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White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama advocated in his weekly address for providing families with access to paid sick leave, calling it a "must-have."

"We can prey on people’s worries for political gain.  Or we can actually do something to help working families feel more secure in today’s economy," the president said. "Count me in the latter camp.  And here’s one thing that will help right away:  making sure more of our families have access to paid leave."

He added: "Paid sick leave isn’t a side issue, or a women’s issue, or something that’s just nice to have.  It’s a must-have."

Read the president's full address:

There are a couple different stories you can tell about our economy.
One goes like this.  Eight years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, our economy has created jobs for 71 straight months.  That’s a new record.  Unemployment has fallen below five percent.  Last year, the typical household saw its income grow by about twenty-eight hundred dollars – the biggest one-year increase ever.  And the uninsured rate is at an all-time low.
All that is true.  What’s also true is that too much of our wealth is still taken by the top – and that leaves too many families still working paycheck to paycheck, without a lot of breathing room.
There are two things we can do about this.  We can prey on people’s worries for political gain.  Or we can actually do something to help working families feel more secure in today’s economy.
Count me in the latter camp.  And here’s one thing that will help right away:  making sure more of our families have access to paid leave.
Today, having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families.  But right now, millions of Americans don’t have access to even a single day of paid sick leave.  So if you get sick, that sticks you with a lousy choice.  Do you go to work and get everyone else sick, too?  Or do you take care of yourself at the risk of a paycheck?  If your kid gets sick, do you send her to school anyway?  Or do you stay home to take care of her, lose a day’s pay, and maybe even put your own job at risk?
We shouldn’t have to make choices like that in America.  That’s why I’ve repeatedly called on the Republican Congress to pass a law guaranteeing most workers in America the chance to earn seven days of paid sick leave each year.  Of course, Congress hasn’t acted. But we’ve also worked with states, cities, and businesses to get the job done – and many have, pointing to research showing that paid leave actually helps their bottom line.  In fact, since I took office, another ten million private sector workers have gained paid sick leave – making up a record share of our workforce. 
Unfortunately, there are still about 40 million private sector workers who don’t get a single day.  That’s why I’m doing what I can on my own.  Effective on January 1st, federal contractors will be required to give their employees working on new federal contracts up to seven paid sick days each year.  That’s happening.  It will help about one million workers when they or a loved one gets sick.  It will cover time you need for preventive care.  It will cover absences resulting from domestic violence or sexual assault.  And it means everyone else is less likely to catch what someone else has got – whether it’s a coworker or the person preparing or serving your food.
Paid sick leave isn’t a side issue, or a women’s issue, or something that’s just nice to have.  It’s a must-have.  By the way, so are economic priorities like child care, paid family leave, equal pay, and a higher minimum wage.  We need a Congress that will act on all these issues, too, because they’d make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of Americans who are working hard every day.  It’s more than talk – it’s action.  And that’s what you should demand of every politician who wants the privilege to serve you.
Thanks, and have a great weekend. 

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T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) delivered this week's Republican address where he talked about the GOP's plan to repeal Obamacare.

Price, also the House Budget Committee chairman, said Republicans wanted to replace President Obama's healthcare plan with "A Better Way for Health Care."

"Our first priority is to put you, the patient, in charge, not Washington bureaucrats," he said. "So we repeal things like the individual mandate and say, 'You should be free to pick whatever insurance plan meets your needs, not one Washington forces you to buy.'"

Read the Republican's full address:

Ever since President Obama and a Democrat-led Congress passed Obamacare six years ago, the law’s failures have been piling up. You know the stories. Premiums and deductibles going through the roof. Patients losing their doctors. Millions of people getting insurance cancellation notices in the mail. Some of the more recent fallout has been the near total collapse of the Obamacare COOPs. The law set up 23 non-profit health insurers in an attempt to provide Americans additional insurance options. But today, the coops are failing at an alarming rate – shutting their doors and dropping their customers. Only six out of the original 23 remain. Just six.

Hundreds of thousands of people have lost health coverage because of these coop failures. And the damage does not end there. Because of Obamacare’s individual mandate, those same folks are now subject to a tax penalty for not having insurance. The same law that encouraged people to sign up for these doomed coops – and did nothing while they imploded – is now penalizing folks who lost their coverage. This is ridiculous, and the American people should not have to put up with it.
That’s why we in the House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would exempt those who lost coverage due to the failure of Obamacare’s coops from the individual mandate. After all the harm Obamacare has caused, it’s the right thing to do.

