the fundamentals still point toward a Hillary Clinton victory," says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

In a four-way horse race, Clinton gets support from 43 percent of likely voters and Trump gets 37 percent, while Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is at 9 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein is at 3 percent.



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<![CDATA[Watch: Donald Trump, Mike Pence Campaign in Ohio]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

Donald Trump and Mike Pence hold a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.

Check here for a live stream.



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<![CDATA[Watch: Clinton Campaigns in Florida]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16262057948804-Clinton-at-CBC.jpg

Hillary Clinton is holding a campaign event at the Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Center in Orlando, Florida.

Check here for a live stream. 



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<![CDATA[7 in 10 Have Concerns About Trump's Comments: Poll]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:49:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg

In a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 69 percent of registered voters said they are concerned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments and language in regard to women, immigrants and Muslims, NBC News reported.

More than half of that group said they have "major" concerns about those issues, according to NBC News.

By comparison, nearly as many — 64 percent of registered voters — said they have concerns about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Thirty-three percent of those polled said that Trump's temperament concerns them the most about him; 36 percent said that the issue about Clinton that concerns them the most is her judgment when it comes to dealing with Syria, Iraq and Libya.



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<![CDATA[Trump: Afghanistan Safer Than Some US Inner Cities]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:19:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

Donald Trump promised to "rebuild our inner cities" at a rally on Tuesday, telling a North Carolina crowd that “places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities.”

Violent crime in American cities is expected to rise by 5.5 percent in 2016, according to New York University's Brennan Center. According to the United Nations, 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year. Trump did not back up his comparison with statistics. 

In an effort to win African American communities, Trump has recently pitched himself as the candidate to vote for those who have nothing to lose, NBC News reported.

Despite exaggerating disparities in black communities  -- lack of quality education, safety concerns, absence of jobs -- Trump has made minor gains. An ABC/Washington Post poll average from August to September showed Trump polling at five percent with African Americans, compared to previous zero or one percent.



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<![CDATA[Clinton, Trump Report Largest Fundraising Month Yet]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-trump-clinton-split-.jpg

August was a good month for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom reported their best fundraising yet, NBC News reported.

Clinton brought in $59.5 million and Trump $41 million, according to new Federal Election Commission filings released Tuesday.

While Clinton raised more than her Republican rival, she also spent more than him. Clinton spent $49.6 million in August, compared to Trump's $29.9 million.

The fundraising totals are less than what the campaigns had announced earlier this month — those sums included money raised for their joint fundraising committees to help their parties and down-ballot candidates. Those fundraising numbers won't be released until October.



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<![CDATA[Trump Hits Back at Clinton's Islamic State Claim]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:12:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump17AP_16261672280352.jpg

Donald Trump is again pushing back on rival Hillary Clinton's assertion that his rhetoric serves as a recruiting tool for Islamic State militants. 

Trump told a rally crowd Tuesday: "I'm being tough. How is that a recruiting tool?" 

He was speaking at High Point University in North Carolina.

The Republican presidential nominee said it's Clinton whose policies as secretary of state allowed the militant group to rise. 

He says that ISIS "happened on Hillary Clinton's watch," and added: "the rise of ISIS is Hillary Clinton's foreign policy legacy." ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State group.

At a rally later Tuesday, in Kenansville, North Carolina, Trump predictfed Clinton will copy his language and policy on national security at next week's debate.

He said Clinton "is all of a sudden going to get tough."

The Republican nominee said Tuesday that his Democratic rival will call for "strong borders" and "extreme vetting," the term he uses for screening prospective immigrants.

Clinton has called for an increase in the number of refugees the Obama administration currently allows to seek asylum in the United States from war-torn countries like Syria. She supports a strong vetting program.

Trump wants to stop the refugee program. He called it "a Trojan horse" for terrorists.



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<![CDATA[Trump Used His Foundation for Legal Settlements: Report]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:34:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_573206681703.jpg

The Washington Post says Donald Trump used $258,000 from his charitable foundation for legal settlements involving his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida and a New York golf course.

