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  • Debate scorecard: How Clinton and Trump compared on six key presidential qualities
    Andrew Romano

    Debate scorecard: How Clinton and Trump compared on six key presidential qualities

    You could, if you were so inclined, distill Monday’s marquee clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University to a single iconic incident: Trump sniffling several times per sentence, perhaps, or Clinton debuting a new dance move.

  • Rudy Giuliani: I’d skip future debates if I were Trump
    Michael Walsh

    Rudy Giuliani: I’d skip future debates if I were Trump

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would not participate in the next two presidential debates if he were in Donald Trump’s position — that is, unless the moderators agreed to certain conditions. The outspoken Trump adviser expressed dismay over NBC journalist Lester Holt’s performance moderating the debate Monday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Politico reported. Giuliani was apparently aggrieved by Holt’s attempts to fact-check the Republican candidate on the legality of stop-and-frisk and whether he initially supported the Iraq War.

  • Preparation pays off for Clinton in debate matchup
    Garance Franke Ruta

    Preparation pays off for Clinton in debate matchup

    The contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the debate stage Monday night — preparation vs. swagger — could not have been more stark. In the end, preparation wore better, according to snap polls and focus groups.

  • Clinton campaign takes victory lap after debate
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton campaign takes victory lap after debate

    Well I sure do,” Hillary Clinton told a crowd of supporters at a debate watch party in Westbury, N.Y., Monday night after her hour and a half head-to-head with Donald Trump. Meanwhile, in the “spin room” at Hofstra University, her top staffers were taking a victory lap, calling Trump unprepared and erratic and praising Clinton’s performance to the hundreds of reporters still in the arena. “I think he was totally unprepared for this entire debate,” Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said.

  • Clinton and her campaign stopped just short of calling Trump a ‘racist’ at the debate
    Hunter Walker

    Clinton and her campaign stopped just short of calling Trump a ‘racist’ at the debate

    During their first presidential debate on Monday night, Democrat Hillary Clinton attacked her Republican rival, Donald Trump, for telling what she described as a “birther lie” that was “racist.” While she used the term “racist” to characterize Trump’s past comments, both Clinton and one of her top aides did not employ the word to describe Trump as a man. Trump spent several years raising questions about the debunked “birther” conspiracy theories claiming President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. Earlier this month, Trump said he no longer has questions about Obama’s origins after ducking the subject in an interview, embroiling his campaign in new controversy. At the debate, Trump argued he did a “good job” handling the issue and credited himself with pushing Obama to release his birth certificate.

  • Lester Holt tries, with mixed success, to fact-check the debates
    Lisa Belkin

    Lester Holt tries, with mixed success, to fact-check the debates

    After a week of debate over whether the moderator of the first presidential debate should fact-check answers in addition to asking questions, Lester Holt’s answer was to try, but not always succeed. More than half a dozen times during the debate, Holt interrupted to question a candidate — on all but one occasion, Donald Trump — who he said had gone off track. Holt’s most combative interaction with Trump was over whether the Republican nominee had supported the war in Iraq — which, not coincidentally, was what Lauer was strongly criticized for not challenging.

  • Trump claims his ‘strongest asset’ is ‘my temperament’
    Olivier Knox

    Trump claims his ‘strongest asset’ is ‘my temperament’

    Donald Trump — the brash, tough-talking candidate who memorably mocked his Republican primary opponents with derisive nicknames — declared in his first debate with Hillary Clinton on Monday that his strongest asset, “maybe by far,” is his temperament. “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament.

  • Trump avoids Bill Clinton’s scandals ‘out of respect for Chelsea’
    Jerry Adler and Hunter Walker

    Trump avoids Bill Clinton’s scandals ‘out of respect for Chelsea’

    Going into Monday night’s presidential debate, there was much speculation about whether Donald Trump would raise former President Bill Clinton’s history with women. In the spin room afterwards, Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker asked Trump if he was “tempted” to raise the topic, as he has done repeatedly on the campaign trial. “I was, but I decided not to do it out of respect for Chelsea,” Trump replied.

  • Lester Holt calls out Donald Trump on stop and frisk in NYC
    Holly Bailey

    Lester Holt calls out Donald Trump on stop and frisk in NYC

    Donald Trump reiterated his call for a national stop-and-frisk policy to curb crime in the nation’s inner cities, insisting that African-Americans and Hispanics are “living in hell” because of gun violence. “No, you’re wrong,” Trump interrupted.

  • Diverse cast of characters helped the candidates spin ahead of the debate
    Hunter Walker

    Diverse cast of characters helped the candidates spin ahead of the debate

    A motley crew of allies and aides for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, appeared in the spin room ahead of their first debate, at Hofstra University on Monday night. Boxing promoter Don King has hit the trail for Trump with an argument aimed at minorities and women who are “left outs” in our society. “Trump brings a refreshing breeze to the climate by beating out the system, which is the really problem in this country … pitting black against white, brown against yellow,” King said.

  • Trump boasts at debate that he did ‘good job’ on birther issue
    Liz Goodwin

    Trump boasts at debate that he did ‘good job’ on birther issue

    Hillary Clinton sharply criticized Donald Trump for pushing a “racist birther lie” about President Obama during a heated exchange at Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Moderator Lester Holt asked Trump to explain his years-long campaign supporting the conspiracy theory questioning Obama’s citizenship and birthplace. “I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job,” Trump said.

  • Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump exchange fierce blows to kick off debate
    Liz Goodwin

    Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump exchange fierce blows to kick off debate

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded blows on a host of topics in the opening hour of the first presidential debate Monday, with Clinton pinning Trump on his refusal to release his tax returns and Trump painting Clinton as an ineffective politician with no fresh ideas. Debate moderator Lester Holt asked Trump why he’s broken with tradition in not releasing his tax returns.

  • Presidential debate live updates: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump face off at Hofstra
    Yahoo News Staff

    Presidential debate live updates: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump face off at Hofstra

    Campaign rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off on Monday for the first of three general-election presidential debates, in what is predicted to be one of the most-watched moments in modern political history. And we will be there live!

  • Photos of the day - September 26, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day - September 26, 2016

    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched its own weather satellite SCATSAT-1; mementos are left at a makeshift memorial created by fans mourning the death due to a boating accident of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez; and, “Avenue Q” hosts a town hall with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump puppets. These are just a few of the photos of the day for September 26, 2016. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Investigation of shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at hands of Charlotte police
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Investigation of shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at hands of Charlotte police

    Dotch told “GMA” this morning that the partial video of the encounter Tuesday between Scott and Charlotte police which the police department released Saturday “left us with more questions than with answers” about the shooting. Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, released some of the police department’s tapes of the fatal shooting of Scott on Saturday, and Police Chief Kerr Putney said more footage will come later.

  • Debate marks latest bump in Mark Cuban and Donald Trump’s roller-coaster relationship
    Colin Campbell

    Debate marks latest bump in Mark Cuban and Donald Trump’s roller-coaster relationship

    Mark Cuban speaks during a moderated conversation at the graduation of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Donald Trump and Mark Cuban’s on-again, off-again relationship is set to reach its nadir at Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., where Cuban will apparently try to rattle Trump by sitting in the front row. Cuban, now a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, tweeted last week that he had received a ticket to watch the first debate.

  • Preparations for the presidential debate at Hofstra University
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Preparations for the presidential debate at Hofstra University

    Preparations are underway for tonight's presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump will face off at 9 p.m. ET for their first in a series of three debates ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Here’s a look. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Grieving the death of José Fernández
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Grieving the death of José Fernández

    Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out. Fernandez’s heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

  • Here’s what people are betting on for the big debate
    Dylan Stableford

    Here’s what people are betting on for the big debate

    Will Donald Trump call Hillary Clinton "crooked"? Will moderator Lester Holt ask Trump about his evolution on the "birther" conspiracy? What color pantsuit will Clinton wear? For political junkies who are feeling lucky, betting on the answers to those questions — and plenty of others — is underway.

  • Shooting at a strip mall in Houston
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Shooting at a strip mall in Houston

    Several people were injured by a shooter in Houston, Texas, on Monday and the suspect was shot by police officers, the Houston Police Department said on its Twitter feed. Local media reports said the incident took place by a strip mall, where the gunman was firing upon vehicles. People who were shot by the suspect were transported to area hospitals and the exact extent of their injuries was not yet known, Houston police said.

  • Donald Trump’s new campaign-trail discipline is about to be tested at debate
    Holly Bailey

    Donald Trump’s new campaign-trail discipline is about to be tested at debate

    Donald Trump has long bragged he can act presidential if he wants to. And, over the last month — with a few exceptions here and there — he has set aside his stream-of-consciousness politicking in favor of a more controlled message.

  • Photos of the day - September 25, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day - September 25, 2016

    A woman looks out from a door during a protest in Srinagar against the recent killings in the Kashmir region; women dressed in traditional attire take part in rehearsals for Garba in Ahmedabad; and investigators look at an overturned boat in which Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people killed. These are some of the photos of the day. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Head of Commission on Presidential Debates: It’s not the moderator’s job to fact-check
    Dylan Stableford

    Head of Commission on Presidential Debates: It’s not the moderator’s job to fact-check

    Hostra University students playing the roles of the candidates and moderator go through a rehearsal for the first presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sunday. On the eve of the first presidential debate of the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Sunday that she doesn’t believe moderators should fact-check the candidates. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica,” Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said in an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources” from Hofstra University, where Monday’s debate, moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, will be held.

  • Warplanes pound Aleppo
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Warplanes pound Aleppo

    The United States accused Russia of “barbarism” in Syria on Sunday as warplanes supporting Syrian government forces pounded Aleppo and Moscow said ending the civil war was almost “impossible”.

  • Clinton campaign launches early voting drive in Latino churches
    Liz Goodwin

    Clinton campaign launches early voting drive in Latino churches

    The Clinton campaign is launching a church-based voter mobilization drive aimed at Latinos called “Fe en Nuestro Voto,” or Faith in our Vote, this month in at least nine states. Sen. Tim Kaine will lead a roundtable with faith leaders in Orlando Monday to kick off the program aimed at boosting turnout among Latinos, who overwhelmingly back Hillary Clinton over her rival Donald Trump but have historically turned out in lower numbers than white or black voters. In Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Nevada and North Carolina, Clinton campaign organizers will descend upon Latino churches and encourage parishioners to register to vote during “Domingos de Acción” — Sundays of action.