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By now we are all familiar with what a news-maker Donald J. Trump (Mr. T) is. For the past 18 months, he has proven adept at shocking and dismaying the public approximately every 24 hours. It is Friday morning as I write these words for possible publication on Sunday.
During the intense fall U.S. presidential contest 56 years ago, Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon made history by debating face to face on nationwide TV -- and also radio.
Two months after he jumped into the presidential race as a political unknown, independent candidate Evan McMullin is surging in Utah polls and drawing large crowds of Republican-leaning voters fed up with Donald Trump's crudeness and antics.
Donald Trump's self-inflicted wounds threaten not only his White House chances but his business empire's core asset: his name.
Guadalupe Manrikez sums up the feeling of many in the small U.S. border town of Nogales, when asked about Donald Trump's promise to build a giant wall dividing the country from Mexico.
It's time to worry when an utterly illogical proposition begins to sound halfway logical because it has been repeated over and over again, and because glaring gaps in reason have been plugged with dollops of nationalism. The ongoing cultural war between India and Pakistan, flagged off by a controversy surrounding the screening of a Bollywood film and culminating in a ban by Pakistan of all Indian content, is a case in point.
In early October, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti. Torrential rains and high winds devastated parts of the already impoverished island, creating a humanitarian nightmare not seen since the 2010 earthquake.
When Congress denied Andrew Jackson the White House even though he'd won more votes than any other candidate, he blamed it on "bare faced corruption."
President Rodrigo Duterte's shock "separation" from the United States has thrown Philippine foreign policy into confusion, with the Americans saying they are baffled and some of his top aides contradicting him.
Donald Trump painted an inaccurately dark portrait of manufacturing in America while Hillary Clinton stretched credulity in boasting that her spending plans won't add to the country's debt. As well, both struggled in the presidential final debate to explain comments from their past.
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