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VIEWER'S GUIDE: Look for trust, temperament themes in debate

The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue — an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for years.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have competing missions heading into Monday night's leadoff debate of the general election campaign: Hers to overcome the trust questions that have bedeviled her for decades. His to convince voters that he has the good judgment and restraint required of a president.

Plenty of subtexts will play out as well over 90 minutes of must-see TV before an estimated audience of 75 million or more viewers — an outsized share of them disenchanted with both candidates.

Some things to watch for Monday night:



Just who will show up to debate Clinton? Will it be the say-anything Trump who roiled the primary debates by dishing out a stream of insults and provocations? Or the rein-it-in Trump who's been trying to demonstrate of late that he has the maturity and measured temperament to be president? One possible clue: Watch to see whether Trump trots out the "crooked Hillary" nickname or puts it on ice for 90 minutes.



Expect Clinton to try to goad Trump into losing control, perhaps by questioning the size of his wealth and the success of his businesses or by highlighting his past incendiary statements about minorities, women and others. Trump is promising to "stay cool." But 90 minutes could be a long time for the master of improv and theatrics to hew to a script.



Both candidates have policy gaps to fill in and changes in position to explain. At its best, the debate could help flesh out details of both candidates' platforms, highlighting similarities and differences. There are pitfalls here for Trump in particular: Weak on policy, he's vulnerable to slip-ups that could feed into the not-ready-to-govern line that Clinton is pushing. Trump has been studying up: You can bet he now knows what the nuclear triad is. (During the primary debates, he seemed not to understand that it represents weapons in silos, submarines and bombers.)



Clinton largely got a pass during the Democratic primary debates on her use of a private email system when she was secretary of state. Primary rival Bernie Sanders, in their first debate, did Clinton a favor when he declared that "people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." Don't expect Trump to cut Clinton a similar break. She also has more to answer for since the FBI concluded that she was "extremely careless" in her handling of classified material in the emails. Clinton has been struggling to find an effective explanation: Now would be a good time for her to nail it.



They can't exactly drop to the floor for a one-armed pushups contest. But look for both candidates to more subtly project health and stability. After her much-publicized coughing fits and recent bout of pneumonia, Clinton will be out to show she's got the strength and stamina the White House job demands. As for Trump, critics have speculated he has any number of psychiatric disorders. It would be a good time to show a level head and solid grounding.



He shrugs. She bobs her head. He waves his arms. She pinches her thumb and index finger. Every wink, nod and fidget on Monday will be analyzed for silent messages that can speak volumes. President George H.W. Bush caught grief for stealing a look at his watch during a 1992 debate. Al Gore's audible sighs in a 2000 debate were seen as discourteous to George W. Bush.



The candidates won't be the only ones under the microscope. Moderator Lester Holt of NBC News will be under enormous pressure to maintain control and act as an objective referee. In the leadup to the debate, Trump maintained that it would be improper for Holt to try to fact-check the candidates' statements in real time. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted that if debate moderators don't fact-check the candidates, "it is an unfair advantage to Trump, who is a congenital liar."



Gender politics will be afoot in the first general-election debate to feature a woman. Trump had trouble navigating this terrain in the primaries, when he tried to back away from a derogatory comment about rival Carly Fiorina's looks by declaring in one debate that she had a "beautiful face." Clinton will be ready. She said earlier this year: "I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak."



Call it frivolous, but people will check out what the candidates wear, especially Clinton. When comic Zach Galifianakis recently asked Clinton what she was going to wear, Clinton said she had no idea and scolded him for "this thing called the double standard." As for what Trump will wear, Clinton said: "I assume he'll wear that red power tie." Alluding to questions about whether Trump is a racist, Galifianakis replied: "Or maybe a white power tie."



Even if you watch the whole debate, its impact may not be completely clear until the post-debate pontificating plays out. The analysis and selected clips that are highlighted after the debate can have a big influence on the millions of people who didn't tune in — or who watched Monday Night Football instead. And why wait for the debate to end? Your Twitter feed will be filled with significant moments before you've even had time to digest them.


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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" —Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway; Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook; Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson; British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson


NBC's "Meet the Press" — Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, Trump adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.)


CBS' "Face the Nation" — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.


CNN's "State of the Union" —Conway, Mook; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.


"Fox News Sunday" — Pence; Joe Benenson, chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

Man killed at home rented by former Canadian talk show host

Los Angeles police were searching Friday for the killer of a man in a Hollywood Hills home being rented by a former Canadian TV talk show host.

George Stroumboulopoulos, who has interviewed some of the biggest celebrities in the world, said it appeared the killing occurred during a break-in.

"The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away," Stroumboulopoulos said in a prepared statement. "I am heartbroken."

The cause of death and the name of the victim were not immediately disclosed. Police did say the victim was in his 40s and suffered head trauma.

Officers were called to investigate a burglary shortly after 2 a.m. at the house not far from the Hollywood Bowl.

