After reiterating his claims that the presidential election is “rigged” on Saturday, Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Gettysburg that “Hillary Clinton should have been precluded from running.” But “the FBI and the Justice Department covered up her crimes, which included lying to the FBI and Congress on numerous occasions,” he said. The speech was presented as Trump’s “100-day plan,” with the Republican nominee promising a detailed list of the first moves he’ll make in office. But much of the rally saw Trump lashing out at his detractors. Elaborating on his repeated claims that the election is not being held fairly, he told supporters “1.8 million dead people are registered to vote, and some of them are voting.” It’s not clear where he got that number, and he cited no evidence. He also railed against the several woman who accused him of sexual assault in recent weeks, vowing to take legal action. “All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” he said to cheers from the crowd.
AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to a purchase by the telecoms giant for more than $80 billion, according to reports. The deal would put media properties including CNN, HBO, and Warner Bros. under the second largest telecom in the U.S. Shortly after the news broke on Saturday, Donald Trump declared at a speech in Pennsylvania that he would block it. "As an example of the power structure I am fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN — a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few," he said. The federal goverment would likely put the deal under heavy scrutiny.
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Hillary Clinton is on track to beat Donald Trump with 326 electoral votes to Trump’s 212, a poll released Saturday showed. The States of the Nation project, conducted by Reuters/IPSOS, painted a grim picture for the Republican nominee just 17 days before the election. Clinton is shown as leading in most of the states that Trump would need to win, and if the election were to be held today, she’d almost certainly win, with 95% chance of winning the vote, according to the poll. The study shows Clinton likely to win North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada, while Arizona and Ohio were too close to call. If turnout of Democratic voters is low while Republican turnout surges, however, Trump stands a chance of winning, the poll said.
Actor Bill Murray randomly showed up at the White House on Friday, causing a stir among reporters by taking to the lectern in the James Brady Press Briefing Room. It’s not entirely clear why Murray was in the White House, but President Barack Obama confirmed for reporters that he had “absolutely” met with the “Caddyshack” and “Ghostbusters” star. A White House official later said Obama had congratulated the actor on winning this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Obama, a White Sox fan, teased Murray about his attire – full-blown Cubs gear. "He was wearing a Cubs jacket, which for a White Sox fan is a little troubling,” Obama joked to reporters. Murray is due to receive his award at a ceremony Sunday at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Sean Hannity earned himself some mockery this weekend with a tweet praising WikiLeaks. “In 10 yrs WikiLeaks has gotten nothing wrong & no one’s been killed bc of the info released,” Hannity tweeted on Friday, along with a hashtag calling to free Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. Hannity, who previously said “people may die” because of WikiLeak’s actions and called for Assange to be arrested, prompted confusion and dismay with the tweet. Republican Senator Ben Sasse quickly responded. “Oh my,” he wrote, going on to remind Hannity that WikiLeaks “regularly publishes U.S. natl security secrets for the benefit of Russia.” Assange has taken center stage this week after WikiLeaks began claiming a massive intelligence operation was under way against him because his Internet access was cut. On Tuesday, the group published a photo to Twitter of “heavily armed police” outside the embassy along with reassurances that “Assange is still alive.” The group has blamed the Obama administration for Assange’s loss of the Internet. The group’s claims have triggered frantic calls on Twitter to “#FreeAssange” and “ShowUsJulian.”
Some of Donald Trump’s Facebook posts caused such a scandal among the social network’s employees that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to intervene, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The journal cited several anonymous sources at the company as saying the Republican nominee’s posts about his proposed Muslim ban triggered a debate within the company about whether his posts constituted hate speech. Several Facebook employees reportedly pushed for one post in particular to be removed. But Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, decided to keep the post in order to avoid censoring a presidential candidate, the report said. Zuckerberg, who later reviewed the internal complaint about Trump’s post, sided with Bickert and decided to leave the post up.
In an interview with a Spanish radio show on Friday, actress Salma Hayek said Donald Trump once tried to date her and didn’t take it so well when she turned him down. “When I met that man I had a boyfriend and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number,” Hayek said on the El Show del Mandril program, according to BuzzFeed. Hayek said Trump eventually did get in touch with her but she turned him down, adding that she “wouldn’t date him even if I didn’t have a boyfriend.” Soon after rejecting him, Hayek says, she came across a story in a tabloid claiming Trump had turned her down due to her height. Trump then called her up and asked, “’Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you ,’” she said. Hayek said she suspected Trump had planted the story himself. “He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn’t think that’s why he wouldn’t go out with me,” she said. Trump has yet to comment on the story.
Speaking in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Donald Trump railed against media mergers involving news outlets that have been critical of him, threatening to completely weaken the media “power structure.” In explaining his proposed actions against certain media companies, Trump said,“They're trying desperately to suppress my vote and the voice of the American people.” “As an example of the power structure I'm fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” he said. The proposed merger, announced Friday, saw AT&T agree in principle to buy Time Warner for about $85 billion. “Deals like this destroy democracy,” Trump said of the proposed merger. He went on to say he’d like to “break” the Comcast/NBC Universal merger completed in 2013. He also slammed Amazon, saying that “Amazon, which through its ownership controls Washington Post, should be paying massive taxes but its not paying, and it's a very unfair playing field ... very very unfair and you are talking about billions and billions of dollars.” Washington Post has been relentless in its criticism of Trump throughout the campaign, and CNN has also offered critical coverage.
Stand-up comic Kevin Meaney was found dead in his New York home on Friday. His agent released a statement confirming the news and saying an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death. Meaney’s death was met with an outpouring of condolences from his fellow comics on Saturday, with many saying he stood out not only for his comic genius, but his kindness in an industry more known for its ruthlessness than anything else. Meaney was in the business for more than 25 years. His career took off with his first HBO special in 1986, and he went on to regularly appear on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. He is also remembered for appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Oprah and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. He leaves behind a daughter.