The Post reports that in 2007, Trump used his foundation's money when his Palm Beach, Florida, club was fined $120,000 by the town for having a flagpole that was almost twice the height allowed under local rules.

As part of a settlement, Trump donated $125,000 to veterans' charities from the Trump Foundation. The foundation's money comes mainly from other donors, not Trump himself.

The Post reports that in 2010, a golfer sued when he was denied a $1 million prize for a hole-in-one in a charity tournament at Trump's course outside New York City. A $158,000 settlement also came from Trump's foundation.

The Post reported that the Trump campaign did not respond to a detailed list of questions. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC.

In a statement, the Clinton foundation cited the report as evidence Trump is "a fraud": "Trump's version of charity is taking money from others to settle his own legal issues and buy at least two pictures of himself, which experts say is a clear violation of laws governing charitable organizations."



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<![CDATA[Gary Johnson Makes Another Blunder on Live TV]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:04:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16148621475077.jpg

Gary Johnson, the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, is facing backlash again, after saying "nobody got hurt" in recent attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, according to NBC News.

When CNN's "Reliable Sources'" Brian Stelter asked Johnson about his thoughts on the recent explosions and stabbings, Johnson responded, "Well, first of all, just grateful nobody got hurt."

Twenty-nine people were injured in the bombing in Manhattan, while nine people were stabbed in the Minnesota attack.

Although Johnson said he misspoke and clarified that he meant no casualties rather than no injuries, he received major backlash for the statements.

The mistake comes after Johnson was ridiculed for not knowing "what" Aleppo is.



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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Trump Surrogates Spin ‘Birther’ Narrative]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:44:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie falsely claimed that Donald Trump did not question President Barack Obama’s birthplace “on a regular basis” after the president produced his long-form birth certificate in April 2011.

In fact, Trump continued for years to traffic in baseless rumors that Obama was not born in the U.S.

Trump tweeted in 2012 that an “extremely credible source” told him the president’s birth certificate “is a fraud,” and suggested in 2014 that Obama’s college records would show his real “place of birth.” He even cast conspiratorial doubts on the sudden death of the Hawaii health director in 2013, two years after she approved the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate.

Trump’s history of questioning Obama’s birth certificate dates to at least 2011, when the businessman was contemplating a run for president.

Obama in 2008 produced his official “Certification of Live Birth” — which FactCheck.org staffers touched, examined and photographed, as we wrote in our “Born in the U.S.A.” article. In 2011, Trump insisted — falsely — that Obama’s “Certification of Live Birth” was “not a birth certificate,” when in fact it satisfies the legal requirements for proving citizenship and obtaining a passport. We covered that and other false claims Trump was making at the time in our story “Donald, You’re Fired!

After Trump revived the so-called birther movement in 2011, Obama received an exemption from the Hawaii Department of Health to release his long-form birth certificate. Obama produced the form on April 27, 2011, as reported in our story “Indeed, Born in the U.S.A.

Christie insisted on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump in 2011 accepted that Obama was born in Hawaii, when in fact Trump for years continued to question the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate.

CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sept. 18: I want to ask you about this birther thing, because you, as governor, as a politician, you have stood up to some of the darker impulses in American politics. You have been clear for a long time that Barack Obama was born in the United States. Donald Trump, by contrast, he clung to the birther lie for years. He still isn’t apologetic about it. Do you understand why so many people, including African Americans, are upset with him over the issue?

Christie: Oh, listen, I made my position on it really clear a long time ago. And Donald has now made his position on it clear, which is that, after the president presented his birth certificate, Donald has said he was born in the United States, and that’s the end of the issue.

It was a contentious issue and, by the way, an issue that Patti Solis Doyle of the Clinton campaign in 2008 has recently admitted was an issue that Mrs. Clinton also injected into her campaign in 2008 in a very quiet, but direct way, against then Senator Obama.

And so, you know, the birther issue is a done issue. I have said it’s a done issue for a long time. And Donald Trump has said it’s a done issue now. And so we need to move on to the issues that are really important to the American people.

