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Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans to address Koch group

The powerful political network helmed by Charles and David Koch is ruling out running advertisements intended to hurt Hillary Clinton, another sign of their…

Donald Trump

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Trump on Khizr Kahn's speech: 'I'd like to hear his wife say something'

Donald Trump rejected a Muslim lawyer's assertion on the Democratic convention stage that the Republican nominee has "sacrificed nothing and no one."


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North Carolina voter ID law overturned on appeal

A federal appeals court Friday overturned parts of North Carolina's 2013 voting law, including provisions that required voters to show a photo identification…

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The Democrats' Republican moment

Over four flag-waving days in Philadelphia, Democrats stole the Republicans' mojo.

That's how many conservatives felt, at least, watching their opponent's…

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Trump on 'lock her up' chant: 'I'm starting to agree'

Donald Trump on Friday abandoned his modest dismissals of the "lock her up" chants his supporters have aimed at Hillary Clinton.

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Trump, RNC attack presidential debate schedule

Donald Trump says the fall debate schedule is "unacceptable," raising the specter that he may try to skip them.

In a tweet on Friday night, Trump incorrectly…


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A tale of two conventions

By the end of Republican and Democratic conventions it seemed like the nation's most powerful political parties were speaking about two different countries.…

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Tim Kaine under scrutiny for abortion comment

Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, sparked confusion Friday after saying he supports the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment and the Clinton campaign's call…

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Feds investigating possible hack of Clinton campaign

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating a computer hack of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in addition to its examination of intrusions of…

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White House invites Trump, Clinton reps for transition meetings

With the Republican and Democratic nominees officially in place, White House officials are beginning their efforts to prepare both Donald Trump and Hillary…

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Clinton, Kaine stump together after conventions

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine hit the road Friday as the Democratic Party's official White House ticket, launching a three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania…

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Fox News skipped some big moments at Democratic convention

When Gen. John Allen, the retired four-star Marine general and former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, stepped on stage at the Democratic National…

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Clinton bus tour looks for inroads with GOP

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are on a three-day, 600-mile bus tour through right-leaning Rust Belt counties, with at least a partial goal of winning over some…

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Clinton, Trump ratings race too close to call

Who won the convention ratings race, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

Trump, by a margin of two million viewers, according to Nielsen, the TV ratings…

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The Top 1% haven't captured all income gains

Hillary Clinton went after the nation's richest residents in her nomination acceptance speech Thursday, saying they will have to start spreading more of their…

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Kaine describes 'emotional moment' of Clinton's speech

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine leaned over to Hillary Clinton on Thursday night right after she became the first woman to accept a major…

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Venezuela's new decree: Forced farm work for citizens

A new decree by Venezuela's government could make its citizens work on farms to tackle the country's severe food shortages.

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10 takeaways from the Democratic convention

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, casting herself as a uniter working for the common good and Donald Trump as a…

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Trump super PAC focuses on Sanders supporters

A super PAC behind Donald Trump directed its first advertising dollars toward wooing Bernie Sanders supporters on the grounds of the Democratic National…

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Democrats review Clinton's convention message

Democrats who came to Philadelphia this week fretting about party division say there is only one way to ensure Hillary Clinton wins in November: defining…

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Donald Trump's praise for Putin

Donald Trump drew sharp criticism from Democrats and longtime government officials Wednesday when he called on Russia to dig up and release emails his general…

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Hillary Clinton's new problem

Hillary Clinton woke up Friday to bad news: the U.S. economy is slowing.

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Trump: I've spent millions making buildings handicap accessible

Fighting back against charges that he mocked a reporter's physical disability, Donald Trump said this week that he spends "millions of dollars making buildings…

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Soldier's father to Trump: 'You have sacrificed nothing and no one'

The father of a Muslim-American soldier who was killed in the Iraq War delivered a passionate appeal at the Democratic National Convention for voters to…

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DNC Day 4: Clinton makes history

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president with "humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise," taking her place…

Hillary Clinton

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Moody's: Clinton economy would create 10 million jobs

Hillary Clinton's plans for the economy would boost growth and create millions of jobs, according to a new analysis.

