After a bruising week in which he saw his poll numbers dip, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged that he could lose to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. I Orlando, Florida on Thursday, Trump spoke of “having a tremendous problem in Utah,” a traditionally Republican state. According to the Associated Press, Trump also said in a CNBC interview that he didn’t plan to change his campaigning style. “At the end, it’s either going to work, or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice, long vacation,” Trump said. He also continued his allegation that President Barack Obama was the founder of the Islamic State, now being bombed by American warplanes. In an average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics, Clinton is leading Trump by 7.7 percent. Clinton on Thursday hit Trump’s proposed tax cuts as benefitting only the wealthy.
TROOPS ON ALERT AT RUSSIA-UKRAINE BORDER
Ukrainian armed forces were placed on combat alert Thursday in response to an escalating war of words with Russia. The Russians accused the Ukrainian government of sending a team of saboteurs – supported by tanks and artillery – to attack sites inside Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. One Russian soldier was killed and five Ukrainian agents captured, according to state news reports.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the allegations “a fantasy” and a “provocation,” according to the AP.
AMERICAN ATHLETES STILL IN THE LEAD
At midday Thursday, American athletes continue to lead the medal count at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The USA has 36 medals (13 gold) with China in second with 25 (10 gold), Japan in third with 19 (six gold) and Russia in fourth with 17 (four gold). Simone Biles, who led the American team to the women’s team, gymnastics title, won the gold in the all-around event.
NO. CAROLINA DISTRICTS STRUCK DOWN
A three-judge federal court on Thursday struck down 30 districts in North Carolina’s legislature on the grounds they were illegal racial gerrymanders. The ruling covers 19 seats in the state house and nine state senate spots. However, according to the Associated Press, the districts don’t have to be redrawn until after the Nov. 8 election.
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