<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usWed, 28 Sep 2016 11:48:20 -0700Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:48:20 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump's Chicago Speech Fuels Further Questions About Health]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:33:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump+campaign1.png

An uncharacteristically low-tempoed speech in Chicago Wednesday paired with a noticeable congestion has fueled further questions about Trump's health following his infamous debate-night sniffles. Still, his campaign insists Trump does not have a cold and is feeling "just fine."

Trump spoke during a campaign event at the Polish National Alliance, but social media viewers were quick to point out he sounded congested, his voice scratchy during the event.

On Monday, Trump’s sniffles appeared to distract many people following along with the debate on social media and certainly did not go unnoticed, with #TrumpSniffles showing up on Twitter timelines.

Trump insisted Tuesday that he didn't have the sniffles during the debate. Asked about them in a phone interview Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends," Trump denied there was any sniffling, said he doesn't have a cold or allergies, and blamed the microphone.

He said the microphone was very bad, "but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But there was no sniffles."

Trump also floated the theory that debate moderators gave him a bad microphone on purpose.

When Hillary Clinton had pneumonia about two weeks ago, it became a major question mark over her own campaign.

When video showed her appearing to stumble at a 9/11 memorial event in New York, it sparked a wave of speculation on whether she was fit enough to continue running or serve as president. (Her doctors said she was, and she returned to the trail.)

Trump's campaign did appear to make light of her absence from the campaign trail in a statement after she began campaigning: "We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of president of the United States."

Trump is also expected to appear at an event in suburban Bolingbrook Wednesday. Later in the day, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts are expected to attend a fundraiser for the Republican presidential nominee alongside Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, the Chicago Tribune reports.

<![CDATA[Trump Tries Reframing Poor Debate Performance at Florida Rally]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:05:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump spent all of Tuesday discussing Monday night's debate, asserting that he won against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

"Last night was very exciting, and nearly every single poll had us winning against Hillary Clinton, big league," he said.

Later, veering off, Trump explained away a performance even Republicans said was reactive and lacking substance as a planned strategy of "holding back."

"I didn't want to do anything to embarass her," he said.

Trump also repeated a number of falsehoods from the debate, asking the crowd: "Does everybody believe me, I was against going to Iraq?" though his initial support is well-documented; and "I explained last night stop and frisk was constitutional," he said, though it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Brown Beefs Up Distracted Driving Law]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:56:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/distracteddrivingcellphone.jpg

Swiping to find your next playlist or zooming in to pinpoint your proper route on your smartphone will soon be illegal when driving behind the wheel.

Califorina Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill AB 1785 into law Monday, which mandates that any hand-held use of a wireless telephone will become a finable offense in the near future, according to the legislation.

Two exceptions will remain when the law goes into effect. Drivers may continue to use the GPS navigation systems downloaded into their phones only if the devices are mounted on the windshield and drivers will also be allowed to "activate or deactivate a feature or function" on their phones "with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver's finger," the legislation stated.

Violators will be fined $20 for their first offense and $50 for each consecutive offense, but AB 1785 will not punish drivers for using any devices that are pre-installed into vehicles by the manufacturer.

Distracted driving killed 3,179 people and injured 431,000 others in 2014, according to distraction.gov.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Wins Applause in NC for Debate Performance]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:29:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610636870.jpg

Hillary Clinton won applause from supporters in North Carolina for her performance in Monday night's debate. 

They greeted the Democratic presidential candidate with cheers on Tuesday after Clinton asked if they saw her first face-off with Republican rival Donald Trump. 

Clinton said she was happy to have the opportunity to lay out her vision for the United States. She said she has an "old-fashioned idea that if I'm asking for your vote, to actually tell you what I want to do."

Clinton also urged supporters to register to vote. She predicted record turnout in November.

Trump briefly addressed his first faceoff with Clinton during a Tuesday afternoon appearance near Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. The audience was largely Cuban-American.

Trump described the debate as "an interesting evening" and said more than 80 million people watched it. He said he tried not to think about the large television audience.

He said, "I think we did very well." He suggested he was the winner in virtually all post-debate polls. That's despite many Republican leaders and voter surveys suggesting that Clinton came out on top.

Trump called it, "a very big moment, a very important moment."

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<![CDATA[California's Ballot: 17 Propositions Explained]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:51:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0922-2016-Voting.jpg

This November, Californians will vote on 17 different propositions.

Use this guide for a quick explanation of each one.

