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Clinton’s Pneumonia diagnosis forces other candidates to make their health records public

Trump at 68 and Hillary at 70 are one of the oldest candidates contesting the US elections, this inevitably builds a pressure on both of them to make their health records public

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  • The democratic candidate’s doctor said that Hillary had complained of a prolonged cough on Friday and was diagnosed with pneumonia
  • Her Republican opponent,Donald Trump,reacted by saying he hopes Clinton gets well soon
  • Pressure is inevitably building on both the candidates to make their health records public

USA, September 12, 2016 : After Clinton’s Pneumonia diagnosis was made public on Sunday in a 9/11 commemoration event the questions of the health of both the candidates is now in spotlight.

A spokesman announced late Sunday she would not be making the previously planned trip that had included fundraisers and a speech about the economy on Monday and Tuesday.

The democratic candidate’s doctor said that Hillary had complained of a prolonged cough on Friday and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Later on Sunday, She left the memorial service on Sunday looking rather distressed because of her condition.

Lisa Barack, her doctor said that,”She was put on antibiotics and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

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Her Republican opponent,Donald Trump,reacted by saying he hopes Clinton gets well soon.”I hope she gets well and gets back on the trail and we’ll be seeing her in the debate,” Trump said, referring to their scheduled first face-to-face encounter on September 26.

Last year,Trump released a letter from a physician claiming he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”which the Republicans are putting forward in stark contrast with Hillary Clinton’s concussion incident of 2012 when questioned about stamina of both the candidates. Although the doctor in Trump’s case has since acknowledged he dashed off the note in five minutes while a Trump campaign limousine waited nearby and Hillary has been given a clean chit by her doctors.

Either way, the fact that Trump at 68 and Hillary at 70 are one of the oldest candidates contesting the US elections and so the pressure is inevitably building on both of them to make their health records public. (VOA)

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Facebook's involvement with Trump's campaign drew scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers after the company found its user data had separately been misused.

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Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race.

The company and other major online ad sellers, including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc., have long offered free dedicated assistance to strengthen relationships with top advertisers such as presidential campaigns.

Brad Parscale, who was Trump’s online ads chief in 2016, last year called on-site “embeds” from Facebook crucial to the candidate’s victory. Facebook has said that Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton was offered identical help, but she accepted a different level than Trump.

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Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests to comment on whether they also would pull back support.

Facebook said it could offer assistance to more candidates globally by focusing on offering support through an online portal instead of in person. It said that political organizations still would be able to contact employees to
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Facebook, Twitter, and Google served as “quasi-digital consultants” to U.S. election campaigns in 2016, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Utah found in a paper published a year ago.

The companies helped campaigns navigate their services’ ad systems and “actively” shaped campaign communication by suggesting what types of messages to direct to whom, the researchers stated.

Facebook’s involvement with Trump’s campaign drew scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers after the company found its user data had separately been misused by political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which consulted for the Trump campaign.

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In written testimony to U.S. lawmakers in June, Facebook said its employees had not spotted any misuse “in the course of their interactions with Cambridge Analytica” during the election. (VOA)