Trump Lays Groundwork for Trump TV


Donald Trump has made his first foray into his rumored post-campaign broadcast career. On Monday night, the Trump campaign broadcast a Facebook Live stream featuring campaign advisors Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims, and conservative commentator Tomi Lahren. The show will air every night at 6:30 on Trump's Facebook page. The broadcast's inaugural run drew some 40 thousand viewers, and featured an interview with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and a livestream of Trump's Monday night rally in Tampa, Georgia.

Epshteyn told Wired that the broadcast had nothing to do with a future Trump TV run. But the Dallas News reported that Lahren is interested in joining a Trump broadcast effort, should one take shape after the campaign.


Obamacare Premiums to Rise 25%

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Healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act will see a double-digit hike in 2017, the Obama administration confirmed Monday. Premiums on a standard plan will increase an average 25 percent in the 39 states covered by the Healthcare.gov site. Healthcare recipients are also facing a drop in available plans, as carriers reduce their role in the federal healthcare plan. Consumers in Alaska, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming will only have one insurance provider to chose from under the 2017 plan.

The announcement comes shortly before enrollment opens on November 1. Ted Cruz and other Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act have already used the premium hikes in their arguments to repeal the healthcare program.


Report: Trump Claimed $17M in Fake Storm Damages

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Donald Trump claimed a $17 million insurance payday on his Mar-a-Lago property after a 2005 hurricane. But eyewitnesses told the Associated Press that the Palm Beach property never sustained close to $17 million in damages. "That house has never been seriously damaged," Trump's longtime butler Anthony Senecal told the AP of Mar-a-Lago hurricane history. "I was there for all of them."

Less than three weeks after Mar-a-Lago allegedly sustained $17 million in damages, the entire Trump family converged on the club to attend Donald Trump Jr.'s wedding there. Photos from the event show the estate in good repair. Tim Frank, Palm Beach's planning administrator in 2005, told the AP that his office would have noticed $17 million in construction on the landmark property. "If there were $17 million dollars of damage, we sure as hell would have known about that," Frank said. "I would have known if there was anything in the magnitude of $100,000." Records also reveal that Trump did not file any large-scale construction permits on the property after the hurricane. It would have likely been illegal to conduct major repairs without a permit.

Trump has previously admitted to depositing some of the $17 million payout into his personal bank accounts, saying that his insurance policy did not require him to reinvest in the allegedly damaged property.

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Pennsylvania GOP Sues Over Poll Watcher Law

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Pennsylvania Republicans have filed a federal lawsuit to overturn a state law on poll monitors, which they say violates poll watcher's free speech rights. Pennsylvania law allows residents to monitor election sites in the county where they are registered to vote. But the Pennsylvania Republican Party says the law infringes on the free speech rights of some residents whose electoral district spans more than one county. As the election nears, and Donald Trump continues to trail Hillary Clinton in the polls, the Republican candidate has increasingly warned of voter fraud, specifically in Democrat-leaning districts like Philadelphia. Overturning Pennsylvania's poll monitoring regulations could allow people from outside Philadelphia to monitor election sites in the city, a tactic some worry will encourage voter intimidation.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expressed these concerns when presented with a June bill that would effectively overturn the state's poll monitor regulations. "The governor opposes the bill because he believes it will lead to voter intimidation," Wolf's press secretary Jeff Sheridan told the Associated Press in a statement. "Through existing law, there are already stringent controls in place to ensure the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania."


Trump Mocks Porn-Star Accuser: ‘Sure She’s Never Been Grabbed Before’

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Donald Trump dismissed the latest in over a dozen sexual assault allegations, telling a New Hampshire radio show on Monday that his latest accuser, adult-film actress Jessica Drake, has most certainly been grabbed before. “One said, ‘he grabbed me on the arm.’ And she’s a porn star," Trump relayed to WGIR radio's New Hampshire Today program. “You know, this one that came out recently, ‘He grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm.’ Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before,” he said sarcastically, referring to her profession. Drake, an adult-film star and sex-education advocate, announced on Saturday that Trump had sexually assaulted her in 2006. She accused the Republican presidential nominee of kissing her without permission, and offering to pay her $10,000 for sex in his hotel room, which she refused. Trump has denied the allegations and called Drake a liar, as he has with his other dozen accusers. “These are stories that are made up, these are total fiction. You'll find out that, in the years to come, these women that stood up, it was all fiction,” Trump said Monday. “They were made up.”


