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Wells Fargo CEO gets grilled in Congress: Round II

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, seeking to rebound from a disastrous appearance before the Senate, is once again attempting to quiet the outrage in Congress over…

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Man suspected in domestic dispute, is actually yelling at debate

A Wisconsin man was investigated for a suspected domestic dispute, but turned out he was actually prepping for Donald Trump's visit by watching the first…

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Cyber warfare: Who is China hacking now?

It's the nagging glitch in the US-China relationship that was inevitably mentioned during the first US presidential debate this week between Donald Trump and…

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South Carolina poll: Trump with a small lead over Clinton

A new poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in the traditional Republican stronghold of South Carolina -- but not by much.

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Obama orders flags at half-staff to honor Peres

President Barack Obama, in a rare move, ordered the US flag be flown at half-staff at the White House and on federal grounds and government properties on…

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Gary Johnson struggles to name a world leader he respects

Gary Johnson is trying to be a major figure on the world stage, and it doesn't sound like he's doing it for the company.

The Libertarian presidential nominee…

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Congress passes bill to avoid government shutdown

Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to fund the government and the federal response to Zika, avoiding a potentially embarrassing government shutdown just weeks…

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Trump angry at allies conceding he lost debate

Donald Trump is angry that his aides and advisers have conceded to reporters -- largely without attribution -- that the Republican nominee struggled in his…

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Trump peddles Google conspiracy theory

Donald Trump on Wednesday touted a long-debunked conspiracy theory that the most popular internet search engine suppresses negative headlines about his…

Obama at Town Hall

Obama comes face to face with burdens of 9/11 generation

President Barack Obama came face to face with the human cost borne by the military's 9/11 generation on Wednesday during a CNN presidential town hall moderated…

John Brennan CIA Director

CIA Director: We 'have to assume' terrorist activity in US

The director of the CIA said Wednesday despite the government's best efforts, the likelihood of terrorist activity in the United States is strong.

James Comey

FBI director: Hackers 'poking around' voter systems

The FBI has discovered attempted hacks of voter registration sites in more than a dozen states according to two law enforcement officials. US investigators…

President Obama

Obama says Congress made a 'mistake' overriding his veto

President Barack Obama told CNN's Jake Tapper Wednesday that members of Congress made a "political vote" by voting overwhelmingly to override his veto of a…

Monica Lewinsky

Trump campaign talking points: Bring up Monica

Donald Trump's campaign is instructing its supporters to use figures like Monica Lewinsky and Gennifer Flowers, according to a copy of Wednesday campaign…

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Sanders fans slowly come around to Clinton

One-time rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders came together Wednesday to woo a group of voters that have been slow to flock to the former secretary of…

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Most of the world breathes polluted air, WHO says

Almost everyone on Earth now breathes polluted air, according to an air quality map released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.

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Child care now costs more than in-state college tuition

Most parents with young children work outside the home. So they need an affordable, high-quality, easily accessible place to leave their kids while they work.

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Congress overturns Obama's veto of 9/11 bill

Families of those killed in the terror attacks on 9/11 are now legally allowed to sue Saudi Arabia, after Congress voted Wednesday to override President…

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Eric Trump praises dad's 'courage' in not bringing up Bill Clinton's infidelities

Eric Trump says it took his father a lot of "courage" to not bring up Bill Clinton's extramarital affairs during Monday's presidential debate.

"I'm really…

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Michelle Obama: 'We need an adult in the White House'

First Lady Michelle Obama tore into Donald Trump Wednesday, telling Hillary Clinton supporters, "We need an adult in the White House."

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Kaepernick rips both Trump, Clinton on race

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't hold back Tuesday when he was asked by CNN about the first presidential debate.

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Dean under fire for alleging Trump coke use

Howard Dean claimed, with no evidence, that Donald Trump's sniffling at the debate could be due to cocaine use -- a comment that's being ripped as way out of…

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Gutierrez: 'Women are watching' Donald Trump's Miss Universe issue

Rep. Luis Gutierrez said Donald Trump's name-calling targeted at a former beauty queen is alienating two key demographics -- women and Latinos, and those…

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Could a couch potato hack the DNC?

Russia might be behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee, according to US officials and lawmakers -- but not Donald Trump.

