<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 10:45:22 -0500Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:45:22 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Takeaways From First '16 Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:39:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump+clinton1.png Ben Voth, Associate Professor and Director of Debate at Southern Methodist University, discussed the major takeaways for North Texans after Monday night's general election debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.]]> <![CDATA[Most Memorable Moments From 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:51:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PL05Ma_1200x675_773938755547.jpg Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president.]]> <![CDATA[Taliban Watches Debate From Secret Afghanistan Location]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:58:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_743351664968.jpg

Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

"There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.



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<![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:05:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16145366840419.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.



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<![CDATA[City of Frisco Helps Small Businesses Grow, Prosper]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:23:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco+small+businesses.jpg

As the presidential candidates debate on how best to help millions of Americans achieve prosperity, there are lessons to be learned in North Texas.

In a small office in Frisco, Joshua Futrell is trying to grow his small business.

Futrell, an Air Force veteran, started ComHome Technology Solutions in the city four years ago – an IT consulting company growing year by year.

He now has nine employees and a permanent home base in North Texas.

Futrell said he chose the area because the city made it easy.

"Instead of putting up barriers, they like to remove barriers for small business," Futrell said.

New businesses – big and small – provide clear evidence Frisco knows a thing or two about growth.

"There is so much opportunity here," said Tony Felker, president of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. "The one thing we're adamant about is making sure business can do business and as much as possible, try to keep government out of business."

Now home to Dallas Cowboys' headquarters at The Star and the "$5 Billion Mile," Frisco's momentum seems to continue.

But with all of that comes challenges. Construction cranes and orange barrels dot city streets as infrastructure grows to meet demand.

"It's great to have that growth, but you need to be able to keep up with it or it starts to implode on itself," Felker said.



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<![CDATA[Voters Weigh In On the Direction of America]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:20:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dealey+voters.jpg

The presidential debate Monday at Hofstra University touched on the direction the country is headed. Socially, there have been several issues debated in the news and on the streets across America. NBC 5 went to Dallas' Dealey Plaza and asked voters, "Is the country on the right track?"

"I'm scared," said Jacob Johnson, who was in Dallas on business from New Jersey. "People aren't tolerant of other people. People aren't willing to allow you to be you, me to be me, and work together, and it scares me."

Protests in the streets across America show there is frustration and discontent.

"I think we've gone off course," remarked Shannon Klug as he and his son, Andre, strolled around Dealey Plaza. "I think it starts with the very small details, like common respect for our elderly and talking kindly to people."

But debate isn't always kind. Social issues, like the transgender bathroom controversy, have shown that. 

"Those issues were always here," said Jennifer Milton, of Chicago. "It's making more people uncomfortable, but we're going to have to talk about it." 

"Everything – race, religion, marital status," Mary Mamrar of New Jersey said. "I wish people would be tolerant of one another."

"The president can set the tone," said Johnson.



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<![CDATA[The Top Trump-Clinton Debate Tweet? It's From 2012]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:43:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/610601740-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-debate-tweets.jpg

Twitter was abuzz during the presidential debate Monday, but nothing grabbed people's attention like a tweet Donald Trump sent in 2012, according to the company.

Days before that year's election, Trump tweeted that global warming was a Chinese conspiracy "to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." It was the most retweeted tweet during the debate, according to Twitter's government and elections team.

So what made that obscure tweet rise to the top of the Twitter hive mind's consciousness? Hillary Clinton said early on in the debate that Trump called climate change a hoax, and he strongly denied it.

Twitter users, who have always jumped on candidates' statements during debates, were quick to fact check him with his own statements. That China example wasn't the only one.

Elsewhere online, Google's search data suggested that Hillary Clinton gained more visibility from the debate. The tech giant's data and visualizations lab, Google Trends, found that every state in the country was uniformly searching Clinton's name more than Trump's after the debate, where Trump had dominated beforehand.

And she dominated searches for long stretches in two key swing states: Ohio and Florida.



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<![CDATA[Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Social Media Reacts]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:48:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601290.jpg

The presidential nominees sparred for 99 minutes in their first presidential debate held at Hofstra University Monday night.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tackled the economy, ISIS, taxes and the president's birth status. They also took jabs at one another, and plenty of them.

