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Donald Trump stops in Chester Township, Pa., Thursday for a rally in the battleground state. Hillary Clinton maintains a lighter schedule heading into the first debate next week.

  • Donald Trump faces his first questions over controversies involving his foundation and "birther" comments
  • Mike Pence says there's "far too much talk" about racism and policing.
  • Trump wants to expand stop-and-frisk policies despite concerns that the policies are racially discriminatory
  • Meanwhile, Trump orders a cheese steak from a Philadelphia restaurant with controverisal past
  • Hillary Clinton wonders, "Why aren't I 50 points ahead, you might ask?"

House Speaker Paul Ryan can't say whether he'd support Trump on stop-and-frisk

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has not been shy about distancing himself from some of Donald Trump's more controversial ideas.

But on Thursday, the top Republican in Congress appeared stumped over whether to back Trump's call for a return to "stop-and-frisk" law enforcement tactics, which have been found unconstitutional.

"I can't speak to that," Ryan told reporters. "I don't have an answer for you because it's not something that I've familiarized myself with - the constitutionality of it, its efficacy, or whether it worked well in New York City or not."

With a wave of protests following police shootings of African Americans, Trump suggested a return to "stop and frisk" tactics as a way to combat violence in black communities.  

"I would do stop-and-frisk," Trump said Wednesday on Fox News. "I think you have to. We did it in New York; it worked incredibly well. And you have to be proactive."

Civil rights advocates said the tactic unfairly targeted minorities, and after several lawsuits, a federal district court judge in 2013 ruled the practice unconstitutional.

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