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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, were evacuated Friday night after a pair of interns discovered a suspicious substance inside a letter, police have confirmed.

The substance has not yet been determined, but it has been deemed not hazardous, since there have been no reports of illness nor any complaints from anyone exposed, the NYPD confirmed to WABC-TV.

Four people were exposed to the substance, which was contained in a standard No. 10 envelope, the NYPD said.

The NYPD confirmed to ABC News that two interns discovered the suspicious substance in an envelope at 5:30 p.m. in Clinton's Manhattan office. The interns then brought the letter to the 11th floor of the campaign's 80,000-square-foot Brooklyn headquarters, located in the borough's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.

Clinton was not present at the office, according to the NYPD.

The investigation is ongoing.

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White House(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama prepares to lose access to Air Force One, he dedicated his weekly address to discussing the problems -- and some solutions his administration has introduced -- to ease the hassle of air travel.

"I’m going to be honest with you – one of the best parts of being President is having your own plane.  And I’m going to miss it.  A lot," the president confessed in his weekly address. "Because up until I ran for this office, I was mostly flying coach.  So I know what a pain the whole process can be."

The president goes on to discuss proposals to refund baggage fees for customers with severely delayed bags, protections for disabled travelers, and increased transparency for online ticket platforms.

Read the president's full address:

Hi everybody.  I’m going to be honest with you – one of the best parts of being President is having your own plane.  And I’m going to miss it.  A lot.  Because up until I ran for this office, I was mostly flying coach.  So I know what a pain the whole process can be – from searching for the best prices to that feeling you get when the baggage carousel stops and yours still hasn’t come out. 
Now, our airlines employ a lot of hardworking folks – from pilots and flight attendants to ticket agents and baggage handlers – who take pride in getting us to our destinations safely, and on time.  They do good work, and we’re proud of them.  But I think we all know that the system can work a little better for everybody.
That’s why, over the last eight years, my Administration has taken some commonsense steps to do just that.  We’ve put in place rules that virtually eliminated excessive delays on the tarmac.  We’ve required airlines to grant travelers more flexibility on cancellations; to provide refunds to anyone who cancels within 24 hours of purchase; and to give you better compensation if you got bumped off your flight because it was oversold. 
And this week, I was proud to build on that progress with even more actions to save you money, create more competition in the marketplace, and make sure that you’re getting what you pay for. 
First, we’re proposing refunds for anyone whose bag is delayed – because you shouldn’t have to pay extra for a service you don’t even receive.  Second, we’re requiring airlines to report more information on things like how likely it is that you’ll lose your luggage or reach your destination on time.  Third, we’re providing more protections for travelers with disabilities.  And finally, we’re ramping up transparency requirements for online ticket platforms – so sites can’t privilege one airline over another without you knowing about it. 
All of this should help you make better decisions for yourselves and your families – and hopefully avoid a few headaches, too.  It’s another example of how government can be a force for good – standing up for consumers; ensuring businesses compete fairly to give you the best services at the best prices; and making sure everyday Americans have a voice in the conversation – not just corporate shareholders.  That’s what this is all about – taking steps, big and small, that can make your life a little bit better. 
Thanks everybody.  Have a great weekend.  

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump’s path to the White House is fading fast.

With national polls showing Hillary Clinton growing her lead and Trump losing his grip on traditionally red states, Clinton looks likely to prevail on Election Day.

The Democratic nominee’s path to 270 electoral votes has room to spare; Clinton can afford to lose classic battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida as long as she holds onto light blue states like Pennsylvania and Colorado.

An ABC News analysis out Friday estimates Clinton is already poised to win at least 300 electoral votes –- even if Donald Trump wins every toss-up state.

Still, a very narrow four-step path to the GOP nominee's victory remains. But it won't be easy since Clinton threatens to disrupt this road at every turn, running even in the polls with Trump in must-win states like North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.

Even one wrong move would hand the White House to the Democrats for a third consecutive term. Trump must take all these steps in order to win the White House:

1. Retain Every State Mitt Romney Won in 2012

First, Donald Trump must hold every state that Mitt Romney won in 2012. This includes traditionally red states like Arizona and Georgia, where Bill Clinton won in 1996. In those states, Clinton has pushed the race so close that she is within the margin of error, according to recent polls.

