US politics

Could the 2016 presidential election, once again come down to Florida? To judge by the two candidates’ travel schedules – it certainly might. Over the past week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both been campaigning hard in the Sunshine State.

I went to see Trump speak at Orlando-Sanford airport on Tuesday afternoon. Several concerned friends told me to take care at the Trump rally – assuming it would be full of angry, violent racists. As it happens, I did not find the atmosphere particularly threatening. This was partly because the audience was extremely geriatric (see photos). Read more

With only fourteen days until Election Day, it’s only fitting that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent the day shadowing each other in Florida, a state that has decided many a presidential election – perhaps even this one. Read more

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Put simply (but with a massive hedge): probably not. Read more

Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump was so concerned about her health that he sent a car to take her to a dinner they both attended last night. “Actually it was a hearse,” she joked. Trump said that Clinton had accidentally bumped into him and said: “Pardon me.” He politely replied: “Let me talk to you about that after I get into office.” Read more

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So there’s good news for Republicans running for reelection and, well, democracy : Donald Trump said today that he will “totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election”.

But there’s some bad news, too. He ended that statement with a caveat: “if I win”Read more

If there is a chance for Donald Trump to turn this race round, tonight is the night.

He will meet Hillary Clinton for the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas in the midst of perhaps the worst October for any presidential candidate in modern history. Read more

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Hillary Clinton may be abiding by the (potentially apocryphal) wisdom of Napoleon: “Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.”

The Donald Trump campaign is reeling from allegations that the Republican candidate sexually assaulted women – including today’s news that six witnesses are corroborating a People magazine writer’s story, one of many that Trump has denied. A slew of recent polls has shown Clinton extending her lead over the former reality TV star, who has attacked his accusers, including suggesting that some were too unattractive for him to grope. Yesterday he said he could see himself meeting Vladimir Putin before the start of his administration. He also suggested his party’s highest-elected official, Paul Ryan, might not want Trump to win “because maybe he wants to run in four years“.

As a result, Clinton may just have a chance of winning Texas (Texas?!). Read more

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This time next year could die-hard Donald Trump supporters be tuning into Trump TV?

Trump’s inner circle is exploring the possibility according to a big scoop by my colleagues Matt Garrahan and James Fontanella-Khan, who report that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has informally approached a top media industry banker about the prospect of setting up Trump TV after the presidential election in November.

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At the end of a disastrous week, Donald Trump is doubling down on the put-downs.

The polls are showing the damage wrought by the video of him talking in lewd terms about groping women, followed by accusations from multiple women who said he had assaulted them. With those tumbling numbers in the background, the billionaire’s response on Friday was to ramp up attacks on his accusers. Read more

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Donald Trump denied a flood of fresh allegations that he groped or sexually assaulted women just days after the release of a video in which he brags about groping women.

The Republican nominee’s campaign is reeling from the publication of accusations from several women who claimed the former reality TV star forcibly kissed them, groped them or reached up their skirts. Here is a rundown of the latest accusationsRead more

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Pundits have been talking about it for years, but this time they may finally get it right: 2016 may actually end up being the year of the woman.

The simple reason is that Hillary Clinton appears increasingly likely to be elected the first female president. She currently leads Donald Trump by as much as 6.5 per cent in polling averages, and as Harry Enten points out at fivethirtyeight, a comeback from such a deficit at this point in the race would be unprecedented.

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There are exactly four weeks until election day, and with his poll numbers plummeting in the wake of a video that showed him bragging about sexually assaulting women, Donald Trump has found his true enemy: Republicans. Read more

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Donald Trump may have staunched the bleeding of his campaign, which has been reeling from leaked video released on Friday that showed the Republican candidate bragging about sexually assaulting women, with a more assured performance in what many observers noted was perhaps the nastiest, ugliest and darkest presidential debate in modern history. Read more

By Gideon Rachman

How did it come to this? The presidential election debates should represent US democracy at its finest. Instead, the second Clinton-Trump debate centred around sordid allegations of sexual assault, threats, lies and mutual contempt.

Two pieces of espionage dominated the campaign on Friday – and both are likely to provide fodder for Sunday’s second debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

One’s about Russia and the other is about Trump talking, well, dirty. To deal with the not-suitable-for-work one first, the Washington Post has unearthed audio and video that shows Trump bragging “in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women”. Read more

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spent Thursday preparing for the second presidential debate, now just 72 hours away.

Clinton, who attended a Manhattan fundraiser but had no public appearances scheduled, hunkered down with aides to rehearse policy positions and no doubt practice a few one-liners. Trump, whose improbable presidential bid faces a make-or-break moment on Sunday night, scheduled his own town hall-style event for Thursday evening. Read more

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Mike Pence tried out a novel strategy in last night’s vice presidential debate against Democrat Tim Kaine: pretend that the Donald Trump who has been campaigning for president for over a year and lived a very public life for at least 40 years does not exist.

Throughout the debate, Kaine listed Trump’s derogatory remarks about women, Mexicans, Muslims, President Barack Obama, the family of a slain US soldier and black people, along with his praise for Vladimir Putin, nuclear proliferation and mass deportations. Against Kaine’s onslaught, Pence offered up a folksy chuckle, an incredulous shake of his head and, occasionally, an outright denial that what Kaine said Trump had said was true – despite ample video evidence that it was. Read more

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2016 vice presidential debate!

In this corner, weighing in at the exact average height and weight for a man of his age and dressed like the villain in a 1970s blaxploitation flick, Republican Mike Pence of Indiana. And in this corner, wearing dad jeans and telling you and your friends its okay to drink beers in his garage because he’s “cool”, Tim Kaine, Democratic senator from Virginia. Read more

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After successfully baiting Donald Trump into a self-destructive spiral that culminated this weekend with the Republican candidate imitating Hillary Clinton’s near-collapse from pneumonia and speculating that she may have been unfaithful to her husband (more on that below), the Clinton campaign is seeing if they can’t extend the streak.

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It’s 3:20 am. Do you know where your Republican candidate is?

While the rest of the US was sleeping on Friday morning, a clearly restless Donald Trump was making waves on Twitter, taking to the social media platform to lash out at Alicia Machado, the former winner of Mr Trump’s beauty pageant and a Hillary Clinton surrogate, and complaining about the news media amid reports that even people within his campaign are acknowledging he had a bad debate. Read more