Proposition 51: Bonds for School Facilities

Proposition 51 allows California to borrow $9 billion in bonds. The money would go to K-12 public schools and community colleges to help fund construction projects.

Cost: $17.6 billion, paid over 35 years in yearly amounts of about $500 million, less than half of one percent of the current General Fund budget.


  • Many schools need repairs to make them safer and meet health standards.
  • Proposition 51 will improve education overall.
  • Proposition 51 will expand community colleges and allow more students to attend.


  • Proposition 51 would add to the state's debt.
  • Bond measures should be under local community control, not state.
  • Larger, wealthier districts would receive more funding because they have resources to quickly apply for it.

Proposition 52: Private Hospital Fees for Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal provides health care services to low-income Californians. Private hospitals are required to pay to help cover the cost of Medi-Cal. Proposition 52 would make the fee that private hospitals pay permanent and more difficult to change.


  • It guarantees funding for Medi-Cal, helping low-income families.
  • Proposition 52 stops state lawmakers from using this money for something else.


  • Proposition 52 gives money to hospitals without guaranteeing that it will go toward helping patients.
  • It gives more money to hospital corporations rather than low-income Californians.

Proposition 53: Public Vote on Revenue Bonds

Revenue bonds are often used to pay for major construction projects: the state pays back the bonds by using money gained from the completed project. Proposition 53 would require revenue bonds for a state project greater than $2 billion to be approved by voters.


  • States should have voter approval on expensive projects.
  • Proposition 53 gives voters more of a voice and demands accountability from the state.
  • Proposition 53 will discourage spending that adds to state debt.


  • Waiting for a statewide vote could make it harder to respond to emergencies.
  • Statewide voters should not make decisions about projects that affect a specific community.
  • Proposition 53 could prevent or delay fixing pressing infrastructure issues.

Proposition 54: Changes to the Legislative Process

Proposition 54 would require the state Legislature to post bills online three days before a vote. The governor could declare an emergency to make a bill exempt from this requirement. Public meetings of the Legislature would also be recorded and posted online within a day, and anyone will be allowed to record public meetings. Recorded videos could be used in political campaigns.


  • This makes it easier for Californians to see what lawmakers are doing – more transparency.
  • Proposition 54 would give the public time to read new laws before they are passed.


  • Proposition 54 would make passing bills harder because even small changes to a bill would mean lawmakers have to wait before voting.
  • Groups in positions of power would have more time to block or change a bill.

Proposition 55: Extend Tax on High Income

This initiative would extend income tax rates on income above $250,000 a year through 2030. Money from these taxes would go toward schools and community colleges as well as the Medi-Cal program. The income tax rate is right now set to expire in 2018 (under Proposition 30, approved in 2012).


  • It would only affect those who can afford to pay higher taxes.
  • Proposition 55 would provide billions to schools and community colleges.
  • Proposition 55 has accountability requirements that will make sure money reaches schools.


  • Supporters of Proposition 30 in 2012 were promised temporary increases, not permanent.
  • Proposition 55 will hurt small businesses and kill jobs.
  • It will take hard-earned money away from people.

Proposition 56: Tobacco Tax

Proposition 56 would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 a pack. It would also raise taxes on other tobacco products and e-cigarettes containing nicotine. Revenue from the tax would go toward healthcare and tobacco education programs.


  • Raising tobacco taxes will prevent people from smoking.
  • Proposition 56 would provide millions for healthcare programs.
  • Tobacco users will help offset tobacco-related healthcare costs that taxpayers pay for.


  • Only 13 percent of new tobacco tax money will go toward treating smokers or preventing smoking.
  • Proposition 56 would spend too much money enforcing the tax.
  • It diverts more money to health insurance companies for treating the same patients.

Proposition 57: Parole, Sentencing and Court Procedures

Under Proposition 57, inmates convicted of nonviolent felonies could be granted parole after serving time for their main crime. They also would have more chances to reduce their sentences through good behavior and educational activities. Finally, this initiative would require a juvenile court judge to decide whether youth ages 14 to 17 could be tried in adult court.


  • This would make prisons less crowded and save money.
  • Proposition 57 would encourage rehabilitation and education of inmates.


  • Proposition 57 would release more convicted felons and weaken crime laws.
  • Proposition 57 does not define what classifies as a “nonviolent” felony. The vague language could be used to apply it to crimes that most people would consider violent.

Proposition 58: English Language Education

Current state law limits the use of bilingual education programs, requiring schools to teach mostly in English. Proposition 58 would remove that requirement and allow schools to use bilingual programs. School districts and county offices of education would make the final decision.


  • This gives parents and school districts more control over education and more flexibility.
  • English learners should be taught in ways that best meet their needs.


  • Test scores have improved since the state required teaching in English.
  • Being surrounded by English leads to learning English faster. Proposition 58 could create classrooms primarily taught in Spanish, which could hinder learning English.

Proposition 59: Political Spending Advisory Question

Proposition 59 asks voters whether California’s officials should Propositionose and ratify an amendment to the U.S. constitution overturning the Citizens United decision. The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled that political spending by corporations and unions could not be completely limited. This initiative does not guarantee that lawmakers will try to amend the Constitution.


  • This would send the message that California opposes the Citizens United decision.
  • Corporations should not be able to spend unlimited money on political campaigns.


  • Proposition 59 is a waste of time because it will not change the law.
  • Proposition 59 does not reduce campaign spending or inform people about political donations.

Proposition 60: Condoms in Adult Films

Proposition 60 would require adult film producers to make sure condoms are used while filming sex. This requirement would apply to film studios as well as individual performers or couples. Californians would also be allowed to sue producers for violating the requirement.


  • The current law requiring condoms is not being followed.
  • This would protect performers from sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Proposition 60 is supported by medical and public health organizations.


  • Married couples who film in their home could be sued.
  • Proposition 60 allows any California resident to directly sue film producers and distributors.
  • Proposition 60 is opposed by civil rights and public health organizations and business leaders.

Proposition 61: Prescription Drug Costs

This initiative limits how much the state can pay for prescription drugs. State agencies could not pay more than the Department of Veterans Affairs for any medication. California’s “managed care system,” covering 75 percent of people on Medi-Cal, is exempt.


  • Proposition 61 would prevent price gouging and high prices for prescription drugs.
  • Proposition 61 would save money in healthcare costs.


  • Proposition 61 would not apply to 88 percent of residents.
  • This would remove discounts on prescription drugs that California currently receives, which would increase prescription costs.

Proposition 62: Repealing the Death Penalty

Proposition 62 would repeal the death penalty. Existing death row sentences would change to life imprisonment without parole.


  • Repealing the death penalty would save the state $150 million a year.
  • Removing the death penalty would make sure innocent people are not executed.
  • Victims’ families will get closure because the long process of death penalty trials and appeals will end.


  • The most serious crimes deserve the strongest possible punishment.
  • The money that inmates would put toward victims’ families cannot make up for the families’ loss.
  • Proposition 62 threatens public safety and denies justice for victims’ families.

Proposition 63: Gun and Ammunition Sales

Proposition 63 would ban gun magazines that hold a large number of bullets. It would also require background checks for buying ammunition and impose new felony charges for gun theft. Proposition 63 would set up a new court process to keep guns away from felons and other people disqualified from owning firearms.


  • This makes sure violent criminals and the mentally ill cannot have guns.
  • It strengthens gun laws and stops dangerous people from buying ammunition.


  • This makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy ammunition.
  • The costs of Proposition 63 could be better spent on law enforcement.

Proposition 64: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

This initiative would legalize growing, possessing or using non-medical marijuana for adults, ages 21 and over. Taxes would be set for retail and on growers. Revenue from these taxes would go toward law enforcement and other programs like drug education.


  • Proposition 64 sets up a safe system of marijuana use.
  • Proposition 64 would bring in more than $1 billion in revenue and lower law enforcement costs.


  • Proposition 64 would increase driving accidents because it has no DUI standard for marijuana.
  • Marijuana would be allowed to be grown near schools.
  • Proposition 64 would allow felons with meth and heroin convictions to sell marijuana.

Proposition 65: Money From Carry-Out Bags

The initiative would redirect money charged by stores for paper carry-out bags. Instead of keeping the money, stores would put it into a state account to be used for environmental projects.


  • Stores should not be allowed to profit from the sale of reusable bags.
  • Proposition 65 ensures that the money will go to helping the environment.


  • Proposition 65 will not make much money for the state.
  • Proposition 65 distracts from the real issue, getting rid of plastic bags completely.

Proposition 66: Death Penalty Court Procedures

This initiative would speed up the death penalty legal process by setting a five-year time limit on challenging death sentences. It would also limit successive appeals. Death row inmates would work and pay victim restitution.