In Utah, independent candidate Evan McMullin threatens to siphon off Mormon votes and win the state outright. But the most challenging state for Trump to hold might be North Carolina, where Mitt Romney won by just 2 percentage points in 2012 and a recent poll from CNN/ORC showed Clinton with 48 percent vs. 47 percent for Trump.

2. Win Ohio

No Republican candidate has won the White House without the state of Ohio. Indeed, Donald Trump must win the state, as well, to have a chance at the presidency. Early voting returns have shown encouraging signs for Trump, with fewer Democrats in the Buckeye State requesting absentee ballots this year than in 2012. Recent polling has shown Trump’s slim lead from late September fading away: A NBC/WSJ/Marist poll showed him with 42 percent vs. 41 percent for Clinton. Another poll from Quinnipiac University showed the race tied at 45 percent each.

3. Win Florida

Florida may be the best firewall for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Two Quinnipiac University polls from the last three weeks have shown Clinton with a slim lead in Florida. Donald Trump hasn’t held a statistically-significant lead in a poll since July.

Early voting numbers look good for Clinton: they’ve cut their mail-in ballot deficit in half this year compared to 2012, according to early data.

"Certainly, the Clinton campaign feels very good about where they are with the mail-in ballot," election expert Michael McDonald told ABC News. Without a win in the Sunshine State, Donald Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes is virtually impossible.

4. Choose His Own Adventure: 17 More Electoral Votes

Even if Donald Trump makes it this far successfully, he still has to find another 17 electoral votes –- and his options are scarce. In all of the options, he trails significantly in the polls. Nonetheless, he’ll need one of these to happen in order to win. Here are the three best possibilities:

Win Pennsylvania. The population of working-class white voters in Pennsylvania seemed to present a good opportunity for Trump to take the state. But despite campaign stops and a last-minute flood of television advertising dollars, a recent poll from Bloomberg Politics shows Clinton with a 9-point lead. The state’s 20 electoral votes would be enough to push Trump across the finish line on its own. However, Pennsylvania hasn’t gone red since 1988.

The Small State Combination. A perfect combination of states with fewer electoral votes could also place Trump in the White House. Victories in all of the small states in play -- including Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and the second Congressional district of Maine -- would give Trump exactly 270 electoral votes. And although Iowa and Nevada appear within reach, a WMUR/UNH poll shows New Hampshire is leaning toward Clinton -- she’s ahead by a whopping 15 percentage points.

Wildcard State. Several other combinations, though very unlikely, exist to push Trump across the finish line. Winning just one unexpected state could push Trump over the top. However, recent polling in light blue states like Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan and Colorado show little doubt that they will land in Clinton’s column. In addition, Trump hasn’t spent significant time or resources in these states.

The wildcard options include: 1) winning Wisconsin, the second Congressional district of Maine, plus either Nevada or Iowa 2) winning Virginia and either Nevada or Iowa or New Hampshire 3) winning Michigan and the second congressional district of Maine and 4) winning Colorado, Iowa and either Nevada or New Hampshire.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is 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 North Carolina and Ohio — as well as optimism that states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida 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 307 electoral votes and Trump at 180, 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. Fifty-one electoral votes are in toss-up states.

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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

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.

Florida and New Hampshire polling has shown the state leaning Hillary Clinton's way, creating a firewall that would push the Democratic nominee over 300 electoral votes.

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 51 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 North Carolina, which was decided by just a few percentage points in the 2012 election. Utah and Arizona also have joined the ranks of toss-up states - though Arizona hasn't gone blue since 1996 and Utah hasn't gone blue in decades.

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.

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.

Ratings Changes

Oct. 21:

Florida from Tossup to Leans Democratic. Florida has been seen as a must-win for Trump, so this shift makes the Republican nominee's shrinking path even narrower. The latest Quinnipiac poll out this week shows Clinton leading Trump by 4 points in the Sunshine State, which went for Obama in 2012 and 2008. Nevada from Tossup to Leans Democratic. The state has voted with the overall winner of the presidential election since 1980 and campaign officials there feel that the state is tipping toward the Democrats. Utah from Leans Republican to Tossup. Independent candidate Evan McMullin’s rapidly growing popularity in the state, especially among Mormon voters who are defecting from Donald Trump, threatens to siphon votes from the GOP nominee – increasing the odds that Hillary Clinton edges ahead or McMullin wins the state outright. Arizona from Leans Republican to Tossup. Clinton has put once-reliably red Arizona in play, a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1996. Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders campaigned there this week in hopes of galvanizing Democratic support, particularly among the state's growing number of Latino and young voters.

