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Bombshell stories spur news war with a twist

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Print outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with cable television news over a string of bombshell stories about the Trump administration. It’s a news war with a twist.

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Fox’s Chris Wallace asks precise follow-up that makes news

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace worked hard to keep the final presidential debate substantive with tough questions to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but it was the simplest of queries that extracted the biggest headline. Noting Trump’s claims Wednesday night that the election was being rigged against him, Wallace asked the Republican whether he would accept the results win or lose, pointing out GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence had said that he would. When Trump answered that “we will look…

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Pam Bondi calls Donald Trump lewd video comments ‘disgusting,’ but still supports him

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After an extended silence on the issue, Attorney General Pam Bondi finally weighed in on a recording of Donald Trump making vulgar remarks about a married woman he was trying to seduce. “I believe the statements that, that Donald Trump says were disgusting … um, disgusting. Period,” Bondi said in a speech to the Florida Federation of Republican Women in Pasco County, reported by WFTS-TV/ABC Action News. It was the first time she mentioned the 2005 video from “Access Hollywood.” As…

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Unlike first, second debate doesn’t set viewership record

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An estimated 66.5 million people watched the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, down from the record-setting audience who saw their first match but on par with the Obama-Romney contests four years ago. The first debate reached a total of 84 million viewers, more than for any other presidential debate on record, the Nielsen company said on Monday. The previous record of 80.6 million had been set for the only debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in…

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Donald Trump aggressive, Hillary Clinton steady in tense debate

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His candidacy spiraling out of control, Donald Trump faced Hillary Clinton on the debate stage Sunday night in the most critical moment of his political career. Questions about Trump’s preparation, policy knowledge and temperament all were overshadowed by the political fallout from Friday’s release of a video that captured the Republican presidential nominee making predatory sexual comments about women a decade earlier. With tensions high, the candidates refused to shake hands at the start of the debate at Washington University…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.7.16 — On any given Sunday

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As I begin typing at 6:40 a.m., the worst effects from Hurricane Matthew have yet to occur on the Atlantic coast of Florida, though more than 300,000 are without power. A shift of the eye of the storm towards the east has made the expected damage not nearly as significant — as of early this morning. There’s a lot going on this weekend, and it will all climax late Sunday night with the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — that really may…

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Moderator Lester Holt under scrutiny during debate

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Everyone’s aware of the stakes for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate, but there’s a third person in the equation who faces a different pressure: Lester Holt. The NBC News veteran is moderating his first general election debate, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and for steering the conversation. His performance will be closely watched, particularly in light of a dispute over the extent to which he should call politicians out for…

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