  • Speeding up the process could save tens of millions of dollars a year.
  • The appeals process should be quicker and less complicated.


  • Proposition 66 would cost millions of dollars in legal and lawyer fees.
  • Shortening the appeals process increases the risk of executing innocent people.

Proposition 67: Plastic Bag Ban

Proposition 67 would uphold a 2014 law that prohibits stores from selling plastic and paper bags across the state. Stores can sell recycled paper or reusable bags.


  • Voting “Yes” would reduce litter and protect wildlife and the environment.
  • Many communities have already banned plastic bags.


  • A plastic bag ban would reduce manufacturing jobs.
  • Consumers would have to pay for reusable bags and grocery stores could keep the money.

Source: Voter's Edge

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<![CDATA[Most Memorable Moments From 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:51:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PL05Ma_1200x675_773938755547.jpg Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president.]]> <![CDATA[Taliban Watches Debate From Secret Afghanistan Location]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:58:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_743351664968.jpg

Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

"There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.

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<![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:05:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16145366840419.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.

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<![CDATA[The Top Trump-Clinton Debate Tweet? It's From 2012]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:43:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/610601740-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-debate-tweets.jpg

Twitter was abuzz during the presidential debate Monday, but nothing grabbed people's attention like a tweet Donald Trump sent in 2012, according to the company.

Days before that year's election, Trump tweeted that global warming was a Chinese conspiracy "to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." It was the most retweeted tweet during the debate, according to Twitter's government and elections team.

So what made that obscure tweet rise to the top of the Twitter hive mind's consciousness? Hillary Clinton said early on in the debate that Trump called climate change a hoax, and he strongly denied it.

Twitter users, who have always jumped on candidates' statements during debates, were quick to fact check him with his own statements. That China example wasn't the only one.

Elsewhere online, Google's search data suggested that Hillary Clinton gained more visibility from the debate. The tech giant's data and visualizations lab, Google Trends, found that every state in the country was uniformly searching Clinton's name more than Trump's after the debate, where Trump had dominated beforehand.

And she dominated searches for long stretches in two key swing states: Ohio and Florida.

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<![CDATA[Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Social Media Reacts]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601290.jpg

The presidential nominees sparred for 99 minutes in their first presidential debate held at Hofstra University Monday night.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tackled the economy, ISIS, taxes and the president's birth status. They also took jabs at one another, and plenty of them.

"I have a feeling by the end of this debate I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened," Clinton joked.

Clinton noted that cyber security attacks were a concern, and the United States should be wary of Russia, and noted that "Donald is very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin." 

Trump said he'd release his tax returns once Clinton provided the 33,000 emails she deleted, and that his temperment was his best asset. 

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"She doesn't have the stamina... I don't believe Hillary has the stamina" to be president, Trump said. 

The top three issues posted to Facebook by 18- to 34 year-olds during the night were ISIS, racism and discrimination and crime and criminal justice, according to Facebook. 

#TrumpSniffles began showing up on Twitter timelines in response to Trump appearing to sniffle throughout the debate. 

Social media users shared a breadth of reaction as Lester Holt of NBC News moderated the debate. 

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<![CDATA[Top Tweets on the 1st Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:17:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP+-+Hofstra+Debate+16+sized.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn't hold back during the first debate of the 2016 general election. Because most viewers have a habit of watching through a second (and third) screen, Twitter feeds were equally intriguing. Here are some top reactions to Clinton and Trump’s grueling debate.

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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking the 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:26:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16271039934629.jpg

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<![CDATA[Clinton Leads Trump by 5 Ahead of 1st Debate: Poll]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-605904136.jpg

Hillary Clinton takes a five-point lead among likely voters over Donald Trump into Monday night's presidential debate, according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, released hours before the debate kicked off.

Clinton's 45-40 lead over Trump was unchanged from the week before, the poll found. But Clinton's head-to-head matchup with Trump improved by two points over the previous week, and she now leads him 51-44, NBC News reported.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson trails the front-runners with 10 percent of those surveyed in the online poll, from September 19 through September 25. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 3 percent support.

Clinton leads among millennials and gained ground in the 18-29 age group, where the third-party candidates maintained comparatively large bastions of support, while only 5 percent of those 65 and over support Johnson and only 1 percent support Stein.

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<![CDATA[Debate-Day Trump Snapchat Filter Takes Swipe at Clinton]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:38:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump-crooked-hillary-snapchat-filter.jpg

Snapchat claims it reaches 41 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 years old on any given day.