Oct. 14:

There is only one change to the ABC presidential race ratings this week. Utah, which changed in August from "Solid Republican" to "Leans Republican" before returning to "Solid Republican," is once again being downgraded to "Leans Republican." Utah's large religious population expressed dismay over last week's release of a video clip showing Trump making derogatory comments about women and third party candidates such as Gary Johnson and Evan McMullin could siphon votes away from Trump.

Oct. 7:

ABC News is now rating Maine's first congressional district for the first time: "Solid Democratic." While Clinton holds a solid lead in CD-1, the race in the second congressional district is still a "Tossup." The state's two electoral at-large votes continue to be rated "Leans Democratic."

Sept. 2:

ABC News changed New Hampshire from "Tossup" to "Leans Democratic" and Nevada from "Leans Democratic" to "Tossup." New polling from WMUR/UNH shows Hillary Clinton with a nine-point lead in the Granite State, which hasn't voted Republican since 2000. And Hillary Clinton's campaign continues to dump big television advertising dollars into Nevada - second only to Ohio in the most dollars per electoral vote - showing that state very much up for grabs.

Aug. 30:

ABC News changed Maine's rating from "Solid Democratic" to "Leans Democratic," the state's second congressional district from "Leans Democratic" to "Tossup," and Missouri from "Leans Republican" to "Solid Republican."

Maine Recent polling in Maine has shown a competitive race. Maine could split its electoral votes for the first time - with two votes going to the state's overall winner and one to the winner of each of the two Congressional districts. A new poll from Press Herald/UNH shows Clinton and Trump within the margin of error, with Trump leading by 14 percentage points in the state's more rural second Congressional district. Still, the state hasn't gone red in 1988.

Missouri While the race for the U.S. Senate remains competitive in Missouri, the presidential race there has tipped back toward Republican nominee Donald Trump. The state has gone blue only twice in the last four decades - both times for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. Still, Mitt Romney won the state by a wide 10 percentage points in 2012 and Clinton's campaign and super PAC have not invested time or resources there.

Aug. 22:

ABC News changed Iowa from "Tossup" to "Leans Republican" and Utah from "Leans Republican" to "Solid Republican." It also rated the second Congressional District in Maine as "Leans Democratic" and the second Congressional district in Nebraska as "Leans Republican."

Aug. 12:

ABC News changed Utah from "Solid Republican" to "Lean Republican" and Virginia from "Tossup" to "Lean Democratic."

Virginia Recent polling and other changes in the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show that Virginia, once a tossup state, is leaning Democratic. Virginia, historically a battleground state, last awarded its votes in the Electoral College to a Republican in 2004. For the past four election cycles, Virginia has cast its votes in the Electoral College for the eventual winner of the presidential race. In new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll out today, Clinton’s lead over Trump widened since last month, with 46 percent of voters going for Clinton and only 33 percent saying that they would vote for Trump. Clinton’s recent selection of Tim Kaine as her running mate strengthens her position in Virginia. Kaine, a former governor of Virginia and the state’s current senator, is a popular figure in the Old Dominion. All signs show a state leaning towards voting for a Democrat in the White House once again.

Utah Trump is still favored to win Utah, but it won’t be as easy a lift as previous GOP nominees. Clinton has signaled she wants to play in the state, penning an opinion piece in the Deseret News this week. “Every day, Trump continues to prove he lacks the morals to be our commander-in-chief,” she wrote, appealing to deeply-religious Mormons who make up a crucial voting bloc in Utah. With prominent players like Mitt Romney still sitting on the sidelines, the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and new conservative candidacy of former CIA operative Evan McMullin threaten to strip some support from Trump. Still, Utah has voted for a Republican in every presidential election in the last 50 years, including delivering a sweeping 73-25 percent victory for Mitt Romney in 2012.

June 17:

ABC News changed Missouri from "Solid Republican" to "Lean Republican" and Arizona from "Solid Republican" to "Lean Republican."

