campaign 2016
November 7, 2016

On the eve of the election, Hillary Clinton spoke to an estimated 40,000 people in Philadelphia, urging them to "think about how throughout our history, generations of Americans just like us have come together to meet the tests of their time."

"It started right here in Philadelphia, when representatives from 13 unruly colonies came together to launch the greatest experiment the world has ever seen," she continued. "Our parents and grandparents defended that democracy, they built the great American middle class, they marched for civil rights and voting rights and for worker's rights and women's rights, for LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. Tomorrow, we face the test of our time. What will we vote for, not just against?"

It's more than just voting for a name on a ballot, Clinton said — issues are also at stake. "If you believe that America thrives when the middle class thrives, then you have to vote," she said. "If you believe all of our kids should have good schools and good teachers no matter what ZIP code they live in, then you have to vote." People who are concerned about college affordability, guaranteed equal pay for women, common sense gun reform, raising the minimum wage, and reforming "our criminal justice system, so everyone has respect for the law and everyone is respected by the law, you have to vote." Clinton also shared that she "deeply" regretted how "angry the tone of the campaign became," and smiled when a crowd member yelled, "Not your fault!" She ended her speech by telling the crowd that when their children and grandchildren ask what they did in 2016, "when everything was on the line, I want you to say you voted. You voted for an inclusive, big-hearted, open-minded country, a future that makes sure we all keep moving together, because I do believe we are stronger together." Catherine Garcia

November 7, 2016

This election is all about change, Hillary Clinton wrote in an op-ed for USA Today published Sunday night, and "we can come together to build a stronger, fairer America, or fear the future and fear each other."

Clinton said that throughout her career as first lady, senator, and secretary of state, she spent time "listening to people and looking for common ground, even with people who disagree with me. And if you elect me on Tuesday, that's the kind of president I'll be." She outlined four priorities for her first 100 days, based on "issues I've heard about from Americans all over our country." First, she said, "we will put forward the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II," investing in "infrastructure and manufacturing to grow our economy for years to come." Clinton said she'd also "break the gridlock in Washington" by getting "secret, unaccountable money out of our politics," "introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation," and "get started on end-to-end criminal justice reform."

Clinton said she wants to be president "for all Americans — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Americans of every race, faith, and background," and believes there's "nothing we can't achieve if we work together and invest in each other." Read the entire op-ed at USA Today. Catherine Garcia

November 6, 2016

During a rally Sunday in Minneapolis, Donald Trump spoke out against bringing Syrian refugees to the United States, announcing that Minnesota has "suffered enough" by accepting Somali immigrants into the state.

"Here in Minnesota, you have seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state, without your knowledge, without your support or approval," Trump said. Data from the 2010 American Community Survey shows that almost 1 in 3 Somalis in the United States live in Minnesota, Time reports.

Trump vowed that if elected, he will suspend the Syrian refugee program, and the only way refugees will be allowed to settle in an area is if the community is supportive. As for Hillary Clinton, Trump says her plan will "import generations of terrorism, extremism, and radicalism into your schools and throughout your communities. You've suffered enough in Minnesota." Catherine Garcia

November 6, 2016

Over the past 17 months, Donald Trump has connected with Americans in such a way that "your hopes have become my hopes and your dreams have become my dreams," the Republican nominee wrote in an op-ed published Sunday night in USA Today.

In a last-minute pitch before Election Day, Trump wrote about his Contract with the American Voter, a "100-day action plan to clean up corruption and bring change to Washington." Trump claims that the contract will "offer a historic pro-growth plan to create 25 million good-paying jobs," and will "cut taxes on middle-class Americans by 35 percent" and "eliminate every needless job-killing regulation."

Real change begins with repealing and replacing "job-killing ObamaCare," Trump said, as well as "immediately" securing the border, "fixing our terrible trade deals," and giving "every parent the right to send their kids to the school of their choice." Washington is a "swamp of corruption," he added, where "political insiders" break the law "without consequence" and officials "put special interests above the national interest." The time has come to "cut our ties with the failed politicians of the past, and embrace a bright, new future for all of our people," Trump said. Read his entire op-ed at USA Today. Catherine Garcia

November 3, 2016

Anti-Hillary Clinton sentiment inside the FBI is prompting leaks meant to damage her campaign before the election, several current and former bureau employees told The Guardian. Reuters narrows the scope to the FBI's New York field office, reporting that according to "two law enforcement sources" familiar with the New York office, "a faction of investigators based in the office is known to be hostile to Hillary Clinton."