A man about 5-foot-8 with short black hair and a black jacket was seen fleeing the area, police said.

Stroumboulopoulos, 44, had a show on Canadian broadcaster CBC from 2005 to 2014. Before that he was a host on Canada's music channel, MuchMusic.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" —Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway; Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook; Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson; British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson


NBC's "Meet the Press" — Listing unavailable.


CBS' "Face the Nation" — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.


CNN's "State of the Union" —Conway, Mook; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.


"Fox News Sunday" — Pence; Joe Benenson, chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

Daphne Oz's cookbook aims for weekend cooking on weekdays

Weekday cooking is fast, frazzled and too often defrosted. Weekend cooking, at its best, is relaxed, fresh and tempting.

Daphne Oz seeks to close the gap in her new book, "The Happy Cook," with 125 recipes that she says are practical enough for Monday through Friday while still tasty and adaptable enough to satisfy a variety of eaters and food concerns.

For TV's "The Chew" co-host, cooking at its best is an act of love and personal fulfillment, something she learned from her mother and grandmother.

She marvels at their "ability to be happy cooks, to have fun in the kitchen, to see it as release and freedom and as a place that was about them having confidence, and being a little bit wild and crazy," said Oz, daughter of doctor-TV personality Mehmet Oz ("The Dr. Oz Show").

Her cookbook has recipes including 10-minute breakfast tacos; balsamic onion and pear grilled cheese sandwiches; sweet corn ravioli; cider-braised brisket; honey-lime chicken wings and — wait for it — chocolate dulce de leche layer cake.

Most call for a reasonable number of ingredients. Others require a fair amount of food prep but also rely on bottled or home-made condiments kept on hand. The photos, whether of nicely plated dishes or idyllic shots of Oz at home with her family, are definitely aspirational.

In an interview, Oz discussed the logistics of making enticing, healthy food while juggling home and work demands, and why she believes counting calories isn't the way to go.

Associated Press: How can parents manage weekday cooking, which might include catering to child and adult tastes, without running screaming from the kitchen?

Oz: Don't make a different meal for every person, but make buildable meals. And, I do this with my kids, try to expand their palates gently. I'll make a basic lentil soup, which is still pretty advanced, with garlic and sweet potatoes and spices. And then make a spicy chili cumin oil for my husband and me to drizzle on top. It feels like an adult meal and a child's meal and doesn't cost me anything extra (in time).

AP: With fresh ingredients, especially veggies, there is potentially daunting chopping involved.

Oz: Having been to culinary school, the single greatest asset I learned there was how to cut and chop properly. It's an investment of money that will save you hours of time down the road, and hopefully some cut fingers. ... I would say even if you start small, start with one element of the meal that you make from scratch that night, and it will make a big difference nutritionally. Even more than that, I think it sets the tone for your family coming together and having a meal together.

AP: Are you concerned the cookbook might be pigeon-holed as suited to those with time and money to spare and easy access to fresh food?

Oz: I looked at all the things I was making on a regular basis and a lot of times I simplified. ... I tried to pay close attention to the reality that no one wants to go out and shop 20 ingredients for every meal they're gonna make. And let's not focus on specialty ingredients, but those homemade flavor-boosters you keep on hand that don't cost you much but that will really elevate your meals. I've tried to strive to make it not something just for the affluent, or people who have a grocery store around the block everywhere they go.

AP: The recipes don't include calorie counts or other nutritional information. Was that a deliberate choice?

Oz: It was. (As a college student trying to lose weight) I tried every diet under the sun and none of them worked but, more importantly, they were robbing me of my love of food. ... Once I got to a healthy place where I could know what would make me feel great and let me indulge when I needed to, I never wanted to go back to a place where I was exclusively thinking about a numbers game. ... My goal with these recipes is that you don't have to think about the numbers because the quality of it and the quantity I'm advising you to eat is something that can easily be part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

Adult son of MSNBC's Joe Scarborough fractures skull in fall

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says his son is doing "much better" after suffering a fractured skull Thursday.

Scarborough's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski said on Friday's program that 25-year-old Andrew Scarborough was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in New York after falling down a flight of stairs. Brzezinski says the younger Scarborough's condition is "touch and go" but says he has been stabilized.

Joe Scarborough missed Friday's show, but said on Twitter that Thursday was "a frightening day and long night." The former congressman says Andrew was able to respond to a neurologist's questions. He said the doctor "ended by asking him his favorite team." Scarborough said Andrew replied, "The Red Sox, who've won 8 in a row."

CBS to donate Charles Osgood's bow tie to museum

CBS says it will donate the bow tie that Charles Osgood wears Sunday to host his final edition of "Sunday Morning" to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

The 83-year-old newsman is stepping down after 22 years as anchor of the leisurely-paced "Sunday Morning," which usually dominates the news ratings on that day. CBS will devote most of the broadcast this Sunday to honoring his career.

