10 things you need to know today: August 26, 2016


The Fifth Column

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1. Clinton and Trump escalate harsh attacks
Hillary Clinton said Thursday that the “radical fringe” has taken over the Republican Party under its 2016 presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Clinton said Trump’s recent hiring of Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of hardline online news and opinion outlet Breitbart News, cemented his campaign’s ties with the website and its fans in the white nationalist and anti-immigrant “alt-right.” “The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump campaign represents a landmark achievement for the alt-right,” Clinton said. Trump called Clinton’s remarks “smears and lies about decent people,” and repeated his branding of Clinton as a “bigot.”

Source: Time, The Washington Post

2. U.S. patrol boat fires warning shots at Iranian vessel
A U.S. Navy patrol boat, the USS Squall, fired three warning shots into the water near an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessel that had harassed…

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