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Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- In these final days, Hillary Clinton is making a direct pitch to the undecided voters who may be turned off by Donald Trump.

During a rally in Cleveland Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee reached out to people she said may be "reconsidering" her opponent.

"I wanna say something to people who may be reconsidering their support for my opponent," she told the crowd. "I know you may still have questions for me, I respect that, I want to answer them, I wanna earn your vote."

She added that she is "reaching out to all Americans: Republicans, Democrats and Independents."

"I think America needs every single one of us to bring our energy, our talents, ambition to build that better country," she said.

These comments appear to be part of an overall strategy by her campaign.

Talking to reporters ahead of the last presidential debate on Wednesday night, Clinton's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, explained that Clinton's focus at the debate and in these final weeks would be to win over those voters who have been turned off by Trump in recent weeks.

They believe there are a chunk of voters who changed their mind about voting for Trump after leaked audio was released showing him speaking in a vulgar way about women -- and the campaign hopes to tap in to that.

This effort also comes as the campaign continues to expand their battleground state map to include traditionally Red states like Arizona and Utah.

Aides say they no longer want to just want to win the race -- they want to win big.

"I hope that as we move through these next 18 days everyone thinks seriously about what you really want to see, not just in your next president, but in your lives, in your jobs, in your education, in our future together," Clinton said Friday, her first rally since the last debate. "And the only way we can have that positive optimistic unifying future is if all of you help us get there."

During the rally, the Democratic nominee also went after Trump for his accusation that the election is "rigged" and for refusing to say he will accept the outcome of the election.

"Make no mistake," Clinton explained, "By doing that, he is threatening our democracy."

"Look, if you lose an election, I’ve lost elections, you don’t feel very good the next day, do you? But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right?" she added as the crowd cheered.

The state is one that the campaign up until recently felt unsure about. Now, however, they feel their chances of winning are improving.

"Right now, the wind is at our back's in Ohio," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told reporters Friday.

Clinton herself continued with a line of attack she has used often in the Rust Belt states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, as they try to win over white, working class voters.

Going after Trump for outsourcing and for having his businesses use steel from overseas she said: "He has put Chinese steel workers to work, not American steel workers, and we're going to change that."

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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 least 47 seats and Democrats likely 47 seats -- with the six 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 three seats are Lean Republican, two seats are Lean Democratic and six 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, Ohio.

Tossup Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Missouri, 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 tightening with a number of districts across the country evenly at-play. 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, but Democrats are pushing closer in our most-recent ratings.

ABC News gives an advantage to Democrats in seven seats currently held by Republicans and rates 15 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 7 seats.

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203 seats are rated Solid Republican vs. 178 seats that are Solid Democratic. Another 24 seats are Lean Republican, 15 seats are Lean Democratic and 15 are pure toss-ups.

Ratings Changes

Oct. 21: A number of house districts shifted to the left in the most recent ABC News race ratings update. From the last update, two Solid Republican seats were downgraded to Lean Republican, five Lean Republican seats were downgraded to Tossup, and one Tossup shifted to Lean Democratic.

Senate ratings did not change.

Oct. 14: ABC News has changed the rating in the race between incumbent Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic challenger Jason Kander from Leans Republican to Toss-up. Democrats have shifted resources to the state after races in Ohio and Florida began to appear out of reach. Polling shows a competitive race and operatives on both sides continue to invest resources there. The House of Representatives ratings remain unchanged.

Oct. 7: ABC News has changed the rating in the race between incumbent North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross from Lean Republican to Tossup. Polling in the state in the continues to show that Tar Heel State voters are relatively evenly split in all three major races in the state: the senate, gubernatorial and presidential elections.

In the House of Representatives ratings, Solid Republican seats dropped one from 206 to 205, while Solid Democratic seats remained unchanged at 178. Lean Republican seats increased from 22 to 27 and Lean Democratic seats jumped up one from 13 to 14. The number of Tossup seats declined as a result, falling to just 11 from 16.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Vice President Joe Biden took GOP candidate Donald Trump to task over comments he made bragging about his ability to grope women, saying he wished he were in high school so "I could take him behind the gym."

During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania Friday, Biden sounded outraged as he talked about Trump’s sexually explicit comments and the allegations from women that Trump assaulted them. Trump has vehemently denied the sex assault allegations.