Donald Trump's presidential campaign is trying to win that group over with a new Snapchat geofilter debuted on Monday, the day of his first debate with Hillary Clinton.

The star- and firework-spangled "Debate Day" filter uses Trump's trusted epithet for Clinton, "crooked Hillary" on top, where it reads: "Donald J. Trump vs. Crooked Hillary." The national, sponsored filter was paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., according to fine print on the filter itself and confirmed by Snapachat.

Geofilters are a feature on Snapchat that lets users overlay images onto their photos or videos. They're often of city or town names, but users can design and purchase their own filters to be used in certain places for periods of time. The filters must be approved by Snapchat. 

Clinton and her allies were outspending Trump's campaign in TV ads by a 5-to-1 margin as of last week, NBC News reported. Clinton has purchased ads on Snapchat before, including during the Republican National Convention, but didn't have a Snapchat filter of her own on Monday.

The Trump campaign — which has grown in part on the strength of the candidate's Twitter presence — is no stranger to using social media to score points in the debate. Earlier this month, Donald Trump Jr. drew outrage along with retweets when he posted an image showing the internet meme Pepe the Frog, which as been used by some white nationalists, next to his father.

Watch the debate here at 9 p.m. ET.

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<![CDATA[Memorable Moments From Presidential Debates Past]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:56:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nixon-debate-P1.jpg

You can argue whether presidential debates have the power to swing an election, but they are a dependable source of images and sound bites that help color voters' perception of the candidates - for good and for bad. It began with the first televised debate between a tanned and vibrant John F. Kennedy and a peaked, flu-wracked Richard M. Nixon in 1960 and continued through 2012, when Mitt Romney's story about "binders full of women." Countless quips, gaffes and zingers have occurred in the intervening years. Here are some of the most memorable, in chronological order.

Welcome to television, Mr. Nixon

Pollsters found that people who listened to this debate on the radio thought that Nixon, the vice president, beat Kennedy. But those who followed on television, where Kennedy's youth and poise contrasted with Nixon's age and dourness, sided with Kennedy, who won the election. No single moment of this debate stands out; the entire episode illustrates how Nixon underestimated the power of television. Nixon would later run for president and win, but he refused to debate ever again.

Ford's foreign policy blunder

President Gerald Ford, who ascended to office after Nixon's resignation, was challenged by former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1976. In this clip from the second of three debates, Ford tells an incredulous Max Frankel that "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration." Carter would later say that the debates helped him win the election.

Reagan's zingers

Carter and former California Gov. Ronald Reagan debated only once in 1980, a week before election day, and Reagan showed himself adept at two key debate techniques: affably diffusing an attack and distilling a candidacy down to a single phrase. When Carter criticized Reagan's position on Medicaid, Reagan quipped, "There you go again." And during his closing arguments, Reagan asked voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Both lines became classics, and Reagan won by a landslide.

Carter's Amy speech

Reagan's inspiring performance stood in stark contrast to Carter's flatness. That was exposed in his closing arguments, when he finished an argument about nuclear weapons by invoking his daughter, Amy. Some analysts point to this remark as the debate's worst.

Reagan strikes back

Reagan was challenged in 1984 by Walter Mondale, who'd served as vice president under Carter. Reagan maintained a large lead for most of the campaign. But Mondale appeared to gain ground in their first debate, when Reagan, who was, at 73, the oldest sitting president, appeared tired and a little disoriented. In the second debate, Reagan again showed his knack for amiably diffusing criticism by addressing the age issue head-on.

The rape question

The 1988 race between Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and Vice President George H.W. Bush featured two debates, the first of which was largely uneventful. But the second began with journalist Bernard Shaw asking Dukakis if he would support the death penalty for someone who raped and killed his wife. Dukakis, a staunch opponent of capital punishment, answered resolutely that he would not, but the dryness of his response cemented the prevailing image of him as reserved and stiff. Soon after the debate, Bush began to climb in the polls.

Perot's "giant sucking sound"

The series of debates in 1992 featured three candidates: President Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot, whose campaign was fueled by anti-Washington anger. Bush and Clinton spent much of the first debate attacking each other, and voters reacted in polls by declaring Perot the winner. In the second, Perot's straight-talking, humorous delivery reached a crescendo in his opening remarks, when he went on a tirade against the North American Free Trade Agreement, predicting that it would result in a massive loss of jobs to Mexico. The line became an instant hit.