"I have a feeling by the end of this debate I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened," Clinton joked.

Clinton noted that cyber security attacks were a concern, and the United States should be wary of Russia, and noted that "Donald is very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin." 

Trump said he'd release his tax returns once Clinton provided the 33,000 emails she deleted, and that his temperment was his best asset. 

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"She doesn't have the stamina... I don't believe Hillary has the stamina" to be president, Trump said. 

The top three issues posted to Facebook by 18- to 34 year-olds during the night were ISIS, racism and discrimination and crime and criminal justice, according to Facebook. 

#TrumpSniffles began showing up on Twitter timelines in response to Trump appearing to sniffle throughout the debate. 

Social media users shared a breadth of reaction as Lester Holt of NBC News moderated the debate. 

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<![CDATA[Top Tweets on the 1st Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:17:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP+-+Hofstra+Debate+16+sized.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn't hold back during the first debate of the 2016 general election. Because most viewers have a habit of watching through a second (and third) screen, Twitter feeds were equally intriguing. Here are some top reactions to Clinton and Trump’s grueling debate.

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<![CDATA[Fact-Checking 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:48:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16271039934629.jpg



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<![CDATA[Presidential Debate Outlook]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:19:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hillary+y+trump+12+jul1.jpg The Dallas Morning News Political Report Gromer Jeffers discusses what's at stake for Monday night's presidential debate.]]> <![CDATA[North Texans Talk Politics With NBC 5]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx+talks+politics.jpg

Our tour of opinions started in Grand Prairie, where “Momma C” (also known as Cynthia Lock) forced NBC 5’s Kristin Dickerson to eat a bite of her chocolate pie before agreeing to an interview.

“I love that you force-fed me a bite of your pie,” Dickerson told Lock.

“You like that?” said Lock with a laugh.

The Brass Bean coffee shop does have fantastic pie.

Lock and her friend, Gregory Johnson, explained that they used to date, but now they’re roommates.

It’s a joyful friendship, but when it comes to the presidential election, the tone of their conversations change.

“I’m worried about America, I’m worried about our country,” said Lock. “Because this is a really important decision, and it’s important that everybody vote.”

In the Bishop Arts District, NBC 5 set up a table and chairs to provide an open-platform to just talk.

“Well, come on over, Evan. Have a seat!” said Dickerson to 23-year-old Evan Hunter.

“I think this is probably one of the most important elections,” said Hunter. “I mean everyone is important, but this one especially.”

"I guess the thing that came to my mind is just kindness,” when asked what she thinks our country needs more of.

For Calvin Roberts, he said we need to do less talking and more listening.

“Listening to another person— that creates conversation and creates empathy and understanding,” said Roberts.

While NBC 5 listened, we also heard frustration from Jessica Phillips.

She said she isn’t a fan of either presidential candidate.

“So it’s very frustrating to think that potentially the next four or eight years of my life are going to be run by either one of these two people,” Phillips said.

In Fort Worth at Paris coffee shop, we learned from Larry behind the bar that most conversations don’t involve politics.

“We just talk about sports,” Larry said. “No politics?” Dickerson questioned. “Nah, we don’t talk about anything like that.”

A different Larry, sitting at a table next to the diner’s bar, answered Dickerson’s questions about what’s “appropriate” conversation.

“Is it dangerous to talk politics with people who you aren’t close with?” Dickerson asked Larry Griffin.

“Yes,” he answered with a smile.

It’s a topic that evokes passion, and when it’s safer not to talk about it, we were grateful that these people did.

“It means a great deal now days that so much is on the line,” said Griffin.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Voters React to First Presidential Debate]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx-panel-voters.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met Monday for the first of three presidential debates, and NBC 5 is hearing the opinions of voters in North Texas.

We invited a panel of nine North Texans with different backgrounds and experiences to watch the debate at our studios and share their reactions to the debate and what each of the candidates said.

The debate covered three big topics: securing America, America's direction and achieving prosperity.

Many of the voters on the panel said they did not hear the answers they wanted from this debate, and they will be looking to the upcoming debates to help decide their choice for president.