"The FBI is Trumpland," one agent told The Guardian's Spencer Ackerman. Another said the agency is "Trumplandia," and Clinton is the "antichrist personified to a large swatch of FBI personnel. The reason why they're leaking is they're pro-Trump." In July, FBI Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend indictment over Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, and this caused outrage among many in the bureau, several officials said. One former agent told Ackerman that while there are "lots of people who don't think Trump is qualified," they "also believe Clinton is corrupt. What you hear a lot is that it's a bad choice, between an incompetent and a corrupt politician."

Last week, Comey wrote a letter to Congress, stating that the FBI was reviewing newly discovered emails related to the personal server, but they were not sure if they were relevant to the case. He came under fire from many legal experts and lawmakers, including Republicans, who say he inserted himself into the election with his comments, and his move got the ball rolling on more leaks — on Wednesday, Fox News reported the FBI was ramping up an investigation into the Clinton Foundation (Justice Department officials told The Wall Street Journal the claims were "flimsy"), and earlier this week, it was revealed that there is a preliminary inquiry into the Russian business dealings of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager (he denies any wrongdoing). "The continued leadership failures at the FBI are another reminder we can't let intelligence agencies say 'trust us' and then give them a blank check to probe into Americans' lives," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told Ackerman. Read the full report at The Guardian. Catherine Garcia

November 3, 2016

There are just days to go before Americans head to the polls to choose a president, and the White House is finishing preparations for combating any cyber attacks by hackers looking to undermine the election.

U.S. officials told NBC News that the White House, working with the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the NSA, and parts of the Defense Department, is bracing for lower-level efforts like the release of fake documents about a political party on social media and worst-case scenarios, including an attack that shuts down part of the power grid or internet. A senior Obama administration official told NBC News that the Russians "want to sow as much confusion as possible and undermine our process in ways they've done elsewhere. So this is to make sure that we have all the tools at our disposal and that we're prepared to respond to whatever it is that they do." The officials are keeping how they would respond to "influence operations" to themselves, but said they will be ready to counter misinformation and keep communication lines open.

It would be difficult for election results to be altered in a cyber attack because voting machines are not connected to the internet, and there is oversight at multiple levels and "numerous checks and balances," an official told NBC News. However, there is concern hackers could tamper with voter registration information. Several officials said there isn't a specific threat targeting Election Day, but the distributed denial of service attack on equipment that brought down PayPal, Amazon, and other popular sites on Oct. 21 "had all the signs of what would be considered a drill," Ann Barron-DiCamillo, former director of Homeland Security's computer emergency readiness team, told NBC News.

Read the report — which includes a case study on Montenegro's recent parliamentary election and the role the U.S. government believes Russia played in it — at NBC News. Catherine Garcia

November 3, 2016

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) hasn't fully committed to voting for Evan McMullin on Election Day, but he also isn't completely ruling it out.

Flake has never supported his party's candidate, Donald Trump, and he told ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast that it's a "possibility" that he will write McMullin's name in on his ballot. Flake said there has been a backlash against him in Arizona due to his Never Trump stance, and he's hopeful that when he's up for re-election in 2018, things will calm down. "I won't lie, it's not been easy," he said.

Flake said he doesn't think Trump will win the election, and he also argued that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland needs to have a confirmation hearing before Inauguration Day. "Hillary Clinton will not likely nominate somebody as conservative as Garland," he said. "I'm not suggesting he's that conservative, he's just more conservative than somebody she would name, particularly if she has a Democrat Senate." Catherine Garcia

November 1, 2016

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Tuesday, President Obama said the Democratic presidential nominee is "consistently treated differently than just about any other candidate I see out there."

Women are looked down upon when they do things that would be considered "ambitious" by men, the president said, and there's a "reason why we haven't had a woman president before." He told the men in the crowd to "ask yourself if you're having problems with this stuff, how much of it is that we're just not used to it?" Like everyone else, Clinton has made mistakes, Obama continued, and there's "nobody in this public arena over the course of 30 years who doesn't make some. She is a fundamentally good and decent person who know what she's doing." Obama also took aim at Donald Trump's claim to be a champion of the little people; you can watch that below. Catherine Garcia

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