The Republican…

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Shimon Peres: Israel's warrior for peace dies

Shimon Peres, the Israeli elder statesman who shared a Nobel Prize for forging a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, has died. He served as a…

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Miss Universe strikes back at Trump

Former "Miss Universe" Alicia Machado struck back Tuesday against insults hurled at her by Donald Trump, saying that he was "aggressive" and "really rude."…

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Arizona Republic endorses Democrat for 1st time ever

The Arizona Republic, the state's largest newspaper, has never endorsed a Democrat for president -- until now.

In an op-ed published to its website Tuesday, the…

John Warner

Clinton nabs another high-profile GOP endorsement

Former Sen. John Warner will endorse Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday morning, handing the Democratic nominee another high-profile Republican…

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FBI investigating possible hack of Democratic Party staffer cell phones

The FBI has asked to examine the cell phones of a small number Democratic Party staffers as it investigates a possible hack, law enforcement and Democratic…

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The problem with Donald Trump's 'we won every poll' claim

Donald Trump is misleading people by citing unscientific, unrepresentative Internet polls that portray him as the "winner" of Monday's debate.

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Debate may have been most-watched in US history

Monday night was the most-watched debate in American history.

Well over 80 million people tuned in to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off, setting a…

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Giuliani: Clinton 'too stupid to be president'

Rudy Giuliani blasted Hillary Clinton as "too stupid to be president" because she stayed with her husband after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Jeffrey DeLaurentis

Obama nominates Cuba ambassador, first in over half-century

President Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped the highest-ranking US diplomat in Cuba as the first ambassador to the island in more than 50 years, though it…

Bryan Pagliano

House to vote on contempt resolution for former Clinton aide

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters the House will vote this week on a resolution holding Bryan Pagliano, the former Hillary Clinton aide who…

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama

Obama to appear in Clinton ads

Eager to motivate his own base of supporters to vote in this year's contest, President Barack Obama will begin appearing in more advertising for Hillary…

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Clinton goes after Trump at first debate

Hillary Clinton showed up at the debate of the century and delivered.

Donald Trump started out strong, then struggled.

The Democratic and Republican nominees…

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit

Cruz 'happy to help' Trump campaign

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is willing to lend a hand to Donald Trump, he said Tuesday.

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Senate Dems block gov't funding bill over Flint aid

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican bill to fund the government and battle Zika because it did not include money for Flint, Michigan, to address…

Barack Obama

After debate, Obama says Trump 'worries' him

President Barack Obama said Tuesday the first presidential debate left him worried about the positions Donald Trump has espoused on nuclear weapons and climate…

US economy not growing fast enough

No election fears: Consumer confidence hits 9-year high

Americans haven't felt this good about the economy in a long time.

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The Fed under attack, but still profitable for taxpayers

The Federal Reserve has been under attack recently, most prominently by Donald Trump.

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Day after debate, Clinton celebrates and Trump fumes

As soon as the first debate of the 2016 presidential election was over, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were quick to claim victory.

But by the next…

Rosie O'Donnell to focus on family

Rosie O'Donnell responds to Trump debate attack

The Donald Trump-Rosie O'Donnell feud is back in the 2016 spotlight.

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Lester Holt walks a fine line at debate

In this fractured, partisan era, no presidential moderator can please everyone.

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Ryan defends Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan dodged Tuesday when asked about Donald Trump's criticism of a former Miss Universe, trying instead to put the focus on Hillary Clinton…

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Trump's sniffles spawn social media memes

The first face-to-face confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump proceeded more or less as expected with the presidential candidates perspiring…

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Pence appears at odds with Trump on climate change

Donald Trump and his running mate appeared to be on different pages Tuesday on whether climate change is man made.

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Mook: Clinton 'ready' for infidelity question

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook said the Democratic candidate will be prepared if Donald Trump mentions her husband's past affairs at the next…

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Words (like 'braggadocious') looked up during debate

As presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs, viewers headed to the dictionary to look up headscratching words like "braggadocious…

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Reality Check Team vets the debate claims

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed Monday in their first head-to-head debate of the general election season, with Trump in particular straying from the…

Donald Trump at Sept 26 debate

Campaign manager: Trump doesn't believe climate change is man made

Donald Trump's campaign manager said Tuesday the candidate does not believe climate change is man-made, a day after his previous statements on the issue were…

Debate back

Clinton vs. Trump: The most memorable one-liners

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump exchanged a series of quick jabs during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University Monday night in Hempstead, New…

Donald Trump campaigns in Cleveland, September 2016

Donald Trump claims Fed is 'more political' than Clinton

Donald Trump has a big problem with the Federal Reserve.

