The FBI has discovered new emails that "appear to be pertinent" to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, according to a letter FBI Director James Comey sent to the chairs of pertinent congressional and senate committees Friday. "In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation ... I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation," he wrote. The FBI is not yet saying that it's reopening the investigation. That will depend on the outcome of its assessment of whether or not this material may be signficant. read more
Seven leaders of an armed militia who led a 41-day stand-off at a U.S. federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been cleared of the charges against them. The surprise verdict acquitted them of conspiracy and firearms offenses. The militia occupied the refuge in early January, accusing the government of unlawful interference in the affairs of ranchers. A total of 26 people have been charged over the standoff. Some have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Josh Marshall, TPM: Donald Trump has been saying for weeks that he's put $100 million of his own money into his campaign, even going so far as to attempt to shame Hillary Clinton for not contributing some of her own money to her campaign. Just yesterday Trump told CNN "I will have more than $100 million in the campaign. And I am prepared to go much more than that." Surprisingly, this turns out to be a huge lie. ... Trump would need to contribute another $44 million to make good on his $100 million claim. Indeed, this month he's only contributed $33,000.
Donald Trump, trailing his opponent in key battleground states polls less than two weeks from Election Day, said Thursday to a rally crowd, "Just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump." The apparently lighthearted comment falls against the backdrop of Trump's repeated and serious questioning of the legitimacy of the presidential election in recent weeks as he has tumbled in the polls.
Twitter is cutting its staff by 9% and discontinuing the Vine short-video app after a sale process appears to have come to nothing. The layoffs are expected to affect 350 employees across sales, partnerships and marketing. The goal is to push Twitter toward profitability as an independent company. The Vine app allowed people to share looping six-second videos and was an early success, but the company has focused efforts lately on its Periscope live-video app. "We're taking the necessary steps to ensure Twitter is well positioned for long-term growth," CEO Jack Dorsey said.
Supporters of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump have begun to use a German word invoked by Nazis to attack American media covering his campaign. The phrase is "Lugenpresse," which means "lying press." The phrase rose to infamy during the Nazi era and has traveled across the ocean to Trump rallies and social media posts from Trump's alt-right supporters. Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray recently tweeted a video that captured two Trump supporters shouting the phrase at the members of the media at a rally in Cleveland. read more
Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk made a racially disparaging insult against Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth in a debate Thursday night for the U.S. Senate. After Duckworth said that her family has served in the military for the country going back to the American Revolution, Kirk quipped, "I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington." Duckworth's mother was born in Thailand, but her late father was an American World War II veteran who traced his ancestry back to a soldier in the American Revolution. After the debate, Duckworth tweeted a photo of herself with her parents and wrote, "My mom is an immigrant and my dad and his family have served this nation in uniform since the Revolution." read more
Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence said Friday he and other passengers were unhurt following his plane skidding off the runway at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night. "We're fine," the Indiana governor told CNN. "It was about 10 seconds of uncertainty last night, but we're just so grateful to the pilots and to the first responders on the scene and (that) everybody came off the plane safely." The press pool in the aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, could feel the plane fishtailing as it touched down before coming to a sharp halt in the grass off the side of the runway.
Gary Johnson became angry while being questioned by reporters from HBO and The Guardian about his tax policy and whether he was just a spoiler in the presidential race. When he asserted that he was getting 10% in polls and a reporter said it's actually 6.1% on the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Johnson said, "Why are you even interviewing me? I don't get it. If I'm doing so poorly, is this to preside over a funeral here? It's not a funeral! It's a celebration!"
Pat Garafalo, U.S. News: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pounding his finger on the panic button. And it's exactly what he deserves. As Politico detailed Tuesday, a super PAC with ties to McConnell is plowing some $25 million into Senate races across the country in an effort to prevent the upper chamber from falling to the Democrats. And it looks like that investment is necessary: According to the analysts at the Cook Political Report, Democrats are poised to pick up five to seven seats on Election Day, more than enough to flip the Senate into their control. The number-crunchers at FiveThirtyEight give Democrats a two-in-three chance of holding the Senate come January. read more
Donald Trump has invested in the company that will operate the Dakota Pipeline and received a $100,000 campaign donation from its top executive, The Guardian reports. FEC disclosures show Trump has from $500,000 to $1 million invested in pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners and another $500,000 to $1 million in Phillips 66, which will have a 25% stake in the project when completed. Kelcy Warren, chief executive of Energy Transfer Partners, has given $103,000 to elect Trump and $66,800 to the Republican National Committee since Trump secured the GOP presidential nomination. read more
When Christopher Dempsey offered to donate half his liver to a complete stranger, he knew it would be a life-changing experience. What the former marine didn't know was that he would be saving the life of the woman who would become his wife. But less than two years after Mr Dempsey called Heather Krueger to reveal he was a match, the two were married. "I never would have thought in a million years when I agreed to all this that I would marry her," Dempsey said.
In 2009, the actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston tragically lost their son Jett at age 16 when he suffered a seizure on a family vacation. Donald Trump wrote a blog post on the Trump University website in which he offered his condolences -- but also, bizarrely, said he tried to get her into bed. "A long time ago, before I was married, I met Kelly Preston at a club and worked like hell to try and pick her up," Trump wrote. "She was beautiful, personable, and definitely had allure. ... In any event, my track record on this subject has always been outstanding, but Kelly wouldn't give me the time of day."
Jason Chaffetz, the Utah congressman wrapping up his first term atop the powerful House Oversight Committee, unendorsed Donald Trump weeks ago. That freed him up to prepare for something else: spending years, come January, probing the record of a President Hillary Clinton. "Even before we get to Day One, we've got two years' worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain't good." If Republicans retain control of the House, something that GOP-friendly maps make possible even in the event of a Trump loss, Clinton will become the first president since George H.W. Bush to immediately face a House Oversight Committee controlled by the opposition party. Several Clinton allies recoiled when asked about Chaffetz's plans for 2017. read more
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: With the candidate flailing in the polls, some on the right are wondering if a better version of the man wouldn't be winning. But that kinder, gentler Trump would've lost in the primaries. Last week, Peggy Noonan argued in the Wall Street Journal that an outsider like Donald Trump could've won handily this year, touting skepticism of free trade and immigration, if only he was more sane, or less erratic and prone to nasty insults: A figure like that would probably be polling better right now. But I don't think "Sane Trump" could have won the Republican Party's primary election. Only "Nasty Trump" could've managed to beat the huge field of more experienced rivals. "Trump's nastiness is one of the reasons he will lose the election," Josh Barro writes at Business Insider. "But it's also a key reason he got the Republican nomination in the first place." Barro argues that it helped Trump appeal to a particular faction: read more