Ex-PA Attorney General Sentenced To Jail

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The former Democratic attorney general of Pennsylvania, who was convicted in August on nine criminal charges, including perjury and conspiracy, was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail. Kathleen Kane, 50, left office in August while facing the charges for having orchestrated a leak of secret grand-jury documents to plant a negative story about her political opponent, former state prosecutor Frank Fina. Kane was also later found to have lied about her actions under oath. Instead of jail time, the top attorney sought either probation or house arrest instead of jail time. During her sentencing hearing, Kane reportedly said, “I don’t care what happens to me,” but pleaded with the judge to have “mercy” on her two sons, whom she said a jail sentence would affect the hardest.


Rolling Stone's 'Jackie' Testifies in Defamation Suit

"Jackie," the pseudonymous college student featured in the now-debunked Rolling Stone article "A Rape on Campus" spoke in a video testimony in the magazine's defamation trial Monday morning. Jackie testified that she had been confused as to when she was on the record when speaking with journalist Sabrina Erdely, the article's author. “I was under the impression that they were not going to be published. I was naïve," Jackie testified. She said Erdely pressured her to participate in the article.

“I remember her telling me there was no way for me to pull out at that point,” Jackie said. “I remember feeling scared and overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. I felt like I was getting a lot of pressure from a lot of different people and I didn’t know what to do. I did not want to participate in the article at that point.”

The Rolling Stone article, published in 2014, described Jackie's alleged rape by a University of Virginia fraternity, and the school's alleged failure to take action after the attack. The article was found to be largely false, and was fully retracted from the magazine. A former associate dean named in the article subsequently faced public backlash, and subsequently sued Rolling Stone for defamation.


Latino Early Voters Up 99% in Florida

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Florida's Latino voters are casting 99 percent more votes than they did at this point in 2012, early voting figures indicate. The numbers, released by the Clinton campaign on Monday, show 133,000 early votes from Florida Latinos. The Clinton campaign has made Latino voters a focus in the swing state of Florida, encouraging the community to vote early. Clinton has consistently polled ahead of Donald Trump among Latino voters, with an October 17 poll showing her 50 points ahead of her Republican opponent. The 133,000 early votes represent mail-in and absentee ballots.


Bernie Sanders: If My Emails Leaked, There’d Be Mean Things About Hillary

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While expressing his lack of surprise for any of the content revealed by leaked Hillary Clinton campaign emails, Bernie Sanders admitted that if his own campaign staff’s emails were to be hacked, they’d contain substantially unflattering messages about his former Democratic primary rival. “Trust me, if they went into our emails—I suppose which may happen, who knows—I’m sure there would be statements that would be less than flattering about, you know, the Clinton staff,” Sanders said Wednesday, dismissing the current leaks as unsurprising. “That’s what happens in campaigns.” Additionally, Sanders confessed he found it “amusing” that the emails proved what his camp had long claimed: “We said that the Clinton campaign was heavily influencing what the DNC was doing regarding debates, and that’s exactly what had been happening. None of that is a shock to me.”


Salma Hayek Hits Trump: He’s the Real Criminal—Accused of ‘Raping a Young Girl’

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On Monday afternoon, Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek joined a press call hosted by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to discuss her support for the Democratic nominee, and her intense dislike of Donald Trump.

"He calls us criminals—but who is the one who has a…lawsuit for the [Trump] University?” the Desperado star asked, rhetorically. “He calls us rapists—but who has a lawsuit [against him] for raping a young girl?”

The Clinton-supporting Hollywood actress was referring to an accuser—who used the name Katie Johnson to file a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court—who alleges that the Republican nominee raped her in the summer of 1994, when she was 13 years old, while attending a sex party at the mansion of sex offender and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

“Criminals and rapists—those are the only things [Trump has] said about Mexico, and that we have to pay for his wall,” Hayek continued.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her latest remarks. On Friday, Hayek claimed that Trump once tried to date her and that when she turned him down, he planted a negative and false story about her in the supermarket tabloid the National Enquirer.

“Not my type!” Hayek said on the Monday call.

—Asawin Suebsaeng