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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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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

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

Clinton and Trump, who disagree sharply on gun rights, seem to agree on 'no fly, no buy' restriction

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WASHINGTON -- One of the starkest differences on policy that exists between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on guns, specifically what limitations there should be on gun ownership and the role of Congress and the courts in establishing clear guidelines.

And so it was rather striking to find that the two candidates seemed to agree on at ...Read more

Secretary of State Kerry meets for the first time with firebrand president of Venezuela

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CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday held his first meeting with the firebrand president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, whose country is mired in a humanitarian and political crisis.

The two men met on the margins of the signing here of a landmark peace pact ending Colombia's decades-old civil war.

Maduro, who took ...Read more

California man gets 30 years for trying to join Islamic State

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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A man convicted of conspiring to help Islamic State militants after he was caught as he attempted to board a plane to the Middle East was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said Nader Elhuzayel's repeated calls for martyrdom in his communications made him "especially dangerous."

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It's been two years since 43 Mexican students disappeared, and it is still a mystery

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MEXICO CITY -- Two years after 43 Mexican college students vanished in the southwestern city of Iguala, the case remains a grisly mystery and a dark stain on the administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The public anger was on display Monday -- the anniversary of the presumed mass killing -- in Mexico City, where thousands of ...Read more

No, being audited does not prevent Donald Trump from releasing his tax returns

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Donald Trump returned to a familiar excuse for not releasing his tax returns Monday night: He is under a "routine audit."

But the Internal Revenue Service has said that nothing precludes someone under audit from releasing his or her tax returns.

In the debate, Trump said much information could be gleaned by the financial disclosures he ...Read more

Trump is still Trump in first debate and Clinton doesn't take the bait

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came to their first debate Monday night, each armed with a full arsenal of facts, provocations and precooked one-liners.

Their face-off at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island, the first of three, came as the race tightens considerably.

The task for Clinton, the Democrat, was to avoid ...Read more