Bush checks his watch

Later in the second debate of 1992, a member of the audience stood to ask the candidates a question about how the national debt had affected them personally. From the back of the stage, Bush glanced at his watch and then botched the question, struggling to explain himself before admitting, "I'm not sure I get it." A few minutes later, Clinton gave an impassioned response, and the debate was as good as won.

Gore tries to intimidate Bush

The last of three debates between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000 was held in a town-hall meeting style, leaving the candidates free to roam the stage while answering questions. The exchanges between Bush and Gore had become increasingly testy, with Gore at times expressing impatience with Bush's answers. That tension came to a head during Bush's attempt to explain how he thought the two men differed. Gore stood up and approached Bush in what seemed to be an effort to intimidate him. But Bush's handling of it gave him the upper hand.

McCain: “that one”

The 2008 race featured three debates between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. In the second, a town-hall style meeting, the candidates largely refrained from attacking each other's character but parried on policy in what was generally considered a boring exchange. Perhaps that is why the Democrats and the media fixated on a slight blunder by McCain as he tried to explain the two men's differences on energy policy. Emphasizing a point, he referred to Obama as "that one," which Obama's campaign tried to exploit as evidence that McCain was out of sorts and irascible. T-shirts and Facebook pages mocking the phrase sprouted up. Pundits argued whether it was that bad of a mistake, but it became the most discussed aspect of the debate, and that wasn't good for McCain.

Romney's "binders full of women"

In in answering a question about pay equity for women, Mitt Romney said during the 2012 presidential debate that as governor of Massachusetts he made an effort to include women in his administration. He said his team reached out to several women groups to find applicants and got "binders full of women." The commentary about Romney's phrase took off online even before his second debate with President Barack Obama wrapped up. 

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<![CDATA[Debate Details Revealed: Clinton Gets 1st Question]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:19:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-texas-encuestas.jpg

WATCH the debate live at 9 p.m. ET.

Debate officials have released the details of Monday night's presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

Clinton will receive the first question from NBC News' Lester Holt, who will moderate the first debate of the election season at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

The debate will 90 minutes long and divided into six, 15 minute "pods," the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Sunday.

Clinton's podium will be stage left and Trump's podium will be stage right, the CPD said.

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<![CDATA['I Hope' My Foundation Hasn't Broken the Law: Trump]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:27:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16268837219115-Trump-shrugs.jpg

When asked in an interview Sunday whether he was confident he’d followed the law with regards to his personal charitable foundation, Donald Trump said that he “hoped so.”

Media reports have found that Trump has used his charitable organization, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, for personal purchases and to pay off legal fees. Those actions may have been taken in violation of IRS laws, NBC News reports.

The host of Sunday talk show "Full Measure," Sharyl Atkinson, asked the GOP presidential candidate directly if he was “confident that the Trump Foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws.”

“Well, I hope so. I mean, my lawyers do it,” Trump said.

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<![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Hillary Clinton for President]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:25:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-profile.jpg

The New York Times editorial board endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Saturday, writing the endorsement is "rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service."

The Times touted Clinton's record as first lady, New York senator and secretary of state in their endorsement, claiming she has shown the ability to work with politicians from opposing parties to enact her policy agenda.

"When Mrs. Clinton was sworn in as a senator from New York in 2001, Republican leaders warned their caucus not to do anything that might make her look good," the editorial says. "Yet as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she earned the respect of Republicans like Senator John McCain with her determination to master intricate military matters."

The editorial also praised her foreign policy record as secretary of state, but does mention her missteps in that role.

"As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was charged with repairing American credibility after eight years of the Bush administration’s unilateralism," the editorial board wrote. "She bears a share of the responsibility for the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failings, notably in Libya. But her achievements are substantial."

Clinton's ability to bounce back from her failings, however, is another one of her strengths as a politician and presidential candidate, according to the endorsement.

"She is one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation, whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship. As first lady, she rebounded from professional setbacks and personal trials with astounding resilience," the editorial board wrote.

The endorsement only made passing reference to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who "discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway," according to the Times.

The editorial board added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the "worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history."

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<![CDATA[How Should Trump Debate Clinton? Advice From a Man Who Knows]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:53:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-upset.jpg

WATCH the debate live at 9 p.m. ET.

The man famous for getting in Hillary Clinton’s face during the campaign that launched her political career has some debate advice for Donald Trump.

Stay at his lectern.

