Intent on undermining his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and GOP backers are increasingly relying on rhetoric that academics and even some Republican strategists say has an undeniable edge focused on gender.
Clinton, Trump said in a speech last week, "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all the many adversaries we face."
He has repeatedly called attention to Clinton's voice, saying listening to her gives him a headache. Last December, he mocked her wardrobe. At rallies and in speeches, the billionaire mogul has also used stereotypes about women to demean Clinton, who stands to become the country's first female president if she wins in November.
Donald Trump began to reach out to African-American voters over the past week and boasted that he would win 95 percent of the black vote in a theoretical re-election bid in 2020. Don't count on it.
Right now the Republican presidential nominee receives the support of just 8 percent of black voters, according to the latest NBC News | Survey Monkey weekly election tracking poll.
Allegations of racism have rocked Trump's campaign from the beginning. NBC News has broken down several reasons why black voters appear cool to the candidate.
Among the reasons: Trump and his father were accused in the past of systematically discriminating against black tenants seeking rentals in their buildings; his past support of the so-called Central Park Five, a group of wrongfully convicted black and Latino teens accused of beating and raping a white female jogger; More recently, Trump retweeted an image of a gun toting, unidentified African-American next to bogus crime statistics; and Trump's break with precedent by ignoring or turning down invitations from predominately black groups.
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The Twitter accounts of an Ohio zoo targeted by online critics and trolls over the shooting of a gorilla have been taken down.
The Cincinnati Zoo has said it's not amused by the memes, online petitions and signs about Harambe, a 17-year-old great ape killed in May by a special zoo response team after a 3-year-old boy got into his enclosure. Harambe has been mourned, memorialized and satirized nearly continuously since his death.
Those seeking the Twitter sites Tuesday of the zoo or its director, Thane Maynard, got messages saying, "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!"
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Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist delights and the industry that has sprung up around it.
The National Marine Fisheries Service says Hawaii's spinner dolphins -- the nocturnal species that humans usually frolic with -- are being deprived of rest during the day and becoming stressed out.
There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence.
A former partner repeatedly beat her, she says.
"He would hit me mainly in the head so that nobody would see the injuries. He'd hit me in the back of the head so the bruises wouldn't show," the Phoenix woman said.
EpiPen prices aren't the only thing to jump at Mylan. Executive salaries have also seen a stratospheric uptick, NBC News reported.
Proxy filings show that from 2007 to 2015, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's total compensation went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068, a 671 percent increase. During the same period, the company raised EpiPen prices, with the average wholesale price going from $56.64 to $317.82, a 461 percent increase, according to data provided by Connecture.
In 2007 the company bought the rights to EpiPen, a device used to provide emergency epinephrine to stop a potentially fatal allergic reaction and began raising its price. In 2008 and 2009, Mylan raised the price by 5 percent. At the end of 2009 it tried out a 19 percent hike. The years 2010-2013 saw a succession of 10 percent price hikes.
And from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2016, Mylan steadily raised EpiPen prices 15 percent every other quarter.
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The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are entitled to unionize.
The Board said the decision reverses a 2004 ruling that concluded workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they were students at the universities, according to Inside Higher Ed.
An 18-year-old Massachusetts resident accused of raping and sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates at a house party in April will serve two years of probation.
The case against David Becker was continued without a finding in Palmer District Court last week. The case will be dismissed if Becker complies with probation.
Becker's lawyer says his client can now "look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender." Becker can serve the two years of probation in Ohio, where he plans to attend college.
Prosecutors had recommended Becker serve two years behind bars.
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Moms know everything, right? One Utah mom admittedly did not know how to solve her daughter's dilemma. The kindness of strangers from across the world helped Deborah Grimshaw Skouson find the answer.
Her daughter with autism, Cami, wore out her favorite flower print Target shirt, after five years. Grimshaw Skouson had replaced the shirt before via eBay but her recent search for additional shirts had been unsuccessful. She took to Facebook to solve the issue by posting a photo of the prized pink shirt pleading for help. "Okay friends and family, I need your help! As most of you know, my daughter Cami has autism. For the past 4-5 years, she has been fixated on THIS shirt. Her current one is almost unwearable, and eBay has gone dry," Grimshaw Skouson wrote. "We will pay for the shirt and the shipping if someone would be kind enough to sell it to us. It has to be this exact shirt! We've tried similar shirts, and they don't cut it with Cami!" The post has been shared 5,401 times. So far, 178 people have responded and the family is already in receipt of 50 of the shirts by mail with the furthest coming from Germany. Skouson, who has four other children and is a special education teacher, said her family was shocked by all the support.
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has charged in a lawsuit she was sexually harassed by former network chief Roger Ailes and other top executives.
The defendants in the lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan state Supreme Court include William Shine, who was named co-president of Fox News after Ailes resigned because of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by another former anchor, Gretchen Carlson.
"Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny," Tantaros charges in the suit.
Fox News said Tuesday that it can't comment on pending litigation.
A North Carolina state trooper killed a deaf man after an attempted traffic stop, authorities and neighbors said Monday.
State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Kevin Harris on Thursday after what North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described in a statement as "an encounter."
"An encounter took place between the driver and the trooper causing a shot to be fired," the statement reads. The driver died at the scene, the statement added, and the trooper was placed on administrative leave.
But a neighbor of Harris', Mark Barringer, who witnessed part of the confrontation, criticized the trooper's actions.
"You're pulling someone over who is deaf," Barringer told NBC affiliate WCNC. "They are handicapped."
Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, said in a statement to NBC News that "there have been too many incidents with tragic consequences between law enforcement officers and deaf people."
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Canadian authorities said Monday that the Coast Guard and police in Sarnia, in southwestern Ontario, had to rescue almost 1,500 U.S. citizens Sunday after their rafts, boats and inner tubes were blown ashore by high winds.
Sarnia police said there were no significant injuries in the rescue operation, which was made necessary when brisk winds sabotaged the Port Huron Float Down, an annual unlicensed cavalcade of small watercraft down the St. Clair River separating Canada and the United States.
Once they had been plucked back onto dry land, the partiers were bused across the border back to the United States — with a full police escort.
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Stanford University has banned hard liquor in undergraduate on-campus parties, a policy the school said was enacted as a result of the university wanting to root out the negative consequences high-risk drinking at college.
Beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages that can be present at all on-campus undergraduate student parties, the new policy says.
The decision to enact the stricter rules comes after the Brock Turner sex assault case, where a woman who was intoxicated said she was assaulted and raped by the former university swimmer in January 2015. Turner also had been drinking, and as part of his sentence must undergo mandatory drug and alcohol counseling.
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McDonald's is recalling approximately 29 million "Step-It" activity wristbands distributed across the country in their "Happy Meals" following more than 70 reports that children suffered skin irritation, blisters and burns after wearing the toy.