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  • 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 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.

  • 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 yearslong 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.

  • Donald Trump's sniffling distracts debate watchers
    Jerry Adler

    Donald Trump's sniffling distracts debate watchers

    Hillary Clinton’s health has been an issue in the campaign, at least since her bout of pneumonia two weeks ago. But in the first few minutes of the debate, Donald Trump was audibly sniffing in the middle of his answers — sometimes several times in a sentence.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Clinton campaign launches early voting drive in Latino churches

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, meets with people at an event to speak with young immigrants, or so-called “dreamers” and their families at a campaign office Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. 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.

  • New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton for president
    Michael Walsh

    New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    The New York Times published a resounding endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday — in the hope that it will persuade readers who are reluctant to cast a vote for another Clinton. The paper’s editorial board explained that in any normal election year, it would compare the candidates on the issues side by side, but that it would be a fruitless endeavor this time around. “A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway,” the board wrote.

  • Donald Trump’s original apprentice, Louise Sunshine, recalls her ‘magical’ years and the not-so-happy ending
    Lisa Belkin

    Donald Trump’s original apprentice, Louise Sunshine, recalls her ‘magical’ years and the not-so-happy ending

    Louise Sunshine, a powerful real estate developer who worked for Donald Trump for 15 years, starting in the ’70s, and rose to executive vice resident of the Trump Organization. Louise Sunshine entered Donald Trump’s orbit when she secured a vanity license plate for him. It was 1974, and Sunshine was the treasurer of the New York State Democratic Committee under the newly elected governor, Hugh Carey, to whom Trump was a significant donor.

  • Let’s go to the tape: Clinton and Trump’s top 10 debate moments
    Jerry Adler

    Let’s go to the tape: Clinton and Trump’s top 10 debate moments

    One of the largest audiences in the history of presidential debates — perhaps the largest ever — is expected to watch when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face each other for the first time on the same stage. Clinton has a debate history that includes not just her appearances with Bernie Sanders in this cycle, but her epic confrontations with Barack Obama in 2008, all the way back to her campaign for United States senator in 2000. Trump built his winning primary campaign in large measure on his performance in a dozen debates against nine or more rivals since entering the race in 2015.

  • ‘This is a peaceful masjid’: Muslims in Elizabeth, N.J., gather for Friday prayer after resident accused of bombings
    Caitlin Dickson

    ‘This is a peaceful masjid’: Muslims in Elizabeth, N.J., gather for Friday prayer after resident accused of bombings

    Nearly 200 people gathered at the Muslim Community Center of Union County Friday afternoon for the first jumah prayer — Islam’s largest weekly gathering — since Elizabeth resident Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested in connection to mostly unsuccessful bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey last weekend. Like Faisal, the suspect’s father, Mohammad Rahami, is a longtime member of MCCUC, and is known to pray regularly at the red brick mosque, which sits on the leafy corner of a charming, residential enclave less than two miles from Elizabeth’s gritty downtown.

  • Cruz backs Trump after bitter primary
    Jon Ward

    Cruz backs Trump after bitter primary

    Ted Cruz swallowed his pride and accepted political reality Friday, announcing on Facebook that he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Nov. 8. Cruz stopped short of offering a full-throated endorsement. By releasing a written statement Friday afternoon he was able to parse the issue more than if he had made his announcement at a Saturday speaking engagement scheduled in his home state of Texas.

  • Obama vetoes 9/11 lawsuit bill, triggers override fight
    Olivier Knox

    Obama vetoes 9/11 lawsuit bill, triggers override fight

    President Obama speaks at a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2016. Risking an election-year public backlash, President Obama on Friday vetoed popular but controversial legislation allowing the relatives of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. Obama’s rejection of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) sets up what seems likely to be the first-ever successful congressional vote to override his veto.

  • U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin
    Michael Isikoff

    U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin

    Carter Page speaks at the graduation ceremony for the New Economic School in Moscow in July. U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue. The activities of Trump adviser Carter Page, who has extensive business interests in Russia, have been discussed with senior members of Congress during recent briefings about suspected efforts by Moscow to influence the presidential election, the sources said.

  • Inside the bizarre $1 million Russian novel behind Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’
    Michael B. Kelley

    Inside the bizarre $1 million Russian novel behind Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

    Oliver Stone’s blockbuster biopic about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden owes its existence to Snowden’s Russian lawyer and his strange novel. In January 2014, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena proposed that Stone make a Hollywood film based on “Time of the Octopus,” which is based on discussions with Snowden at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Kucherena invited Stone to Russia and provided him with an English translation. “I once heard [Stone’s] stance on Snowden and realized that if someone is able to adequately tell the story and film the book, he is the only one,” Kucherena said last year.

  • Man hugs police in riot gear at Charlotte protests
    Caitlin Dickson

    Man hugs police in riot gear at Charlotte protests

    On the third night of demonstrations in Charlotte, N.C., one man attempted to diffuse tension between police and protesters with hugs and was heckled by the crowd. Thursday night’s gathering in Charlotte was the most peaceful night of protests in Charlotte since demonstrations over the Fatal police shooting of Keith Scott erupted into violence on Tuesday. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard to help local police, who deployed tear gas Wednesday night after protesters started blocking interstate traffic, looting local businesses and throwing bottles at cars.

  • Katie Couric interview with Tim Kaine – Behind the scenes
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Katie Couric interview with Tim Kaine – Behind the scenes

    Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric caught up with Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, following a rally the Clinton-Kaine campaign held there as part of an ongoing effort to energize young voters on behalf of the Democratic ticket. Here's a look from behind the scenes. (Photographs by Renée C. Byer for Yahoo News) See the interview by Couric and story by Amy Sullivan/Yahoo News. _____ See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumbl