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After debate, Trump visits with the Hispanics who seem to like him most

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MIAMI -- If Donald Trump got the sort of reception from all Hispanics as he did Tuesday in Miami, he might have the election in the bag.

Trump's brief visit to Little Havana, billed as a town hall-style meeting with Latinos, turned into a love fest in which no one asked a single question. Instead, one by one, five fervent supporters lavished ...Read more

Candidates' attacks turn more personal after the debate

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The presidential race ventured deeper into profoundly personal territory Tuesday as Hillary Clinton seized on Donald Trump's criticism of a former beauty queen and the Republican indicated he would step up his attacks on her husband's infidelities.

Trying to rebound from a rocky performance at Monday's first presidential ...Read more

What does Trump do now to come back in the next debate?

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WASHINGTON -- What does Donald Trump do now?

The general consensus among the media, debate experts and various Republicans outside his core following was that Hillary Clinton won their first presidential debate Monday night.

She was prepared, disciplined and didn't yield to his hectoring. Trump was just the opposite and, though he denied it, ...Read more

We're this much closer to a government shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected a stopgap funding bill proposed by Republicans that included funds to combat Zika, edging the federal government closer to a shutdown.

The federal government will shut down if Congress doesn't pass a bill to maintain current funding levels by Friday.

Democrats complained that the Republicans' ...Read more

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has one of the worst voting records in the House

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WASHINGTON -- California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has nearly the worst attendance record in the U.S. House of Representatives as she campaigns to replace Barbara Boxer in the Senate -- missing more than 44 percent of the votes since July.

Sanchez, a Democrat, has missed more votes than all but two of the 431 other serving members of the House over ...Read more

Spending bill to avert shutdown is blocked in Senate, but compromise likely by week's end

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WASHINGTON -- Faced with a week's-end deadline to keep government funds flowing, the Senate on Tuesday blocked a stopgap spending measure amid partisan fighting over aid to victims of the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

But both sides predicted a government shutdown was unlikely, and final passage was still expected by Friday, when funding for ...Read more

Analysis: The most striking thing missing from Hofstra's debate stage

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The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates, established in 1987, uses a stock, reconfigurable stage design, a kit of sober-looking parts, for each of its nationally televised events. Monday night this portable backdrop was reassembled inside Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.: blue carpet ...Read more

Senate Democrats upend government funding over Flint

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. Senate upended votes on a short-term measure funding the government past Oct. 1 on Tuesday, objecting that it contained help for flood victims in Louisiana but failed to provide assurances that money to replace old lead water pipes in Flint, Mich., would be forthcoming as well.

The two roll calls on the floor...Read more

FBI gave Clinton aide limited immunity to see laptop, Comey says

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WASHINGTON -- A former top aide to Hillary Clinton was given limited immunity as part of the FBI's investigation into the use of a private email system so investigators could get access to the staffer's laptop, agency Director James Comey told a Senate committee.

The Justice Department gave Cheryl Mills what's known as "active production ...Read more

In Raleigh, Hillary Clinton blasts Trump's debate performance

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a capacity crowd at Wake Tech Community College's gym Tuesday afternoon -- her first public appearance following Monday's debate with Republican Donald Trump.

The audience cheered as she mentioned the debate.

"Did anybody see that debate last night?" she said. "Oh yes ...Read more

Giuliani calls Clinton 'too stupid' to be president because she didn't know of her husband's affair

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Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani labeled Hillary Clinton "too stupid to be president" because she did not know about her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Giuliani, a top surrogate for Republican nominee Donald Trump, castigated Clinton for what he said was an effort to shame Lewinsky, then an intern, following the exposure of ...Read more

In North Carolina, Hillary Clinton tees off on Donald Trump and taxes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hillary Clinton is ramping up her attacks on Donald Trump's tax history after the Republican candidate said his ability to avoid paying any federal income taxes in some years showed he was "smart."

Speaking at a community college here in the battleground state of North Carolina, Clinton said Trump was using his campaign to ...Read more

Gender played a bigger role in the presidential debate than you think

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Did he call her "secretary" as a sign of respect or condescension? What about the interruptions? And the matter of her looks or lack of stamina? And then there was "Miss Piggy."

Questions about gender ran throughout Monday night's general election presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the first ever ...Read more

Trump's debate assertions on NYC crime don't jibe with the stats

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NEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump got it wrong during Monday night's presidential debate when he credited stop-and-frisk police tactics for New York's two-decade trend of lower crime, and asserted that murders increased in the two years since the city curtailed the practice.

NYPD statistics show the city where Trump ...Read more

Cruz says he offered to aid Trump campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he will do whatever he can to defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, including campaigning for Donald Trump and helping with debate preparation.

Cruz has been criticized for refusing to endorse Trump during the party's convention in July before offering one on Friday.

"If I were ...Read more

After debate, Clinton falters among some focus group voters in North Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kae Roberts and Jay Eardly were leaning toward Hillary Clinton before Monday night's debate.

By the end, they had both pulled away.

John Kokos and Hank Federal were undecided going in, potential Clinton backers.

By the end, they'd ruled her out.

Indeed, while polls found that Clinton had won the first general election ...Read more

Black Caucus members slam Trump's debate performance

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WASHINGTON -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump for his debate performance, particularly his views on criminal justice and for continuing to peddle untruths about President Barack Obama's birthplace.

Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the CBC's political action committee, criticized Trump for his statements ...Read more

What the debate looked like to these Iowa voters

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans in the capital of this battleground state watched the first presidential debate with the intensity of fans at a Super Bowl game.

The state's residents and its six electoral votes are crucial in the 2016 race for the White House, where polls show a tight race in a state that went for President Barack Obama in the last ...Read more

Clinton says she's already looking forward to 2nd debate

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A confident Hillary Clinton said she enjoyed Monday's leadoff presidential debate so much that Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks came to mind: "Let's play two!"

Speaking to reporters aboard her campaign plane before departing for a rally in Raleigh, N.C., the Democratic nominee said she was already looking forward to the ...Read more

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