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Who won? The Mexican peso says not Trump

Financial markets wasted no time in giving their verdict on the first U.S. presidential debate: Donald Trump didn't do well.

As Trump and Hillary Clinton…

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6 takeaways from the first presidential debate

Hillary Clinton stepped onto the debate stage Monday night determined to show that only one candidate is ready to be president.

Clinton poked, prodded and…

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Post-debate poll: Clinton takes round one

Hillary Clinton was deemed the winner of Monday night's debate by 62 percent of voters who tuned in to watch, while just 27 percent said they thought Donald…

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Fireworks dominate Clinton, Trump debate

Hillary Clinton forced Donald Trump onto defense over his temperament, refusal to release his taxes and his past comments about race and women during a fiery…

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Event ranks as 'most tweeted debate ever'

Monday night's Trump-Clinton match-up was the "most tweeted debate ever."

That's according to Twitter, which crunched the numbers immediately following the…

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Solis Doyle: Clinton did not start birther movement

Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign manager dismissed as "absurd" Donald Trump's Monday night debate claim that she admitted a campaign ally pushed "birther"…

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Trump complains about debate mic

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump complained after Monday night's debate that his microphone wasn't working -- and he questioned whether that was…

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Trump: Clinton 'doesn't have the stamina' to be president

Donald Trump reiterated his view that Hillary Clinton "doesn't have the stamina" to be president during Monday night's debate.

"She doesn't have the look. She…

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Trump: I held back on 'indiscretions' for Chelsea

Donald Trump said Monday night he didn't pursue a line of criticism he could have during the debate, out of respect for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's…

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Trump: 'I'm smart' for not paying taxes

When Hillary Clinton said that her Republican rival Donald Trump had paid no federal income tax in some years, Trump didn't deny it.

In fact, he said: "That…

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Trump questions whether Russia behind hacks

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump disputed Monday that Russia may be behind a series of cyberattacks on election systems in the US and on the…

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Trump and Clinton spar on trade, taxes, emails

Donald Trump lit into Hillary Clinton on trade at the start of the first presidential debate, hammering away at a policy area that has both haunted Clinton…

Trump on guns

Trump: Take the guns away from 'bad people'

Is NRA-backed Donald Trump going anti-gun? Only for "bad people."

Trump said Monday that he wants to take guns "away from criminals," and continued to praise…

Mike Pence RNC speech

Pence on Trump's debate plan: 'We'll see where it goes'

Mike Pence on Monday night was tight-lipped about running mate Donald Trump's planned debate tactics, offering an opened-ended "We'll see where it goes" when…

Harry Reid

Reid signals possible solution to funding stalemate

Four days before the government is scheduled to run out of money, lawmakers on Capitol Hill remain at odds about whether to add millions of dollars for Flint,…

Jill Stein

Stein escorted off Hofstra University campus

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein was escorted off the Hofstra University campus Monday after her prearranged media interviews because she didn't…

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7 memorable presidential debate moments

The U.S.' first televised presidential debates didn't involve any major gaffes or zingers or other pithy soundbites; they were wonky back-and-forths about…

David Wildstein sketch

Bridgegate: Officials planned to make 'traffic jam as bad as possible'

Former Port Authority executives and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie staffers planned to make the traffic from the September 2013 lane closures at the George…

Obama at Tribal Nations Conference

Obama dons hat, blanket during Tribal Nations ceremony

President Barack Obama ignored his own "no hats" edict Monday when he partook in a traditional American Indian ceremony in Washington.

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5 things to watch at Monday night's debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the first time on the debate stage Monday night, the biggest moment of the already extraordinary 2016…

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If Trump wins debate, stocks likely to tank

Expect stocks to tumble if Donald Trump has a great first debate night.

Wall Street doesn't want a President Trump (with the exception of a few hedge fund…

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Pre-debate spin lightning round

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are still hours away from squaring off in the first debate of the 2016 race, but the pre-debate spin between each campaign is…

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Trump launches Snapchat filter for debate

Donald Trump is turning to Snapchat to drum up support from young voters ahead of tonight's presidential debate.

The Republican candidate's campaign launched a…

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Clinton and Trump: Who's on the debate guest list

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will each arrive at Monday night's debate in Hempstead, New York, with an ample contingent of campaign aides and surrogates.