Follow the discussion and share your thoughts by using the hashtag #NBCDFWDebateWatch on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Clinton Leads Trump by 5 Ahead of 1st Debate: Poll]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:15:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-605904136.jpg

Hillary Clinton takes a five-point lead among likely voters over Donald Trump into Monday night's presidential debate, according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, released hours before the debate kicked off.

Clinton's 45-40 lead over Trump was unchanged from the week before, the poll found. But Clinton's head-to-head matchup with Trump improved by two points over the previous week, and she now leads him 51-44, NBC News reported.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson trails the front-runners with 10 percent of those surveyed in the online poll, from September 19 through September 25. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 3 percent support.

Clinton leads among millennials and gained ground in the 18-29 age group, where the third-party candidates maintained comparatively large bastions of support, while only 5 percent of those 65 and over support Johnson and only 1 percent support Stein.



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<![CDATA[Debate-Day Trump Snapchat Filter Takes Swipe at Clinton]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:38:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-crooked-hillary-snapchat-filter.jpg

Snapchat claims it reaches 41 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 years old on any given day.

Donald Trump's presidential campaign is trying to win that group over with a new Snapchat geofilter debuted on Monday, the day of his first debate with Hillary Clinton.

The star- and firework-spangled "Debate Day" filter uses Trump's trusted epithet for Clinton, "crooked Hillary" on top, where it reads: "Donald J. Trump vs. Crooked Hillary." The national, sponsored filter was paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., according to fine print on the filter itself and confirmed by Snapachat.

Geofilters are a feature on Snapchat that lets users overlay images onto their photos or videos. They're often of city or town names, but users can design and purchase their own filters to be used in certain places for periods of time. The filters must be approved by Snapchat. 

Clinton and her allies were outspending Trump's campaign in TV ads by a 5-to-1 margin as of last week, NBC News reported. Clinton has purchased ads on Snapchat before, including during the Republican National Convention, but didn't have a Snapchat filter of her own on Monday.

The Trump campaign — which has grown in part on the strength of the candidate's Twitter presence — is no stranger to using social media to score points in the debate. Earlier this month, Donald Trump Jr. drew outrage along with retweets when he posted an image showing the internet meme Pepe the Frog, which as been used by some white nationalists, next to his father.

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<![CDATA[Memorable Moments From Presidential Debates Past]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:56:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nixon-debate-P1.jpg

You can argue whether presidential debates have the power to swing an election, but they are a dependable source of images and sound bites that help color voters' perception of the candidates - for good and for bad. It began with the first televised debate between a tanned and vibrant John F. Kennedy and a peaked, flu-wracked Richard M. Nixon in 1960 and continued through 2012, when Mitt Romney's story about "binders full of women." Countless quips, gaffes and zingers have occurred in the intervening years. Here are some of the most memorable, in chronological order.

Welcome to television, Mr. Nixon

Pollsters found that people who listened to this debate on the radio thought that Nixon, the vice president, beat Kennedy. But those who followed on television, where Kennedy's youth and poise contrasted with Nixon's age and dourness, sided with Kennedy, who won the election. No single moment of this debate stands out; the entire episode illustrates how Nixon underestimated the power of television. Nixon would later run for president and win, but he refused to debate ever again.

Ford's foreign policy blunder

President Gerald Ford, who ascended to office after Nixon's resignation, was challenged by former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1976. In this clip from the second of three debates, Ford tells an incredulous Max Frankel that "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration." Carter would later say that the debates helped him win the election.

Reagan's zingers

Carter and former California Gov. Ronald Reagan debated only once in 1980, a week before election day, and Reagan showed himself adept at two key debate techniques: affably diffusing an attack and distilling a candidacy down to a single phrase. When Carter criticized Reagan's position on Medicaid, Reagan quipped, "There you go again." And during his closing arguments, Reagan asked voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Both lines became classics, and Reagan won by a landslide.

Carter's Amy speech

Reagan's inspiring performance stood in stark contrast to Carter's flatness. That was exposed in his closing arguments, when he finished an argument about nuclear weapons by invoking his daughter, Amy. Some analysts point to this remark as the debate's worst.

