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Trump complains of 'hostile questions' during debate

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The morning after his first debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump complained Tuesday of "hostile questions" from the moderator and conceded that Clinton rattled him by bringing up his past remarks about the weight of a Miss Universe contestant.

The Republican presidential nominee said the moderator, NBC anchor Lester Holt, leaned left in ...Read more

Giuliani says Trump should skip next debate

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he wouldn't debate a second time if he were Donald Trump unless there is a significant change.

"If I were Donald Trump I wouldn't participate in another debate unless I was promised that a journalist would act like a journalist and not an incorrect, ignorant fact-checker," the former Republican ...Read more

NRA hits Democrat in Nevada Senate race

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The National Rifle Association dropped $1 million on a new advertisement hitting Nevada Senate Democratic candidate Catherine Cortez Masto as being a repeat of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The ad highlights Reid's leadership in the Senate when he was majority leader and his votes for gun control and for judges who the ad called "anti-gun"...Read more

Walter Shapiro Donald Trump and the second battle of the sexes

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"I also have a much better temperament than she does." -- Donald Trump

In 1973, a trash-talking, over-age, self-described "chauvinist pig" named Bobby Riggs took on Billie Jean King in a tennis match in the Houston Astrodome that was billed as The Battle of the Sexes. King won in straight sets.

History repeated itself Monday in the first one-...Read more

Absences pile up for some House members seeking other offices

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WASHINGTON -- As Labor Day comes and goes, it can be hard for candidates to peel away from the campaign trail to get back to their day jobs -- even if that involves voting as a member of Congress.

House members running for a different office, most of whom are seeking promotions to the Senate, have missed about 10 percent more roll call votes ...Read more

Trump allies move to stem damage from strong Clinton debate

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NEW YORK -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's team scrambled Tuesday to stem the political damage from Democrat Hillary Clinton's wins in early reviews of their first debate.

Both global financial markets and everyday voters in polls said Clinton carried the day in the highly anticipated showdown.

Trump's aides tried to spin the ...Read more

Clinton excels in debate by laying traps on Trump's temperament

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Donald Trump had one job: Don't take the bait.

But he let Hillary Clinton get under his skin minutes into their first presidential debate Tuesday night, first by her suggestion that he owed his success to his father's money, and he only got more agitated as the primetime debate at Hofstra University wore on.

Smiling, serene, egged on by each ...Read more

Fact-checking the first Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate

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IRAQ WAR

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: "Well, I hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard. Donald supported the invasion of Iraq."

Republican nominee Donald Trump: "Wrong."

Clinton: "That is absolutely -- "

Trump: "Wrong."

Clinton: "Proved over and over again."

Trump: "Wrong."

Clinton: "He actually ...Read more

Analysis: Clinton uses gibes and a hold on policy to school Donald Trump

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Donald Trump left the protective bubble of his partisans on Monday and learned a well-established truth about campaigns: The rhetoric that draws rapturous applause at rallies doesn't play as well in the outside world.

The Trump onstage on Monday was the Trump seen every day in his campaign. He used the same language, told the...Read more

In Mexico, they were hoping Clinton would do better

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MEXICO CITY -- Donald Trump has attracted widespread hostility in Mexico for his threats to deport immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the wake of Monday night's presidential debate, some analysts here were disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not do better.

"Clinton wins the debate; ...Read more

The most memorable moments from the first presidential debate

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The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was one of the most anticipated skirmishes in presidential history. It didn't disappoint.

Monday's feisty showdown took on a sprawling range of topics, from free trade to Islamic State to the controversial policing tactic stop-and-frisk. But the face off was -- of course -- colored more ...Read more

The debate as seen through millennials' eyes

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LOS ANGELES -- Unexpected technical errors gave the Monday night presidential debate watch party at the Crest Westwood Theater the feel of a student A/V club production gone horribly wrong.

When Donald Trump's lips were moving, students would hear Hillary Clinton speaking. When it was Clinton's turn to talk, Trump's voice boomed through the ...Read more

Matt Lewis: Somebody had to win. This time it was Clinton

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For an hour and a half Monday night, Donald Trump sniffled and bickered his way through a highly contentious debate. With all the talk of health problems, perhaps it's ironic that Trump was the one who seemed a bit under the weather. And heaven knows we obsess too much over the superficial.

But if Al Gore's audible sighing was an issue, and Dr....Read more

Trump castigates global trade pacts, lawmakers caught in a vice

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WASHINGTON -- Sens. Charles E. Grassley, a cantankerous Midwestern conservative, and Tim Kaine, a paint-by-the-numbers East Coast Democrat, don't agree on very much. But when it comes to free trade, both are very worried.

With Donald Trump castigating global trade pacts from the campaign trail and the United Kingdom's plan to break with the ...Read more

It's in the water: The debate over fluoridation lives on

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Many people take for granted the addition of fluoride into public drinking water systems that aims to prevent tooth decay. It's a seven-decade-old public health effort. But it's not nearly as universally accepted as one might think.

At least seven cities or towns across the country debated it just this summer.

For example, Wellington, Fla., ...Read more

A look at brain science as 5 states vote on legalizing marijuana

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Five states -- California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts -- are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal for recreational use. That has sparked questions about what we know -- and don't know -- about marijuana's effect on the brain.

Research is scarce. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as a ...Read more

Emerging-market assets climb after debate as Mexican peso surges

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BANGKOK -- Emerging-market currencies climbed for the first time in three days, led by Mexico's peso, and stocks gained after the first of three televised U.S. presidential debates.

The peso jumped the most in two months, rebounding from a record low, a sign investors may perceive Hillary Clinton is outperforming Donald Trump in the debate. ...Read more

Trump cites McClatchy in accusing Clinton of birther conspiracy

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump again at Monday night's debate accused a Hillary Clinton ally of spreading the birther rumor about President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign, when Clinton and Obama were competitors.

Trump said that a "highly respected reporter at McClatchy (went) to Kenya to find out" whether Barack Obama was born there.

Obama...Read more

Takeaways from the first presidential debate

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WASHINGTON -- Polls show the presidential race tightening, helping to justify some of the unusual hype surrounding Monday's initial debate between the two candidates. Here are a few things we learned:

-- Hillary Clinton wants to make the election all about Donald Trump.

She attacked him early and often, accusing him of withholding his tax ...Read more

Analysis: Trump and Clinton drop gentility for hostility

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WASHINGTON -- So much for a subdued Donald Trump. So much for Hillary Clinton staying above the fray.

The first presidential debate of 2016 saw both candidates go on attack from the start, with gentility giving way to hostility within moments before what could be the largest TV audience for a debate ever.

Clinton said Trump didn't pay his ...Read more