Now we know that those who still defend Obamacare will come up with one excuse after another to protect the broken status quo. They’ll ignore the evidence and the voices of those who are being harmed by Obamacare. They also ignore the desires for all Americans to have a healthcare system that’s affordable for all, accessible to all, of the highest quality and one that gives patients the choices they need. Obamacare fails on each of those.

But House Republicans are listening, and we know it’s not enough to simply acknowledge the failures and the fallout. It’s up to us to offer an alternative. And that’s what we have done. We’re calling it a Better Way for Health Care. And you can read the whole plan on our website:

Our first priority is to put you, the patient, in charge, not Washington bureaucrats. So we repeal things like the individual mandate and say, “You should be free to pick whatever insurance plan meets your needs, not one Washington forces you to buy.” We give you real protections so you never have to worry about being turned away because of your age, your income, or your health. We also clear out the bureaucracy so that our researchers and innovators can develop more life-saving treatments. We save and strengthen and secure Medicare so that it’s there for today’s seniors and future generations. We reform Medicaid so that states have the flexibility to offer the kind of coverage that best serves their communities.

Before going into public service, I practiced orthopaedic surgery for over 20 years. That firsthand experience taught me that there is nothing more sacred in health care than the doctor-patient relationship. Our Better Way plan respects and protects the doctor-patient relationship. It is the plan America needs. It is how we can turn things around – a bold vision to bring America’s health care system into the 21st century. House Republicans are offering a clean break with the past: a plan to repeal Obamacare and start over with real, patient-centered solutions – that puts patients and families and doctors in charge – not Washington DC. Thanks for listening.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With several vulnerable Republican seats up for grabs in the U.S. Senate in the 2016 election, the two major parties are locked in a tight battle for control of Congress’ upper chamber this November.

ABC News ratings show control of the Senate will be a close contest in November: Republicans will likely finish with at lease 49 seats and Democrats, likely 47 seats -- with the four remaining seats rated as pure toss-ups that could go either direction.

Many of the seats the GOP won during the 2010 Tea Party wave are now up for re-election, so holding onto its 54-seat Republican majority was always going to be a tall order for the GOP.

But with competitive seats in battleground states like Florida and Ohio leaning red and seats in states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire remaining tight, control of the chamber is very much in question headed into the final weeks of the campaign.

Only one-third of the seats in the Senate come up for election every two years, so 30 Republican seats and 36 Democratic seats are safe from re-election in 2016.

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Fourteen seats are rated Solid Republican vs. nine seats that are Solid Democratic. Another five seats are Lean Republican, two seats are Lean Democratic and four are pure toss-ups.

Solid Republican
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah.

Leans Republican
Arizona, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio.

Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania.

Leans Democratic Illinois, Wisconsin.

Solid Democratic California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington.

U.S. House of Representatives

The race for control of the House of Representatives is less competitive as Republicans currently hold a 30-seat advantage, 246-186 with three vacancies, likely enough to hold onto the chamber into 2017 and shape legislative action regardless of the fate of the U.S. Senate or the White House.

ABC News gives an advantage to Democrats in seven seats currently held by Republicans and rates 16 additional races as a tossup. Even if Democrats were to sweep those races and protect the one Democratic seat that is rated as turning red, the party would still trail the GOP by seven seats.

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206 seats are rated Solid Republican vs. 178 seats that are Solid Democratic. Another 22 seats are Lean Republican, 13 seats are Lean Democratic and 16 are pure toss-ups.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NOVI, Mich.) -- Donald Trump repeated his call Friday night for his supporters to not just vote for him on Election Day, but to watch out for any efforts to rig the results on November 8.

At the same time, Trump also issued a demand to President Obama that should Hillary Clinton ever face criminal charges under his watch, not to pardon the Democratic nominee.

"And here’s a demand I’m making today to President Obama," Trump told the crowd in Novi, Michigan. "Mr. President, will you pledge not to issue a pardon to Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators for her many crimes against our country and against society itself.

"Will you make that pledge? No one is above the law," Trump said Friday night.

Over the summer, the FBI recommended no criminal charges for the former secretary of state and the Justice Department said it would not move forward with any case at this time.

