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VIEWER'S GUIDE: Look for trust, temperament themes in debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue - an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for years....

Outsider status, politics shields Trump from House oversight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state....

Clinton, Trump look to overcome weaknesses on debate stage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Hillary Clinton needs a moment to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted....

New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country's first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone "walk away that much more in love" with their country....

WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in presidential election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:...

Clinton's debate experience could shape encounter with Trump
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton has appeared in more than 30 primary debates during her two presidential campaigns, a deep history she can draw upon as she faces Donald Trump on Monday night....

Trump's unconventional debate prep skips mock debates
NEW YORK (AP) -- Since he entered the presidential race, it's been Donald Trump's style to break with convention. It's no different when it comes to debate prep....

Warren says Trump, GOP 'making hate OK'
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of "making hate OK" as she campaigned for Hillary Clinton on Saturday....

Q&A: How NY bomb case shows difficulties for investigators
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The man accused in the Manhattan bombing was flagged for an interview with Customs officials in the course of an overseas trip, was accused two years ago of stabbing his brother and had once been angrily described by his father as a terrorist....

Trump campaign plans $140 million ad buy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's campaign is planning for what it says will amount to $140 million worth of advertising from now until Election Day....

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