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'Feminist Christmas': World reacts to Democratic convention

Hillary Clinton made history on Thursday when she became the first woman to accept the Democratic nomination for U.S. President, saying the "world is watching"…

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DNC speeches Day 4: CNN vets the claims

The Democratic Party gathered in Philadelphia on Thursday for the fourth night of its convention, and CNN's Reality Check Team put the speakers' statements and…

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Democrats honor fallen officers at convention

Democrats honored fallen police officers with a moment of silence Thursday night and appearances by family of those killed in the line of duty at their…

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Hillary Clinton: 'The sky's the limit'

As Hillary Clinton playfully batted away an avalanche of balloons Thursday night, she appeared proud, happy and reconciled to her historic moment.

She had…

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Ghostwriter: Trump is a megalomaniac

Donald Trump's former ghostwriter resumed his searing criticism of the Republican nominee Thursday, describing the Republican presidential nominee as a…

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Biden ups ante by calling Putin a 'dictator'

Vice President Joe Biden ratcheted up US rhetoric on Moscow Wednesday night, for the first time calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a 'dictator.'


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Clinton 'No ceilings' line recalls Lil Wayne

Hillary Clinton delivered a historic speech Thursday night, capping off a bruising primary and becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major US…

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Gen. Allen delivers forceful case for Clinton

John Allen, the retired four-star Marine general and former commander of American forces in Afghanistan who has largely stayed out of politics, took the stage…

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Memorable lines from DNC's final night

The final night of the Democratic National Convention highlighted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's commitment to public service, as well as the sacrifice…

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Trump would like to 'hit' DNC speakers who disparaged him

Donald Trump, after hearing speeches at the Democratic convention this week, said Thursday he wanted to "hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads…

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Chelsea Clinton embraces role in her mother's campaign

Chelsea Clinton on Thursday offered a deeply personal portrait of her mother, Hillary Clinton, recalling notes left for her during out-of-town trips and visits…


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Biden to appear on 'Law and Order SVU'

Vice President Joe Biden plans to carry his message against sexual assault onto a television episode of the hit series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."

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Trump: Russia hacking comments were 'sarcastic'

Donald Trump said Thursday that he was being sarcastic when he appeared to suggest that Russia should use espionage to find Hillary Clinton's deleted…

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Major Republican super PAC goes quiet

A super PAC that intended to spend millions on behalf of the Republican nominee has quietly gone dormant now that Donald Trump is leading the GOP another sign…

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Charges dropped in Chandra Levy murder

A judge on Thursday dismissed murder charges against a man accused in the death of Chandra Levy, a Washington intern whose 2001 disappearance created national…

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Former WH staffer is 1st transgender woman to address DNC

Sarah McBride spoke out against discrimination against LGBT Americans Thursday as she became the first transgender person to speak at a major party…

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NC GOP apologizes to Tim Kaine over tweet

The Republican Party of North Carolina offered an "unqualified" apology Thursday to Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine over a tweet that appeared to question the…

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2016 DNC guide: What to watch on day 4

Democrats on Wednesday cast Donald Trump as a threat to the American dream and Hillary Clinton as the nation's only chance to save it.

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Trump, Clinton to receive intel briefings

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will receive their government intelligence briefing within days, even as each party argues the other's nominee is not worthy…

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Harry Reid: Donald Trump is 'dumb'

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that Donald Trump wasn't being "sarcastic" when he suggested Russia hack into Hillary Clinton's campaign, but…

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FBI: Success against ISIS means more terror

Battlefield success against ISIS may produce more terrorism for the West, FBI Director James Comey warned this week.

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Key truths about the Obama economy

As Hillary Clinton takes the baton from President Obama tonight, she has to acknowledge two key truths about the "Obama economy":

1. Americans are vastly better…

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Melania Trump's website taken down amid controversy

Melania Trump announced Thursday that she took down her website, acknowledging that it contained inaccuracies.

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Libertarian candidates: Mitt Romney is considering endorsing them

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson told CNN Thursday that Mitt Romney was considering endorsing him for president this fall.


