February 3, 2013

A judge has ordered an Ohio man to stop having children. Asim Taylor, 35, owes the mothers of his four children $96,000 in child support. Judge James Walther sentenced Taylor to five years of probation, during which time he is to "avoid impregnating a woman." Taylor's lawyer said that the court is infringing on his client's constitutional rights by "stepping into his bedroom." The Week Staff

10:05 a.m. ET
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The World Series is tied 1-1 after the first two games in Cleveland, and on Friday the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will kick off their three-game stay at Wrigley Field in the first championship game in the park in 71 years.

The Indians are putting the steady Josh Tomlin on the mound in the hopes of depriving the Cubs of opportunities to get on base, with relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen also fresh for Game 3. While the Indians face long odds, they'll get a break as Cubs sluggger Kyle Schwarber will be limited to pinch-hitting, as he has yet to be medically cleared to take his place in the outfield. Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound for the Cubs.

If you're the superstitious type, the Cubs might have a little magic on their side, too: "For the Cubs, it's been 108 years [since they won the World Series]," WTHR writes. "It's a powerful number for the Cubs. Consider this. There are 108 stitches in a baseball. The foul poles at Wrigley Field are 108 meters from home plate. The last two Cubs to the Hall of Fame were Ron Santo and Andre Dawson, numbers 10 and eight."

The first pitch is at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, with live-streaming available via Fox Sports Go. Jeva Lange

9:50 a.m. ET

Republican Donald Trump has found a handy way to overcome his low poll numbers and his suspicion that the election may be rigged: Just cancel the whole thing and get on with his coronation — er, inauguration already.

Speaking at a rally in Ohio Thursday evening, Trump was meditating on the differences between himself and rival Hillary Clinton when he made his proposal. "Just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump," he said. "What are we having [the election] for?" he added. "Her policies are so bad! Boy, do we have a big difference."

Watch Trump's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

9:36 a.m. ET

In reliably red Missouri, Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander is making gains on incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt by "attacking Blunt incessantly for his long career in Washington" and "raising the issue of his wife and sons' professions as lobbyists," RealClearPolitics reports. Now, Politico has a scoop that could rattle Blunt even more: His wife, Abigail Blunt, is reported to be pursuing membership with the elite Chevy Chase Club, "a tony Washington country club that costs tens of thousands of dollars to join."

Blunt's campaign spokesman Burson Snyder declined to comment on Abigail Blunt's application, although her name reportedly appears on the club's internal website on a list of "candidates to be considered shortly for election." Upon membership, Abigail Blunt would owe $80,000, plus an additional $600 a month, according to a club member who spoke with Politico.

Kander, meanwhile, has positioned himself as a friendly alternative for Republicans who dislike the Washington establishment — including Donald Trump supporters. "Those same voters are not then going to the next line on the ballot and voting for somebody who's been in Washington for 20 years and has made Washington work for them and not for Missourians," Kander said. "That's just not how they're going to vote. It's very clear."

In the RealClearPolitics average of polls taken between Oct. 9 and 26, Blunt is up by just one percentage point, with 46 percent support to Kander's 45 percent. The race is considered to be a toss-up. Jeva Lange

8:57 a.m. ET

The FBI reportedly spent four hours questioning Angelina Jolie over accusations that her husband, Brad Pitt, abused their son Maddox on a private plane in September, Marie Claire reports. "The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed," a person familiar with the family told Us Weekly. "They're looking into charges of assault."

While the news is concerning for heartbroken fans of Brangelina, it might frustrate critics of Hillary Clinton, too. As Fox News points out, the FBI's interrogation of Jolie actually lasted half an hour longer than its interview with Clinton last July over Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. In that probe, Clinton spent just three and a half hours speaking with FBI officers.

In the end, the FBI recommended no criminal charges against Clinton; Jolie and Pitt's investigation is ongoing, with the FBI speaking to key witnesses for another several weeks. "They will present the case to the prosecutor, who will evaluate whether they feel the need to bring charges against Brad," Marie Claire reports. Jeva Lange

8:52 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy surged in the third quarter, with gross domestic product growing at an annualized rate of 2.9 percent, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The growth in this latest quarter was the best since the third quarter of 2014, when GDP grew by 5 percent.

By comparison, GDP growth in the previous three quarters was 1.4 percent, 0.6 percent, and 0.9 percent.

The expected growth for July through September had been about 2.5 percent, according to economists who spoke with The Wall Street Journal; it also exceeded Bloomberg's predictions of 2.6 percent.

The boost in the third quarter "largely reflected increased exports and a buildup of inventories, while consumer spending increased at a slower rate," The Wall Street Journal reports. Jeva Lange

8:03 a.m. ET

Donald Trump limps behind Hillary Clinton in available campaign funds going into the final 11-day stretch of the presidential race and to add salt to the wound, The Daily Beast has found that Trump's own children and inner circle have not ponied up money for his campaign. Ivanka Trump, who donated to Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2007 and 2008 respectively, has not given to her father, nor has Donald Trump Jr., who also contributed to Clinton in 2007. Tiffany Trump has also apparently given zilch. Eric Trump did donate — $376.20, labeled as "meeting expense: meals" — but he also appeared to get the money refunded.

Then there are Trump's own friends — Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Ben Carson, Rudy Giuliani, and Trump's campaign manager, Steve Bannon — who have apprently not contributed anything, despite most having been active financial supporters of other candidacies in the past.

Trump himself has vowed to put $100 million of his own money into his campaign, but with less than two weeks left, he's totaled a smidgen under $57 million. He has been soliciting donations from his supporters since June.

By comparison, Clinton's own campaign chairman and daughter have both donated $2,700, with additional contributions from DNC chair Donna Brazile, Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook, and David Axelrod. Clinton had $62 million by Oct. 19 for the final stretch of the election, while Trump only had $16 million. Jeva Lange

7:52 a.m. ET

Maybe call it self-rigging the polls. A group of Republican activists, strategists, and operatives in 11 battleground states — Politico's Caucus group — overwhelmingly believes that Donald Trump's support is being undercounted in the polls, because people are embarrassed to admit that they are supporting the GOP nominee. "I personally know many Republicans that won't admit that they are voting for Trump," one Virginia Republican said in the anonymous survey. "I don't like admitting it myself. It won't matter if Hillary is up more than 5 points, but we might be in for a surprise if Hillary's lead is less than 5 points on Election Day."

While 71 percent of Politico's GOP insiders believe there is a "shy Trump" effect in play, 74 percent of Democrats say the polls aren't undercounting Trump voters.

There was no real evidence of a "shy Trump" effect in the Republican primaries, FiveThirtyEight found, and many of Politico's insiders said that even if there were bashful Trump voters out there, it probably wouldn't tip the scales — 59 percent of the GOP insiders said they think Clinton would win their state if the election were held right now. Republican insiders, of course, aren't Trump's best demographic. "He doesn't understand policy, he doesn't care about policy, and he's not a conservative," a Virginia GOP participant told Politico. "So you just handed a one-year-old an iPhone. He'll try to push the buttons but not in any manner that makes sense or works." Peter Weber

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