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AP Top Political News at 2:24 a.m. EDT

Ted Cruz calls his decision to back Trump 'agonizing'
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Ted Cruz appears uncomfortable defending the man he says he'll vote for in November, Donald Trump....

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....

Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America's story....

Clinton, Trump to meet separately with Israel PM Netanyahu
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to meet separately with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ahead of their first presidential debate on Monday night....

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....