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2016 Presidential Swing State Polls Poll:Clinton losing in Florida, Pennsylvania



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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has overtaken his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the key states of Florida and Pennsylvania, according to a voter survey published on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.

Trump is leading Clinton by 42 per cent to 39 per cent in Florida, although last month the former secretary of state had been eight percentage points out in front of the real estate magnate, EFE news agency reported.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, another state that could just as easily go for the Democratic or the Republican in the November election, Trump is leading Clinton by 43 per cent to 41 per cent, although last month the billionaire was trailing the former first lady by one percentage point.

The two candidates were tied at 41 per cent in Ohio, yet another swing state and one that the winner of the presidential election has virtually always won.

Given the error margin of about 3 per cent for these surveys, the newly published results indicate that the races are too close to call.

Clinton’s drop in the polls comes after FBI Director James Comey last week criticised the “extremely careless” way in which she and her staffers handled e-mail communications when they were working at the State Department, in particular using a private server through which classified information was sent and received.

However, Comey said he saw no reason to recommend that Clinton be indicted for her handling of e-mails while she was the top US diplomat, something that has sparked criticism that he gave favourable treatment to someone considered to be a member of Washington’s political elite.

If the Quinnipiac poll includes candidates from minor parties – such as the Libertarian Party and the Green Party – Trump leads Clinton in all three states, particularly in Florida by 41-36 per cent and in Pennsylvania by 40-34 per cent.

The survey was conducted between June 30 and July 11 among about 1,000 registered voters in each of the three states and has an error margin of a little over 3 per cent.

These three states are the focus of the survey because since 1960 no candidate for president has won the White House without winning at least two of them.


US unemployment rate falls to 50-year low



The U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to a new five-decade low of 3.5%, while employers added a modest 136,000 jobs.

The Labor Department says that despite the ultra-low unemployment rate, which was down from 3.7% in August, average hourly wages slipped by a penny. Hourly pay rose just 2.9% from a year earlier, lower than 3.4% at the beginning of the year.

Hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed, and businesses have cut back on their investment spending. Still, hiring has averaged 157,000 in the past three months, enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

The unemployment rate for Latinos fell to 3.9%, the lowest on records dating from 1973.

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Trump embarrassed by TV channel

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”




New York, Sep 26 : US President Donald Trump was subjected to an embarrassment when the MSNBC news channel cut away from his press conference while he was speaking on the controversy surrounding him over the Ukrainian probe against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump on Wednesday was addressing the press conference against the backdrop of impeachment proceedings announced against him by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following allegations that he put pressure on the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to order a probe against Biden whose family has business interests there.

The allegation against Trump came to light because of a whistleblower and a transcript of the conversation between him and Zelensky in July, which has become public.

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

She added that Trump was trying to do it to deflect the attention from his impeachment.

According to the transcript of the telephonic conversation that has gone public, Trump is heard asking Zelensky to “do us a favour”, after the latter expresses gratitude for the military aid the US provided to his country.

Trump’s words of “do us a favour” is seen as a quid pro quo for the American military aid, because of which the impeachment proceedings have been announced.

After Wallace cut the press conference, her guest on the programme, justice and security analyst Matthew Miller, rebuked Trump for saying that Biden and his son had done wrong.

“This story has been looked at and thoroughly debunked by everyone involved,” Miller said, adding the real issue was whether Trump’s conduct is “impeachable”.

Trump is facing problem at a time when he is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

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Kim Jong-un receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump



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Pyongyang, June 23 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received a personal letter with “excellent” and “interesting” content from US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang’s state media said on Sunday.

“After reading the letter, the Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” the Korean Central News Agency said, referring to its leader.

“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong-un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” it added.

The KCNA did not disclose when and how the letter was delivered to Kim, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The letter appears to be in response to the one Kim sent to Trump recently in time for the anniversary of their first-ever summit in Singapore last June.

Trump had described Kim’s letter as “beautiful” and “very warm”. He also emphasized that the relationship between them remains strong and that “something will happen that’s going to be very positive”.

The exchange of correspondence between the leaders renewed hopes for a resumption of denuclearization talks which have stalled since the breakdown of their second summit in February.

The summit collapsed as Pyongyang wanted sanctions relief as a corresponding measure in exchange for dismantling its Yongbyon nuclear complex, while Washington insisted that sanctions should remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons programme.

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