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N.C.A.A. Charges Louisville’s Rick Pitino With Rules Violations in Sex Scandal

The University of Louisville on Thursday confirmed that the N.C.A.A. had formally charged current and former staff members in its men’s basketball program, including Coach Rick Pitino, with major rules violations related to a scandal in which a university employee provided prostitutes who performed …

Sex Scandals

First on CNN: GOP group runs first Senate ad calling for check and balance on White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A key GOP interest group is set to run a new television ad calling on New Hampshire voters to re-elect their Republican senator as a check and balance for the White House.<p>The ad from the US Chamber of Commerce does not explicitly say the group believes Hillary Clinton will be …


GOP Commentator: Republicans 'are headed for a disaster' - CNN Video


AZ GOP Chair: 'Valid concern' Trump suppressing GOP turnout - CNN Video


Trump: I'll accept election results 'if I win'

Donald Trump promises "suspense," saying he won't commit to accepting results. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.


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Emails: Liberal Think Tank Freaked Out at SNL’s Criticism of Donors

Saturday Night Live sent senior staff at the Center for American Progress into a panic after a skit that criticized one of its top donors and a …

Gary Johnson: Clinton told debate’s ‘biggest whopper’

ADVERTISEMENT<p>“The biggest hoo-hah of the evening, the biggest whopper, was when Hillary said, 'Hey, I’m not going to add a penny to the deficit,’” …

Gary Johnson

6 Thoughts on Being The #1 Journalistic Target of Jew-Hatred

So, I’d like to thank the Academy, my wife, my parents, my agent, and God Almighty for the great honor of being the top journalist target of …

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Connecting Through Experience

I came to Peer Mentoring not by education but by experience. I was involved with my church for a number of years with an organization called Stephen …

Memorial Day Weekend

Hillary Clinton wins third presidential debate, according to CNN / ORC poll

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton won the final presidential debate, topping Donald Trump by a 13-point margin according to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers, giving Clinton a clean sweep across all three of this year's presidential debates.<p>But Wednesday's debate watchers were closely divided on which …


Afghan Soldier Kills 2 Americans Near Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of Americans at a military depot near Kabul on Wednesday, killing two and wounding another three in the latest outbreak of “green on blue” insider violence, American and Afghan officials said.<p>A statement from the United States military …


Trump Jr.: Running for president a 'step down'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's eldest son said Wednesday night that his father's unlikely pursuit of the presidency represented a "step down" from the Republican nominee's business career.<p>"Unlike Hillary Clinton, who's gotten very rich being a politician, peddling American influence, he hasn't -- this is …


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Chris Wallace delivers sterling performance as debate moderator

<b>Las Vegas (CNN) —</b> Chris Wallace delivered a sterling performance as moderator of the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, maintaining order and focusing on substantive issues that matter to American voters.<p>In an otherwise nasty and vitriolic campaign season, the "Fox News Sunday" host …