Sanders protests interrupt California delegation breakfast

Angry Bernie Sanders delegates from California are leaving the door open to more protests from the floor of the convention Thursday night during Hillary…


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Trump urges viewers to skip Clinton's big speech

President Obama's prime time speech lifted the Democratic convention to its third straight night of ratings wins over the Republican convention last week --…

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That time Walmart got offended by a female president

Twenty-one years ago, Ann Moliver Ruben designed a T-shirt with a simple empowering message: "Someday a woman will be PRESIDENT!"

A Walmart store in Florida…

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DNC Day 3: Obama brings full support to Clinton

President Barack Obama on Wednesday dismissed Donald Trump in withering terms and offered his complete support for Hillary Clinton.

Obama offered an empowering…

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Gun victims, families make passionate case for Clinton

Victims and families of gun violence delivered emotional pleas Wednesday night in support of Hillary Clinton as a president who would act to curb mass…

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7 arrested after breaching perimeter fence at DNC

Seven protesters who breached the outer perimeter fence surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia were arrested Wednesday night,…

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Convention ratings: Democrats beat GOP

Night two of the Democratic convention drew a 25 percent bigger audience than night two of the Republican convention last week.

Former President Bill Clinton's…

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Dems accuse Trump of disloyalty over Clinton emails

Donald Trump appeared to call on Russian intelligence agencies Wednesday to find 30,000 of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, adding a stunning twist to the…

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Obama: America is already great

President Barack Obama on Wednesday handed his legacy to Hillary Clinton, setting her up for the speech of her life with a powerful endorsement and the…

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Democratic convention Day 3: CNN vets the claims

The Democratic Party gathered in Philadelphia on Wednesday for the third night of its convention, and CNN's Reality Check Team put the speakers' statements and…

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6 takeaways from DNC Day 3

The Democratic A-list on Wednesday cast Donald Trump as a threat to the American dream -- and Hillary Clinton as the nation's only chance to save it.


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Tim Kaine: 'I trust Hillary Clinton'

Tim Kaine, born in Minnesota 58 years ago to a father who was an ironworker, introduced himself to the country Wednesday night as Hillary Clinton's running…

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Obama slams Trump, makes appeal for Clinton

President Barack Obama made a fervent plea for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, casting the Democratic nominee as a custodian of his legacy while rejecting…

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Memorable lines from DNC Day 3

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a tough criticism of Republican Donald Trump at…

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Here are Secret Service codenames for Trump, Pence

The Secret Service has new code names for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: Mogul and Hoosier.

Nearing the White House means…

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18 different things Trump said in 1 press conference

Donald Trump bounced from one topic to the next during a news conference Wednesday morning with his trademark combativeness and propensity for courting…

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Joe Biden slams Donald Trump

Vice President Joe Biden rejected Donald Trump's TV catch-phrase -- "you're fired!" -- with a line of his own during a furious tirade against the billionaire…

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Bloomberg at DNC: Trump a 'dangerous demagogue'

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered Hillary Clinton his resounding endorsement Wednesday night, emerging as her most prominent independent…



Reagan shooter Hinckley Jr. set to be released

A federal judge on Wednesday granted John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, "full-time convalescent leave" from St. Elizabeth's…

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Day 2 at DNC: Hillary makes history

Democrats made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation's history on Tuesday, shattering one of the last remaining…

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Are Democrats funnier than Republicans?

With all due respect to Scott Baio, there's little doubt about which 2016 convention will end up as the more entertaining.

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Sanders backers confront Boxer at book signing

A pair of Bernie Sanders supporters confronted Sen. Barbara Boxer Wednesday at her book-signing, accusing the California Democrat of lying about threats she…

Clinton nominated Kaine

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Owner of wants $90,000

A lawyer and artist in Washington D.C. hopes to gain tens of thousands of dollars from a prescient decision he made years ago.

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Former CIA chief: Trump 'beyond the pale'

Donald Trump went "beyond the pale" in calling on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email on Wednesday, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta…

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Turkey detainees tortured after coup, group says

Captured military officers raped by police, hundreds of soldiers beaten, some detainees denied food and water and access to lawyers for days. These are the…

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Trump super PAC splurges on ads during Democratic convention

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's supporters have stepped up their advertising efforts this week, working to counterbalance the fanfare of the…

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'Little doubt' Russia behind DNC hack, US official says

There is "little doubt" Russia is behind the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, a US official told CNN on Wednesday.