Reagan strikes back

Reagan was challenged in 1984 by Walter Mondale, who'd served as vice president under Carter. Reagan maintained a large lead for most of the campaign. But Mondale appeared to gain ground in their first debate, when Reagan, who was, at 73, the oldest sitting president, appeared tired and a little disoriented. In the second debate, Reagan again showed his knack for amiably diffusing criticism by addressing the age issue head-on.

The rape question

The 1988 race between Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and Vice President George H.W. Bush featured two debates, the first of which was largely uneventful. But the second began with journalist Bernard Shaw asking Dukakis if he would support the death penalty for someone who raped and killed his wife. Dukakis, a staunch opponent of capital punishment, answered resolutely that he would not, but the dryness of his response cemented the prevailing image of him as reserved and stiff. Soon after the debate, Bush began to climb in the polls.

Perot's "giant sucking sound"

The series of debates in 1992 featured three candidates: President Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot, whose campaign was fueled by anti-Washington anger. Bush and Clinton spent much of the first debate attacking each other, and voters reacted in polls by declaring Perot the winner. In the second, Perot's straight-talking, humorous delivery reached a crescendo in his opening remarks, when he went on a tirade against the North American Free Trade Agreement, predicting that it would result in a massive loss of jobs to Mexico. The line became an instant hit.

Bush checks his watch

Later in the second debate of 1992, a member of the audience stood to ask the candidates a question about how the national debt had affected them personally. From the back of the stage, Bush glanced at his watch and then botched the question, struggling to explain himself before admitting, "I'm not sure I get it." A few minutes later, Clinton gave an impassioned response, and the debate was as good as won.

Gore tries to intimidate Bush

The last of three debates between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000 was held in a town-hall meeting style, leaving the candidates free to roam the stage while answering questions. The exchanges between Bush and Gore had become increasingly testy, with Gore at times expressing impatience with Bush's answers. That tension came to a head during Bush's attempt to explain how he thought the two men differed. Gore stood up and approached Bush in what seemed to be an effort to intimidate him. But Bush's handling of it gave him the upper hand.

McCain: “that one”

The 2008 race featured three debates between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. In the second, a town-hall style meeting, the candidates largely refrained from attacking each other's character but parried on policy in what was generally considered a boring exchange. Perhaps that is why the Democrats and the media fixated on a slight blunder by McCain as he tried to explain the two men's differences on energy policy. Emphasizing a point, he referred to Obama as "that one," which Obama's campaign tried to exploit as evidence that McCain was out of sorts and irascible. T-shirts and Facebook pages mocking the phrase sprouted up. Pundits argued whether it was that bad of a mistake, but it became the most discussed aspect of the debate, and that wasn't good for McCain.

Romney's "binders full of women"

In in answering a question about pay equity for women, Mitt Romney said during the 2012 presidential debate that as governor of Massachusetts he made an effort to include women in his administration. He said his team reached out to several women groups to find applicants and got "binders full of women." The commentary about Romney's phrase took off online even before his second debate with President Barack Obama wrapped up. 



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<![CDATA[Local Business Gets Political With Piñatas]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clinton-Trump-Pinata.jpg

Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not alone when it comes to preparing for Monday's debate.

Carlos DeLafuente, the owner of ABC Party Headquarters, has been working overtime filling orders for piñatas resembling both presidential candidates.

Last year, when the presidential campaigns began heating up, so did DeLafuente's business.

"My phone was ringing off the hook, said DeLafuente. "I didn't start out trying to be political. People started asking for Trump piñatas last year and now we're on a two week waiting lists. People want them for parties, events, company parties, or for a costume. People fill them with all kinds of things: candy, money, baloney," he said.

In the past, DeLafuente has made Hillary and Obama piñatas.

"I would make them now if people were ordering them. Right now I only get calls for Trump," he said.



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<![CDATA[What to Expect in Monday Night's Debate]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:33:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump+clinton+hofstra.jpg Ben Voth, Associate Professor and Director of Debate at Southern Methodist University, gives insight on what to look for and how presidential candidates are expected to perform in Monday night's debate.