Towards the end of his remarks, Trump also repeated his demand to watch out for rigging at voting booths.

"Make sure everything is on the up and up," the Republican nominee said. "So go to your place and vote. And go pick some other place and go sit there with your friends and make sure it’s on the up and up. Because you know what, that’s a big, big problem in this country and nobody wants to talk about it."

Earlier in the day, the Commission on Presidential Debates issued a statement admitting there had been some audio issues Monday night that affect the volume of Trump's microphone inside the debate hall at Hofstra University during the first Presidential Debate.

"It was just announced by the commission that holds the debate that Donald Trump’s microphone was defective as I’ve been saying," said Trump. "I mean, working that microphone was a hell of a lot more difficult than working crooked Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you."

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Subscribe To This Feed SPRINGS, Fla.) -- After Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado with a series of tweets earlier Friday, Hillary Clinton slammed the Republican nominee for finding "it a lot easier to insult women than to talk to the president of Mexico about building a wall."

"Who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe. I mean, he hurled as many insults as he could. Really? Why does he do things like that?" Clinton asked the crowd of 2,300 in Coral Springs, Florida.

She continued, "I mean, his latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him. It proves, yet again, that he is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief."

Machado, who won the Miss Universe title in 1996, was mentioned toward the end of Monday's presidential debate when Clinton claimed Trump had called the beauty queen "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016

Clinton called Machado Friday to thank her for what she's done for the Clinton campaign and for the courage she's shown after being thrust into the 2016 race, according to Clinton's spokesman Nick Merrill.

Machado told the Democratic nominee that she's supported her for a long time and is looking forward to voting for Clinton in November, the first time Machado will have the opportunity to participate in a U.S. election, Merrill said. Machado, 39, is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Merrill said the two did not specifically touch on Trump's controversial tweets.

I'm almost @realDonaldTrump's age, so get the urge to get up in the middle of the night, but impt safety tip: don't reach for your phone.

— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) September 30, 2016

Machado also posted a lengthy response to Trump's tweets on her Instagram account next to a picture of her wrapped in the U.S. flag.

"The Republican candidate and his campaign team are again generating attacks, insults, and attempting to revive defamations and false accusations about my life,” she wrote in Spanish. “All this with the goal of intimidating me, humiliating me and throwing me off once more. The attacks that have come up are slanderous and cheap lies with bad intentions, that have no foundation.”

“Thus, I will keep standing, sharing my story, my absolute support in the name of woman going to Secretary Clinton, for my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, female cousins, female friends and the female community," she wrote.

On Tuesday morning, hours after leaving the debate stage at Hofstra University, Trump called into Fox and Friends and talked about how Miss Universe pageant organizers "had a tremendously difficult time with" Machado.

"She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” Trump said. “We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her.”

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Commission on Presidential Debates admitted Friday that Republican nominee Donald Trump's audio was not working properly during Monday's night debate at Hofstra University.

"Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," according to a statement from the commission.

Janet Brown, executive director of the CPD, told ABC News that the audio issue did not impact the broadcast. The specific issues affecting Trump's audio were not clear.

The CPD said it will not replace the microphones in the remaining two presidential debates or the upcoming vice presidential debate, which will be held next Tuesday in Virginia.

Trump has openly complained about his faulty mic following the presidential debate.

"No sniffles. No. You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing, but there was no sniffles. I don’t have -- I have no allergy," Trump said Tuesday morning on Fox News.

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's early morning Twitter tirade about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado highlighted the real estate mogul's penchant for social media and distaste for sleep.

Trump posted a tweet at 3:20 a.m. Friday and then another at 5:14 a.m., again five minutes later, at 5:30 a.m. and then straight through the morning.

Clinton took aim at his early-morning Twitter rant, posting her own message later in the morning: "What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?"

In one of the tweets, Trump called Machado, who he referred to as "Alicia M," disgusting. Machado has said Trump repeatedly called her "Miss Piggy" among other insults and Clinton invoked her name and story at the first debate.

Trump is not shy about his sleeping habits, and defended them in a subsequent tweet Friday afternoon:

For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016

He has repeatedly said that he only sleeps about four or five hours a night, and has spun it as an advantage.