The remarks follow a week-long…

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Front pages document Hillary Clinton's historic moment without photo of her

Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party on Tuesday night, a historic moment for any newspaper front page to document. But…

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Trump says he'd support $10 minimum wage

Donald Trump said Tuesday he would support raising the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour, a departure from his previous assertion that wages are "too high."…

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Obama on Trump winning: 'Anything's possible'

Barack Obama has long insisted that Donald Trump will be defeated in November. But these days, the President won't rule anything out.

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Obama: 'Possible' Putin trying to sway vote for Trump

President Barack Obama won't rule out the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be attempting to tip the US presidential election toward…



Elizabeth Banks introduces 'Fight Song' for Clinton

Hillary Clinton officially has a "Fight Song."

"Pitch Perfect" star Elizabeth Banks got a few of her celebrity friends together for an a cappella cover of…

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US Navy to China: We're staying in South China Sea

The U.S. will continue freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, a senior Navy officer says, as the region continues to react to a landmark…

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Democratic convention Day 2: CNN vets the claims

The Democratic Party gathered in Philadelphia on Tuesday for the second night of its convention, and CNN's Reality Check Team put the speakers' statements and…

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Highlights from Bill Clinton's past DNC speeches

Bill Clinton's history of speeches at the Democratic National Convention has been like his political career, a series of ups and downs, where the former…

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It's official: Hillary Clinton makes history

Democrats on Tuesday made Hillary Clinton the first woman to head a major party ticket -- and during an emotional night, her family and supporters asked voters…



Assange: 'A lot more material' coming on election

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday his whistleblowing website might release "a lot more material" relevant to the US electoral campaign.

Assange was…

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McAuliffe: Clinton would flip-flop on TPP

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe caused Hillary Clinton a political headache Tuesday night when he said he expects her to reverse her position on a major free…

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Bill Clinton embraces role of political spouse

Bill Clinton isn't used to being the second act, but he slipped comfortably into that role Tuesday night when making a forceful case that his wife is the…

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Tuesday's memorable lines from the DNC

Democrats turned to Hollywood stars for the attacks on Donald Trump and mothers of slain African-American children to back Hillary Clinton on the second night…

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'Mothers of the Movement' to make case for Hillary Clinton

Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, on Tuesday described watching her daughter being "lowered into the ground in a coffin" at the Democratic National…

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Signs point to Russia in DNC hack

There's mounting evidence that hackers in Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee, but the FBI isn't pointing the finger yet.

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Camps in talks for Sanders to nominate Clinton

Bernie Sanders sought to show a united front at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday by asking delegates to accept Hillary Clinton's nomination…

Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea Clinton to introduce her mother at DNC

Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother ahead of her Thursday night nomination acceptance speech with remarks she has been writing "for a couple weeks," her…

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Cory Booker responds to Trump: 'I love you, Donald'

Cory Booker said Tuesday he is going to love and pray for Donald Trump after the Republican nominee attacked him on Twitter following the New Jersey senator's…

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Michelle Obama: 'When they go low, we go high'

Michelle Obama cast the presidential race as one between a positive role model for children -- in Hillary Clinton -- and a damaging one -- in Donald Trump --…

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Hotel fights back after Trump threatens to not pay

A Virginia hotel is fighting back against Donald Trump after the GOP presidential nominee criticized the air conditioning -- or lack thereof -- at a Monday…

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Democrats draw 26 million viewers, beating Republicans

The Democrats are ahead of the Republicans in the convention ratings race.

Monday's broadcast and cable coverage of the DNC averaged 26 million viewers,…

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The politics behind Obama's Christian Siriano dress

Even the fashion choices of speakers have become political at the national party conventions.

First lady Michelle Obama opened the Democratic convention in…

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Conservatives, liberals and celebrities praise Michelle Obama's speech

Politicians across party lines, celebrities and activists praised Michelle Obama for her Democratic National Convention speech, with some saying the remarks "…

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