“Press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’” Biden said talking about Trump. “No, I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.”

Biden has been a leading advocate for legislation aimed at helping sexual assault victims throughout his career and Friday he credited his father and his family values for serving as inspiration for that work. Biden has been known for passionate and fiery rhetoric and at several points during his speech, which focused primarily on rebuking Trump, the vice president was yelling.

“What he said and did and does is the text book definition of sexual assault,” Biden bellowed. “He said because I am famous, because I am a star, because I am a billionaire I can do things other people cant. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make."

In a 2005 Access Hollywood video, Trump can be heard bragging about how he can grab and kiss women because he's "a star." He has dismissed the talk as "locker room banter" but also repeatedly apologized for it.

Biden has been campaigning almost daily for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He argued Friday that she has been victim to a double standard, because she is a female politician. Biden told the story of a time he cried talking about his son Beau Biden, who passed away last summer, and said if Clinton had done the same she would be “accused of playing the women’s card.”

“I could give you thousands of examples,” Biden went on. “So it is not a surprise that this generous woman I know has closed up and is unwilling many times to show her heart. I want the public knowing the Hillary I know,” he said.

Still, Biden continually circled back to Trump. He accused the Republican of making the country’s European NATO allies nervous (after threatening to dismantle the agreement if they didn't pay up) and insulting the U.S. military. He said he is encountered foreign leaders during his official travel that are shaken by the prospect of a Trump presidency.

“If we let Donald Trump somehow even get a significant minority of the vote, it says things to the rest of the world about us that endangers us,” Biden said. “Everywhere I go I get asked by world leaders, ‘This can’t be true can it?’”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Hillary Clinton's characterization of a landmark gun decision has Second Amendment advocates crying foul.

The topic arose at Wednesday night’s presidential debate during a discussion about issues the Supreme Court could tackle during the next administration, including the Second Amendment, which guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Debate moderator Chris Wallace mentioned the Heller case, which was the high court’s 2008 ruling that residents of Washington, D.C., had the constitutional right to bear arms in their own home for self-defense, for instance, which negated a longtime firearm ban in the city.

Wallace also cited a 2015 audio recording of Clinton where she is heard saying "the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment," a reference to the Heller case.

 During her remarks Wednesday night, Clinton touted her years spent in Arkansas and representing upstate New York as senator as proof of her support and "respect" for "the tradition of gun ownership," but then tuned to a specific aspect of the Heller decision.

"I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns. And so they wanted people with guns to safely store them. And the court didn't accept that reasonable regulation, but they’ve accepted many others," she said.

Protecting children from access to guns inside the home came up as a question in the Supreme Court's discussion of the D.C. law, but the word "child" was mentioned only six times in the 110 pages of transcript of the court’s closed-door session, according to a review of the transcript.

Bob Owens, the editor of Second Amendment news site Bearing Arms, said Clinton's description inaccurately reflected the crux of the case.

"It's kind of like saying that ‘Fatal Attraction’ was about a woman's hatred of rabbits," Owens told ABC News, referencing the film's infamous bunny-boiling moment.

"Yes, that is a tiny part of the overall story, but it completely missed the main point," he said.

The Clinton campaign did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment or clarification.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said Clinton "was wrong" in her description of the Heller decision.

"I think she's trying to confuse voters and distract them from her position, which is that the Supreme Court got it wrong on the Second Amendment," Baker told ABC News.

As the debate unfolded Wednesday night, the NRA released a new TV ad that included the 2015 audio of Clinton’s saying, "the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment." The NRA made a $5 million ad buy for the commercial and will play it on national cable and broadcast stations in battleground states through Oct. 31.

The late justice Antonin Scalia held the deciding vote in the Heller case, so the prospect of the next president’s being in a position to appoint a replacement who could tip the balance against the Heller decision is a frightening possibility, should Clinton win, the NRA’s Baker said.

"If that is overturned, it paves the way for extreme gun control at all levels of government, including gun bans," she added.

For his part, Donald Trump didn’t comment on the specifics of the Heller decision at the debate, but rather about Clinton's reported reaction to the ruling.

"Well, the D.C. vs. Heller decision was very strongly -- and she was extremely angry about it. I watched. I mean, she was very, very angry when upheld. And Justice Scalia was so involved,” Trump said. “And it was a well-crafted decision. But Hillary was extremely upset, extremely angry.”

