Correction: Campaign 2016-The Latest story

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Posted: Aug 18, 2016 11:14 AM
Correction: Campaign 2016-The Latest story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 17 about developments in the 2016 presidential campaign, The Associated Press reported erroneously the title of Michael Flynn. He is retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, not Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

A corrected version of the story is below:

The Latest: Trump receives first intelligence briefing

Donald Trump is receiving his first national security briefing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):

5:10 p.m.

Donald Trump is receiving his first national security briefing.

The celebrity businessman and Democrat Hillary Clinton are entitled to receive the briefings as their parties' presidential nominees.

Trump received the briefing Wednesday afternoon in a secure room at a FBI office in New York City.

His campaign said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn would also attend the briefing.

The contents of the briefing were not, of course, disclosed.

It wasn't clear whether Clinton has been given an intelligence briefing.

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4:25 p.m.

Advisers to Donald Trump are encouraging the GOP candidate to press for more surveillance and more information-sharing with local police departments to fight terror threats if he's elected president. The roundtable of advisers appeared to be discussing the contents of a potential policy statement.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he wants Trump to make it clear the FBI should share information with local police departments in the fight against terrorism.

Giuliani says, local police often feel "they're not getting the information that they need, and they feel like they're flying blind sometimes."

Rep. Peter King added that it should be made clear that "the police have to be able to surveil." He had cautioned earlier that, "you shouldn't call it spying, it's surveillance."

Giuliani also said that one of his first actions after being elected mayor was to put police officers in mosques.

The FBI already shares information with local police through joint terrorism task forces, though some police say it's still not enough.

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3:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is meeting privately with rock star Paul McCartney following her campaign stop in Cleveland.

The Democratic presidential nominee stopped by Quicken Loans Arena to meet with the former Beatles' great, who is performing a concert at the Cleveland arena on Wednesday night.

Clinton's campaign says Clinton met with McCartney ahead of his concert.

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2:55 p.m.

Donald Trump and his top advisers — old and new —are meeting in at Trump Tower in New York. They say they are discussing tactics to defeat "radical Islamic terrorism."

The roundtable at Trump Tower in New York is being attended by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and more than a dozen others.

Also present are Trump's new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, and newly promoted campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. She was sitting next to campaign chair Paul Manafort at one end of the table.

The meeting comes hours after Trump announced Bannon and Conway's appointments in a shake-up of campaign staff.

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2:35 p.m.

Tim Kaine is bringing up Benghazi as he compares Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

In Iowa, Kaine noted Trump's aggressive reaction to criticism at the Democratic convention from the Muslim-American parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee said Clinton did not lash out after being criticized at the Republican convention by some "who lost loved ones in Benghazi." He was referring to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Libya. Republicans say Clinton was negligent in preventing or stopping the attack.

Kaine said Wednesday: "Did you see Hillary Clinton interrupt her campaign and start to go after grieving parents who have lost somebody on an attack on one of our embassies? No."

He said she has a "heart of sympathy."

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2:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's decision to shake up his campaign staff will have little impact on his controversial political message.

Clinton says: "There is no new Donald Trump."

Trump hired Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News LLC, as his campaign's chief executive and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager. Trump is trying to stabilize his flailing campaign.

Clinton told supporters at a rally in Cleveland that Trump "can hire and fire anyone he wants." But, she said, "he is still the same man."

Clinton is campaigning and fundraising in Ohio, a key battleground state.

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1:35 p.m.

Sen. Tim Kaine is continuing his attacks on Donald Trump at a campaign stop in Iowa, though he is not weighing in on the Republican nominee's campaign staff shakeup.

At a community college in Cedar Rapids, the Democratic vice presidential nominee questioned why Trump has not released his tax returns. Kaine said that Trump has bragged about avoiding taxes. Kaine argued that, as a result, Trump has not supported public needs, like the military.

"He's been stiffing the military his whole life and there's no reason to believe he will suddenly be supportive of the military," Kaine said.

Trump has said he won't release his until an IRS audit is complete.

Kaine avoided a question about the recent staffing changes on Trump's campaign, saying it was "not time for that."

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1:10 p.m.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says voters should pay attention to links between Donald Trump's staff and Russian political interests.

Mook says: "Trump's own views and the Republican platform itself have notably backed Russian views and Russian polices." He says it's "a very disturbing picture."

Trump has faced criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million to two Washington lobbying firms in 2012. Manafort did not report the payments to U.S. authorities. U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties.

Mook stopped short of calling for a federal investigation, saying he'll leave the law to the "experts."

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12:50 p.m.

Tim Kaine is telling some Iowa war stories at a stop in Cedar Rapids.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee and Virginia senator told a crowd at a community college that he has family and friends in the state and took part in the RAGBRAI bicycle ride in 1996, garbed in spandex.

"My prayer is that none of those photos can be found by opposition researchers," Kaine joked.

Kaine emphasized job training and education on his trip to the battleground state, visiting technical training programs at Kirkwood Community College. He also stressed the campaign's commitment to boosting wages and providing more support to workers.

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9:10 a.m.

Donald Trump is expressing distrust of U.S. intelligence as he prepares to get his first intelligence briefing Wednesday.

The Republican presidential nominee says the intelligence services have made "such bad decisions."

Asked whether he trusts intelligence, Trump told Fox News: "Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country, I mean look what's happened over the last 10 years ... it's been catastrophic."

One of Trump's advisers, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He will accompany Trump to the briefing.

Trump says he will choose different advisers than "sort of your standards."

Democrats have expressed concerns about Trump receiving sensitive information, but Trump says Hillary Clinton is the one who "can't keep anything private."

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8 a.m.

Rudy Giuliani says the Trump campaign staff shakeup is about ensuring good management for a campaign that is getting "bigger and bigger and bigger."

The former New York City mayor, a top Trump supporter, disputes the suggestion it reflects negatively on campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Manafort retains his title, but two conservative strategists are being installed in top spots.

In an interview on Fox News Channel, Giuliani says: "I don't think it's about strategy. I think it's about management and making sure you have the right number of people in place to manage an organization that has grown dramatically."

Giuliani adds that "A lot of people think he has no organization — good, I like them to think that." He insists the reality is otherwise.

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3 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is overhauling his campaign once again, bringing in Breitbart News's Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.

The move comes just 82 days before the election and represents yet another campaign shake-up for the tumultuous campaign.

Trump tells The Associated Press in a phone interview that he's known both people for a long time. He says, "They're terrific people, they're winners, they'rechamps, and we need to win it."

Opinion surveys show Trump trailing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton nationally and in key battleground states.

Trump says his campaign chair, Paul Manafort, will maintain his current role.

The development was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.