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Eyeing narrow margins, Clinton campaign tries to keep voters from going over to third parties

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:25:00 PDT

With polls showing a tightening presidential race, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is playing defense against third-party candidates to keep them from widening Donald Trump’s path to victory.

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein are drawing enough support, particularly from...


In a first, Congress rebukes Obama with veto override of 9/11 bill

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:20:00 PDT

Brushing aside White House warnings about national security, Congress moved decisively Wednesday to override a presidential veto — for the first time in the Obama administration — of a bill that will allow 9/11 families to sue the Saudi Arabian government for damages.

Supporters say it will give...


Congress' stopgap spending measure on track with deal on water aid for Flint, Mich.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:05:00 PDT

Congress was poised to avert a government shutdown after the Senate approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday, following a tentative deal on emergency funds for victims of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Final votes in the House were expected late Wednesday evening before funds for the government...


Kerry warns that U.S. may suspend cooperation with Russia in Syria

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 PDT

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday threatened to suspend U.S. cooperation with Russia concerning the conflict in Syria, following heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in the divided city of Aleppo.

The warning signaled growing frustration and anger in the Obama...


Obama's former Supreme Court lawyer, Donald Verrilli, joins L.A. law firm

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 PDT

Former U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who successfully defended President Obama’s healthcare plan before the Supreme Court, is joining the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Verrilli, 59, will lead the firm’s new Washington office.

“This firm has an extraordinary reputation,...


In wake of bombing, New Yorkers are increasingly seeing threats in the trash left on the street

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:50:00 PDT

One of the suspicious objects turned out to be a typewriter. Another was a bundle of cardboard tubes from rolls of paper towels. There was a battery charger. A discarded modem. A stool. An empty suitcase.

Then there was the strange object found on 27th Street that was made out of a pressure cooker....


Trump tries to echo Reagan, but leaves out an essential element: Optimism

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Donald Trump sought to evoke Ronald Reagan from his first answer in the presidential debate, but as he has throughout the campaign, he left out Reagan’s elemental quality: optimism.

In Trump’s words Monday night, American jobs “are being stolen from us,” blacks and Latinos are “living in hell”...


Trump could not be a worse political fit for this perpetual swing state

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Chelsea Nunnenkamp is the kind of party loyalist who bleeds Republican red.

She started walking precincts and stuffing envelopes for GOP candidates at age 15. During high school, she kept a poster of Ronald Reagan above her bed.

But come November, for the first time ever, she may vote for a third-party...


Trump, doubling down on anger and outrage, shows no signs of shifting after widely panned first debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:25:00 PDT

If Donald Trump was concerned or contrite after his widely panned debate performance, there was no sign of it Tuesday as he resumed his attack on a former Miss Universe and blamed the moderator and a faulty microphone for repeatedly throwing him on the defensive.

While Hillary Clinton took a victory...


Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe insulted by Trump, emerges as forceful Clinton ally

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:15:00 PDT

When Hillary Clinton told the 84 million people watching the presidential debate how Donald Trump disparaged Alicia Machado’s weight and ethnicity during her tenure as Miss Universe, the former beauty queen, watching at home in Los Angeles, began to cry. 

Then she began to tweet: first a message...


Trump hasn't deleted embarrassing tweets and Twitter keeps him accountable

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:00 PDT

Here’s a theory: It’d sure be easier for politicians to get away with flip-flops if there weren’t a bunch of their old tweets lying around like crime-scene DNA.

Check out this exchange from Monday night’s presidential debate.

HILLARY CLINTON: “Donald Trump thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated...


First Clinton-Trump matchup breaks presidential debate record with 84 million TV viewers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:50:00 PDT

The contentious first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lived up to its high ratings expectations, delivering the largest-ever TV audience for a presidential debate.

The audience for Monday’s matchup for the ad-supported broadcast and cable networks as well as PBS reached...


