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 	Dem. & Repub. presidential cands. Jack Kennedy (L) & Dick Nixon exchanging smile, standing under glaring lights prior to beginning their 1st TV debate. (Photo by Paul Schutzer//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Why tonight can clinch the election

By David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst
Monday's Clinton-Trump debate could be one of the most consequential ones in the past 40 years, writes debate veteran David Gergen

Bernstein: Clinton needs Obama to carry her across the finish line

By Carl Bernstein
Not coincidentally, Barack Obama has delivered what historians may judge the most important — and inspiring — speech of his presidency at the critical juncture of an election that in all likelihood will determine the future of America for generations.
DO NOT USE Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Mets in August 2016 in New York.

Jose Fernandez was one of baseball's brightest stars

By Mike Downey
The "old-timers" were the ones Major League Baseball's players and followers expected to be saying goodbye to in this, the 2016 schedule's final week before the playoffs — David Ortiz, the 40-year-old slugger of the Boston Red Sox; and 88-year-old Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and oh, how wonderful both still are at what they do, and oh, how much we wish neither needed to leave.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump plays along as Jimmy Fallon messes up his hair (after asking of course) when Trump made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Samantha Bee is right: Jimmy Fallon should've pressed Trump

By Dean Obeidallah
Samantha Bee really went after Jimmy Fallon this week for his Donald Trump interview. In truth, he treated the GOP presidential nominee like a Kardashian. It was jokes and cuteness to the max, with Fallon even begging for permission to mess up Trump's orangish hair. (After some manufactured coyness, Trump agreed.)

A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Trump

By Sally Kohn
Sally Kohn says Clinton's chance to win the White House could vanish if progressives opt for Stein, who actually shares many policy views with the Democratic candidate
A general view of atmosphere at the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards presented by Target at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

It's time for a national museum honoring Latinos

By Raul A. Reyes
Raul Reyes notes that Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) introduced legislation for the third time calling for the creation of a museum for American Latinos as part of the Smithsonian
A coal miner's boot remains inside the St. Nicholas Coal Breaker in Manahoy City, PA., once the world's largest and last operational in 1972.

The shell-shocked white working class

By Stephanie Coontz
The problems bothering white Americans without a college degree have less to do with immediate economic insecurity or material hardship than with the collapse of a whole way of life, writes Stephanie Coontz.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, September 21, 2016 in New York City.

Obama-Netanyahu lovefest: Is it real?

By Aaron David Miller
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on the margins of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday for what might be their last meeting of the Obama presidency. It was one of their least contentious meetings, outwardly at least, with both going to great lengths to be nice to one another and to laud the US-Israel relationship.
TOPSHOT - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Sacramento International Jet Center in Sacramento, California on June 01, 2016.  / AFP / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump's dangerous rush to judgment

By Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
Errol Louis: New York officials deserve credit for being cautious in their statements on the terror bombing, while the GOP presidential candidate irresponsibly rushed to respond before the facts were in
Ivanka Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Why Ivanka Trump must prove her authenticity

By Martha Pease
In the miasma of this year's presidential campaign, there is at least one bright spot that could make a huge difference for women -- that is, if both campaigns mean what they say.
Hillary Clinton attends a town hall with about 100 millennials who are digital content creators and social media influencers, June 28, 2016, at Neuehouse in Hollywood, California.

Does Hillary Clinton understand what millennials want?

By Courtney E. Martin
Hillary Clinton is courting the millennial vote this week with a speech at Temple University, an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and an op-ed addressed directly to the youngest voting Americans at Mic (a publication created by and targeting them). The essence of her message isn't surprising: Vote for me, because I get how diverse and economically deprived many of you are.
ASTON, PA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump holds a campaign event with his daughter, Ivanka, at the Aston Township Community Center on September 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania.  Recent national polls show the presidential race is tightening with two months until the election. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

The truth about the Trump kids

By Michael D'Antonio
America learned some important things in the past week about Donald Trump's children that could change their carefully cultivated images as moderate, millennial emissaries for their father. It turns out they are, first and foremost, Trumps.

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