And, Jake, I got to tell you the truth. If you think that anyone is going to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or against either one of them based upon this issue, then I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the concerns of the American people. Let’s move on to the real issues.

Tapper: Well, just as a point of fact, again, Donald Trump did not accept when Barack Obama released his birth certificate in 2011. He kept up this whole birther thing until Friday. That’s five years. But we only have a little time left. So, I want to ask you …

Christie: No, but, Jake, that’s just not true. It’s not true that he kept it up for five years.

Tapper: Sure, he did.

Christie: It’s simply not true.

Tapper: It is true.

Christie: It wasn’t like he was talking — no, Jake, it wasn’t like — it wasn’t like he was talking about it on a regular basis until then.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made a similar claim on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Priebus said that Trump at his Sept. 16 campaign event “came out and said, listen, I was involved in trying to figure this out as well, and I have determined that the president was born in Hawaii, just like I have said for years.”

Christie and Priebus are both wrong. Trump perpetuated the false narrative for years after Obama presented his long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011.

ABC News tallied up 67 instances in which Trump tweeted or retweeted comments that questioned the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate. In some cases, Trump also promoted discredited conspiracies advanced by some of the most ardent believers in the “birther” falsehood.

On Aug. 6, 2012, Trump tweeted that an “extremely credible source” told him the president’s birth certificate “is a fraud.”

On Dec. 12, 2013, Trump tweeted about the death of Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaii health director who approved the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate in 2011. Trump used quotes around “birth certificate” and implied that Fuddy’s death was part of the birther conspiracy.

The autopsy revealed that the 65-year-old woman died of an irregular heartbeat from the stress of the crash, as the Associated Press reported.

On Sept. 6, 2014, Trump was on Twitter again, urging hackers to “hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check ‘place of birth.’”

In this tweet, Trump advanced a long-discredited claim that Obama applied for and received a college scholarship for foreign students. It was, in fact, an April Fools’ Day hoax.

As we wrote more than seven years ago, a viral email circulated a fake Associated Press story dated April 1, 2009, that said Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College showed he applied for and obtained a Fulbright scholarship for foreign students. The email called it the “smoking gun.” But the AP at the time gave us a statement calling the story a fake. The story also claimed that the United States Justice Foundation investigated Obama’s campaign spending and found evidence the campaign misused funds to “block disclosure of any of [Obama’s] personal records.” But the executive director of that group told us in an email, “It’s all a hoax.”

During the presidential campaign, Trump refused to answer questions about Obama’s birthplace — until Sept. 16. A year ago, for example, comedian Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” asked Trump: “I’m going to throw you a big, fat meatball. This is the last time you ever have to address this question if you hit the ball. Barack Obama, born in the United States?” Trump replied, “I don’t talk about it anymore.”

More recently, Trump refused to answer the question in an interview with the Washington Post on Sept. 15, a day before he finally acknowledged that Obama was born in the U.S.

It’s simply preposterous for Priebus to claim that Trump has been saying “for years” that Obama was born in the U.S., and for Christie to claim it is “not true” that Trump kept the conspiracy theory alive for years after the president produced his long-form birth certificate.

Christie is also off base when he says that Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, “has recently admitted [it] was an issue that Mrs. Clinton also injected into her campaign in 2008 in a very quiet, but direct way, against then Senator Obama.” That’s not what she said.

In a Sept. 16 interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Solis Doyle said that a “rogue volunteer coordinator” in Iowa was fired when the campaign found out that the aide forwarded an email promoting the birthplace conspiracy. Solis Doyle called the incident “beyond the pale,” saying she called Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and apologized for it. “This was not the kind of campaign we wanted to run,” she said she told Plouffe.



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<![CDATA[Polls Show Clinton Losing Some Millennial Voters]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 03:59:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-605904136.jpg

New polls released this week suggest Hillary Clinton may have a growing problem with millennial voters.

Both national polls and surveys in swing states show Clinton has seen a slide with voters younger than 35, particularly when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are factored in.

