The Republican nominee has defended himself after a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed him tied with Democrat Hillary Clinton among likely voters.

Trump is tied with Clinton among registered voters, while Clinton leads with Republicans and those not affiliated with either party.

But Clinton leads Trump by 12 points among likely non-voters, and he is ahead among those who have voted in previous elections.

The poll shows Trump ahead of Clinton by seven points among white evangelical Christians and seven points overall.

*GOP nominee defends his comments on Clinton emails: ‘I am not an idiot’ article Trump defended his comments to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday about how his comments about Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state were an “idiot,” saying he didn’t know what the term meant.

The Republican presidential nominee spoke to reporters in an interview on Wednesday, days after the Wall St Journal published a story about his emails and asked him if he would ever apologize for the remark.

“I am a smart person, I have been very smart about this whole situation, and I am not a stupid person,” Trump said.

“There are people that are dumb, there are people in the media that are stupid, and there are certain things that are not dumb.

And I’m not stupid.

I’m a smart man.”

He added that he has been “trying to do everything I can to make sure that this never happens again.”

*Trump: ‘It was a mistake to give the president a blank check’ *Trump on Wednesday denied that he gave the White House a blank cheque to implement the plan to pay for a wall along the Mexican border: “It was an absolutely, completely incorrect, totally inaccurate and it was an absolute mistake to do that,” Trump told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

“The fact that we have a wall is an absolute problem.

It was a horrible mistake.

It wasn’t a mistake.

And it was a very, very big mistake.”

*White House: ‘We can’t do anything’ without Congress: ‘Not in my first term’ // WaPo // Jenna Johnson – September 18, 2014 * The White House has repeatedly said that it can’t afford to pay the bills for the government in its first year, as Congress debates how to pay a $716 billion tab for Obamacare.

But the White Board of Advisers has been unable to find a single Republican in the House or Senate willing to commit to pay-as-you-go as the country heads into a fiscal cliff.

In a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, White House officials said that the administration’s inability to find GOP support for a paid-for, cost-free government shutdown means that it has no choice but to negotiate.

“We cannot afford to have a shutdown in the first year of a new president, and we cannot afford a shutdown without a bipartisan agreement,” the letter reads.

The White Board includes senior White House advisers, as well as congressional leadership, with the goal of finding a compromise solution to avoid the fiscal cliff and averting a potential government shutdown.

But it’s not clear that any of the Republican lawmakers who are leading the way on the budget talks are willing to work with the administration on the funding plan, which could be far-reaching.

The letter also warns that a shutdown could cause the U.S. economy to slide into recession, since the economy could be forced to shut down in order to pay bills and fund other government services.

The president is the sole guarantor of the government’s debt, and Congress is responsible for raising enough revenue to pay off the government.

Congress can only raise revenue to avoid a default if the president agrees to pay up.

It would be difficult to get the president to agree to pay his own bills.

The budget process is complicated and time-consuming, and it can be difficult for the White to negotiate a deal, which would mean that the White could not negotiate a bipartisan deal with the Republican leadership, and thus have to pay to stay in the Senate.

The Obama administration has had an unprecedented number of failed negotiations over the past several years, and Republicans say that they have yet to find the votes to pass a budget.

If they fail, the White is essentially stuck with a bill that is going to be more difficult to pay than what Congress has approved for the first two years of the new administration.

“It’s going to take a long time,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), a leading House Budget Committee member who sits on the Budget Committee. “So

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