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Congress Meets, With 5 Days to Avoid Shutdown Over Funding

A short-term funding bill could meet resistance from Democrats upset that the measure does not include money to address water contamination in Flint, Mich.

For the Record: Let’s make this debate more interesting

Drinking games, prop bets … and actually paying attention to the issues, if you’re into that sort of thing.        

How to Watch the First Debate and How It Works

Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump face off on Monday in the first debate of the 2016 general election campaign. Here are the details.

Presidential Debate: What to Watch For as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Face Off

One of the world’s most famous women will be onstage alongside one of the country’s most recognizable men, in the ultimate convergence of celebrity and politics.

5 things Hillary Clinton needs to do on debate night

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off in the first presidential debate tonight at Hofstra University.        

Candidates, and Two Very Contrasting Messages, Set to Clash in First Debate

In a campaign that is now a battle over national identity and values, these candidates are more opposed over race and gender than any in decades.

White House Letter: For Some, Bush-Obama Rapport Recalls a Lost Virtue: Political Civility

The Bush and Obama families have a deep bond, thanks to the shared experience of life in the White House and George W. Bush’s decorum as an ex-president.

For Cuomo and Christie, Parallel Paths to the Top, and Trouble When They Got There

The governors of New York and New Jersey were once praised for rooting out corruption. Now, both have seen former close aides accused of misdeeds.

Grit vs. Goliath: A Reporter’s Dogged Pursuit of Roger Ailes

The reporter Gabriel Sherman has been spied on, insulted and threatened as he has taken on the powerful and volatile former Fox chairman Roger Ailes.

Court Leader or Leading Dissenter? Chief Justice’s Fate Tied to Election

A pick by President Obama or Hillary Clinton would put Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the minority in many close cases, or even nudge him to the left.

A Play Timed to Trump’s Candidacy Asks What If

Mirroring similar theatrical efforts, Berkeley Rep stages an adaptation of a Sinclair Lewis novel about a vain nominee inveighing against a religious minority.

Review: ‘The Choice 2016’ Lets the Chips Fall Where They May on Clinton and Trump

This PBS documentary gives the candidates equal time while managing to avoid the journalistic pitfall sometimes labeled “false equivalency.”

Pence: Gennifer Flowers will not be at debate

Despite tweet from Donald Trump, running mate says Flowers won't attend Monday's showdown        

Pre-Debate Guessing Game: Will the First Also Be the Last?

One way to fill the void until Monday has been to speculate whether either presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump or Hillary Clinton, might be motivated to skip the other two scheduled debates.

Letter From Washington: Foreign Policy Questions to Ask Clinton and Trump at the Debate

So far in the American presidential election, discussion of foreign policy has seemed to chiefly involve insults and clichés.

Gennifer Flowers at Debate? Just Making a Point, Says Team Trump

Taunted by a Hillary Clinton ally, Donald J. Trump threatened to invite Ms. Flowers, who had a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton.

2008 Crisis Deepened the Ties Between Clintons and Goldman Sachs

One of the country’s most powerful financial firms and one of its most famous political families have a long-running and mutually beneficial relationship.

Obama Says African-American Museum Will Tell of ‘Suffering and Delight’

Mr. Obama, dedicating the museum on Saturday, said that the story of black Americans is the story of the nation’s essential greatness.

Clinton-Trump Debate Expected to Be Rare Draw in a Polarized Age

The total audience, network executives and political strategists say, could be as high as 100 million viewers — Super Bowl territory.

Hillary Clinton Aide Playing Donald Trump in Mock Debates

The choice of Philippe Reines, a longtime aide, shows the campaign wants someone who knows Mrs. Clinton’s flaws and how to exploit them.

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