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Senate hopeful in North Carolina: ACLU work defended freedom

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross is taking head-on Republican criticism of her role with the American Civil Liberties Union, saying Wednesday the organization's entire purpose is standing against government overreach.

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Critics: Governor’s promise to heal Baltimore rings hollow

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with a reporter during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington. When Baltimore's streets erupted in the worst rioting in 40 years, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to help heal the city. Instead, critics say, some of his administration's policy decisions over the last 16 months undercut local efforts to address the deep-seated poverty and violence that triggered the unrest in the first place, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — When Baltimore's streets erupted in the worst rioting in 40 years, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to help heal the city. Instead, critics say, some of his administration's policy decisions over the last 16 months actually undercut local efforts to address the deep-seated poverty and violence that triggered the unrest in the first place.


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New Trump campaign manager to push candidate to focus on policy

Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and Paul Manafort, staff of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New YorkDonald Trump's new campaign manager said on Wednesday she would encourage the Republican presidential nominee to focus on substance and continue delivering policy speeches as he has done in the last week. "Keep giving these policy speeches, because I tell you ... there's absolutely zero evidence that the voters want this election to be about this content-free cacophony with no substance and no issues," Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with Fox News. Conway was named to the position on Wednesday by the Trump campaign in a shake-up that also appointed the head of conservative website Breitbart News to the new position of campaign CEO.


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Ex-Defense Secretary Hagel named visiting fellow at Harvard

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is heading to Harvard University this fall as one of two visiting fellows at the Ivy League school's Institute of Politics. Hagel is also a Republican former U.S. ...

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Trump campaign chairman helped pro-Russians in Ukraine move money to U.S. firms: AP

Donald Trump's campaign chair and convention manager Paul Manafort appears at a press conference at the Republican Convention in ClevelandU.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, helped a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia secretly move at least $2.2 million to two major Washington lobbying firms, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The AP, citing sources with direct knowledge of the effort, said the transfers were set up in ways to obscure the Ukrainian party's attempts to sway U.S. policies, using a nonprofit organization to distance funds from Ukrainian politicians. U.S. law requires American lobbyists to register and report in detail any ties to foreign political parties or leaders to the U.S. Justice Department.


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U.S. offers states help to fight election hacking

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Johnson testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government is offering to help states protect the Nov. 8 U.S. election from hacking or other tampering, in the face of allegations by Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump that the system is open to fraud. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told state officials in a phone call on Monday that federal cyber security experts could scan for vulnerabilities in voting systems and provide other resources to help protect against infiltration, his office said in a statement. The attempts to sow doubts about the 2016 election results coincided with Trump's slide in opinion polls against Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and missteps in his campaign.


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Trump campaign chief Manafort: Dark knight of lobbyists

Paul Manafort has become the public face of the Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the most controversial in living memoryPaul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman thrust into the headlines this week in connection with a Ukrainian corruption investigation, is a formidable Republican strategist who spent years lobbying for rogues and dictators. The smooth-talking, sharply dressed 67-year-old has become the public face of the most controversial US presidential campaign in living memory: a professional spokesman who never strays off message as he bats aside allegations of a campaign in disarray or a candidate going off the rails. On Wednesday, Trump announced a shake-up of his team as he tanks in the polls.


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Quotations in the News

"I've known both of them for a long time. They're terrific people, they're winners, they're champs, and we need to win it." — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after he shook up his campaign staff again by bringing in Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News as chief executive officer and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.

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