Hillary Clinton discussed everything from her foreign policy experience as secretary of state to her relationships with Republicans during the CNN Iowa Democratic Town Hall on Monday night.
Speaking to a young voter, Clinton said she's been "on the front lines of change and progress since I was your age. I've been fighting to give kids and women and the people who are left out and left behind the chance to make the most out of their own lives. I have taken on the status quo time and time again." Clinton also spoke about her "40-year record of going after inequality — not only economic inequality, but racial inequality, sexist inequality, homophobic inequality." She shared stories about her time as a young lawyer, including working to get juveniles out of adult jails and investigating schools in Alabama that were made private to avoid integration.
In response to a Muslim-American veteran who asked her about Islamophobia in the United States, Clinton said that one of the most "distressing" aspects of the campaign has "been the language of Republican candidates, particularly their frontrunner, that insults, demeans, denigrates different people. He has cast a wide net — he started with Mexicans, he's currently on Muslims." She vowed to work with Republicans as president, saying she did so as first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state, and added she'll give them "bear hugs."
When asked about rival Bernie Sanders bringing up her 2002 vote in favor of war in Iraq, Clinton reminded the audience she has since said it was a "mistake," and added: "I have a much longer history than one vote." She also discussed foreign policy extensively, saying "military action should be the last resort, not the first choice," and stressed the importance of using "diplomacy, even if it's slow, boring, hard, to continue to persist and be patient to get results. Also, you should use the enormous capabilities we have to project our values around the world, our cultural values, our freedoms, our human rights, and respect for the dignity of all people." Catherine Garcia
Watch Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, the rest of the Final Five play Hungry Hungry Hippos, but with a big twist
They can flip, tumble, leap, and cartwheel, but can they act like hungry, hungry hippos?
On Tuesday's Tonight Show, the gold medal-winning Final Five — American gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman — joined host Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta's Donald Glover, and Tariq Trotter of The Roots to play a live action version of the classic game. In Hungry Hungry Humans, the players split into teams to try to grab as many balls as possible, and since we're dealing with some of the finest athletes in the world, things got competitive, fast. Watch the video below to see who went home with the gold, silver, and bronze, and who left empty-handed. Catherine Garcia
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that rocked central Italy early Tuesday morning has killed at least two people and destroyed buildings in several towns in the provinces of Lazio and Umbria, according to Italian officials. "Half the town no longer exists," Sergio Pirozzi, mayor of Amatrice, said on national TV. "There are people stuck in the rubble.... Houses are no longer there." Damage and power outages were also reported as far away as Italy's east coast and in coastal Lazio, south of Rome. Along with Amatrice, the towns of Accumoli and Norcia were also badly damaged.
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The epicenter of the shallow quake, identified as a 6.2 magnitude temblor by the U.S. Geological Survey and 6.1 by the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, was about 100 miles northeast of Rome. Buildings shook for about 20 seconds in Italy's capital. Fabrizio Curcio, director of Italy's Civil Protection Department, said that the overnight earthquake had been "severe" and that Italy has initiated its emergency protocols. More than 300 people were killed in a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in central Italy in 2009. Peter Weber
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters.
The poll found that 45 percent of voters are supporting Clinton, while 33 percent are behind Trump and 22 percent would not pick either. In a separate four-way poll that included Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, and the Green Party's Jill Stein, 41 percent supported Clinton, 33 percent backed Trump, 7 percent were for Johnson, and 2 percent supported Stein. The polls were conducted August 18-22, with 1,115 respondents and a measure of accuracy of 3 percentage points. Catherine Garcia
A poll conducted by the Feldman Group shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a dead heat in South Carolina.
The poll, paid for by the South Carolina Democratic Party, found the candidates tied at 39 percent. In a memo accompanying the poll results, the Feldman Group said Clinton could win South Carolina in November "if her campaign chooses to contest the state." The poll of 600 likely voters took place between August 18 and 21. On Twitter, South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore called the results "bogus."
South Carolina has not voted for a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Earlier this month, a Public Policy Polling survey in the state found Trump ahead of Clinton by only 2 points. Catherine Garcia
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday morning, south of the city of Perugia. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a very shallow depth of six miles, and the La Repubblica newspaper says some buildings in Rome shook for 20 seconds. There are no reports of any casualties or structure damage. Catherine Garcia
On Tuesday, The New York Times said that hackers targeted its Moscow bureau, but that it does not appear they successfully infiltrated their system.
"We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised." The Times believes the hackers were Russian. Earlier in the day, CNN reported that U.S. officials told them the FBI was investigating cyber attacks against reporters from the Times and other news organizations. The Times was attacked by two separate groups of hackers in 2013: The Syrian Electronic Army and a group from China. Catherine Garcia
By next year, federal regulators could enact new rules preventing people from getting within 50 yards of spinner dolphins off the shores of Hawaii, putting an end to popular tourist activities like swimming with dolphins.
The National Marine Fisheries Service says that spinner dolphins, which feed at night and usually gather in the same general area every day, are not getting enough rest and are becoming stressed due to so many people taking boat tours that drop them off next to pods. The dolphins sometimes appear to be awake even when they're asleep, as half of their brain remains awake so they can surface and breathe. Dozens of companies operate dolphin tours on Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island, and because 98 percent of spinner dolphins in Hawaii are just off the shore, it's easy for them to find the animals. The ban would cover waters out to 2 nautical miles, The Associated Press reports.
Ann Garrett, assistant regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service's protected resources division for the Pacific Islands, told AP the dolphins are constantly on high alert because people are always approaching them, and scientists are afraid the stress might interfere with their ability to reproduce. The agency won't make a final decision on a ban until next year, but Garrett says if it is enacted, it won't put people out of business. "They could still do snorkeling for other reasons — it's just not setting their people within a pod of dolphins or within 50 yards of a dolphin," she said. Catherine Garcia