Owens, of news site Bearing Arms, said Trump’s answer made it "hard for me to get a sense of what he knows there."

"He has a pattern of being so general in his responses that it's really difficult to gauge his understanding," Owens added.

The NRA’s Baker said she is not concerned about Trump's understanding of the case or what it would mean for legal gun owners.

"He's been the most outspoken unabashed supporter of the Second Amendment that's run for president in decades," she said of Trump.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- John Boehner's former press secretary, Michael Steel, has joined the club of Republicans denouncing Donald Trump. In a Time Magazine op-ed Friday, he wrote that the GOP presidential nominee is "not a Republican."

Trump should be considered a one-time fluke, according to Steel, a Georgetown Institute of Politics fellow who served as Boehner's press secretary in the House and a senior advisor to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign.

"He's a third-party populist candidate," Steel told ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein Friday on the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. He said Trump "captured the nomination of the Republican party because of a five-car, six-car pileup in the establishment lane. He essentially was able to hijack the party."

Despite concerns to the contrary, he added, "I think his influence in the long term will be fairly limited."

When asked if he thought the race for the White House was over, Steel responded, "Yes. Yeah," citing the diminishing chances of Trump's win in traditionally Republican states like Utah, Georgia and Arizona.

"It's hard to put together an electoral college scenario that isn't laughable that results in his victory," he said.

But Steel has hope for 2020. He said he doubts there will ever be another Republican candidate like the billionaire showman, because "he will have lost a very winnable election" and ruined his image as a winner.

"I think that, absent Trump, we would have had a very exciting and interesting primary that would’ve resulted in a candidate who could easily beat Secretary Clinton," he said.

Steel is also optimistic, but cautious about the House's down-ballot races this year.

"There will be some [losses] obviously," Steel said, adding that a weakened majority is "not on Ryan." He attributed prospective losses and a narrow majority for House Republicans to a good year for the Democratic Party, which is "organized in a way that we are not."

In his Time op-ed, Steel emphasized that Trump was not the end of the Republican party, and that it could rebuild itself in his wake.

For now, he looks forward to a "40-something generation of rising Republican leaders," like Paul Ryan, whose vice-presidential campaign he served in 2012.

"That's something," Steel said, "the Democrats don't have."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is polling high enough in his U.S. Senate seat bid that he will participate in a televised debate, to be held on Nov. 2 at a historically black university.

Duke tweeted last night, "Important News! I qualified for the U.S. Senate most important debate in Louisiana on Nov 2. I can't wait to tell truth nobody else dares!"

Candidates must show at least 5 percent support in the independent Mason-Dixon poll to qualify for the debate, under rules set by Raycom, an Alabama-based media corporation that will broadcast the event. Duke, who announced his campaign in July, made the cut with 5.1 percent, well behind frontrunners Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy's 24.2 percent and Democrat Foster Campbell's 18.9 percent.

The debate will be held in New Orleans at Dillard University, a historically black university.

In a phone interview, Duke told ABC News that Raycom contacted him Thursday night and extended an official invitation. Raycom spokeswoman Vicki Zimmerman confirmed.

"I was happy," Duke said. "We've got a great chance."

Duke founded the white supremacist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana in 1974 and held the title of grand wizard. He founded another white nationalist organization in 1980, the National Association for the Advancement of White People.

He has also ventured before into politics, serving one term as a Republican Louisiana state representative and running in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primary contest in 1992. He has also run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Louisiana governorship and the Louisiana State Senate.

In this campaign, Duke is running as a Republican and said he's focusing on immigration. "Unless immigration is stopped," he said, "the whole basis of America is changed. We will lose our rights. We'll lose our gun rights. We will lose a lot of our freedom."

His platform has seven main planks including calls to "stop the ethnic cleansing of America," alleging that white Americans of European descent are being persecuted, and "stop the racist discrimination of affirmative action programs."

He also proposes an end to the IRS and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Democratic candidate Foster Campbell said in an email, “It’s unfortunate that the debate organizers have allowed Mr. Duke to participate. His destructive rhetoric is a distraction from this campaign, which is about our future, not our past.”

 Duke is among more than 20 candidates vying to replace Republican Sen. David Vitter, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's website. If no candidate gets 50 percent on Nov. 8, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff Dec. 10.

