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'Don't vote for Trump,' says USA Today in first presidential endorsement in its history

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Campaign 2016 updates: Another newspaper that has long backed GOP candidates bucks Donald Trump
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    Sep. 29, 2016, 6:06 p.m.
      By Melanie Mason Sep 29, 2016 | 6:06 PM

      'Don't vote for Trump,' says USA Today in first presidential endorsement in its history

      USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump unfit to lead []

      — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 29, 2016

      USA Today broke its 34-year tradition of not endorsing in a presidential race, publishing a scathing argument against voting for Donald Trump.

      The editorial board unanimously found Trump "unfit for the presidency" and the editorial, published Thursday, goes on to list the reasons why, among them: his "erratic" behavior and his "checkered" business past.

      The anti-Trump sentiment does not translate into an enthusiastic Clinton endorsement. The piece notes that although some editorial board members admire her record, others have "serious reservations about Clinton’s sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information."

      Sep. 29, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
        By Melanie Mason Sep 29, 2016 | 4:13 PM

        Turns out there's one thing Trump and Clinton agree on

        (Tobias Schwarz / AFP-Getty Images)

        While Gary Johnson continues to struggle to pick a foreign leader he admires, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both had a name ready when quizzed Thursday. Turns out they share admiration for German Chancellor Angela Merkel — with some caveats.

        Clinton, when asked by reporters to name a favorite world leader, briefly feigned ignorance with a laugh before naming Merkel.

        "Her leadership and steadiness on the euro crisis and her bravery in the face of the refugee crisis is something that I am impressed by," Clinton said.

        Sep. 29, 2016, 2:51 p.m.
          By Chris Megerian Sep 29, 2016 | 2:51 PM

          Hillary Clinton blasts Donald Trump for report on Cuba business

          (Brendan Smialowski / AFP-Getty Images)

          Hillary Clinton said a report that Donald Trump attempted to do business in Cuba during the embargo suggests he puts “his personal and business interests ahead of the laws and the values and the policies of the United States of America.”

          The Newsweek report said Trump’s hotel company had explored investing on the Caribbean island in 1998 while it was ruled by Fidel Castro.

          The trip to Cuba by consultants working on Trump’s behalf was falsely characterized as a charitable effort to avoid detection, the report said.

          Sep. 29, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
            By Kurtis Lee Sep 29, 2016 | 2:46 PM

            Detroit News, another paper that has long backed GOP nominees, endorses Gary Johnson

            (Molly Riley / AFP-Getty Images)

            Another major newspaper that's a near-lock for Republican nominees seeking an endorsement has decided Donald Trump is not a viable option.

            The benefactor: Libertarian Gary Johnson.

            In an sharply worded editorial, the Detroit News editorial board backed Johnson, setting aside the newspaper’s 143-year history of supporting only Republicans.

            Sep. 29, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

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              Sep. 29, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
                By David Lauter Sep 29, 2016 | 12:16 PM

                Support for death penalty drops to a four-decade low

                In the mid-90s, U.S. public support for death penalty peaked at 80%; now it's down to 49% []

                — Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) September 29, 2016

                Support for the death penalty, which peaked in the mid-1990s, has dropped to a four-decade low, according to new data from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.

                Just under half of respondents, 49%, said they supported capital punishment in murder cases, Pew found, while 42% said they opposed it.

                The last time opposition to the death penalty was this high was in 1972, the year the Supreme Court in effect banned capital punishment -- a hiatus that lasted four years.

                Sep. 29, 2016, 12:09 p.m.
                  By Chris Megerian  and Seema Mehta Sep 29, 2016 | 12:09 PM

                  Hillary Clinton pumps up early voting in Iowa, where she trails Donald Trump

                  (Joe Burbank / Associated Press)

                  Hillary Clinton didn’t want to leave anything to chance when she arrived here for a rally on the first day of early voting in Iowa. Her campaign stationed volunteers around her downtown rally to direct members of the audience to nearby polling places to submit their ballots.

                  “When you finish here, you can go vote,” she told the crowd of roughly 2,000. “We can be on the path to victory here in Iowa.”

                  President Obama won Iowa in 2008 and 2012, but Clinton is trailing Donald Trump in the state, lagging five percentage points behind in a Real Clear Politics average of polls.

                  Sep. 29, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
                    By Kurtis Lee Sep 29, 2016 | 11:59 AM

                    Harry Reid's latest insult of Donald Trump: He is Republicans' 'Frankenstein monster'

                    (David Becker/Getty Images)

                    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has had a lot to say about Donald Trump.

                    He bluntly called the Republican nominee a "racist" ahead of Monday's debate. Last week, it was "scammer in chief," as Trump continued to resist releasing his tax returns. In August, he challenged Trump to take a U.S. citizenship test.

                    And on Thursday, Reid used a few minutes on the Senate floor to deliver his latest invective against Trump, and widened it to include the Republican Party.

                    Sep. 29, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
                      By Melanie Mason Sep 29, 2016 | 11:21 AM

                      'Star Trek' cast and crew, including J.J. Abrams and George Takei, sign an open letter against Trump

                      Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a...

                      Posted by Trek Against Trump on Thursday, September 29, 2016

                      Live long for Hillary Clinton?

                      A bevy of "Star Trek" cast and crew members from multiple generations signed an open letter Thursday by the Facebook group "Trek Against Trump," blasting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and arguing against a third-party "protest vote" in the November election.

                      "Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump," reads the letter from fans of the popular television and movie franchise.

                      Sep. 29, 2016, 11:03 a.m.

                        Watch live: Hillary Clinton holds rally in Iowa