President Obama on Monday acknowledged that for some people it is a “tough thing” to see Colin Kaepernick kneel instead of stand for the American flag and national anthem, but he defended the NFL quarterback, saying he was "exercising his constitutional right to make a statement."
The flag and anthem hold so much meaning for many men and women in uniform and others who have defended the country that the style of Kaepernick's protest may make it difficult for them to "hear what his deeper concerns are," Obama said.
But, he told reporters at a news conference here, he would rather see people engaged in the argument than “just sitting on the sidelines.” Obama spoke after wrapping up an international economic summit here, part of a week-long trip to Asia.
Republican activists in Israel are ramping up a multi-city effort to get out the vote for Donald Trump, with a special focus on expatriates living in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli chapter of Republicans Overseas kicked off the settlement push Monday in a home in the town of Ginot Shomron, where an 80-year-old rabbi from Illinois will host a voter registration drive in his living room.
Hillary Clinton opened her sprint to election day with a lancing denunciation of Donald Trump, her Republican opponent who himself was campaigning in this key state.
In a speech in Cleveland that was interrupted by a coughing fit that left her voice raw, Clinton spent the vast majority of her time castigating Trump, adding to her usual retinue of criticism a new batch derived from Trump’s trip to Mexico last week.
The Republican nominee had visited the neighboring nation for what he and President Enrique Peña Nieto described initially as a friendly conversation. But a war of words soon followed.
In the two years since David Muir took over as anchor of “ABC World News Tonight,” he’s done town hall specials with President Obama and Pope Francis (the latter requiring hours of lessons in conversational Spanish) and moderated primary debates with both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. He’s done his evening newscast from San Bernardino; Orlando, Fla.; Paris; and Brussels to report on terrorist attacks, and Dallas, where five policemen were shot dead in July.
There are Fridays when Muir signs off and then heads to far-flung locations to do enterprise reporting, such as an upcoming series following the journeys of Syrian refugees to the U.S.
While much of the country is enjoying Labor Day barbecues, Muir is in Ohio, where he will conduct an exclusive interview with the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine that will air across ABC News programs starting Tuesday.
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson won his first newspaper endorsement from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which labeled him a man of "integrity," "apparently normal ego" and of "trustworthy character."
"Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president," the paper's editorial board wrote. "Fortunately, there is a reasonable — and formidable — alternative."
The Times-Dispatch supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. But in this election, the editorial board urged voters to reject the two major-party nominees and support Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, and called on the commission overseeing presidential debates to include Johnson.
Marie Jeffries has a very firm view of Donald Trump, and she says it won’t change in the nine weeks before election day.
“He’s a wild man. I think he might put us into a war,” said Jeffries, who was among hundreds sauntering down Main Street in this southeastern Pennsylvania town on the balmy evening that opened Labor Day weekend.
She once was intrigued by Trump, she said, but “then he started the shenanigans, and opened his trap.”