At a rally in Springfield, Illinois, in Nov. 2015, it came up when he was talking about how he doesn't "like being ripped off."

"We’re being ripped off and I wouldn’t sleep, you know I’m not a big sleeper, like three hours, four hours, I toss and turn, I think, I wanna find out what’s going on," he said.

In an interview with CNN during the campaign, he said it was a sign of his happiness, saying that he only sleeps for four or five hours "because I love life.

"I love doing this. I love doing my business. I love life! If you don't love life you probably -- I have friends, they sleep 12 hours a day but they're all unhappy people," he told CNN.

His lack of sleep goes well past his presidential campaign, however.

He even listed it as one of the 10 ways he urged readers to "Think Like a Billionaire" in his 2004 book of the same title.

"Don't sleep any more than you have to," he wrote as rule number three. "I usually sleep about four hours per night. I'm in bed by 1 a.m. and up to read the newspapers at 5 a.m. That's all I need, and it give me a competitive edge. I have friends who are successful and sleep ten hours a night, and I ask them, 'How can you compete against people like me if I sleep only four hours?' It rarely can be done. No matter how brilliant you are, there's not enough time in the day."

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appears to be maintaining a decided advantage in the Electoral College this November, strengthening her grip around states tipping her way while forcing Republican nominee Donald Trump to defend a handful of typical GOP strongholds.

But a narrow path still exists for Trump. Toss-ups in Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Ohio -- as well as optimism that states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado might tip back into play -- leave supporters hopeful.

So ABC News dug through states’ voting history, demographic shifts and head-to-head polling to develop these electoral ratings. ABC News puts Clinton at 272 electoral votes and Trump at 197, when including both solid and leaning states, which would give Clinton enough states right now in the solid and lean blue columns to hand her the White House. Sixty-nine electoral votes are in toss-up states.

Still, this election cycle has shown that this race can be unpredictable, and Trump has vowed to shake up the traditional map and put several blue states in play. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the White House.

Solid Democratic

Despite Trump’s hopes of putting New York’s 29 electoral votes in play this election, the Empire State would be expected to pull for Clinton, along with other reliably liberal-leaning swaths of the mid-Atlantic. Most of the rest of the historically liberal Northeast would likely remain solidly Democratic in November. In the Midwest, Minnesota and Illinois would likely deliver Clinton a combined 30 electoral votes.

California, which boasts the largest share of electoral votes, at 55, has not voted Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Recent polling there shows Clinton leading Trump by double digits, keeping the Golden State safely in the Democratic column, along with Oregon and Washington. New Mexico is predicted to vote Democratic for the third consecutive presidential election.

Leaning Democratic

Seven more states across the Mountain West and Rust Belt would give Clinton another 75 electoral votes, but Trump is hopeful that he could pick off at least of one them. Colorado voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and growing Hispanic populations in both states may keep these states in the blue column for good.

Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are usually reliably Democratic states, but Trump’s popularity among working-class whites may put these states in play. A win would be an upset for Trump: Democrats have won every presidential race in Michigan and Pennsylvania since 1992 and Wisconsin since 1988.

Virginia, home to Democratic vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine, is also expected to tip toward Clinton, having voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. New Hampshire polling also shows a Hillary Clinton advantage there. And polling in Maine, another classic Democratic state, has shown the state's at-large electoral votes could be up for grabs.


Four toss-up states, worth 69 electoral votes, could tip the election Clinton’s way, as Trump would likely need to win nearly all those states in order to reach the White House. Ohio will be one of the key states to watch: The Buckeye State has voted for the winner of the White House every year since 1960.

Other toss-up states this year include large electoral vote prizes like Florida and North Carolina, both of which were decided by just a few percentage points in the 2012 election. Nevada could also go either way in this year’s presidential race, as could Maine's second Congressional District -- a rural area that could hand Trump a single electoral vote.

Leaning Republican

Georgia has voted for the Republican nominee in seven of the last eight presidential elections, but white voters are quickly making up a smaller proportion of active registered voters in the state. White voters made up 68 percent of registered voters in 2004, but they now make up only 58 percent of registered voters, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

Arizona, which has gone red in nine of the last 10 presidential elections, may be moving to the middle. Polling in Iowa also shows Trump with a slight advantage there, mostly thanks to an overwhelmingly white electorate. Nebraska's Second Congressional district, which Obama won in 2008, is also showing signs it could tip Hillary Clinton's way in 2016.

