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Wednesday's Presidential Debate: A Reality TV Show Gone Bad

rollcall.com — It was all going so well Wednesday night, with moderator Chris Wallace keeping the audience relatively quiet and the candidates focused on issues - the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, immigration and gun control.

A Defiant Trump, and an Audience to Match His Mood

rollcall.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Is the country more divided than it was at the beginning of the political season? Will it ever heal? When Donald Trump last visited Charlotte way back in August, it was a subdued affair, as Trump rallies go - some signs, the candidate center stage, only a few halfhearted chants of "lock her up."

Michelle Obama Cuts Donald Trump Down to Size

rollcall.com — Michelle Obama is a powerful voice to have in your corner. She is a singular presence who is - at the same time - Everywoman. But if you get on her bad side, if you demonstrate with word and deed that you disrespect the people and things she cares about, watch out.In Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, a campaign appearance for Hillary Clinton became much more.

Jason Collins tells students to continue to push on social and LGBT issues

theundefeated.com — Jason Collins, the former NBA player who made history in 2013 as "the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," as he said in a Sports Illustrated cover story, has continued to speak out.

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northwestgeorgianews.com — Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.: "... as the proud father of two daughters and the husband to the greatest lady I've ever met, it would be hypocritical of me to ignore these remarks." Rep. Jason E. Chaffetz, R-Utah: "My wife and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter, and if I can't look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can't endorse this person."

So the Republican Party Finally Gets Trump?

rollcall.com — On careful review of the statements of Republican leaders - who have finally denounced Donald Trump after his stomach-turning and graphic comments about women came to light in a just-released 2005 video - a particular theme emerges.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape."

Kaine and Pence on Religion: Faith, Hope and Sincerity

rollcall.com — When one reviews the charges and countercharges that have characterized the 2016 presidential election campaign, one topic that's been left on the fringes is faith. That changed on Tuesday night as two candidates whose faith is central to their political philosophies took to the debate stage.

Can Trump Repair His Disconnect With Minorities and Women?

rollcall.com — Donald Trump went into his first one-on-one presidential debate with his base solidly behind him. But one would assume he also wanted to continue his outreach to minority and female voters. He does, after all, need to win the approval of half of the population, one that is rapidly becoming more diverse.

Open Letter to My Congressman, Robert Pittenger: No, We Don’t Hate White People

theroot.com — Dear Rep. Robert Pittenger: You may be the elected U.S. congressman from the district of North Carolina that runs through my neighborhood; but you don't represent me. When asked for your reaction to the citizens who took to the streets of Charlotte to protest the killings of people of color by law enforcement and plead for...

Donald Trump's 'charm offensive' continues with daughter-in-law in N.C.

upi.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lara Trump, presidential candidate Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, is just a "Carolina girl," from Wilmington, she wants you to know, with "good Southern values." And Donald Trump, "the man I know him to be," is "a very humble, soft-spoken, funny guy," with a weakness for McDonald's.
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After seeing long lines at #NCVotesEarly @timkaine touts state's 'proud progressive tradition' https://t.co/5f7NcfGlvN

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In Quick Response, de Blasio Calls Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman ‘Unacceptable’  http://nyti.ms/2eh5ntK 

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