The week in politics

Published 5:59 PM ET, Sat September 10, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with Matt Lauer at the NBC "Commander-In-Chief Forum" in Intrepid, New York, on Wednesday, September 7. The "Today" show anchor has faced heavy criticism for his performance at the forum, with one NBC executive calling it a "disaster." Evan Vucci/AP
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves from her campaign plane in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, September 8. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks on the ABC talk show "The View" in New York on Thursday, September 8. A few hours earlier, Johnson appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" where he responded, "And what is Aleppo?" when co-host Mike Barnicle asked what Johnson would do about the war-torn Syrian city. Johnson addressed his interview gaffe when he later appeared on "The View," saying there was "no excuse" for his response and that he was thinking of Aleppo as an acronym. Ida Mae Astute/ABC/Getty Images
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spray-paints a bulldozer during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota, on Tuesday, September 6. A North Dakota sheriff's office charged Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka with criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Alicia Ewen/KX News/AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and US President Barack Obama meet at the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, on Monday, September 5. Obama, who had a 90-minute session with Putin, said their talk was "candid, blunt and businesslike," and included the issues of cyberintrusions and the Syrian conflict. Alexei Druzhinin/TASS/Getty Images
Former US President Bill Clinton learns about locally produced wines from Leila Wolfrum, general manager of the Durham Co-op Market, in Durham, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 6. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images
Phil Capron stands for the national anthem at a Donald Trump event in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Tuesday, September 6. Evan Vucci/AP
People sing at the National Baptist Convention before an appearance by Hillary Clinton in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday, September 8. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid waits to begin a news conference outside the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, September 8. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at an event for Hillary Clinton in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Monday, September 5. Darren McCollester/Getty Images
US Supreme Court Justice nominee Merrick Garland, right, meets with Sen. Patrick Leahy at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, September 8. President Barack Obama nominated Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia about seven months ago. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Donald Trump autographs a piece of artwork during a visit to a fair in Canfield, Ohio, on Monday, September 5. Evan Vucci/AP
House Speaker Paul Ryan, joined by members of the House, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill on Friday, September 9, marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 images are seared into the memories of Magnum photographers Molly Riley/AP
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine greets a child as he and Hillary Clinton arrive at an airport in Cleveland on Monday, September 5. Andrew Harnik/AP
Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up to supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 6. Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS/Newscom
President Barack Obama drinks from a coconut while visiting the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos, on Wednesday, September 7. Obama was the first sitting US President to visit the Southeast Asian country. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images