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The Latest: Kaine prepares for debate with Pence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:51am

The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (All times EDT):

Brain freeze? Gary Johnson can't name favorite world leader

Josh Lederman and Patrick Mairs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:41am

Call it a brain freeze, another "Aleppo moment," or a mere campaign stumble, but Gary Johnson has stumbled again in his quixotic presidential campaign.

Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:52am

More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.

WHY IT MATTERS: Russia looms as key issue for United States

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:50am

THE ISSUE: Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt.

Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Steve Peoples and Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:31pm

Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest.

Harper still on ballot in attorney general race despite dropping out

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:22pm

Though he announced last week he's no longer running to be Utah's attorney general for medical reasons, Democrat Jon Harper is still officially on the ballot against incumbent Republican Sean Reyes, Utah Democrats said Wednesday.

California governor signs bill dumping rape reporting limit

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:20pm

The emotional stories of women who say they were sexually assaulted more than a decade ago by Bill Cosby prompted California state lawmakers to approve a bill to eliminate the state's 10-year limit on filing rape and related charges.

Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:01pm

In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.

Massive Texas district isn't big enough for either candidate

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:41pm

A West Texas congressional district sprawls 58,000-plus square miles and two time zones, from San Antonio to just outside El Paso. Yet neither the Republican who represents it nor the Democrat trying to reclaim the seat actually lives there.

Clinton and Sanders sell young voters eying third-parties

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:41pm

Appealing to elusive young voters, Hillary Clinton turned to former primary adversary Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to connect with millennials drawn to third-party candidates threatening to act as spoilers in the 2016 campaign.

Michelle Obama says America 'needs an adult' in White House

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:04pm

Michelle Obama told supporters in Philadelphia on Wednesday that candidates don't change once they become president and that America "needs an adult in the White House."

Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:41pm

More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely benefactor, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.

Trump's stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguous

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 12:21pm

Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue. On the other hand, his words — by design or coincidence — mirror the nub of a policy argument the administration is wrestling with in the final months of Barack Obama's presidency.

WHY IT MATTERS: Guns

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:01am

THE ISSUE: The right to bear arms is fundamental to the U.S., carved into the Constitution and seemingly embedded in the national DNA. But after a seemingly endless stretch of violence, Americans are confronting how far those rights extend, propelling gun issues to the forefront of this year's elections.

Unheralded NC Democrat's surge threatens GOP's Burr

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:01am

Little-known former Democratic state legislator Deborah Ross is counting on public anger over the GOP political takeover of North Carolina to help her upset two-term U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a victory that could also help hand control of the U.S. Senate back to Democrats.

In Trump's debate remarks, women hear sexism and bullying

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:20am

When Donald Trump challenged Hillary Clinton's stamina on the debate stage, Pennsylvania voter Patricia Bennett said she heard a "dog whistle" that smacked of unmistakable sexism.

AP-GfK poll: Voters question Clinton health despite reports

Lauran Neergaard and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:20am

The "stamina," the "look": A new poll suggests voters are buying in to Donald Trump's insinuations about Hillary Clinton's health. They're ignoring the medical reports.

The Latest: Clintons mourn 'treasured friend' Shimon Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 9:43pm

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

Correction: Campaign 2016-Debate-Fact Check-Audits story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:01am

In a story Sept. 26 fact-checking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's claims about having his tax returns audited, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the IRS does not use the term "examination" for any kind of formal action. The terms "examination" and "audit" are synonymous.