In 2012, millennials gave President Barack Obama his biggest numbers by far. He captured 60 percent of the under-30 vote in the national electorate, compared to just 37 percent that went for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Obama did even better with that age group in Michigan and Ohio, with 63 percent of the under-30 vote.



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<![CDATA[Warren: Trump Is a 'Nasty Little Bully']]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:51:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump-Warren.jpg

In Ohio this weekend, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren fired up Democratic base voters by taking the opportunity to dig into Donald Trump. 

Warren targeted the Republican presidential candidate for "inviting his followers to commit a terrible act of violence on his opponent," charging only "a little bully who can't win in a fair fight" would do such a thing.

Warren added that "Trump has led the charge on the "birther" movement, and only when his handlers tied him down and made him did he finally admit that it wasn't true."

"What kind of a man does that?" she said.



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<![CDATA[Ralph Nader Defends So-Called 'Spoiler' Candidates]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:40:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016121592_1200x675_766856771572.jpg

Ralph Nader says he has no plans to run for president again, but the man who some blame for Al Gore's loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 election insists that third-party candidates are still not "spoilers."

The political activist and former candidate dismissed the idea that there are no choices in what is shaping up to be a tight race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Nader pointed to the Green and Libertarian parties as viable options for the presidency, and even advocated people writing in a protest vote, or "your own name in if you have to."

Activists among Democrats and Republicans are fighting against write-in votes, hoping to win as many as possible from outside their parties. But Nader, who recently wrote a book called "Breaking Through Power" for people discouraged by the electoral and political systems, denied that writing in names would count as spoiling the election. 

“The system is spoiled,” Nader told NBC Washington’s Barbara Harrison, “and anybody who wants to run to clean it up should never be called a spoiler.”

The charge is a familiar one to Nader, who some claim would have given Gore a victory in the critical toss-up state of Florida in 2000 if he'd told his supporters to vote for the Democrat. Gore lost the state by a slim margin, though Nader's defenders note there are many factors for Gore's loss, including losing his home state of Tennessee.

Nader told NBC Washington that in this election, both the leading candidates are highly flawed, agreeing with a statement former Secretary of State Colin Powell made in leaked emails that Clinton has “a lot of hubris” that gets her into trouble.

“She’s not transformational, as he said,” Nader added.

But Nader called the prospect of a Trump presidency dangerous because of a tendency to lash out when his "ego's been ruffled." 

“If you take his personal lack of impulse control, everything is his ego,” Nader said. “You have a foreign leader that criticized him, he’ll go nuts.”

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<![CDATA[Analysis: Trump's History of Theories and Rumors]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:57:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16259605159319.jpg

Donald Trump's abrupt acknowledgment of President Barack Obama's U.S. birthplace has brought his lengthy history with conspiracy theories, rumors and innuendo back into the spotlight, NBC News reported.

Whether Trump publicly renounces birtherism — and his trolling event on Friday was far from definitive — is largely beside the point. That's because the broader issue isn't just the question of how he feels about Obama's birthplace, it's the way inflammatory and false claims have defined his political career.

Trump has changed his position on a lot of things over the years. But if there's one consistent thread, it has been his seeming obsession with conspiracy theories that touch on race, religion or ethnicity.



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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Style Guide]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:48:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MOB_thumb.jpg The first lady proves she's first in fashion.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Impersonator Cashing in on Politics]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:36:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/who+is+who.jpg

Just like her admittedly more famous doppelganger, Teresa Barnwell returned to the campaign trail Thursday. 

But the Hillary Clinton lookalike didn't address foreign policy, immigration reform, education or healthcare. Instead, she performed comedy skits as her favorite politician — something she's done all around the world. 

"I'm pooped and tired, just like Hillary," Barnwell said. 

The 61-year-old took a few days off after a demanding performance schedule. Although her exhaustion is not tied to pneumonia like Clinton's was, Barnwell played a role in conspiracy theories this week.

On Sunday, after video surfaced of Clinton being helped into a van at the 9/11 memorial in New York City, some asked if Barnwell had been immediately hired by the campaign to be the Democratic presidential candidate's body double.

