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After Hillary Clinton shared her story during the presidential debate Monday night, Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe once labeled "Miss Piggy" by Donald Trump, detailed her experience with the "rude" and "aggressive" real estate mogul.

Machado told CNN on Tuesday night that Trump tried to "destroy my self-esteem."

"He was really aggressive. He was really rude. He was a bad person with me," she said.

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The deeply conservative Arizona Republic endorsed the Democratic nominee for president for the first time in its 126-year history on Tuesday, labeling Donald Trump a “reckless,” “divisive” candidate who is wrong on immigration and ignorant on foreign policy.

“In a nation with an increasingly diverse population, Trump offers a recipe for permanent civil discord,” the editorial board wrote. “In a global economy, he offers protectionism and a false promise to bring back jobs that no longer exist.”

“America needs to look ahead and build a new era of prosperity for the working class,” they added. "This is Hillary Clinton's opportunity."

Trump has used the Grand Canyon state as the backdrop for a number of major rallies, including the fiery August immigration speech in Phoenix in which he called for mass deportation and insisted Mexico would build a new wall on the United States’ border just hours after holding a subdued joint press conference with the Mexican president.

The Republic’s editorial board noted that Arizona has already gone down “the hardline immigration road Trump travels,” with disastrous results.

“It led our state to SB 1070, the 2010 'show me your papers' law that earned Arizona international condemnation and did nothing to resolve real problems with undocumented immigration,” the editorial states. “Arizona understands that we don’t need a repeat of that divisive, unproductive fiasco on the national level.”

The lengthy editorial praises Clinton’s record on gender equality, human rights, national security, and foreign policy, while casting Trump as a candidate with “deep character flaws,” a “stunning lack of human decency,” and a “reckless” habit of making off-the-cuff remarks that could threaten US security.

The former secretary of state is polling closely behind the real estate mogul in Arizona, earning 38.4 percent compared to 43.1 percent for Trump according to TPM’s PollTracker Average.

A number of traditionally conservative newspapers across the country have come out in support of Clinton in recent weeks, including The Dallas Morning News and Cincinnati Enquirer. The New Hampshire Union Leader declined to endorse either major-party candidate, instead backing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in a pointed affront to Trump.

Republican leaders on Tuesday night agreed to allow a vote on aid for the Flint, Michigan, water crisis in a water resources bill, potentially setting up Congressional leaders to agree on a temporary funding bill to keep the government open until December.

The House Rules Committee had initially blocked an amendment on Flint aide to the Water Resources Development Act, but GOP leaders agreed to add the amendment providing $170 million in aid for Flint, according to The Hill.

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DENVER (AP) — Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday mourned the death of Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, as the government began preparations for a funeral that is expected to bring together an array of world leaders and international dignitaries.

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It’s not just where the money went from the Donald Trump Foundation that’s drawing scrutiny to GOP nominee. It’s also how the money came in.

A new Washington Post report this week presented cases where Trump directed third parties to pay monies owed to him or his businesses directly to the Donald J. Trump Foundation--monies that arguably should have been taxed as income to Trump.

The Trump campaign has said that the payments were all aboveboard and proper, and slammed the Post's reporter for trafficking in speculation about possible but not proven legal problems. All of this comes against the backdrop of Trump refusing to release his tax returns, a stance unprecedented among modern major party presidential nominees. Without those tax returns, the exact handling of the payments and any associated taxes remains murky.

But tax experts interviewed by TPM said the new revelations by the Post include a number of red flags. At best, the practice could be described as sloppy and driven by an extreme ignorance of the law, the experts said. At worst, it fits into a pattern of using the charity as a personal piggy bank. On their own, such allegations could be dealt with a minor slap on the wrist, but coupled with the Post’s previously surfaced examples of Trump using foundation money for his own benefit they fuel major concerns about how Trump’s charity has operated.

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Donald Trump's fears that the presidential debate schedule was "rigged" because some debates coincided with NFL games were apparently unfounded.

Monday's debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton was the most-watched presidential debate ever, while Monday Night Football suffered what were potentially the lowest ratings in its 47-year history, according to USA Today.

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As his party's former nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) arguably knows more about presidential debates than any other member of the U.S. Senate.

But when asked what he thought of Monday's debate he couldn't muster much excitement.

"I thought it was very interesting," he said.

"You still backing Trump?" McCain was asked.

Then just in the nick of time, the Senate elevator doors closed.

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