5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • New poll shows Donald Trump with narrow lead in Florida

  • Newt Gingrich says Megyn Kelly is 'fascinated by sex' in blistering TV spat

  • Trump ends big-money fundraising events

  • Paul Beatty becomes first U.S. author to win the Man Booker Prize

  • Indians trounce Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of World Series

A new Bloomberg Politics poll shows Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton by 2 percentage points in must-win Florida. In a four-way race, Trump has 45 percent to Clinton's 43 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein at 2 percent. In a two-way race, Trump leads Clinton by 1 point, 46 percent to 45 percent. Trump's edge, says pollster J. Ann Selzer, appears to be from his 2-point lead with independent voters in a head-to-head matchup. "This race may come down to the independent vote," she said. "Right now, they tilt for Trump." The RealClearPolitics average of polls has Clinton up 3.1 points in the state.

Source: Bloomberg, RealClearPolitics

Fox News' Megyn Kelly and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich broke into a fiery back-and-forth during Tuesday night's Kelly File. Kelly pushed Gingrich on the likelihood of Donald Trump winning the election, particularly in light of the Access Hollywood tape in which he boasted about groping women, and the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. "If Trump is a sexual predator —" she began before Gingrich interrupted her, shaking his finger. "He's not a sexual predator, you can't defend that statement." The two launched into an argument again when Gingrich slammed Kelly for being "fascinated by sex." Kelly rejoined that she is fascinated by the "protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office." Signing off, Kelly blasted Gingrich one more time: "You can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them," she said.

Source: Fox News, The Week

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has stopped holding big-money fundraising events with the Trump Victory fund, a joint effort with the Republican National Committee. The surprise move could hurt his party's efforts to finance its push to get out the vote in the Nov. 8 election. "We've kind of wound down," said Steven Mnuchin, Trump's national finance chairman, in an interview with The Washington Post. Mnuchin said, however, that Trump Victory is continuing to raise money from big donors by phone and online. Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, held her last big fundraiser Tuesday night in Miami, but high-profile surrogates — including her husband, former President Bill Clinton — plan to hold another 41 events through Nov. 3.

Source: The Washington Post, NBC News

Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize in London on Tuesday for his novel The Sellout, a satire about race in America. Beatty is the first American writer to win the award. Amanda Foreman, chair of the five unanimous Booker judges, called Beatty's book "a novel for our times... Its humor disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve, and a snarl." Winning the $60,000 prize is expected to assure Beatty of a significant sales boost worldwide.

Source: BBC News, The New York Times

The Cleveland Indians clobbered the Chicago Cubs to win the first game of the World Series 6-0 on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Pitcher Corey Kluber, the Indians' 30-year-old 2014 Cy Young Award winner, pitched six shutout innings and set a World Series record by striking out eight batters in the first three innings. "Just pretty much dominant as one could be," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. Indians catcher Roberto Perez swatted two home runs. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night, also in Cleveland.

Source: USA Today, The New York Times
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