Solid Republican

The bulk of Trump’s electoral votes would likely come from historically Republican portions of the Great Plains, West and Midwest, as well as the Bible Belt, which stretches from South Carolina to Texas and boasts large numbers of evangelical Christian and social conservative voters.

West Virginia, which has seen unemployment levels rise under Obama, is expected to vote Republican for the fifth presidential election in a row, as is Alaska, which has not voted for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

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Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(FORT PIERCE, Fla.) -- Hillary Clinton on Thursday touted her plans to increase national service as president, while taking shots at her opponent Donald Trump, who, she said, in contrast thinks only of himself.

“You may have noticed that my opponent and I have different views about, well, nearly everything,” the Democratic nominee said during her speech on national service at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, Florida. “And not just about what makes America great and what we should do to make it even greater, but also about that basic question of how progress happens at all.”

Clinton accused Trump of believing in a “strongman approach” to governing and knocked him for saying, “I alone can fix it” during his remarks at the Republican National Convention.

“'I alone,'” Clinton said. “Well, we've learned that that’s his way: One person getting supreme power and exercising it ruthlessly.”

“That’s why he admires dictators like Vladimir Putin so much,” she added, referring to Trump’s praise of Russia’s president.

Clinton then announced parts of her national service plan, which would include tripling the number of young people in AmeriCorps from 75,000 annually to 250,000 and doubling the size of participants' college scholarships. She would increase the size of the Peace Corps as well.

Clinton also announced plans for a new “National Service Reserve” that would allow people to serve their communities without a full-time commitment.

“Here’s the idea,” the candidate explained. “If you join the reserve, you’ll receive some basic training. And when your city or state needs you, you’ll get the call.”

Clinton said her goal is for five million people, particularly those under age 30, in all 50 states to participate in national service. She didn't say how she would pay for any of these plans.

Clinton’s speech is her fourth in a “Stronger Together” series focusing more on issues and less on her opponent. Other topics she's addressed in this series include disabilities, faith and the economy.

On Friday, however, Clinton didn’t hold back from taking shots at Trump.

“Now, I don't think you'll hear any of this from my opponent,” she said. “And you know what? That’s a shame because national service has always been a bipartisan goal. Yes, President Kennedy started the Peace Corps, and my husband started AmeriCorps, but President Nixon signed the Domestic Volunteer Service Act, President George H.W. Bush created the White House Office of National Service, and both President George W. Bush and President Obama have been huge champions of service.”

“This is something we should all be able to get behind," Clinton said. "And in times like these, when it can seem so hard to find any common ground, it’s even more important that we come together wherever we can."

Clinton got a warm reception, with those in the audience giving their loudest applause when the candidate asked if they watched the presidential debate Monday and at the end when she called for Americans to join together and roll up their sleeves to serve. She also got a standing ovation at the end of her remarks when she seemed to lose her voice for a moment.

Meanwhile, in a sign of how close the race is in Florida, Clinton’s motorcade pulled in back of the theater just as a group of Trump supporters gathered in front to protest the Democratic candidate.

“Lock Her Up!” they chanted. “Lock Her Up!”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has doubled down on his attacks on a former Miss Universe in a stream of early-morning tweets.

Trump's verbal barbs directed at Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe title in 1996, started after the first presidential debate Monday when Hillary Clinton mentioned her and claimed that Trump used to call her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Rather than back away from the accusations, Trump has repeatedly defended his criticisms of the woman and her weight.

His latest came online Friday morning:

Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016

Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016

He posted a third tweet in which he makes reference to her past, but doesn't mention specific allegations.

The Twitter tirade wasn't the first round of shots he has fired this week at Machado, 39, a naturalized U.S. citizen who won Miss Universe two decades ago representing Venezuela.

On Tuesday morning, hours after leaving the debate stage at Hofstra University, Trump called into Fox and Friends and talked about how the pageant organizers "had a tremendously difficult time with" Machado.

"She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” Trump said. “We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her.”

Machado has been speaking out since the debate, defending Clinton's accusations against Trump.

"He was really aggressive,” Machado said of Trump on CNN Tuesday. “He was really rude. He was a bad person with me. And that is the story that I need to share.”