While the Mason-Dixon poll places Duke's support at 5.1 percent, the candidate said his campaign's in-house polls show him in the lead.

"There is no gap" between him and the other candidates, Duke said. "I always fly under the radar. If you look at the history of polling me in primary and previous races, I've always gotten at least two to three times more votes than the polls actually showed."

A professed Trump supporter, Duke said, "I'll be his biggest supporter in the Senate. I'll certainly push very hard to continue to enforce the border."

The Trump campaign has declined his support and attempted to distance itself from him.

Republican John Kennedy's campaign has not yet returned ABC News' request for comment.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  After a lighthearted evening in which he traded barbs with Hillary Clinton at a charity dinner, Donald Trump was back on the attack Friday, calling out Washington leadership and condemning the Obamas for campaigning for Clinton.

“We have a bunch of babies running our country, folks,” said Trump at a campaign rally in Fletcher, North Carolina. “We have a bunch of losers, they’re losers, they’re babies.”

The past three days have been a whirlwind for Trump. The New York businessman debated Clinton in their third and final faceoff in Las Vegas on Wednesday, campaigned in Ohio on Thursday and then attended the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City Thursday night -- an annual charity function in which, during election years, presidential candidates take turns trading jokes.

 But while Trump sported a smile Thursday evening as Clinton cracked one-liners at his expense, his speech today was direct in its critiques of the establishment, even looping in a target he had yet to attack on the trail, First Lady Michelle Obama.

“And I see how much [Michelle Obama] likes Hillary,” said Trump. “But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, ‘If you can’t take care of your home,’ right? ‘You can’t take care of the White House or the country?’ Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.”

Trump was referring to a line spoken by Michelle Obama during the 2007 Democratic primary campaign.

“Our view was that, if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House,” said Michelle Obama in August 2007 at an event supporting her husband in Chicago.

However, while Trump’s implication today was that the first lady was alluding to then-Sen. Clinton and her relationship with her husband -- former President Bill Clinton -- the full context of her remarks indicates that Obama was referring to how she and her husband were handling parenting in the midst of the campaign.

“So, we've adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he's traveling around, I do day trips. That means I get up in the morning, I get the girls ready, I get them off, I go and do trips, I'm home before bedtime,” continued Michelle Obama in 2007.

In North Carolina, not only did Trump flag Michelle Obama’s 9-year-old comments, but he criticized both her and President Obama for the amount of time they've spent campaigning against him.

“I mean, why is Obama campaigning? He ought to be out working,” said Trump, later adding, “We have a president, all he wants to do is campaign, his wife, all she wants to do is campaign,”

Earlier this week, in a joint appearance with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama addressed Trump's claims of a "rigged" election, advising the Republican to “stop whining.” Both he and Michelle Obama stumped in support of Hillary Clinton on Thursday. President Obama campaigned in Florida while the first lady traveled to Arizona.

The generally self-assured Republican nominee also mused, in a rare moment of public introspection, about a possible election loss.

"Right up until the actual vote of Nov. 8, and then I don't know what kind of shape I'm in but I will be happy and at least I will have known: win, lose or draw,... I will be happy with myself,” Trump said, adding that he thought he would win if turnout is high.

"I don't want to think back, if I only I did one more rally, I would have won North Carolina by 500 votes, instead of losing it by 200 votes, right? If only I did. So I never want to ever look back. I never want to say that about myself. We have to work."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- There’s been a lot of talk about whether some candidates in this presidential race are qualified to hold the highest office in the land, and some of that can be subjective.

But when it comes down to it, there are very few legal requirements that make someone eligible to be president.

To learn the specifics about what legally enables candidates to run for president, watch the video below.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The annual Al Smith Dinner is a political tradition where presidential candidates are supposed to trade playful jokes with their opponents.

While Hillary Clinton ended her set Thursday night with a more pointed political message than is customary at the dinner, which is hosted in New York City to benefit Catholic charities, the brusque and sometimes biting barbs delivered by Donald Trump served as another example of how the real estate mogul can only take so much joking at his own expense.

After a series of lighthearted quips -- mocking his immodesty and acknowledging the similarities between his wife's remarks at this summer’s Republican convention and a previous speech by Michelle Obama -- Trump’s comments took a sharper turn.

