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WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:30pm

THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

Clinton camp preparing for possibility Trump won't concede

Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:20pm

Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.

The Latest: Trump to lay out closing arguments in Gettysburg

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:30pm

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

Trump attorneys seek to bar his campaign comments at trial

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:42pm

In an unusual legal maneuver, Donald Trump's attorneys have asked a federal judge to exclude any statements made by or about the Republican nominee during the presidential campaign from his upcoming civil trial over the now-defunct Trump University.

Early voting: Democrats show strength in key battlegrounds

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:11pm

Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.

The Latest: Ex-California lawmaker gets prison in bribe case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:01pm

The Latest on the sentencing of former California state Sen. Ron Calderon (all times local):

3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 3:01pm

Oklahoma and at least two other states said Friday that they have denied efforts by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the election, requests the U.S. State Department's spokesman dismissed as "nothing more than a PR stunt."

Disgraced yet adored ex-mayor waging write-in campaign

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:52pm

Sipping a tea latte in the window of a Baltimore mall, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, whose long political career was derailed by a fraud conviction, waved at a seemingly never-ending stream of admirers.

Pence again finds himself as Donald Trump's clean-up man

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:31pm

It's become a familiar routine for Mike Pence.

Best and worst jokes from Trump, Clinton at white-tie affair

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:33pm

Every four years, the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is meant to be a campaign cease-fire, when the presidential nominees share the stage a final time before Election Day and trade warm-hearted jokes.

7 Obama ideas from 2008 that came to fruition

Carter Williams  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:14pm

While the U.S. is in the process to elect President Barack Obama's successor next month, it’s also a reminder of all the accomplishments from the last eight years. Several of those accomplishments came from ideas from his platform in 2008.

Hacked emails: Clinton pushed for charity meeting in Morocco

Stephen Braun and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:10am

Hacked emails reveal internal disagreement among top aides to Hillary Clinton about her determination to hold a Clinton Foundation summit in Morocco that later drew attention over its reliance on large financial pledges from foreign governments.

Trump, Clinton spending furiously as Election Day nears

Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 8:10am

Defying his notorious stinginess, Donald Trump more than doubled his campaign spending last month compared to August. He burned through roughly $70 million as his standing in polls and among fellow Republicans dropped.

Trump, Clinton trade caustic barbs as roast turns bitter

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10am

The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside.

After rejecting Trump, McCain navigates tough GOP path

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:40am

In his pursuit of a sixth term, Republican Sen. John McCain reluctantly stood by Donald Trump for months despite personal insults and the bombastic businessman's string of controversial claims.

AP FACT CHECK: Sharp contrast between Gore in 2000 and Trump

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:30am

Donald Trump, who's railed for months about a "rigged" political system, used the final presidential debate to defiantly say he won't decide until the election ends whether he will accept its results.

White supremacist David Duke qualifies for Senate debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 4:10pm

White supremacist David Duke has qualified for a televised debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.

Pentagon identifies American killed in Iraq on Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:01pm

The Pentagon has identified the American killed in Iraq on Thursday as a 34-year-old Navy chief petty officer named Jason C. Finan.

Anti-Trump column pulled from Liberty U student newspaper

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:13pm

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. had a student's sports column pulled from the school's newspaper because it focused on vulgar comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the notion of "locker room talk."