She added that there are less-than-stellar moments in her personal history, and did not deny the allegation when CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked her about media reports that she drove a getaway car during an attempted murder allegedly committed by her then-boyfriend.

"You know, I have my past. Of course, everybody has. Everybody has a past,” she said. “And I'm not a saint girl. But that is not the point now.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Trump Foundation, which is under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office, never obtained the necessary certification to solicit money from the public during its nearly 30-year existence, an investigation by the state's attorney general's office has found, a source briefed on the investigation tells ABC News.

New York State law requires any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public to obtain a specific kind of certification.

The allegation about the Donald J. Trump Foundation's lack of certification, first reported by the Washington Post, comes about two weeks after New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman — a Hillary Clinton supporter — announced he had opened a broad inquiry into the foundation.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the AG's office declined comment.

In a statement released when the inquiry was announced earlier this month, Trump campaign Jason Miller blasted Schneiderman.

"Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is a partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years and has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President," he said. This is nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s disastrous week."

Tax forms for the foundation list Trump as its president and Allen Weisselberg, the CFO of the Trump Organization, as the treasurer. As of 2006, Trump's three eldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump — have been listed as directors of the charity.

The broad inquiry into the foundation focused on a $25,000 donation the organization gave to a group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. The donation drew scrutiny because Bondi's office declined to join a lawsuit against Trump's now-shuttered Trump University.

Both Trump and Bondi have denied the allegations or any impropriety. But Trump did pay a $2,500 fine to the IRS because charities are not allowed to give to political causes. Trump also reimbursed the foundation $25,000

As ABC News previously reported, the foundation's financial forms for 2001 through 2014 are currently available.

The biggest contributor from 2011 to 2014 was Richard Ebers, a man associated with an event-ticketing company, Inside Sports and Entertainment, according to the 990 forms.

Ebers donated more than $1.8 million to the foundation from 2011 to 2014, and he was the largest contributor each of those years.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) — Joe Biden is still dumbfounded by Donald Trump's performance at this week's presidential debate.

During his first-ever appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, Fallon asked the vice president if he watched Monday's debate between Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Biden, who is Catholic, responded by crossing himself, and saying in jest, "Bless me, Father, for I'm about to sin."

Cheers! ???? #FallonTonight

— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) September 30, 2016

Biden continued of the debate, "I've never seen anything quite like that. I haven't."

Fallon asked Biden, "Have you ever seen that [much] fact-checking? It seemed like fact-checking was a big thing."

Biden shot back, "I'll tell you what. I've never seen anybody who knew as few facts ... It's not a joke ... It's like whoa."

Added Biden: "You know what surprised me? I'll be serious for just a second. What amazes me about Donald Trump — and he's probably a decent guy — is his lack of sensibilities ... I mean, the way he talks ... 'I paid no taxes, that makes me smart.' What does that make us? Suckers?"

A puzzled Biden continued, "Can you think of a president ... who would say anything like that. Name one. It angers me quite frankly. The American people don't like being played for suckers."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump may have boasted about shunning traditional debate prep, but his running mate and Hillary Clinton's aren't leaving anything up to chance.

Before Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, face off at Longwood University on Tuesday, they're both working on their debate skills this week.

Unlike their running mates, the topics for the vice-presidential debate will not be announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates beforehand, meaning that Pence and Kaine have to be ready for anything.

While in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Pence teased that he was getting some help from Gov. Scott Walker.

Pence told supporters he was in town doing "doing a little bit of debate prep of my own with a very good man who is putting me through my paces."

That work was confirmed by Walker on Twitter on Thursday.

ABC News has been told that Walker is formally acting as Kaine's stand-in during debate preparations.

Kaine was off the trail entirely on Thursday, spending the day in Raleigh, North Carolina, to do his debate prep. Earlier this week, he studied during a plane ride from Orlando to Washington, D.C., while his guests tried to be respectful.

During the Monday flight, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, spoke to the press corps and said that he was keeping quiet so Kaine could focus. But Nelson did offer some advice for Kaine, saying he needs to “be himself."

"He is a good person to his core," he said. "And deep down, that’s what a lot of voters look to ... is this a good person. And I think he will exude that because he is what he is.”

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ABC News(BEDORD, N.H.) -- Almost three months after the FBI declined to recommend charges be brought against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that the Democratic candidate for president "probably" received “immunity” in the case.

