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8/23/2016

Hillary Clinton has spent $64 million more on ads during the general election campaign than Donald Trump -- an advantage that grows to $95 million when ads paid for by outside groups are included.

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8/23/2016

Hillary Clinton is wooing small businesses and entrepreneurs, offering new tax proposals including a standardized deduction for SMBs modeled on the current individual deduction. Clinton is also proposing to double the cap on capital-expenses deductions to $1 million.

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Hillary Clinton
8/23/2016

Hillary Clinton addressed concerns about her health on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this week, allowing Jimmy Kimmel to take her pulse and forcing open a troublesome jar of pickles.

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8/23/2016

A federal judge has ordered the State Department to expedite the release of 15,000 emails gathered by the FBI during its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices. Emails released Monday showed Clinton Foundation donors and associates regularly contacted Huma Abedin, a top Clinton adviser, during her term as secretary of state.

8/23/2016

Many of the organizations created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are now on the front lines in the process to rebuild Baton Rouge after last week's flooding. Observers say that the region's extensive history with repairing and rebuilding after natural disasters has prepared nonprofits like lowernine.org, the Louisiana Civil Justice Center and the St. Bernard Project for this type of situation.

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Hurricane Katrina, Baton Rouge
8/23/2016

Actress Amber Heard has donated her $7 million divorce settlement from her relationship with Johnny Depp to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years alongside organizations like the Art of Elysium," she said.

8/22/2016

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's efforts to ensure that transgender public-school students are allowed to use the bathroom of their gender identity. "I think today is going to be a hard day for transgender students," says Dallas attorney Paul Castillo.

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Obama administration, Obama, Texas
8/22/2016

Donald Trump reportedly told members of his newly formed Hispanic advisory council that his plan to deport America's 11 million undocumented immigrants was under review, in sharp contrast to the hard line Trump has taken on immigration issues. Trump subsequently told reporters that he was "not flip-flopping" and would implement a "fair but firm" system for dealing with undocumented immigrants.

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Donald Trump
8/22/2016

Republicans are signing up more new voters than Democrats are in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Iowa. "The atmospherics of voter-registration trends in those states do not point to a strong Democratic year," says pollster John Couvillon.

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Politico
8/22/2016

Presidents keep a "nuclear football" nearby at all times, so they can launch a nuclear strike if necessary. The football itself is a briefcase made by Zero Halliburton, a Utah company that has also supplied props for "Men in Black II," "Air Force One" and "Dude, Where's My Car?"

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