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Campaigns differ on whether debate moderator should challenge lies

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WASHINGTON -- Campaign managers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagreed Sunday on whether the moderator of Monday night's debate, NBC's Lester Holt, should challenge false assertions by the candidates.

NBC took flak after Matt Lauer, co-anchor of "Today," questioned Trump and Clinton at a form Sept. 7.

Critics blasted Lauer for not ...Read more

Trump and Netanyahu discuss border fence, status of Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON ––Donald Trump "discussed at length Israel's successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders" during a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump's campaign said.

Trump's proposal to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico to confront illegal immigration has become a ...Read more

Scope of Trump's lies are unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate

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MIAMI -- Donald Trump says taxes in the United States are higher than almost anywhere else on Earth. They're not.

He says he opposed the Iraq war from the start. He didn't.

Now, after years of spreading the lie that President Barack Obama was born in Africa, Trump says Hillary Clinton did it first (untrue) and that he's the one who put the ...Read more

New York Times endorses Clinton for president

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WASHINGTON ––The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying the Democrat's "record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas" represent the best choice to tackle the challenges the U.S. faces.

"Running down the other guy won't suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she ...Read more

Union women aren't so pro-Trump in Rust Belt

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NEW YORK -- Tammy Geanangel, a heavy equipment operator, didn't hold back when she heard three men talking about their support for Donald Trump over breakfast at a restaurant in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

"I called them out," said Geanangel, 50, an organizer for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 in nearby Western Pennsylvania, ...Read more

Trump Hotels to pay New York $50,000 over data breaches

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NEW YORK-- Trump Hotel Collection agreed to pay $50,000 in fines and strengthen security measures after data breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit-card numbers and other personal information, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday.

Banks analyzing hundreds of fraudulent credit-card transactions in May 2015 tracked the last ...Read more

Florida man arrested in theft of Trump statue

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A Coral Gables, Fla., man wanted for the theft of a naked Donald Trump statue in Wynwood turned himself in to police Friday, but refused to speak and invoked the Fifth Amendment, police said.

Pedro A. Rodriguez, a graffiti guide with a history of minor criminal acts, refused to tell police if he stole the sculpture. He wouldn't even say if he ...Read more

Federal judge questions former Rep. Fattah's quest for a new trial

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's push to overturn his conviction on corruption-related charges was met Friday with tough questioning from the federal judge who presided over his trial.

Lawyers for Fattah leaned heavily on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to vacate the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell --...Read more

Charlotte unrest could help Trump in key swing state

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WASHINGTON -- Charlotte's turmoil has the potential to be Donald Trump's gain.

Trump's tough-guy "law and order" talk has strong appeal to white voters in North Carolina, a state crucial to his presidential hopes.

"A law and order campaign has potential for Trump," said Jason Husser, director of the Elon University Poll in North Carolina.

...Read more

In debate preparations, Clinton is cramming and Trump is riffing

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WASHINGTON -- Ask Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump how they are preparing for the debate Monday that could upend the presidential race, and they might just change the subject.

Their aides, of course, are handing them briefing books detailing where the cameras will be placed and what the price of milk is. They're studying each other's hand ...Read more

More Clinton emails to be released by State Department

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WASHINGTON -- The State Department told a federal judge Friday it found 5,600 work-related emails from a disk of deleted messages recovered from the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, raising the possibility of further disclosures on a subject that has dogged the Democrat's presidential bid.

The judge ordered ...Read more

Cruz backs his former bitter rival Trump, saying Clinton must be defeated

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Sen. Ted Cruz announced Friday that he is backing GOP nominee Donald Trump for the presidency, setting aside their bitter rivalry because, he said, Hillary Clinton must be defeated.

"Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only ...Read more

Trump keeps debate prep secret to build drama, get in Clinton's head

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter King was with Donald Trump in New York recently when the Republican presidential candidate suddenly said he had to leave.

"I was with him about a week ago and he said, 'I think I'm going to do some debate preparation today,'" said King, a Republican from New York's Long Island. "I don't know what that meant or where he ...Read more

Hillary Clinton campaign wants debate moderator to correct any lies

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With the first of three presidential debates around the corner, Hillary Clinton's campaign is urging moderators to quickly correct any lies from Donald Trump.

"This is the role of the moderator ... to call out those lies, and do it in real time," said Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, on a Friday conference call with ...Read more

How Trump is poised to drive Clinton 'crazy' in debate

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Hillary Clinton has to prepare for two different Donald Trumps at the first presidential debate Monday.

There's the scripted opponent who stays on message. And there's the brash showman who says whatever he wants.

Clinton has spent much of the week getting ready for what her aides call the biggest moment of the general ...Read more

Mike Lee crosses name off Trump's Supreme Court list

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's reported list of more potential Supreme Court picks includes Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah -- who has been critical of the GOP presidential nominee and declined to endorse him.

Lee's office was quick to cross his name off Trump's list, first reported Friday by NBC News.

"Trump did not speak to Lee about this," a...Read more

Clinton has lead but is vulnerable on trust, connection with voters

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton heads into the first presidential debate with a 7-point lead over Donald Trump, but doubts among voters about her trustworthiness and stamina are keeping Trump in the race, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

"You wouldn't bet for Clinton," said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public ...Read more

Undecided voters are proving a tough sell for Clinton and Trump

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Craig Bell isn't much thrilled with having to choose between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

When the 55-year-old software engineer from Columbus, Ohio, tunes in to Monday night's debate between the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, what he sees will be as important as what he hears.

"I don't know how to say ...Read more

White House to Congress: It's on you to avoid another shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans negotiating a stopgap spending measure to avoid another government shutdown say the White House has been AWOL from the talks, igniting another round of debate about President Barack Obama's role in high-stakes Capitol Hill dealmaking.

Government funding is slated to run out at midnight on Oct. 1. In 2013, another ...Read more

Voters think Trump has more stamina than Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- If stamina is the deciding factor in the race between two of the oldest candidates ever for the White House, Donald Trump is winning.

Likely voters by 53-39 think Trump has more physical stamina for the job than Hillary Clinton, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. Overall, Clinton leads Trump in the election race by 48-41 in...Read more