Trump provided no specific evidence for his assertion, and ABC News has found no information to corroborate it.

Trump leveled the claim at a campaign rally in New Hampshire while referring to testimony given Wednesday by FBI Director James Comey to the House Judiciary Committee about the bureau's investigation of Clinton.

After first decrying the immunity deals given to some of Clinton’s associates, the Republican nominee turned to Clinton herself.

"They probably gave her immunity, too," Trump said. "Do you think Hillary got-- yeah she got the immunity. She had something."

Comey was ardent in his defense of the FBI on Wednesday, repudiating suggestions that the investigation was carried out in a partisan manner and justifying the use of immunity for five Clinton aides -- with two of the deals limited in scope. He called such deals necessary to access information in order "to see if you can make a case against your subjects."

"Our focus was on the subject," Comey said. "The subject at that point was Hillary Clinton.”

A federal law enforcement official said Trump's claim "doesn't make sense."

"We do not carry water for one side or the other. That’s hard for people to see because so much of our country, we see things through sides," Comey told the House committee. "We are not on anybody’s side."

Pressed by Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, about the frequency of immunity agreements, Comey explained that the investigation acted in a standard way and described the goal of immunity, to “work up” towards higher-level individuals, making it unlikely Clinton would have received a similar arrangement.

“Fairly typical in a complex white collar case especially as you try and work your way up towards your subject,” said Comey. “So my overall reaction is, this looks like ordinary investigative process to me."

Comey additionally called an agreement made to obtain laptops from former Clinton staffers Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, “a fairly normal tool in investigations.”

Those two deals were limited to information acquired from the computers and did not entirely pardon Mills and Samuelson.

As is now a regular part of his stump speech, Trump on Thursday invoked the FBI’s finding that Clinton had cellular phones destroyed with a hammer, asking, as he has at earlier rallies, whether anyone in the crowd “has destroyed their phone with a hammer.”

He appeared equally perturbed by the lack of public testimony by former State Department IT employee Bryan Pagliano, who repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when called to speak with the House Select Committee on Benghazi last year.

Pagliano was later granted immunity by the FBI in exchange for his cooperation with their investigation but then failed to appear in front of the House Oversight Committee two weeks ago after being subpoenaed earlier in September.

"You saw what happened about taking the Fifth Amendment and her ringleaders getting immunity deals," said Trump in New Hampshire Thursday. "We'll call them, really, the 'FBI immunity five.' Nobody has ever seen it."

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ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- During a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, Hillary Clinton called attention to a common theme in this contentious presidential campaign season: voting for one candidate solely because of a disdain for the other.

“I want this election to be about something, not against somebody,” Clinton said to a crowd of 2,000 at an outdoor park where Trump supporters protested across the street.

A Pew study on voter preferences last week reported findings that highlight the discord in the election cycle, saying that the main factor in choosing a candidate was a dislike for their opponent.

According to the study, 33 percent of Trump supporters and 32 percent of Clinton voters attributed their choice in candidate to an opposition for the other candidate, winning out over all other attributes, like “political outsider” status, policy position, experience and temperament. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

Both campaigns have contributed to and been influenced by this trend, increasingly dedicating their rallies to criticizing each other.

Trump’s comments in New Hampshire today followed the trend, bashing Clinton at almost every juncture. He referenced Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ rally in the state the previous day, claiming that not many people attended “because they don’t like Hillary and Bernie sold out to the devil.”

Clinton aimed to shift the narrative on Thursday, contrasting Trump's comments at Monday’s presidential debate with her “positive agenda” and her "fighting for kids and family."

Pew reported an overall negative perspective of the campaign this year among voters, with majorities of Americans saying they are “frustrated” and “disgusted” with the campaign.

Resounding support for both candidates is lacking from this election, according to Pew. Only 12 percent of those surveyed said they would be excited if Clinton won, and only 11 percent for Trump.

In her visit to Iowa, Clinton sought to appeal to voters who are on the fence, while Trump’s New Hampshire rally today sought instead to hold onto his current base.

Some 62 percent of Trump supporters and 50 percent of Clinton supporters acknowledged various downsides to their chosen candidates, with some offering harsh criticisms.

The study surveyed 4,538 randomly selected U.S. adult respondents, including 3,941 registered voters who participated in the survey via web survey or mail.

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