Millions of people have voted, and Democrats are showing strong signs in key states

The millions of votes already cast in the presidential election show promising signs for Hillary Clinton, with Democrats registering a strong performance in key states such as Florida and Colorado. But the early votes reveal bright spots for Donald Trump in the Midwest, potentially signaling a significant shift in the parties’ geographic bases that could linger past the election. At […]


Lost cause? North Korea nuke threat awaits next president

If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama’s presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon. Whoever wins the White House in the Nov. 8 election is expected to conduct a review of North Korea […]


Firefox Quantum project aims for a radically faster web

Twenty years ago, websites were mostly text documents with a sprinkling of images and hyperlinks to other websites. Now they’re interactive experiences with instant messaging pop-ups, autoplaying video, auto-updating articles and animated graphics that swoop around the page as you scroll. And Mozilla has decided it’s time to update its Firefox browser to better cope with this complex reality. On […]


Biden: Clinton didn’t recognize “gravity” of setting up private email server

Vice President Biden defended Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a private email server as secretary of state in an interview Thursday with “Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson. Dickerson asked Biden about a lesson from his Grandfather Finnegan: “Public servants are obliged to level with everybody, whether or not they’ll like what he, the public servant, has to say.” He […]

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Donald Trump Is Abandoned by Big Donors (Including Himself)

With Donald J. Trump facing a potential rout at the hands of Hillary Clinton, a river of cash from some of the Republican Party’s biggest donors has begun to flow down to Senate and House races in the final days of the 2016 campaign. Disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday revealed tens of millions of dollars in […]


Latest polls offer mixed results for Clinton, Trump

With only 12 days remaining ahead of Election Day, there’s plenty of new presidential polling available, all of which paints a picture that’s looking a little murky. Let’s start with the latest national polls, where Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump by a little or a lot, depending on the survey. The latest USA Today/Suffolk poll offers the Democratic ticket […]


China Communist Party declares Xi Jinping ‘core’ leader

China’s ruling Communist Party declared its General Secretary Xi Jinping the “core” of its leadership on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, elevating his already powerful status. A communique issued by top party leaders after a four-day meeting in Beijing called on all its members to “closely unite around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the […]


Apple to help viewers discover TV shows through an app

Apple plans to announce this week a new way for viewers to discover TV shows through an app, people with knowledge of the project told USA TODAY. The people could not be named because of the confidential nature of the negotiations. Described to network executives as “the Watch List,” the app will recommend shows based on the content viewers access […]


Clinton’s best surrogate is the other Obama

As the approval ratings for presidential candidates go lower, the first lady’s go high. Michelle Obama, the reluctant campaigner who can’t wait to move out of the White House, has suddenly become Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon, capturing headlines with passionate and personal speeches promoting the former secretary of State and castigating her opponent. White House aides say the first lady is […]


Beneath Cheers at Donald Trump’s Rallies, Dark Fears Take Hold

Big crowds still mob Donald J. Trump when he comes to town, with fans waiting in long lines to attend his rallies, where they eagerly jeer his Democratic rival and holler happily at his message. But beneath the cheering, a new emotion is taking hold among some Trump supporters as they grapple with reports predicting that he will lose the […]