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<![CDATA[Debate Details Revealed: Clinton Gets 1st Question]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-texas-encuestas.jpg

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Debate officials have released the details of Monday night's presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

Clinton will receive the first question from NBC News' Lester Holt, who will moderate the first debate of the election season at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

The debate will 90 minutes long and divided into six, 15 minute "pods," the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Sunday.

Clinton's podium will be stage left and Trump's podium will be stage right, the CPD said.



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<![CDATA[Clinton & Trump Prepare for the First National Presidential Debate]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:32:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clinton+Trump3.jpg Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are preparing for their first national presidential debate.

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<![CDATA['I Hope' My Foundation Hasn't Broken the Law: Trump]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:27:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16268837219115-Trump-shrugs.jpg

When asked in an interview Sunday whether he was confident he’d followed the law with regards to his personal charitable foundation, Donald Trump said that he “hoped so.”

Media reports have found that Trump has used his charitable organization, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, for personal purchases and to pay off legal fees. Those actions may have been taken in violation of IRS laws, NBC News reports.

The host of Sunday talk show "Full Measure," Sharyl Atkinson, asked the GOP presidential candidate directly if he was “confident that the Trump Foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws.”

“Well, I hope so. I mean, my lawyers do it,” Trump said.



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<![CDATA[Tom Brokaw's Advice To Debate Moderators]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:16:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092516+Brokaw+Fine.jpg NBC 5 political specialist Julie Fine talked with NBC News' Tom Brokaw about moderating Presidential Debates.

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<![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Hillary Clinton for President]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-profile.jpg

The New York Times editorial board endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Saturday, writing the endorsement is "rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service."

The Times touted Clinton's record as first lady, New York senator and secretary of state in their endorsement, claiming she has shown the ability to work with politicians from opposing parties to enact her policy agenda.

"When Mrs. Clinton was sworn in as a senator from New York in 2001, Republican leaders warned their caucus not to do anything that might make her look good," the editorial says. "Yet as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she earned the respect of Republicans like Senator John McCain with her determination to master intricate military matters."

The editorial also praised her foreign policy record as secretary of state, but does mention her missteps in that role.

"As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was charged with repairing American credibility after eight years of the Bush administration’s unilateralism," the editorial board wrote. "She bears a share of the responsibility for the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failings, notably in Libya. But her achievements are substantial."

Clinton's ability to bounce back from her failings, however, is another one of her strengths as a politician and presidential candidate, according to the endorsement.

"She is one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation, whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship. As first lady, she rebounded from professional setbacks and personal trials with astounding resilience," the editorial board wrote.

The endorsement only made passing reference to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who "discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway," according to the Times.

The editorial board added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the "worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history."



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<![CDATA[How Should Trump Debate Clinton? Advice From a Man Who Knows]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:53:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-upset.jpg

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The man famous for getting in Hillary Clinton’s face during the campaign that launched her political career has some debate advice for Donald Trump.

Stay at his lectern.

Rick Lazio should know. The former Republican congressman didn't — and paid the price for a performance that has become a textbook example of what not to do when your opponent is a woman.

Lazio, today a partner with the Jones Walker law firm, ran against Clinton in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. At their first debate in Buffalo, New York, he crossed the stage to Clinton's lectern, pointing his finger as he urged her to sign a pledge about limiting the funding of their race. He was seen as hectoring, his campaign faltered and she went on to win.

Lazio's misstep is being recalled as Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their debate on Monday, pitting the first woman to run as a major party presidential candidate versus the former reality TV star who has made browbeating opponents a key to his success. "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "Low-energy Jeb" have given way to "Crooked Hillary," but will he fling insults at her when they meet at New York's Hofstra University? Will Clinton goad him to try to show he is not suited for the presidency?

Trump said that he would curb his disparaging tone at the debate, to be moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt. The 90-minute debate will be televised by NBC and streamed on this site at 9 p.m. ET Monday. 

"I'm going to be very respectful of her," he told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I think she deserves that and I'm going to be nice. And if she's respectful of me, that'll be nice."

