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Promises, pomp and protests as Donald Trump sworn in

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Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years. Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting “American carnage,” shuttered factories and…

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Black Americans weep for the Obama era and uncertain future

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On the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the country’s first black president, many black Americans wept. Eight years later, they weep again for the end of an era some thought they would never live to see — and for the uncertain future they face without him. In Obama, many African-Americans felt they had a leader who celebrated their culture and confronted their concerns. In his wife, Michelle, they saw a national role model who epitomized style and…

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Mike Pence’s ‘that Mexican thing’ comment gets online attention

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Some Mexican-Americans are taking issue with Republican Mike Pence brushing off GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s comments on Mexican immigrants as “that Mexican thing.” Pence chided Democrat Tim Kaine‘s repeated mention of Trump’s comments on immigrants during Tuesday night’s vice-presidential debate, telling him at one point: “Senator, you’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again.” The Indiana governor’s remark has quickly become one of the most talked about moments from the forum, trending online under #ThatMexicanThing. Twitter ranks it as the third-most…

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turn to battleground states in the South

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With Labor Day behind them, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are pushing ahead in top presidential battlegrounds in the South. Trump, the Republican nominee, is set to campaign in Virginia and North Carolina on Tuesday, two critical states in his path to the presidency. Clinton, the Democrat, is campaigning in Florida in search of an advantage in the nation’s largest swing state. A Clinton victory in Florida would make it virtually impossible for Trump to overcome her advantage in the…

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Venturing to Mexico, Donald Trump defends right to build huge wall

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On Mexican soil for the first time as the Republican presidential nominee, a firm but measured Donald Trump defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank, standing up for the centerpiece of his immigration plan in a country where he is widely despised. Trump, who previously derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals, praised Mexicans Wednesday as “amazing people” following a closed-door meeting at the official residence of the…

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Unfriended? Divisive presidential campaign roils Facebook

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Some friends don’t let friends talk politics anymore on Facebook. Others are on “unfriending” sprees. And some, such as Adolfo Olivas of Hamilton, Ohio, have decided to just shut down their accounts, as the divisive presidential campaign causes a deluge of news feeds amid photos of smiling kids’ first day of school and what’s on the grill for dinner. The last straw for the former Republican mayor came after GOP nominee Donald Trump‘s criticism of fellow Gold Star parents, the…

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GOP team addresses America Saturday

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After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington connections to the Republican presidential ticket. Trump’s pick was aimed in part at easing some Republicans’ concerns about his temperament and lack of political experience. Pence spent 12 years in Congress before being elected governor and his demeanor is as calm as Trump’s is fiery. While some conservatives are skeptical of Trump’s political leanings, Pence has been…

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