Clinton and Trump manage expectations ahead of first debate

Hostra University students played the roles of the candidates and moderator during a rehearsal for Monday’s presidential debate.

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Tonight’s debate pits two very different candidates against each other amid an atmosphere of anxiety and frustration among voters.

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Essential stories from the Boston Globe on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ahead of the first presidential debate of 2016.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met separately with the Israeli prime minister.

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The first presidential debate tonight may very well live up to the hype, even for a nation hooked on reality television.

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For either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to come away the clear winner, something pretty extraordinary needs to happen.

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// A bit of friendly advice for Clinton before the debate

Advice for Hillary Clinton is simple: Be perfect. All she has to do is everything right.

Employees at the restaurant grew more wary after the owner’s ban on assault weapons brought a flood of hostile responses.

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Gun debate hits boiling point at Maine restaurant

Online ratings for Portland’s Grace and the Foreside Tavern plummeted after an anti-assault rifle post on Facebook.

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Super PAC created by group backing millionaires’ tax

The political action committee will be able to raise and spend unlimited cash from labor unions and other people and groups.

Boston Latin, Clap schools lose top standing after 15 students opt out of test

The schools did not meet the 95 percent participation threshold required for maintaining Level 1 standing.

Clinton and Trump manage expectations ahead of first debate

Tonight’s debate pits two very different candidates against each other amid an atmosphere of anxiety and frustration among voters.

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Free tickets to library gala at issue

Some library staff who were asked to work the gala, while Mayor Walsh and some of top City Hall officials got free $1,500 tickets.

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When ‘train’ becomes a dirty word

What’s the difference between Massachusetts and New Hampshire? It can be boiled down to a single insult in this year’s election cycle.

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Rick Steves’ latest adventure isn’t in Europe

It’s selling Massachusetts voters on legalized pot.

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McDonough, ex-State House lobbyist, out of prison

Richard (Dickie) W. McDonough, a former high-flying State House lobbyist, is out of jail — and spotted around Boston recently.

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// The bad advice someone could give Trump and Clinton tonight

After months of polling in the general election, it is clear that no one likes it when these candidates are “being themselves.”

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The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

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