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Summary

  1. Donald Trump is facing a slew of claims of sexual misconduct from women
  2. In Florida on Thursday, he fought back by strongly dismissing the accusations
  3. First Lady Michelle Obama decried his actions as "intolerable"
  4. Last week a video tape emerged in which Mr Trump boasted of groping women
  5. A series of recent polls suggest a fall in his support to rival Hillary Clinton

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By Courtney Subramanian and Max Matza

All times stated are UK

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Looking back at Michelle Obama speech 2/2

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News, Manchester, New Hampshire

Young women listening to the Michelle Obama speech
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Young women listening to the Michelle Obama speech

She spoke with emotion, energy and from the heart, but didn’t name Mr Trump once - referring to him instead, as the candidate. But aside from expressing her distaste at the Republican nominee’s tone this election, she had another important message to those in the room - that they must vote. 

Turnout, she said, was key. It’s what helped her husband win this state of New Hampshire, and will be crucial for Hillary Clinton too. In some precincts her husband won by an average of only 66 votes. Every ballot can make a difference, she urged the crowd. If Mrs Obama really is a secret weapon for the Clinton campaign, then the true measure of how powerful her sermon was will be tested in how she manages to rally the Democratic base. 

You can follow Rajini on the campaign trail here: twitter.com/BBCRajiniV

Looking back at Michelle Obama speech 1/2

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News, Manchester, New Hampshire

Michelle Obama in New Hampshire
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A rock star entrance for Michelle Obama

She has been dubbed Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon, a speaker who has the ability to reach voters in a way Mrs Clinton cannot. Watch her on stage in New Hampshire, and you can see why she has earned this moniker. Her impassioned and direct oratory has been used sparingly this campaign. She’s stumped for Mrs Clinton less than 10 times - but crucially all her speeches have been in swing states, and nearly all have been on college campuses. 

This strategy is all part of an effort to mobilise millennial voters, many of whom backed Bernie Sanders in the primaries. This rally was packed with students from across the political spectrum, including a young Republican who told me he was disgusted by Donald Trump, but yet to be convinced by Hillary Clinton. 

As Michelle Obama entered the room, the deafening screams were at the sort of ear-piercing level, usually reserved for rock stars.  And it was to this backdrop, the first lady expressed her revulsion at Donald Trump’s comments about women, as heard on that recently released tape. 

You can follow Rajini on the campaign trail here: twitter.com/BBCRajiniV

Trump camp denies Serbia apology

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Donald Trump's campaign have strongly denied a report in Serbian weekly magazine Nedeljnik, claiming that he apologised for the US bombing campaign against the Serbian regime which was conducted in the 1990s during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

"The bombing of Serbs, who were our allies in both world wars, was a big mistake,” the statement reads, according to Newsweek. “Serbians are very good people," it continues. 

"Unfortunately, the Clinton administration caused them a lot of harm, but also throughout the Balkans, which they made a mess out of."

In a press release titled "Trump campaign statement on hoax reporting", Trump adviser Jason Miller said that "this was a hoax and we look forward to receiving a formal retraction and apology from all involved."

Trump's Indiana state director, Suzie Jaworowski, who reportedly facilitated the interview, also denied that it had taken place.

The Trump campaign is aggressively attacking media organisations, following reports in at least four different publications claiming that Trump committed sexual assault. 

Meanwhile, in Utah...

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is in Utah today to speak to Evan McMullin, an independent presidential candidate who is gaining on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the state. 

One poll on Wednesday had Trump and Clinton tied on 26%, with McMullin just four points behind.

You can follow Aleem here

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White House welcomes first lady's speech

Michelle Obama addresses a crowd during a campaign stop in New Hampshire - 13 October 2016
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White House press secretary Eric Schultz has been speaking to journalists onboard Air Force 1, as the president travels to Pittsburgh. 

