Welcome to McClatchy’s Voter Survival Guide, an interactive presentation of daily events from one of the strangest presidential campaigns in modern history.
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New York AG announces inquiry into Trump foundation
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has opened an ongoing inquiry into whether Trump’s charity is “complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
Schneiderman disclosed the information during an interview with CNN Tuesday, saying his office has been investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation over concerns it “may have engaged in some impropriety.”
Schneiderman’s comments came shortly after House Democrats called for a federal criminal investigation of an improperly disclosed $25,000 donation. Trump’s charity made the donation to a political group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as her office considered a fraud investigation against Trump University.
Scnheiderman is also leading an investigation over Trump University.
WikiLeaks releases “new” batch of hacked documents
WikiLeaks published 678.4 megabytes of DNC documents Tuesday it says comes from the Guccifer 2 hacker.
Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile blamed the Russian government for the hack, calling it an “effort to influence the presidential election.”
Obama goes on the offensive
Barack Obama put up an aggressive defense of Hillary Clinton, her campaign’s transparency and her health during a rally Tuesday, then attacked Republicans for fanning “anger and hate.”
Obama painted a stark contrast between Clinton and Donald Trump and tried to convince Democrats in Pennsylvania he fully stands behind their nominee.
“Hillary Clinton is steady and she is true,” Obama told a group of cheering Democrats at an outdoor rally. “I need you to work as hard for Hillary as you did for me.”
Hillary Clinton is steady and she is true
Barack Obama to Clinton supporters on Tuesday
Obama stepped in to fill the gap left by Clinton as she takes time off to recover from pneumonia.
Where the parties stand
Pew released a slew of data on Tuesday showing that Democrats and Republicans are more different than ever. Democrats were more diverse as a party in 1992 than Republicans are now. Non-college educated whites, a group Trump polls well with, are shrinking in the Democratic Party.
White men are much more likely to identify as Republican while white women marginally favor Democrats. Working class whites without a college education are increasingly Republican, the research shows.
Candidate dummies don’t fare well
“A rubber wet suit, adorned with women’s clothing and a blonde wig, hanging by the neck from a construction crane,” was seen dangling over an Oregon interstate in an apparent Clinton effigy yesterday. The effigy was accompanied by signs reading “Vote Trump” and “Treason? Ask her” along with several American flags.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox had fun with a Trump pinata:
- This exclusive letter shows it got personal between Donald Trump and China.
- The GOP is feeling relief as Trump becomes a more polished candidate.
- A local news anchor accidentally declared the Democratic nominee dead as she recovers from pneumonia.
- Trump announces a new childcare plan at his daughter’s urging.
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