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The New McCain: More Aggressive and Scripted on the Campaign Trail — And what voters are seeing in these final weeks of the campaign is a deliberately retooled version of Mr. McCain - what he says, how he says it and how he goes about the day-to-day steps of campaigning.

Watch Clinton and Trump Debate Live Soon — As polls tighten in the presidential race, Times reporters Nick Confessore, Maggie Haberman, Adam Nagourney and Alan Rappeport will provide live analysis during the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump on Monday. The debate starts at 9 p.m. Eastern. Join us for real-time analysis starting at 8 p.m.

A Cuomo Runs for His Father's Old Job in Albany — Andrew M Cuomo uses invitation-only party in his honor at Fifth Avenue shoe store to declare definitively that he will run for governor of New York; his announcement sets up what is expected to be hugely competitive Democratic primary with state Comptroller H Carl McCall (M)

In Cranes’ Shadow, Los Angeles Strains to See a Future With Less Sprawl — "You have huge buildings going on tiny little streets," said Jill Stewart, who is directing the ballot initiative campaign. "Areas that cannot absorb the development. And communities that haven't had the discussion about whether they want these buildings." The initiative needs 67,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot.

The California Voter Ordeal: 17 Decisions on the Ballot — For anyone with money and political savvy, the ballot initiative has been an effective way to work around a balky Legislature. And the only way to change or repeal an initiative is to go back to voters.

The Candidates' Final-Stretch Playbook | RealClearPolitics

The Candidates’ Final-Stretch Playbook — 2. Seize the debates. There are a dwindling number of opportunities for Mr. Trump to change the dynamics of the race, and the debates are Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on that list. They offer Mr. Trump a huge audience to appeal to this year's swing voters: people who don't like Mrs.

Betsy McCaughey Ross Is Not Kidding — Betsy McCaughey Ross is settled in the back seat of her Chevrolet Suburban, her stockinged feet curled in a swirl of papers, pumps and candy wrappers, a Hershey bar in one hand, a car phone in the other. She has a question.

Clinton Ends Campaign With Clear Call to Elect Obama — WASHINGTON - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton brought her campaign for the White House to an end on Saturday with a rousing farewell to thousands of supporters here and an emotional and unequivocal call for her voters to get behind Senator Barack Obama, the man who defeated her for the Democratic nomination.

With the Conventions Behind Us, Our Takeaways From Both — PHILADELPHIA - The Democratic convention is over, and delegates streamed to airports and train stations on Friday morning to return home for the summer weekend. But the contrasting back-to-back political displays -- Republicans met last week in Cleveland -- offered important lessons about the two presidential nominees, and their parties, as they head into the November general election.
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Sep 28, 2016

RT @DLeonhardt: The "most-watched debate" claims are correct -- and misleading. What matters is population share. By that measure, it's not close to #1.

Sep 28, 2016

Trump aides promise new debate prep effort after weak performance. But clock is ticking: Debate prep takes time. 

Sep 28, 2016

Even in an age of shouting, understatement can be most powerful way to make case. Read @michikokakutani to the end. 

Sep 27, 2016

Is Trump really going to go even more on the attack at next debate? That's a town hall: it's tough to go super negative in that format.

Sep 27, 2016

RT @jestei: Roundup of Senate R interviews on the debate: "Trump did not collapse thus OK.Hillary said untrue stuff about Iraq. I have to eat lunch now"

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