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Presidential debate: Rules and format

The lights will come up, the debate will begin, the first question will go to Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Miami on Sept. 16, 2016

How the 'king of debt' would balance the budget

Donald Trump may be the "king of debt," but his economic advisers say he'll balance the budget in the White House.

Hillary Clinton, love trumps hate

Crowd turns its back on Clinton for group selfie

At a recent campaign event, Hillary Clinton climbed on a box to address a room packed with young people. But instead of facing the Democratic presidential…

Hillary Clinton in NYC

How Hillary Clinton prepped for debate

Hillary Clinton might be viewed as the favorite going into Monday's presidential debate. But she certainly didn't prepare like one.

Clinton, a candidate known…

Ronald Reagan

Fight nights past: Best debate knockout lines

Debate stages have long doubled as presidential burial grounds. With a few sharp lines, an acid quip, or just a well-timed nod, the candidates can do more to…

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National polls: Clinton, Trump in a dead heat

A trio of national polls released ahead of the first presidential debate Monday all tell the same story.

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Polls: Trump, Clinton deadlocked in Colo., Penn.

Just one point separates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in two states that are critical to both candidates' chances of becoming president, according to new…

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Trump, Clinton each meet Israeli PM Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Hillary Clinton Sunday night at a New York hotel, after conferring earlier in the day with Donald Trump for…

Donald Trump in Iowa July 18, 2015

The weekend America's newspapers called Donald Trump a liar

On the weekend leading up to 2016's first presidential debate, four news organizations came to a similar and sweeping conclusion: Donald Trump lies more often…

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Ryan responds to Trump's inner cities comments

Donald Trump's campaign manager on Sunday chided President Barack Obama over his response to the GOP nominee's assertion that African-American communities are…

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Poll: Clinton, Trump virtually tied headed into debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are virtually tied headed into their first presidential debate Monday night, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows.

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Debate commission chief: Candidates should fact-check each other

The Commission on Presidential Debates has some advice for debate moderators this fall: leave the fact-checking to the candidates.

The Trump campaign is taking…

Lester Holt

How Lester Holt is getting ready for debate

Lester Holt has called on several NBC News colleagues for advice as he prepares for the biggest night of his career.

Former NM Gov Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson's climate moonshot: We have to inhabit other planets

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson offered an outta this world solution on Sunday to the planet's environmental crises.

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Team Trump: No Gennifer Flowers at debate

Donald Trump's campaign manager and running mate said Sunday the GOP candidate doesn't want Gennifer Flowers -- who had an affair with Bill Clinton in the…

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Why the debate expectations game is a farce

Republicans are praising Hillary Clinton as the most skilled and experienced politician ever to stand behind a podium. Democrats note Donald Trump, a former…

Gennifer Flowers

Trump threatens to bring Gennifer Flowers to debate

Donald Trump threatened Saturday to bring Gennifer Flowers, with whom Bill Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship decades ago, to Monday's…

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White working-class evangelicals: Christian values are under attack

Most white working-class voters who are evangelical Christians -- like most white evangelicals -- would consider voting for Donald Trump. But it's not because…

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Don King: Trump offers way out of 'racist, sexist' system

Don King believes Donald Trump is the only candidate who can fix a "corrupt, rigged, sexist and racist" system -- employing several terms the GOP nominee's…

Trump Cruz

Cruz uneasily debuts as Trump surrogate

Ted Cruz offered his first extensive defense of his endorsement of Donald Trump here Saturday, declining to disavow his searing criticisms of Trump's…

The New York Times

NYT editorial board endorses Clinton

The New York Times' editorial board on Saturday endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president calling comparing her to rival Donald Trump "an empty…

Obama at new museum

Obama: African-American museum helps tell fuller story of America

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the new Smithsonian museum devoted to African-American history elevates the often-overlooked impact of black…

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Highlights from Obama's town hall

President Barack Obama visited Fort Lee, Virginia, and fielded questions from the military community, including veterans and active-duty service members,…

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Obama meets military at town hall

President Obama joined U.S. service men and women Wednesday at CNN’s presidential town hall. The forum gave audience members a chance to question Obama on a…

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New Sacramento arena has gender-inclusive bathrooms

The Kings new arena features gender-inclusive bathrooms; some are applauding, some are concerned.

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