Asian-American population surges, but voter turnout still lacks
Asian-American population surges, but voter turnout still lacks.

In latest hedge, Trump says immigration laws can be softened

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the Republican presidential nominee is considering easing the hardline stance he has taken since the beginning of his campaign.



Trump suggests potential softening in hardline position on immigration

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks onstage during a campaign rally in AkronBy Steve Holland AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility on Tuesday of a softening of his hardline position on illegal immigration, a move that could help move him to the political center but hurt him with his most ardent supporters. In an immigration town hall event with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Trump was asked whether he would be willing to change U.S. law to accommodate those illegal immigrants who have been contributing to American society, obeyed laws and have children. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump replied, insisting there were some "great people" among the immigrant population.



New York Times says suspected Russian hackers targeted Moscow bureau

The sun peaks over the New York Times Building in New YorkThe New York Times said on Tuesday its Moscow bureau was targeted by a cyber attack this month but that there was no evidence the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful. "We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the newspaper. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised." Earlier on Tuesday, CNN, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. security agencies were investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the Times and other U.S. news organizations that were thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence.



Kansas asks U.S. appeals court to reinstate strict voter ID rule

Kansas Secretary of State Kobach talks about the Kansas voter ID law in his Topeka, Kansas officeKansas on Tuesday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate rules requiring proof of U.S. citizenship from people registering to vote, the latest political battle over stringent identification laws enacted in Republican-led states ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Judge Julie Robinson ordered those people to be re-registered. Kansas' law is one of the strictest voter identification statutes in the country, making the state a symbol for mostly Republican Party supporters who say the rules are meant to prevent voter fraud.



GOP vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks in Bucks, Montgomery counties

GOP vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks in Bucks, Montgomery countiesRepublican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence took a business tour in King of Prussia before holding a rally in Bucks County.



Challenge for GOP senators: Surviving a possible Trump loss

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks to media outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. A key question looms for vulnerable Republican senators this election season: If Donald Trump loses and loses big, can they still survive? Trump’s declining standing in the polls has GOP Senate candidates preparing for the worst 11 weeks before Election Day, and they’re maneuvering now to put as big a margin as they can between themselves and the top of the ticket. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A key question looms for vulnerable Republican senators this election: If Donald Trump loses and loses big, can they still survive?



States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.

Clinton details plans to boost small businesses

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a gathering of law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New YorkDemocrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday vowed to make starting a small business in the United States as easy as opening a lemonade stand if elected president, targeting a large economic sector and a significant voting bloc. Clinton would also expand healthcare tax credits in the Affordable Care Act for small businesses that employ up to 50 workers and create new federal incentives for local and state governments to streamline the business licensing process, according to background provided by her campaign. Since launching her campaign in April 2015, Clinton has said she wants to be the "small business president" if she wins the Nov. 8 election against businessman Donald Trump, the Republican nominee.



Biden vows 'rock solid' NATO ties as allies slam Trump

US Vice President Joe Biden holds will hold talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali YildirimUS Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defence Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russia and White House hopeful Donald Trump. "Let there be no doubt -- America's Article 5 commitment is rock solid and unwavering," Biden said, referring to a cornerstone of NATO that an attack on one member state is considered an attack on all. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, sparked ire last month among Baltic and eastern NATO members ruled by Moscow during the Soviet era when he questioned the alliance's key Article 5 collective security guarantee.



British mom wins US judge OK to see son held in Trump threat
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The mother of a British man accused of trying to grab a police officer's gun to shoot Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a campaign event in Las Vegas won approval from a judge on Tuesday to visit her son in federal custody in Nevada.

Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media: CNN

The sun peaks over the New York Times Building in New YorkThe FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. "Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said," CNN said. The FBI declined to comment, and representatives for the U.S. Secret Service, which has a role in protecting the country from cyber crime, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.



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