Barnwell briefly fueled the speculation on Twitter. When asked if she was in the Big Apple, she replied, "Maybe I was."

However, Barnwell quickly clarified that it was a joke. She’s been resting in Los Angeles since last weekend.

Having fun with Clinton’s persona is something Barnwell has been doing since 1993, just before she and her husband moved to the Bay Area where she worked as an advertising executive for the Contra Costa Times. The couple lived in Livermore and then moved to Tracy, and now reside in Southern California.

Her idea to professionally impersonate Clinton started after friends exclaimed, "Hey! You look like the First Lady!"

The two met in Los Angeles in 1996 during a book signing event for Clinton's “It Takes A Village.” 

"Has anyone told you that you look like me?" Barnwell asked Clinton.

Clinton chuckled.

Then a woman behind Barnwell told Clinton, “I think that’s your evil twin.”

Clinton laughed again, Barnwell recalled.

Barnwell doesn't only resemble Clinton, though. She genuinely admires the former Secretary of State.

“I’m with her this November, I was with her in 2008, and been with her since she entered the White House as First Lady,” Barnwell said.

The one-sided love affair has turned into ongoing paychecks for Barnwell. With gigs paying hundreds of dollars an hour, she’s impersonated Clinton in numerous movies and television shows, including NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

Now Barnwell can’t go anywhere without being stopped out and asked, “Are you Hillary Clinton?”

Lately, Barnwell has taken to explaining Clintons' gaffes.

Clinton came under fire last week for saying that "half of Trump's supporters" are a "basket of deplorables."

In response, Barnwell told audiences: “Hillary has been trying to learn Spanish from her running mate Tim Kaine and she was talking about flowers, so she actually meant basket of de-florables.”

For her part, Barnwell doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime time soon. Whether Clinton wins or loses in November, her impersonator is staying in the spotlight.



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<![CDATA[Analysis: Trump's Promise of 25M New Jobs Doesn't Add Up]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:09:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16259605159319.jpg

Donald Trump promised Thursday to grow the American economy fast enough to create 25 million new jobs in a decade.

It's a claim bound to win support among American workers, but there's one problem with it, CNBC reported: Without a wave of new immigrants entering the American workforce, Trump will have a hard time finding enough workers to fill those jobs.

The Trump campaign promises on its website to double the average pace of U.S. gross domestic product growth this century to 3.5 percent a year. At a speech in New York Thursday, he suggested the country could achieve 4 percent growth.

But aging baby boomers are leaving the labor force en masse, reducing the number of workers available to fill new jobs. Chad Stone, chief economist at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said demographic trends from the post-World War II era will be impossible to repeat, "especially in the absence of immigration."



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<![CDATA[Trump Jr. Jokes About 'Gas Chamber' in Interview ]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:27:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577716054.jpg

Donald Trump Jr. made a reference to "a gas chamber" during a radio interview on Wednesday while accusing the media of being a surrogate for Hillary Clinton.

"The media has been her number one surrogate in this," he said. "Without the media, this wouldn't even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They've let her slide on every in-discrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing.

"If Republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now," he continued.

Trump Jr. made his comment during a radio interview with Philadelphia-based talk radio host Chris Stigall on 1210 WPHT.

Leaked emails showed that members of the Democratic National Committee played favorites during the primaries and tried to undermine U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.

Trump Jr. said that the American Left was trying to ensure that moderators were unfair to his father during the upcoming presidential debates.

Hillary Clinton's campaign released a response to the remark, calling it an example of the Trump campaign being "insensitive, divisive and reckless."

"Offensive references to the Holocaust are never acceptable, especially from a Presidential campaign," said Sarah Bard, Hillary for America's director of Jewish Outreach.

The Anti-Defamation League, which works to counter anti-Semitism around the world, tweeted that trivilization of the Holocaust and gas chambers "is NEVER okay" and called on Trump Jr. to retract his comment. 

The Trump campaign issued a statement in light of the media coverage on Wednesday afternoon, saying Trump Jr. "was clearly referring to capital punishment to make the case that the media continues to take words out of context."



