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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) – The Latest on the first of three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump (all times EDT):

10:40 p.m.
Donald Trump is avoiding a specific declaration on how he would use nuclear weapons if he’s elected president.
The Republican nominee said during the first presidential debate that he “would not do first strike” because “once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over.” That statement suggests he would not authorize a nuclear attack unless the U.S. was struck first.
But in the same answer Trump said he “can’t take anything off the table.” He mentioned adversary nations such as North Korea and Iran.
President Barack Obama has considered changing existing policy to state clearly that the United States would not deploy nuclear weapons without first being attacked by nuclear weapons. But he met resistance and has elected not to make such a shift.
10:38 p.m.
Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of being too easily provoked to keep the United States from going to war — perhaps even one involving nuclear weapons.
Trump says: “I have much better judgment than she does. I have much better temperament.” That drew laughs from some in the debate crowd, and prompted Clinton to exclaim: “Woo! OK!”
Clinton then pivoted to policy, defending the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
Clinton said Iran was “weeks away” from a nuclear bomb when she became secretary of state — and says the Obama administration thwarted that progress.
She continued that Trump didn’t have “good judgment or the right temperament” because he could take the country to war over small issues, like being mocked on Twitter.
10:35 p.m.
Donald Trump is continuing to insist he opposed the Iraq War before the U.S. invasion despite evidence to the contrary.
Trump says during the debate that he “did not support the war in Iraq,” calling that charge “mainstream media nonsense.”
But there is no evidence Trump expressed public opposition to the war before the U.S. invaded.
Trump was asked in September 2002 whether he supported a potential Iraq invasion in an interview with Howard Stern.
Trump briefly hesitated, then responded: “Yeah, I guess so.”
Presented with the comment during the debate, Trump responds: “I said very lightly, I don’t know, maybe, who knows.”
He’s also telling reporters to call Fox News host Sean Hannity to confirm private conversations he said they had about the war. Hannity is a top Trump supporter.
Clinton voted in favor of the invasion in 2002 while she was a New York senator. She has since said it was a mistake.
10:27 p.m.
Donald Trump is interrupting the moderator of the first presidential debate to insist he has the best temperament for the office.
Trump repeatedly made the assertion after clashing with moderator Lester Holt over his early support for the Iraq War. Then he segued to his temperament.
“I think my strongest asset by far is my temperament,” Trump said. “I know how to win.”
Clinton and her allies have repeatedly hit Trump over his temper and inability to take criticism.
10:23 p.m.
Hillary Clinton says one key to fighting terrorism in the United States is working closely with Muslims living here.
Clinton says Donald Trump has “consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home.” She says Muslim people can provide information that law enforcement may not be able to obtain anyplace else.
Both candidates were asked to explain how they would combat terrorism in the U.S.
Clinton says her plan includes an intelligence surge to obtain “every scrap of information” and to “do everything we can to vacuum up intelligence from Europe, from the Middle East.”
10:20 p.m.
Hillary Clinton says defeating the Islamic State group and taking out its leaders would be a top priority as president.
Clinton says she’s hopeful the Islamic State group would be pushed out of Iraq by the end of the year. She says the U.S. could then help its allies “squeeze” the terrorist group in Syria.
Clinton says she would do everything possible to take out the group’s leaders, and make that one of her administration’s organizing principles when dealing with the Islamic State.
The Democratic presidential nominee says the U.S. should also be working to disrupt the group’s online propaganda efforts.


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