Rick Lazio should know. The former Republican congressman didn't — and paid the price for a performance that has become a textbook example of what not to do when your opponent is a woman.

Lazio, today a partner with the Jones Walker law firm, ran against Clinton in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. At their first debate in Buffalo, New York, he crossed the stage to Clinton's lectern, pointing his finger as he urged her to sign a pledge about limiting the funding of their race. He was seen as hectoring, his campaign faltered and she went on to win.

Lazio's misstep is being recalled as Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their debate on Monday, pitting the first woman to run as a major party presidential candidate versus the former reality TV star who has made browbeating opponents a key to his success. "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "Low-energy Jeb" have given way to "Crooked Hillary," but will he fling insults at her when they meet at New York's Hofstra University? Will Clinton goad him to try to show he is not suited for the presidency?

Trump said that he would curb his disparaging tone at the debate, to be moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt. The 90-minute debate will be televised by NBC and streamed on this site at 9 p.m. ET Monday. 

"I'm going to be very respectful of her," he told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I think she deserves that and I'm going to be nice. And if she's respectful of me, that'll be nice."

That hasn't stopped him from mocking her on Twitter.

"Hillary is taking the day off again, she needs the rest," he tweeted Tuesday about her bout with pneumonia. "Sleep well Hillary — see you at the debate!"

For Clinton's part, she zeroed in on Trump's derisive comments when she spoke on Steve Harvey's radio show.

"I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we have seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said. "I can take it, Steve. I can take that kind of stuff. I have been at this, and I understand it is a contact sport."

Lazio, who said that neither Trump nor Clinton had earned his support, has several suggestions for Trump: Present a positive vision, be aware of non-verbal communication and don't go for the knock-out punch, but rather, amplify Clinton's negatives. Demonstrate enough knowledge of policy details to establish his credibility as president without trying to duel with someone who has been in and around Washington for nearly 25 years. And with nearly two-thirds of the public feeling that the country is on the wrong track, distinguish himself as the change agent and Clinton as more of the failed and uninspiring status quo.

"Have your team prepared and on high alert afterward to drive your debate message," he wrote. “There are two debates — as I well discovered — the actual event and what gets covered by the media and watched by the public afterward.

"And finally....stay at the podium!"

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<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:45:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg

Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

Known as the Hyde Amendment, the 40-year-old law restricting federal funding for abortions has shown to be effective in curbing the number of abortions performed, both sides agreed. For anti-abortion Republicans, the policy’s functionality proves its success. But for abortion rights supporters, it’s a sign that women are simply being denied health care, NBC News reported.

Rep. Trent Franks said the fact that abortion hasn’t become a major issue in this general election campaign is disappointing.

“The American people deserve to know where the candidates stand, in the most important election this century and in the last century,” he said. Franks presided over the House judiciary subcommittee hearing Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls For End to Violence ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:31:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/US-PA-Trump-3-CR-147464484892100001.jpg Delivering his law-and-order message at a rally in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, saying that "The main victims of these violent demonstrations are law abiding African-Americans who live in these communities and only want to raise their children in safety and peace and with a good education." He also criticized Hillary Clinton, saying that "The job of a leader is to stand in someone else's shoes and see things from their perspective. You have to be able to do that."]]> <![CDATA[Trump Campaign Volunteer Quits After Racially Charged Speech]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:50:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg

A Trump campaign chair in Ohio resigned Thursday after she made several racially insensitive comments in an on-camera interview, including a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time,” NBC News reports. 

Kathy Miller, a volunteer chair, made a variety of comments to The Guardian newspaper, which published the interview Thursday. Miller told the publication, “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.”

The video was posted Thursday morning, after the second night of protests in Charlotte, N.C., that were organized in response to the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police.

The Trump campaign in Ohio released a statement Thursday confirming that they’d accepted Miller’s resignation and calling her comments “inappropriate.”

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<![CDATA[Trump Says Stop-and-Frisk Comment Meant for Chicago]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:08:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

After calling for the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" police practice to combat crime on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified his comments to say he really only meant in Chicago.

"Look, we had tremendous shootings, numbers of shootings. Now, Chicago is out of control and I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk," the Republican presidential nominee said in a phone interview with Fox & Friends Thursday morning. "They asked me about Chicago and I was talking about stop-and-frisk for Chicago," he added.

Trump intended to clarify comments made in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that was broadcast Wednesday evening. In that interview, an audience member asked the nominee about addressing "violence in the black community," to which he proposed expanding the policy in which officers may stop and question individuals, possibly searching those they find suspicious. Critics of the practice say it can lead to racial profiling.