Asked about the possibility that Donald Trump may hit back at Michelle Obama after her speech today, Mr Schultz said: "I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has than by engaging the first lady of the United States".  

He said President Obama's opposition to Mr Trump was based on policy and temperament concerns "that has not just become evident over the last 24 hours, but has become evident in a long series of views and statements that we’ve seen from Donald Trump."

Trump denies 'vicious claims'

Donald Trump says claims that he groped women are "preposterous"

Clinton visits San Francisco volunteers

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Hillary Clinton has been speaking in San Francisco where she is visiting campaign volunteers.

"I don't think there has ever been a more important 26 days in American history," she said after being introduced by a young man in a hoodie.

"We're not just going to win. We are going to take the confidence and optimism and, yes, the love and kindness with us," she said.

"We know, we've already learned who Donald Trump is. What we have to prove in this election is who we are, what we stand for, what we believe in."

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Michelle Obama on 'shameful' Trump

Michelle Obama slams Donald Trump over his treatment of women

Michelle Obama's speech just over an hour ago was powerful stuff. Speaking at a rally for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the first lady went on the attack over Donald Trump's treatment of women. 

"Obama's speech will go down as one of the most important of this political cycle, a moment in which she crystallized the feelings of many women in the wake of the Trump hot mic tape," Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post writes

"She was outraged, yes, but also hurt — for herself and for women more broadly.  And she expressed all of those emotions in ways you very rarely see any politician (or private citizen do) — particularly one as well known as Obama." 

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Familiar attack lines at Trump rally

Donald Trump at a rally in Florida - 13 October 2016
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Trump's rally in Florida has now come to an end. 

He spent much of his speech defending himself against multiple reports of inappropriate sexual behavior and lashed out at his female accusers, saying they were "horrible, horrible liars". 

"They're pure fiction, and they're outright lies. These events never happened," he said at the West Palm Beach rally. 

He also attacked the media and again said Hillary Clinton deserved to be in prison as the crowd chanted "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

Trump: Moment of reckoning

Trump again focused his attacks on the Clintons, suggesting they had corrupted the Justice Department and other governmental agencies. 

"Hillary Clinton is guilty of all the things that [FBI] Director [James] Comey stated at his press conference and congressional hearings," he said,. 

"And yet, after reading all of these items where she's so guilty, he let her off the hook. While other lives - including General Petraeus and many others - have been destroyed for doing far, far less." 

"This is our moment of reckoning as a society," he said. 

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Trump: Attacks are 'hurtful'

"These false attacks are absolutely hurtful," he said, but added that it was not about him, but about the American people.

"To be lied about, to be slandered to be speared so publicly and before your family that you love is very painful."

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Trump admits he is a 'former insider'

Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center - 13 October 2016
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"In my former life, I was an insider" he said.

"I knew what it was like - and I still know what it's like - to be an insider. It's not bad," he declared.

"Now I’m being punished for leaving the special club and revealing to you the terrible things that are going on with this country."

"Because I used to be part of the club, I'm the only one who can fix it," he said. 

Trump says Obama is 'incompetent'

"Our president is incompetent," Trump said of President Obama. "All he wants to do is campaign".

"He's led a very divided nation and it's only gotten worse."  

Trump said Mr Obama should stop campaigning and start focusing on creating jobs. 

"The corrupt political establishment is a machine. It has no soul. I knew these false attacks would come. I knew this day would arrive. And I knew the American people would rise above it and vote for the future they deserve." 

"The only force strong enough to save our country is us," he said. 

New York Times refuses to back down

The New York Times has responded to a letter from Mr Trump's lawyer, requesting that their story about two women who were allegedly touched by Trump be removed from their website.

"The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one's reputation. Mr Trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio host's request to discuss Mr Trump's own daughter as a "piece of ass". Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr Trump's unwanted advances. Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself."

It continues: "We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight."

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Trump: NYT is third-rate journalism

In his denial of a New York Times report alleging he groped women, Trump focused his attack on the newspaper. 