He implied that Clinton hates Catholics, based on emails hacked by WikiLeaks, and called her crooked and corrupt, which he has said repeatedly on the campaign trail but less appropriately so in the ballroom of the Manhattan Waldorf Astoria.

Trump seemed undeterred when the crowd started booing, saying he couldn't tell whether they were booing him or Clinton.

Trump has been the butt of jokes at other political events, the clearest example being the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where he was skewered by host Seth Meyers and President Obama over his “birther” theories.

Thursday night's dinner wasn't even the only recent example of Trump’s having trouble taking jokes in stride.

Although he hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” earlier in the election season, he has now called for the show to be canceled in light of Alec Baldwin's latest impersonation of him.

It's hard for some people -- perhaps including Trump himself -- to laugh at the Republican nominee and the election in general because the stakes are so high.

At the final presidential debate the night before the Al Smith dinner, Clinton noted how Trump’s talk of rigged elections and award shows during the most recent presidential debate was "funny, but it’s also really troubling."

And even some of Trump’s supporters are having trouble seeing the funny.

Republican Stephen Baldwin, the actor brother of Democrat Alec, told ABC News in the spin room of the debate Wednesday that while his brother "does the voice brilliantly" he thinks the SNL skits are inappropriate.

"It's really not funny because this election is not funny,” the younger Baldwin said. “It's really serious.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Some Americans are considering not casting a vote for president in this year's election in what they say would be an act of conscience.

Jake Shockley, 22, is one of them.

Unsatisfied with the presidential candidates, Shockley said he may not vote for any of them while casting a ballot in other races.

"If I were to follow the rhetoric of voting for the least of the two evils, I would probably vote for [Donald] Trump," Shockley, a senior at Missouri State University who favored Republican Ben Carson in the primaries and voted for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008, told ABC News in a phone interview. "But since I do not believe in voting for the lesser of the two evils, I’m choosing not to."

A recent Pew Research Center study found that many voters are motivated to head to the polls out of their dislike for one particular presidential candidate: 33 percent of supporters of Republican hopeful Donald Trump and 32 percent of those backing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton attribute their choice to opposition to the other nominee rather than enthusiasm for their candidate.

 But high unfavorable ratings for both Trump and Clinton may also mean that a number of people, like Shockley, will choose to leave the presidential section of the ballot blank.

David Kochel, a veteran Republican strategist who has advised both Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney in their presidential bids, says abstaining from voting for president this year is a "totally valid" option and one he’s considering himself.

"I've been working for Republican candidates for 32 years. I have voted in almost every election unless there was some specific reason why I couldn’t," Kochel told ABC News. "If in this one case, where you have a line on the ballot where neither of the choices of the major parties is acceptable, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate way to express dissatisfaction with both nominees."

His advice to other dissatisfied voters in 2016 is to vote their conscience.

"Imagine if 20 million people in the country decided to vote for the down-ballot races but just decided they’d had enough of the presidential election and not vote for the top of the ticket?" Kochel pondered. "That would send a very powerful signal. You’ve got to vote your conscience."

Even some members of Congress, such as Republican Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, are contemplating the no-vote option.

"I’m struggling with it like many Americans," Coffman said of the question of who to back for president in an interview with a Colorado NBC affiliate station.

"I don’t know if I’ll cast a vote for president," said the congressman, who represents a swing district outside Denver with a large Hispanic community and who has aggressively distanced himself from Trump in 2016.

At least one former presidential candidate may have found a creative way to express his conscience on this year's ballot.

Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee in 2008 who is running this year for reelection as an Arizona senator, revealed earlier this month that he may write in his choice for president -- his friend and former 2016 Republican presidential candidate, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The 2016 presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has dredged up everything from name calling to accusations of bullying, sexual assault and internet hacking.

When the two presidential candidates met for the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, it was not just voters watching, but also young kids trying to engage in the democratic process.

Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan sat down with a group of young kids this week at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City to talk about what they are seeing unfold in the presidential race.

The fourth-grade students engaged in a frank conversation with Strahan on the issues they think should be at the forefront of this election. The students also delivered important reminders on the kind of behavior (like hand shaking) and good sportsmanship the presidential candidates should be modeling.

Watch the video for the students' take on politics.

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