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As Clinton focuses on debate, Trump says he'd champion women

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is arguing that he'll do more to help women from the White House than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. At the same time, he's taunting her over the infidelities of her husband.

Clinton, Trump to meet separately with Israel PM Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are meeting separately with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday in sessions that could set the tone for relations between the allied countries during the next presidential administration.

Analysis: A primer on Clinton and Trump as debaters

Analysis: She comes prepared, he keeps everyone guessing.

First of hundreds of jurors report in church shooting trial

Hundreds of potential jurors will report to the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, in the coming days as the jury selection begins in the trial of a white man charged in deaths of nine black church parishioners.

Key government witness to return to stand in bridge trial

The government's star witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case is set to return to the witness stand in the federal trial of two former allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Early voting set to begin in Wisconsin's largest cities

Early in-person voting is set to begin in Wisconsin's two biggest cities.

WHY IT MATTERS: Clinton, Trump present voters clear choice

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign.


Both parties hope to boost turnout as early voting begins in Minn.
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Voting began Friday in Minnesota, one of the earliest states in the nation.

Sen. Franken joins Sen. Rand Paul in pushing to halt Saudi arms sales
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Sen. Franken joins Sen. Rand Paul in pushing to halt Saudi arms sales


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…


A look at the battle for the U.S. House

The ability of the next president to fulfill campaign promises could depend on which party has control of Congress.


A look at the battle for the U.S. Senate

The ability of the next president to fulfill campaign promises could depend on which party has control of Congress.


Presidential debate could serve up 'drama and fireworks'

The uniquely uncivil presidential campaign is about to produce one of the biggest civic gatherings in decades: For 90 minutes on Monday night, a polarized…


Senate Minority Leader David Hann has battle ahead for re-election

His DFL challenger, Steve Cwodzinski, is a political newcomer but is well-known in Eden Prairie, where he was a popular high school teacher for more than three decades.


Plenty of opportunities to join others to watch the big debate

Feeling nervous about Monday night's first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? It's OK, you're not alone. And you don't have to watch…


Obamas officially open new black history museum

The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open.


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…


Hillary Clinton's 'Between Two Ferns' episode viewed 30M times in 24 hours

"I really regret doing this," Hillary Clinton says in a recent episode of "Between Two Ferns." It has proven to be one of the most popular installments of the Funny or Die comedy video website yet.


Staffing shortage blamed for three-month backlog of Minnesota auto titles

The Department of Public Safety's Driver and Vehicle Services Division says it is offering voluntary overtime to employees and hiring temporary help.