"I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well," he said. "You understand, you have to have, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do."

"I think Chicago needs stop-and-frisk," Trump said Thursday. "Now, people can criticize me for that or people can say whatever they want. But they asked me about Chicago and I think stop-and-frisk with good strong, you know, good strong law and order. But you have to do something. It can’t continue the way it’s going," he added.

The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

This is not the first time the nominee has mentioned Chicago's violence, drawing harsh criticism for tweeting in August that the murder of Dwyane Wade's cousin is an example of why black voters will support him. 

Just days earlier he also said that he met with a "top" Chicago officer who believed the city's violence could be stopped within a week using "tough police tactics," a claim that the Chicago Police Department refuted

"No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign," a CPD spokesperson said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Clinton Leads Trump Ahead of First Debate]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:12:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-serious.jpg

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 6 points among likely voters heading into the first presidential debate on Monday, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey, conducted after Clinton's return to the campaign trail following her bout with pneumonia, shows a bigger advantage for the secretary of state than did polls taken during the heightened scrutiny of her health.

"Despite arguably the worst few weeks of her candidacy, the fundamentals still point toward a Hillary Clinton victory," says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

In a four-way horse race, Clinton gets support from 43 percent of likely voters and Trump gets 37 percent, while Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is at 9 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein is at 3 percent.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Donald Trump, Mike Pence Campaign in Ohio]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

Donald Trump and Mike Pence hold a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.

Check here for a live stream.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Clinton Campaigns in Florida]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16262057948804-Clinton-at-CBC.jpg

Hillary Clinton is holding a campaign event at the Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Center in Orlando, Florida.

Check here for a live stream. 

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<![CDATA[7 in 10 Have Concerns About Trump's Comments: Poll]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:49:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg

In a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 69 percent of registered voters said they are concerned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments and language in regard to women, immigrants and Muslims, NBC News reported.

More than half of that group said they have "major" concerns about those issues, according to NBC News.

By comparison, nearly as many — 64 percent of registered voters — said they have concerns about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Thirty-three percent of those polled said that Trump's temperament concerns them the most about him; 36 percent said that the issue about Clinton that concerns them the most is her judgment when it comes to dealing with Syria, Iraq and Libya.

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<![CDATA[Trump: Afghanistan Safer Than Some US Inner Cities]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:19:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

Donald Trump promised to "rebuild our inner cities" at a rally on Tuesday, telling a North Carolina crowd that “places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities.”

Violent crime in American cities is expected to rise by 5.5 percent in 2016, according to New York University's Brennan Center. According to the United Nations, 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year. Trump did not back up his comparison with statistics. 

In an effort to win African American communities, Trump has recently pitched himself as the candidate to vote for those who have nothing to lose, NBC News reported.

Despite exaggerating disparities in black communities  -- lack of quality education, safety concerns, absence of jobs -- Trump has made minor gains. An ABC/Washington Post poll average from August to September showed Trump polling at five percent with African Americans, compared to previous zero or one percent.

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<![CDATA[Deadlock: FEC Commissioners Say They’re Failing to Investigate Campaign Violations]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:20:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Federal+Election+Commission.jpg

If a campaign cheats during this election season, chances are high it’ll never be investigated. That’s according to some of the very Federal Election Commissioners tasked with enforcing the law, who call the agency “dysfunctional” and “broken,” NBC 4 Washington.

The FEC is made up of six people – one independent, two Democrats and three Republicans – who hold tremendous power. Under federal law, they’re supposed to investigate and penalize candidates and campaigns caught breaking the rules.

But to even investigate these complaints requires at least four votes, and a News4 I-Team investigation found they often deadlock on potentially precedent setting cases – effectively preventing those cases from moving forward.

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<![CDATA[Clinton, Trump Report Largest Fundraising Month Yet]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-trump-clinton-split-.jpg

August was a good month for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom reported their best fundraising yet, NBC News reported.

Clinton brought in $59.5 million and Trump $41 million, according to new Federal Election Commission filings released Tuesday.

While Clinton raised more than her Republican rival, she also spent more than him. Clinton spent $49.6 million in August, compared to Trump's $29.9 million.

The fundraising totals are less than what the campaigns had announced earlier this month — those sums included money raised for their joint fundraising committees to help their parties and down-ballot candidates. Those fundraising numbers won't be released until October.

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