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<![CDATA[Trump Outlines Vision for Economy]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:34:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16259605159319.jpg

Donald Trump outlined his vision for managing the nation's economy as president on Thursday, promising that his plans to lower taxes by $4.4 trillion over a decade and cut regulations would lead to booming growth, create millions of jobs and even cut into the nation's budget deficit.

"My plan will embrace the truth that people flourish under a minimum government burden and will tap into the incredible, unrealized potential of our workers and their dreams," Trump said in a speech to the Economic Club of New York.

The Republican nominee said his plans would raise the nation's economic growth rate to at least 3.5 percent, well above its current rate of about 2 percent, and create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.

For Trump's plans to succeed, they would have to overcome forces in the economy, such as rising automation, an aging population and low-wage competition overseas, that have led even conservative economists to say a 3.5 percent growth rate is an improbable goal.

The U.S. economy is already creating 2.5 million jobs a year, the same pace promised by Trump over the next decade.

The heart of Trump's plan is a revised tax code, which includes a pledge that no business should pay more than 15 percent of its income in taxes, down from the current 35 percent corporate tax rate. Few businesses now pay the full 35 percent rate, taking advantage instead of many deductions in the existing tax code.

 

He also proposed simplifying the U.S. tax code for individuals, reducing the current seven tax brackets to three: 12 percent, 25 percent and 33 percent of income after deductions.

Trump called for the elimination of what's known as the carried interest loophole, which is used by hedge funds and other investment funds to reduce their tax burden.

As president, Trump said he would cut the number of regulations imposed by the federal government, including some that are designed to combat climate change and protect the food Americans eat. The celebrity businessman said that "excessive regulation" costs Americans nearly $2 trillion a year.

Among those he plans to target: Environmental Protection Agency regulations for coal-fired power plants and standards for ground level ozone. His campaign also said he would target the Food and Drug Administration's "food police," and rules that govern "food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures."

Trump said he will lift restrictions on energy production, including offshore drilling, scrap trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and implement a child care plan, including six weeks of paid maternity leave, he outlined earlier this week.

While Trump said the economic growth and some limited spending cuts would fully pay for the cost of his tax cuts, and may even allow for a reduction in the nation's federal budget deficit, critics have said his economic proposals would add as much as $10 trillion to the nation's debt over the course of a decade.

The campaign disputes those estimates. To help offset the cost of the tax cuts, he said Thursday his administration would reduce non-defense, non-safety net spending by one percent of each previous year's total. Trump said that would reduce spending by $1 trillion over a decade.

He vowed to not cut defense spending and to exempt Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from any reductions. Yet if benefits to veterans are included as part of defense spending, the programs Trump places off limits for cuts make up nearly 70 percent of the federal budget, and it wasn't immediately clear how he would reach his spending cut goal with such programs off the table.

Such an approach also would conflict with House Speaker Paul Ryan plans for the federal budget, widely embraced by Republicans, that call for reining in the costs of programs such as Medicare and Social Security.



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<![CDATA[Breaking 100-Year Tradition, NH Paper Doesn't Endorse GOP Candidate]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 03:44:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16148621475077.jpg

New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, is breaking with a 100-year tradition of backing the Republican presidential nominee. 

The Granite State paper has endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. 

In an editorial published online Wednesday, publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote that rather than picking between the "lesser of two evils," the Union Leader has chosen to endorse Johnson and Weld. 

"In today’s dark times, they are a bright light of hope and reason," McQuaid wrote.

Of Trump, who is headed to New Hampshire Thursday, the paper denounced his candidacy, calling the businessman a "liar, a bully, a buffoon. He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him."

Though his most blistering attacks were reserved Trump, McQuaid hardly spared Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her "a selfish, self-centered, sanctimonious prig."

The Union Leader is the latest conservative-leaning newspaper to break from tradition and refuse to endorse the Republican nominee. 

The Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle have both announced their endorsement of the democratic ticket, backing Clinton and Kaine, while North Carolina's Winston-Salem Journal and Virginia's Richmond Times-Dispatch have recommended Johnson.



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