No, Pope Francis will not be making an endorsement in the U.S. presidential race.
But the leader of the Roman Catholic Church offered this advice to American faithful: “Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience."
The pope struck a more reserved tone in remarks this weekend than he has in the past. In February, when asked about Trump’s signature campaign pledge, Francis said that a person who “only thinks about building walls … and not building bridges is not Christian.”
“The Apprentice” is arguably a bigger part of Donald Trump’s rise to national prominence — and ultimately politics — than his business career.
A new Associated Press report documents a culture of misogyny and sexist behavior on the part of the Republican presidential nominee that some contestants and crew members said made them feel “uncomfortable” and “a little sick.”
The Associated Press spoke with 12 former contestants and crew members on the record and another nine on the condition of anonymity. Some reported seeing no troubling behavior, describing Trump as respectful or “extremely supportive” of female participants in the show. The campaign strenuously denied the accusations made in the piece.
The last weeks of a campaign are about building momentum and finishing strong. That is why the roughest week of Donald Trump's presidential run, one that worsened with a report that he may not have paid federal income taxes for 18 years due to a nearly billion-dollar business loss, poses a new threat to his candidacy.
The potential damage in the New York Times report, published Saturday night, was threefold. By highlighting a massive financial loss, the report reminds voters that Trump’s business record is checkered, despite his characterizations to the contrary as he vows to apply his business sense to government. It also reminds them that, when it comes to taxes, Trump has played by different rules than those governing most people — and has refused to disclose the results.
And the timing is also dangerous. The newest Trump controversy threatens to dominate the campaign precisely when he and Hillary Clinton should be crafting closing arguments to voters already casting early ballots in some states and preparing to do so in others.
Not long after Jesuit priest Jack Warner met a bearded, 22-year-old Midwesterner in 1980, the two Americans bonded, drawn together by the goals and questions that led them both to El Progreso, a small city not far from vast banana fields — the campos bananeros.
Warner was 35 and had arrived a year earlier to form the Teatro La Fragua, a theater company for Hondurans. As the young priest looked to forge a relationship with the campesinos, his friendship blossomed with Tim Kaine, who had taken a year off from Harvard Law School to join the Jesuit mission.
“He was 22 years old,” Warner said, “and it was the typical thing that a 22-year-old would do: What do I do with my life?”
One man entered the national stage this summer as the reassuringly dull half of the GOP ticket. The other, the Democratic No. 2, is a career politician who proudly called himself boring.
Yet as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine prepare to face off Tuesday in their only vice presidential debate, they are vying for an office that has gained increasing clout in recent administrations.
In Pence’s case, the role could expand even more than it already has over the last 40 years, given Donald Trump’s lack of government experience. Kaine could find himself in a more complicated position, competing for influence in Hillary Clinton’s White House against her husband, former president Bill Clinton.