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Road to debate: Trump built image as he built business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump once claimed to be publicity shy....

Clinton as communicator, from Wellesley to campaign trail
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Clinton has said it herself: She's not the most naturally gifted public communicator....

The Latest: Ryan differs with Trump about black Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Campaign 2016 on the eve of Monday's presidential debate at 9:00 p.m. on MSNBC from Hofstra University (all times local):...

How AP rates the presidential race and the Road to 270
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton continues to hold advantages over Donald Trump in the states she would need to win the presidency in November, but Donald Trump has made gains in some battleground states....

Debate This! If Clinton vs Trump was a sporting event
Almost 46 years to the day after the NFL first staked a claim on Monday night, there's finally a better matchup on another channel....

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....

Clinton team hopes 'birther' flap will motivate black voters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Democrats wasted no time looking for political opportunity after Donald Trump falsely accused Hillary Clinton of starting the rumor that President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S....

AP-GfK poll shows voter distaste for Putin-style leadership
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a leader - unlike what we have in this country."...

How the AP-GfK poll on Vladimir Putin was conducted
The Associated Press-GfK poll on Vladimir Putin and the presidential race was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Sept. 15-19. It is based on online interviews of 1,694 adults, including 1,476 registered voters and 1,251 likely voters, who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel....

Pentagon chief is expert on nukes but says little about them
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As defense secretary to a president who famously envisioned "a world without nuclear weapons," Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them....