What you wished Trump and Clinton got asked: Benghazi, foundations, climate change

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:05:00 PDT

Moderator Lester Holt warned viewers at the beginning of Monday’s presidential debate that there wouldn’t be enough time to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump every pressing question.

The Times asked readers on Facebook and Twitter what they would have liked to have seen the nominees discuss. Of...


Spending bill to avert shutdown is blocked in Senate, but compromise is likely by week's end

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:20:00 PDT

Faced with a week’s-end deadline to keep government funds flowing, the Senate on Tuesday blocked a stopgap spending measure amid partisan fighting over aid to victims of the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

But both sides predicted a government shutdown was unlikely, and final passage was still expected...


For swing-state voters, the debate was like watching a Super Bowl without a clear outcome

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:25:00 PDT

Iowans in the capital of this battleground state watched the first presidential debate with the intensity of fans at a Super Bowl game.

The state’s residents and its six electoral votes are crucial in the 2016 race for the White House, where polls show a tight race in a state that went for President...


At a Houston museum filled with coffins and hearses, it's time for 'Death 101'

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Linda Gravelle stared into the hearse. Thirty seconds went by and she lifted her camera, wanting to remember the moment.

“Wow,” she whispered. “So beautiful.”

But it wasn’t a departed loved one that gripped her attention. It was a small, horse-drawn carriage from 1832 — one of several early-model...


Wyoming rejects tax on wind energy that will likely be sold in California

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

The answer is apparently not blowing in the wind. At least not in Wyoming. At least not for the state’s Republican-led Legislature, which has spent months looking for ways to close a multimillion-dollar gap in the state budget.

Roiled by declining revenue from the trifecta of fossil fuels – oil,...


Transcript: The most important exchanges of the presidential debate, annotated

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:30:00 PDT

Times journalists are annotating these excerpts. If you see a passage highlighted in yellow, you can click on it to see what we have to say about it. You can also highlight passages and leave your own comments. On trade and economic policy CLINTON: Well, I think that trade is an important issue....(image)

Trump flinched under Clinton's criticism, but this race is not over

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:15:00 PDT

Donald Trump left the protective bubble of his partisans on Monday and learned a well-established truth about campaigns: The rhetoric that draws rapturous applause at rallies doesn’t play as well in the outside world.

The Trump onstage Monday was the Trump seen every day in his campaign. He used...


The most memorable moments from the first presidential debate

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:30:00 PDT

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was one of the most anticipated skirmishes in presidential history. It didn't disappoint. Monday's feisty showdown took on a sprawling range of topics, from free trade to Islamic State to the controversial policing tactic stop-and-frisk....(image)

The debate as seen through millennials' eyes

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:30:00 PDT

Unexpected technical errors gave the Monday night presidential debate watch party at the Crest Westwood Theater the feel of a student A/V club production gone horribly wrong.

When Donald Trump’s lips were moving, students would hear Hillary Clinton speaking. When it was Clinton’s turn to talk,...


Clinton and Trump clash over their pasts and their plans in ferocious opening presidential debate

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:05:00 PDT

Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of self-dealing and racism and he attacked her long political record as empty and ineffectual as the two rivals bared their deep personal dislike Monday in a slashing and sharply pointed first presidential debate.

The two differed — among many issues — over...


What we learned in the first presidential debate: Clinton is making the election a referendum on Trump

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:35:00 PDT

Polls show the presidential race tightening, helping to justify some of the unusual hype surrounding Monday’s initial debate between the two candidates. Here are a few things we learned:

1. Hillary Clinton wants to make the election all about Donald Trump.

She attacked him early and often, accusing...


Donald Trump insists he never backed the Iraq war. But did he?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:40:00 PDT

One of the longest-running debates between Donald Trump and fact-checkers in the race is this: Did he support the war in Iraq? In Monday’s debate, he held firm.

“I did not support the war in Iraq,” he said after Clinton raised the issue. Moderator Lester Holt weighed in, saying the record showed...