Campaign manager on infidelity question: Clinton ‘ready for anything’

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(CNN)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 debate.
“Hillary is ready for anything. She’s experienced at these debates,” Mook told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Tuesday on “New Day” when asked about the questions Trump alluded to Monday night following the first presidential debate. “I’m not concerned about that. It’s just sad that we can’t have an actual discussion about the issues because Donald Trump doesn’t have a command of the issues.”

Trump told CNN’s Dana Bash Monday that he might bring up former President Bill Clinton’s past marital indiscretions at the next debate.

“I’m very happy that I was able to hold back on the — you know, on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton, because i have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton and I just didn’t want to say what I was going to say,” he said.
“Which is,” Bash asked.
“Which is I’ll tell you maybe at the next debate. We’ll see,” Trump replied.
Mook said Trump wants to “bully” the former secretary of state because he did not have a strong finish at Monday’s debate.
“This is — it’s such an obvious dodge. He spiraled out at the end of the debate and so, of course, he wants to bully. He wants to talk about the supposed indiscretions,” Mook said.

“The American people want to hear how someone’s going to create jobs, how he’s going to help them with education and health care,” he added. “He had no command of the issues. This is his way of wallpapering that.”
Mook said Trump’s temperament led the businessman to repeatedly aggressively interrupt Clinton throughout the debate.
“On that trade argument, he was pretty aggressive, but he was interrupting her,” he said. “We saw him begin to unwind and come unhinged.”
“By the end of the debate that temperament that we’re all concerned about, that inability to, you know, (to) think clearly and make good judgments, it just came out,” he added.

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Debate may have been most-watched in U.S. history

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The so-called “overnights” are subject to change later in the day on Tuesday.

But the data indicates that Monday’s face-off may well have been the most-watched debate in American history.

CNN and other cable news channels saw big increases over past election years. So did some of the broadcast networks.

The early Nielsen data confirms that viewership stayed high the entire time — there wasn’t a big drop-off after the first hour of the nearly 98-minute debate.

The debate was carried on more than a dozen TV channels, some big and some small.

NBC had the highest household rating overall, partly because “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt was the moderator of the debate.

 Actual viewership figures will be released by Nielsen on Tuesday afternoon.

The viewership number to beat is 81 million, set back in 1980, when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan debated just once before the election.

More recently, the first Obama-Romney debate in 2012 averaged 67 million viewers.

Nielsen’s data only counts viewers who watched via traditional TV at home. It does not count viewing parties, bars, restaurants or offices.

Many millions also watched the debate via the Internet in ways that are not measured by Nielsen.

Various live streams on YouTube together registered more than 2.5 million simultaneous viewers.

 Anticipation for the Clinton-Trump meeting had been mounting for months. On Monday night Twitter said it was the “most tweeted debate ever.”

On both Twitter and Facebook, Trump was a livelier subject than Clinton. Twitter said the “final share of conversation around the candidates on stage” was 62% for Trump and 38% for Clinton.

On Facebook, the results were even more lopsided, with Trump earning 79% share of conversation and Clinton having the remaining 21%.

Being talked about isn’t necessarily a good thing for a candidate. Most commentators gave Clinton the edge over Trump after the debate.

Still, the post-debate coverage on TV focused on Trump, partly because of surprising and confounding comments he made on stage.

CNN’s reality check team investigated 26 claims made by Clinton and Trump and found that Trump made a greater number of misleading statements.

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4 reasons OPEC will struggle to boost oil prices

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The world’s major oil producers are meeting in Algeria this week, trying again to find a way of pushing prices higher.

Despite signs of a growing willingness to cut a deal to restrain supply, they have a mountain to climb. Here are four reasons why they’ll struggle.

 Crude oil prices are low because the market is massively oversupplied. Big producers led by Saudi Arabia have been pumping near record amounts of crude for the last two years, trying to defend their market share by squeezing out higher cost producers such as the U.S.

This oversupply has caused prices to drop by about 60% since 2014 and slowed production in the U.S.

But the strategy is proving painful. Low prices have put a serious strain on the budgets of countries such as Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Russia, whose government finances depend on energy exports.

They want prices to go up and they know the only way to do that is for oil production to drop. That’s why they’ve been trying to negotiate coordinated production cuts for the past year. With absolutely no success so far.

2. Freezing output is not enough

Agreeing to freeze output at current levels might sound like a good compromise if a deal to cut supply proves impossible to reach. But it’s unlikely to help, because producers are already pumping out record amounts.

 In fact, production is rising, with Saudi-led OPEC pumping out over 33 million barrels of crude oil per day in August, around the highest level ever. Russia, which is not a member of OPEC, is also producing near its maximum capacity, and Nigeria and Libya have both signaled they want to raise their output for the rest of this year.

The International Energy Agency predicts the global oil glut will last well into next year, because demand for oil, particularly in Asia, is growing at a slower pace than anticipated.

3. Iran needs to be on board

The situation became even more complicated with Iran’s return to world markets earlier this year. Iran has been increasing its output since sanctions were lifted in January. The country has stated clearly that it wants to reclaim its place as one of the world’s top oil exporters.

But Saudi Arabia won’t want Iran to increase production while it is cutting back. That would mean ceding market share to its main regional rival.

 Reports emerged in the last few days that Saudi Arabia might be willing to cut production if Iran agrees to freeze its own output, but analysts are skeptical.

“There has been a consistent pattern over the last few months of OPEC ministers attempting to ‘talk up’ prices with comments about a potential output freeze deal being close…but historically most of these comments have proved to be unfounded,” wrote Tom Pugh, commodities economist at Capital Economics.

4. How do you fine tune a global market?

Even if the big oil producers somehow manage to agree a deal, they won’t want prices to go much higher. If they do, that will risk helping higher cost producers — such as some U.S. shale firms — get back in the game.

Most shale producers need prices above $60 per barrel for their operations to be profitable.

Olivier Jakob, oil analyst and managing director at oil research group Petromatrix, said OPEC countries are unlikely to want prices to go above that level, because of fears it could lead to even bigger oil glut.

And then all that hard work would be undone.

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Trump does not believe climate change is man made

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(CNN)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 scrutinized at the first presidential debate.
“He believes that global warming is naturally occurring,” Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day.” “There are shifts naturally occurring.”
When Camerota followed up to ask specifically if that means that Trump believes that climate change is not man made, Conway responded, “Correct.”

At the debate Monday night in Hempstead, New York, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said Trump “thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.”
“I think it’s real,” she said.The remark drew a swift rebuttal from Trump, who interrupted Clinton while denying that he ever made such a claim. But Trump has, in fact, called climate change a “hoax” repeatedly, both on Twitter and in media interviews.

In a tweet from 2012, Trump asserted that the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
But during her appearance on CNN on Tuesday, Conway stopped short of saying it is a hoax, instead repeating that Trump “believes climate change is naturally occurring.”

Trump’s stance as outlined by Conway appears at odds with his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence who told CNN’s Chris Cuomo later Tuesday that humans have some “impact” on climate.
“There’s no question that — that — that the activities that take place in this country and in countries around the world have some impact on the environment and some impact on climate,” Pence said on “New Day.” “But Donald Trump and I say let’s follow the science but for heaven’s sakes, let’s not go rushing into the kind of restrictions on our economy that are putting Americans out of work.”
The scientific community has a near universal consensus that climate change is man made. Multiple scientific journals have said that 97% of climate scientists believe climate change is man made.

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