At wedding receptions, barbershops and on park benches, this year's unusual presidential campaign is often an unavoidable topic of discussion.
As usual in presidential races, it's also seeping into houses of worship across the nation.
From Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, and from abortion to immigration, many Americans are hearing politics from the pulpit, according to a survey released this week by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
Nearly 14% of respondents said they had heard their clergy speak for or against a specific presidential candidate this year, according to the survey.
Hillary Clinton branded her self-styled populist rival a fraud whose plans will do nothing to boost the fortunes of struggling workers, delivering an address Thursday in which she laid out her economic plans.
The Democratic presidential nominee’s speech in Warren, Mich., came days after Republican nominee Donald Trump had visited Detroit to offer his own economic proposals.
The two speeches highlight the pitched fight for swing voters in the Rust Belt states crucial to winning in November.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he was confident that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, she would move forward with the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland rather than select a new candidate.
“She can do whatever she wanted but I am convinced she would move forward with Garland. He’s a fine man,” Reid said in a conference call with reporters. “I think she and all the people around her would say, ‘Why do we need to rock the boat here. Let’s get him confirmed quickly and move on to the next one, whenever that comes.’”
Asked whether he had direct knowledge of Clinton’s intentions because of discussions with her campaign or her advisors, Reid did not answer directly but responded, “I think that I can say that with some degree of credibility.”
Donald Trump doubled down Thursday on his accusation that President Obama created Islamic State, insisting that he didn't simply mean that Obama's troop draw-down in Iraq left behind chaos in which the terrorist group thrived.
The Republican nominee first called Obama the “founder of ISIS," another term for Islamic State, during a rally Wednesday in Florida. He was asked Thursday in an interview on CNBC whether that was appropriate.
Trump responded: “He was the founder of ISIS, absolutely.”
Actress Rose McGowan ("Charmed") released an open letter Wednesday that blasted the media, Donald Trump and the family of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, saying they are poisoning the public with hateful rhetoric.
"We, the public, are being sickened by an ever expanding assault on our right to live a healthy and free life. Donald & you ratings driven colluders, are holding us the public hostage and exposing us to disease," McGowan wrote.
McGowan described the disease in question as "terror cancer," and the symptoms as "knots in our shoulders, sick feelings in the pit of our vaginas, stomach tightness, shortness of breath, wildly elevated stress levels."