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Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for the nation's future....

VIEWER'S GUIDE: Trust and temperament key 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....

The Latest: Clinton says Israel's security vital to the US
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):...

Politics, outsider status shield Trump from House oversight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state....

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

WHY IT MATTERS: Jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended....

Donald who? Most N. Koreans don't know, care about US polls
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- With a tightly controlled state media, little access to outside information and a deeply instilled belief that whoever runs the White House is bound to be their sworn enemy, North Koreans aren't expecting much from the U.S. presidential elections - if they know about them at all....

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....

Pentagon chief, an expert on nukes, 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....