That hasn't stopped him from mocking her on Twitter.

"Hillary is taking the day off again, she needs the rest," he tweeted Tuesday about her bout with pneumonia. "Sleep well Hillary — see you at the debate!"

For Clinton's part, she zeroed in on Trump's derisive comments when she spoke on Steve Harvey's radio show.

"I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we have seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said. "I can take it, Steve. I can take that kind of stuff. I have been at this, and I understand it is a contact sport."

Lazio, who said that neither Trump nor Clinton had earned his support, has several suggestions for Trump: Present a positive vision, be aware of non-verbal communication and don't go for the knock-out punch, but rather, amplify Clinton's negatives. Demonstrate enough knowledge of policy details to establish his credibility as president without trying to duel with someone who has been in and around Washington for nearly 25 years. And with nearly two-thirds of the public feeling that the country is on the wrong track, distinguish himself as the change agent and Clinton as more of the failed and uninspiring status quo.

"Have your team prepared and on high alert afterward to drive your debate message," he wrote. “There are two debates — as I well discovered — the actual event and what gets covered by the media and watched by the public afterward.

"And finally....stay at the podium!"



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<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg

Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

Known as the Hyde Amendment, the 40-year-old law restricting federal funding for abortions has shown to be effective in curbing the number of abortions performed, both sides agreed. For anti-abortion Republicans, the policy’s functionality proves its success. But for abortion rights supporters, it’s a sign that women are simply being denied health care, NBC News reported.

Rep. Trent Franks said the fact that abortion hasn’t become a major issue in this general election campaign is disappointing.

“The American people deserve to know where the candidates stand, in the most important election this century and in the last century,” he said. Franks presided over the House judiciary subcommittee hearing Friday morning.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Who Will Win The Debate?]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clinton+trump1.jpg Denton County GOP Chairman Lisa Hendrickson and Matt Angle from the Lone Star Project debate on "Lone Star Politics" about whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will win the Presidential Debate on Sept. 26 on NBC. Watch "Lone Star Politics" - Sunday at 8:40 am on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics Sep 25, 2016]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:06:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092516+LSP.jpg On Sunday's edition of Lone Star Politics, Denton County GOP Chairman Lisa Hendrickson and Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project squared off over the first Presidential Debate.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Calls For End to Violence ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:31:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/US-PA-Trump-3-CR-147464484892100001.jpg Delivering his law-and-order message at a rally in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, saying that "The main victims of these violent demonstrations are law abiding African-Americans who live in these communities and only want to raise their children in safety and peace and with a good education." He also criticized Hillary Clinton, saying that "The job of a leader is to stand in someone else's shoes and see things from their perspective. You have to be able to do that."]]> <![CDATA[Trump Campaign Volunteer Quits After Racially Charged Speech]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP16262084465196_opt.jpg

A Trump campaign chair in Ohio resigned Thursday after she made several racially insensitive comments in an on-camera interview, including a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time,” NBC News reports. 

Kathy Miller, a volunteer chair, made a variety of comments to The Guardian newspaper, which published the interview Thursday. Miller told the publication, “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.”

The video was posted Thursday morning, after the second night of protests in Charlotte, N.C., that were organized in response to the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police.

The Trump campaign in Ohio released a statement Thursday confirming that they’d accepted Miller’s resignation and calling her comments “inappropriate.”



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<![CDATA[Trump Says Stop-and-Frisk Comment Meant for Chicago]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:08:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

After calling for the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" police practice to combat crime on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified his comments to say he really only meant in Chicago.

"Look, we had tremendous shootings, numbers of shootings. Now, Chicago is out of control and I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk," the Republican presidential nominee said in a phone interview with Fox & Friends Thursday morning. "They asked me about Chicago and I was talking about stop-and-frisk for Chicago," he added.

Trump intended to clarify comments made in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that was broadcast Wednesday evening. In that interview, an audience member asked the nominee about addressing "violence in the black community," to which he proposed expanding the policy in which officers may stop and question individuals, possibly searching those they find suspicious. Critics of the practice say it can lead to racial profiling.

"I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well," he said. "You understand, you have to have, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do."

"I think Chicago needs stop-and-frisk," Trump said Thursday. "Now, people can criticize me for that or people can say whatever they want. But they asked me about Chicago and I think stop-and-frisk with good strong, you know, good strong law and order. But you have to do something. It can’t continue the way it’s going," he added.

The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

This is not the first time the nominee has mentioned Chicago's violence, drawing harsh criticism for tweeting in August that the murder of Dwyane Wade's cousin is an example of why black voters will support him. 

Just days earlier he also said that he met with a "top" Chicago officer who believed the city's violence could be stopped within a week using "tough police tactics," a claim that the Chicago Police Department refuted

"No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign," a CPD spokesperson said in a statement.



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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Wants Out of Refugee Resettlement Program]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/se+quema+gobernador+de+Texas.jpg

This political season, immigration and refugees in the United States have been hot button issues. 

President Barack Obama recently announced that the United States would accept 110,000 refugees.

He spoke Tuesday at the United Nations about the importance of helping refugees forced to flee their countries. But there is opposition, citing security.

On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is opting out of the Refugee Resettlement program. 

More than 2,600 refugees have settled in Texas from October until this past March. 

Abbott released the following statement Wednesday, explaining his position. It said, in part:

“While many refugees pose no danger, some pose grave danger, like the Iraqi refugee with ties to ISIS who was arrested earlier this year after he plotted to set off bombs at two malls in Houston.

Despite multiple requests by the State of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people.

Therefore, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. I strongly urge the federal government to completely overhaul a broken and flawed refugee program that increasingly risks American lives.”

But it looks like the program will continue, with the funding coming from another entity, not the state of Texas. 

According the Office of Refugee Resettlement, or ORR, the director can appoint a designee to administer the assistance to refugees, if a state opts out of the program.  

A spokesperson from the Administration of Families and Services released this statement Wednesday, saying the program will continue.

"ORR values the support and partnership of the states including Texas and our network of public-private partners to welcome and integrate newcomers into the fabric of our nation. ORR and its federal partners across the administration are working with states to ensure that all refugees and entrants have access to the critical supports needed to help them rebuild their lives in the United States while continuing to protect the safety and security of communities. ORR’s services are provided only after an individual successfully completes stringent security screenings, is granted refugee status by DHS, and is brought to the U.S. for resettlement by the State Department. This model for refugee resettlement will continue in Texas.“

Texas is the third state to drop out of the resettlement program, after Kansas and New Jersey.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said that won't stop the refugees from coming.

"The state government doesn't have the power to build a wall around the state and refuse to let the children come here," Jenkins said.

In the last year, about 2,000 refugees have resettled in the Dallas area, with about one in every 10 of them coming from Syria.

Mosaic Family services runs a program that help refugees once they arrive in North Texas. State dollars help pay for the program.

"I am pretty confident the federal government will find another way to channel that money to get to the agencies serving the refugee population," said Bill Bernstein, deputy director of Mosaic Family Services.

Refugee resettlement agencies are now working with the federal government to find another way to distribute the money in Texas.

"We don't expect that there would be a lot of changes in service delivery," said Donna Duvin, with the International Rescue Committee.

"It doesn't mean that the funds won't be coming, it just means that there would be another administrative model that would be stood up in its place to be able to receive those federal funds and pass them on to agencies that are serving refugees here in the local communities," Duvin added.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Poll: Clinton Leads Trump Ahead of First Debate]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:12:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-serious.jpg

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 6 points among likely voters heading into the first presidential debate on Monday, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey, conducted after Clinton's return to the campaign trail following her bout with pneumonia, shows a bigger advantage for the secretary of state than did polls taken during the heightened scrutiny of her health.

"Despite arguably the worst few weeks of her candidacy, the fundamentals still point toward a Hillary Clinton victory," says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

In a four-way horse race, Clinton gets support from 43 percent of likely voters and Trump gets 37 percent, while Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is at 9 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein is at 3 percent.



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<![CDATA[Watch: Donald Trump, Mike Pence Campaign in Ohio]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:16:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump44.jpg

Donald Trump and Mike Pence hold a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.

Check here for a live stream.



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