"The New York Times is fighting desperately for its relevance and financial survival," he said, adding it has "gotten more and more vicious" in its coverage. 

"Third-rate journalism," he added. 

Meanwhile, CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter says the NYT has declined to retract its report. 

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Trump declares war on media

Trump launched an assault on media outlets, saying "corporate media is no longer involved in journalism" but instead focus on a political agenda to "elect crooked Hillary Clinton at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy".

"For them, it's war," he said. "And for them, nothing at all is out of bounds." 

He added that election day is the last chance for the "survival of our nation".

"This election will determine whether we are a free nation or whether we only have an illusion of democracy", he said. 

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Trump disputes People reporter's claims

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While denying the People magazine reporter's claim that he forcibly kissed her, Trump suggested her looks were evidence enough that the story was false. 

"You take a look, look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think, I don't think - I don't think so."

BreakingTrump denies 'preposterous' allegations

"These vicious claims about me about inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false," Trump declared. 

"And the Clintons know it." 

"These events never ever happened," he said, before saying his campaign would present evidence disputing the allegations of inappropriate behaviour soon. 

Paul Ryan refuses to comment

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump
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Paul Ryan has withdrawn his support but not his endorsement

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said earlier this week that he would stop defending his party's candidate for president and would instead focus on local elections.

Now he's addressing the Waukesha Council Business Alliance in his home state of Wisconsin. He tells them to take a break "from all the mudslinging and the mess that's there on TV" and discuss ideas instead.  

"Guess what: We actually are running on ideas in this election. You would never know it, would you?

"There is an actual choice between two different schools of thought, two different philosophies, two different agendas."

"This will be a substantive talk", he added with a chuckle.

'Honestly she should be locked up'

Trump lashed out against Clinton as audience members cheered: "Lock her up!" 

After pacing across the stage, Trump said: "Honestly she should be locked up," before the crowd erupted into cheers. 

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Trump: Government has robbed us

Trump supporters in Florida await his appearance
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Trump supporters in Florida await his appearance

Trump said the "corrupt establishment" has "stripped away" cities like Detroit and Flint, Michigan and rural towns in Ohio and North Carolina. 

"They've taken the wealth out of our country never to return unless I'm elected president," he declared. 

Trump slams political establishment

Now it's Trump's turn to respond.

He appeared at a Florida rally and immediately attacked Washington and the political establishment. 

"Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt...political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people". 

"This is not simply another four-year election, this is a crossroads in the history of our civilisation", he said, calling his campaign an "existential threat" to the establishment. 

Donald Trump
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Trump takes the stage in Florida

People releases statement defending journalist

People Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle has issued a statement defending reporter Natasha Stoynoff and her allegations that Trump forcibly kissed her. 

"We stand steadfastly by her, and are proud to publish her clear, credible account of what happened," the statement read.

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Michelle Obama: This has shaken me to the core

"Leaders should meet a basic standard of human decency," Michelle Obama said during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire. 

Mr Trump's remarks are "so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today, and last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women".

She added adding that she couldn't believe that she was saying this, and that it "has shaken me to my core in a way that I cannot have predicted".

The visibly emotional first lady said that "this is not politics as normal. this is disgraceful. it is intolerable".

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What are the allegations against Trump?

  • he groped a woman on a plane in the early 1980s
  • he forcibly kissed a woman in Trump Tower, New York, in 2005
  • he grabbed a woman's bottom at his Mar-a-Lago resort in 2003
  • he pushed a woman against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat at the same resort in 2005
  • he deliberately walked into the changing rooms of the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant

We have a round-up of the allegations and Donald Trump's responses to each here

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Trump cancels a Fox News interview

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Hannity is Trump's favourite interviewer

Trump has cancelled an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, according to CNN's media correspondent.

But he is due to appear at a rally in Florida shortly.

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Hello and thanks for joining us as we report on the reaction to a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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