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Debate commission to Trump: The dates are set

Debates set: commissionThe Commission on Presidential Debates responded to Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee's complaints about the debate schedule with a message on Sunday: The schedule is set.

"The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates," the commission said in a statement. "It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles. A debate has never been rescheduled as a result."


Trump has 'black soul', says Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim US soldier

Khizr KhanThe parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq said on Sunday Donald Trump was a “black soul” unfit for the White House, after he insulted them and suggested he had made sacrifices for the US comparable to their son’s.

Amid widespread astonishment at the conduct of the Republican presidential nominee, the family of the 27-year-old army captain Humayun Khan, who died in a suicide bombing in 2004, said Trump was morally deficient and incapable of empathy.


It Appears Donald Trump Doesn’t Know About The Crimea Annexation Or Doesn’t Care

Trump doesn't know Russia is in UkraineDonald Trump appears either unfamiliar with Russia’s annexation of Crimea or directly supportive of the intrusion that began in the winter of 2014, further chilled U.S.-Russian relations and has left thousands dead.

In a conversation about Trump’s nebulous relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, the topic shifted to why the Republican Party’s platform was softened on the subject of arming Ukraine to push back against Russian aggression.

Trump said he had been unaware of the platform change, though he had heard about it ex post facto. Then, he pledged that he’d be tough on Russia when it came to Ukraine.


Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin voter laws

Wisconsin voter ID law overturnedA federal judge on Friday struck down a string of Wisconsin voting restrictions passed by the Republican-led legislature and ordered the state to revamp its voter identification rules, finding that they disenfranchised minority voters.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson, ruling in a legal challenge to the laws by two liberal groups, said he could not overturn the entire voter ID law because a federal appeals court had already found such restrictions to be constitutional.


Mark Cuban campaigns for Clinton in hometown of Pittsburgh

Mark CubanEntrepreneur Mark Cuban introduced Hillary Clinton at a rally in his hometown of Pittsburgh Saturday, just one day after endorsing her for president.

"I'm ready to vote for a true leader. I'm ready to vote for the American Dream," said the "Shark Tank" star and investor. "I'm ready to tell the world that I'm here to endorse Hillary Clinton."


Donald Trump and Russia: a web that grows more tangled all the time

sonald and PutinA key figure at the Republican national convention where Donald Trump was nominated for president has strong business ties with Ukraine, the Guardian has learned.

The party platform, written at the convention in Cleveland last week, removed references to arming Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russia rebels, who have received material support from the Kremlin. Trump’s links to Russia are under scrutiny after a hack of Democratic national committee emails, allegedly by Russian agents.


Justice Dept. investigating cyberattack against Clinton campaign, reports say

DNCC hack investigatedThe U.S. Department of Justice is investigating yet another reported cyberattack committed against a Democratic Party affiliate -- this time, the campaign of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Law enforcement officials close to the matter confirmed the investigation Friday, according to various news reports. The FBI is trying to determine if the reported attack posed a threat to national security, Fox News reported Friday.


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