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Why tonight's debate is most critical moment of campaigns

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

It takes a certain sort of magic for a presidential debate to shift a race, it seems, some weird alchemy combining ingredients like viewership and mistakes and perceptions and medium. It's almost never about policy.

Investors join call for North Carolina to repeal LGBT law

Some 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets joined the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

Judges delay Menendez decision pending Supreme Court appeal

A federal appeals court has delayed any court action against U.S. Sen Bob Menendez of New Jersey while he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Live: What to expect in tonight's debate

Star Tribune staffers provide real-time analysis of the first presidential debate and reaction from around the Web.

The Latest: Yosemite park superintendent apologizes to staff

The Latest on claims of harassment by employees of the National Park Service (all times local):

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Alabama's felon voting rights ban

A federal lawsuit is challenging Alabama's policy of stripping convicted felons' of their right to vote.

Judge: Ex-sailors convicted of rape, murder are innocent

Two former sailors convicted of rape and murder nearly two decades ago are innocent, a federal judge said Monday, adding the "no sane human being" could find the men guilty.


Signs can go wild during election season

If you were waiting to put up 50-foot billboards in your yard proclaiming the imminent arrival of extraterrestrials, your moment has arrived. Election season means…

Rep. Keith Ellison, former Bernie supporter, to spin for Clinton at debate
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Rep. Keith Ellison, former Bernie supporter, to spin for Clinton at debate


Tracking presidential polls in Minnesota

See how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have fared in every major survey of Minnesota voters since the beginning of the campaign.


Signs can go wild during election season

If you were waiting to put up 50-foot billboards in your yard proclaiming the imminent arrival of extraterrestrials, your moment has arrived. Election season means…


5 things to watch at Clinton-Trump debate; starts at 8 p.m.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet Monday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., for their first presidential debate — the face-to-face culmination of months…


5 things to know about debate moderator Lester Holt

Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News” will moderate Monday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Previous moderators have advised this year’s questioners…


Pre-debate guessing game: Will the first also be the last?

Before the debate comes the pre-debate. And in 2016, the pre-debate — titillating the politerati and network executives alike — goes something like this: Will…


Rep. Keith Ellison, former Bernie supporter, to spin for Clinton at debate

Rep. Keith Ellison, former Bernie supporter, to spin for Clinton at debate


Sen. Klobuchar raps to 'Hamilton' producer, requests show go to MN

Sen. Klobuchar raps to "Hamilton" producer, requests show go to MN


Gennifer Flowers not invited to presidential debate after all

Trump's reference to Bill Clinton affair underscores his own history of infidelity


Analysis: A primer on Clinton and Trump as debaters

Analysis: She comes prepared, he keeps everyone guessing.


Televised debates can change the race

A witty line, an emotional moment or a glaring error can be the difference between winning a high-stakes presidential debate and losing. These unpredictable, nationally…