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Behind the scenes at the Presidential debate

  • 11:28 am Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Hempstead, New York –

The campus of Hofstra University is quiet today when it comes to regular college classes, but in terms of politics, it is bubbling and buzzing away as the center of the U.S. Election Universe, as this school prepares to host the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

As I made my way to the campus this morning, there was the usual amount of security and different hoops to jump through – when I picked up my press credential, they sternly warned me and other reporters not to take any pictures and send it out [More]

Trump, Clinton to face off in first debate

  • 11:28 pm Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Hempstead, New York –

In what may well turn out to be one of the most-watched events in American political history, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will gather here at Hofstra University for the first of three face-to-face debate showdowns over the next four weeks, with the race tightening in many state and national polls.

Both sides did their best in recent days to set expectations, raise questions about the other candidate, and supposedly leak out tidbits about what their candidate is – or is not doing to get ready for these debates.

“I don’t envy team Clinton right now,” said [More]

Cruz reverses course, will vote for Trump

  • 3:57 pm Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Two months after being booed by GOP delegates when he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday gave his backing to the GOP nominee.

“I’ve made this decision for two reasons,” Cruz wrote in a post on Facebook. “First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.”

In his statement, Cruz acknowledged that he has had “areas of significant disagreement” with Trump, but the Texas Senator said, “by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable.”

It was a different Cruz at the GOP convention [More]

Clinton targets Trump over remarks on women

  • 8:43 am Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Making a direct play for the votes of women in November, Hillary Clinton’s campaign issued a new ad on Friday that goes back to something that’s been tried before by the critics of Donald Trump, an ad that uses Trump’s own words against him.

“I’d look at her, right in that fat ugly face of hers,” the video shows Trump saying, as the campaign ad switches among young girls, looking at themselves in the mirror.

“A person who is flat chested, is very hard to be a ten,” Trump is heard saying in a radio interview that has been talked about before.

Other [More]

Trump seizes on Charlotte violence

  • 8:24 pm Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Vowing to be a voice for all Americans, Donald Trump on Thursday zeroed in again on the issue of law and order, arguing not enough is being done to safeguard inner city neighborhoods, as he once again appealed to Hispanic and Black voters to support his campaign for President.

“The rioting in our streets is a threat to all peaceful citizens, and it must be ended and ended now,” Trump said to cheers in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, just southwest of Philadelphia.

“To all citizens in all of our inner cities, and all across the country, I say these words to you tonight [More]

Trump on Charlotte: “our country looks bad”

  • 12:33 pm Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

In a speech in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump said the unrest following the shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina sends a troubling message about the United States, as he urged authorities to bring violence in the streets to a “very rapid end.”

“Our country looks bad to the world, especially when we are supposed to be the world’s leader,” the Republican nominee said.

“How can we lead if we can’t control our own cities?” Trump asked in a speech to an energy group in Pittsburgh.

“We need a national anti-crime agenda to make our cities safe again,” as Trump said the [More]

House panel votes Clinton IT aide in contempt

  • 11:02 am Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Frustrated by the lack of cooperation and limited answers from those who worked to set up and maintain a private email server for Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State, Republicans on a House panel voted to find Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano in Contempt of Congress, as for the second time in a week, the former IT worker refused to honor a subpoena for his testimony at a House hearing.

The contempt vote on the House Oversight Committee was straight along party lines.

“Subpoenas are not optional,” grumbled Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), as he moved ahead with a contempt [More]

Trump calls for national “stop-and-frisk”

  • 8:40 pm Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

In a bid to cut down on crime in America’s inner cities, Donald Trump on Wednesday embraced the idea of allowing police to more aggressively “stop-and-frisk” people on the streets, even though those tactics were ruled unconstitutional several years ago in his home town of New York, as a federal judge said it amounted to racial profiling.

“I would use ‘stop-and-frisk,’” Trump said in a Fox News town hall in Ohio. “I think you have to.”

While Trump said stop-and-frisk in New York “worked incredibly well,” that call an drew immediate and furious push back from the Mayor of New York, [More]

Clinton ignores Trump in Florida stop

  • 3:55 pm Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

There was something pretty obvious missing from Hillary Clinton’s campaign stump speech in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, as Clinton left out the usual attacks on Donald Trump, instead talking more about her own life experiences and her own ideas, as she vowed to press ahead with plans to spur broad-based economic growth for all Americans.

“We all have to look out for each other and lift each other up,” Clinton said to applause.

When Clinton reminded the crowd that there were less than seven weeks until Election Day, it wasn’t done with a dire warning about what a Trump victory would mean [More]

Trump questions Tulsa police shooting

  • 1:05 pm Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

During a campaign stop at a black church outside Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned the actions of police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, saying an unarmed black man who was shot dead in the middle of a street “looked like he did everything he was supposed to do.”

“This young officer, I don’t know what she was thinking,” Trump said, referring to the female police officer who killed Terence Crutcher earlier this week.

“I don’t know what she was thinking,” Trump added.

Asked for his views of the incident by the Pastor of the New Spirit Revival Center church in Cleveland Heights, [More]

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