The bookish, poetry-reciting Osgood is only the second host the show has ever had since its start in 1979, following Charles Kuralt. CBS hasn't named Osgood's successor yet.

Margot Robbie, The Weeknd set for 'SNL' season debut

Margot Robbie is the first guest host as "Saturday Night Live" begins its 42nd season next week.

NBC said Thursday that The Weeknd will be the musical guest when the show returns Oct. 1.

Robbie is on movie screens as Harley Quinn in "Suicide Squad," with other credits including "The Big Short" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

The Weeknd's album "Starboy" is scheduled for release in November.

Clinton yukks it up 'Between Two Ferns'

Hillary Clinton fielded oddball questions on power ties, pant suits and the Scott Baio vote on the online comedy program, "Between Two Ferns."

The interview with comedian Zack Galifianakis appeared on the Funny or Die website Thursday. Among Galifianakis' questions was whether she ever watched Donald Trump and thought, "I should be more racist." Clinton just shook her head, smiling.

"I really regret doing this," Clinton deadpanned at one point during the tongue-and-cheek interview.

Galifianakis' popular online program generated more than 35 million views when President Barack Obama appeared on it in 2014 while he was encouraging young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. The latest interview comes as Clinton has been courting young voters in her campaign against Trump.

During the five-minute exchange, Clinton and Galifianakis riffed about what Trump should wear to the first debate. Clinton said: "I assume he'll wear that red power tie." Galifianakis replied: "Or maybe a white power tie."

The actor said he wanted to meet the person who makes Clinton's pant suits because he wants to go as a "librarian from outer space" for Halloween.

Looking back, Clinton denied she had any regrets over losing the support of Baio, the 1970s and 1980s sit-com star who spoke at the Republican National Convention.

Delving into her time as secretary of state, Galifianakis asked Clinton how many words per minute she could type. And whether Obama liked his coffee, "like himself — weak?"

He also asked the potential first woman president — who is 68 — if the nation would be "stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months" if she became pregnant.

Ending the interview, Galifianakis referenced her use of a private email server, asking, "What's the best way to reach you? Email?"

Clinton stared at him and didn't respond.

PBS' "Poldark" is back: Flawed hero, satisfied star

Before starting an interview, Aidan Turner checks that he won't be a bother.

"If I need to shut up a bit, let me know, OK?" the Irish actor called out to others using a hotel conference area. "You don't mind if I smoke this vapor thing?" Turner then inquired of a reporter sitting opposite him.

Very considerate, much like Ross Poldark, the 18th-century soldier-turned-mine-owner he plays in PBS' "Poldark." The remake of the 1970s drama series begins its second season Sunday on "Masterpiece" with a two-hour episode (8-10 p.m. EDT; check local listings for time).

The reincarnated Poldark struck some viewers as more of a "do-gooder" than Robin Ellis' portrayal of a moral but willful man in the original series, Turner acknowledges. But he says change is ahead for the Revolutionary War veteran engaged in new fights on his home turf of Cornwall, England.

When the series first began, Turner said, he realized that a sweeping dramatic arc was needed to reveal Poldark's character, for better and worse. After betrayals, a wrenching family death and criminal charges that could cost him his life, Ross isn't Mr. Perfect anymore.

"I knew we were going to have to crash him down, and he makes huge blunders and mistakes, unforgivable kind of actions this season," Turner said. While his "heart is there," he said, Poldark thrashes opponents and cruelly confronts his lost love, Elizabeth, played by Heida Reed.

Sporting a black leather jacket and a beard nearly as dark, the actor himself looks a bit dangerous. But he's affable, smiles freely and is far more engagingly talkative than his character.

Turner's grin is especially notable when he discusses scenes in which his character guides a galloping horse along the Cornish cliffs. They're a staple of the series and always "thrilling" to shoot, he said.

"You finish a take and think, 'This is my job? How lucky am I to do this?'" he said.

But his favorite season-two scene takes place in a courtroom, with Poldark defending himself against murder and other crimes.

"These days, you don't have a lot of time to learn the lines and prep. You might give yourself a week ahead or a few days. I gave myself a month or five weeks of learning the dialogue and playing with it," he said. "I was quite happy with how it turned out. It reminded me of the old theater days, with four or five pages of really chunky stuff."

He also enjoys the domestic turns in which Poldark and wife Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson, simply talk. "She's such a wonderful performer. She's so real, so truthful," Turner said of his co-star.

Between "Poldark" seasons, Turner is making movies and in impressive company.

One is the upcoming "Loving Vincent," about the last days of Vincent van Gogh and including characters from the painter's works (Turner plays one, the Boatman). Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd and Turner's "Poldark" spouse, Tomlinson, also star.

Another is "The Secret Scripture," directed by fellow Irishman Jim Sheridan ("My Left Foot," ''In the Name of the Father"). The film, shown recently at the Toronto film festival, includes Rooney Mara, Eric Bana and Vanessa Redgrave.

Sheridan is "a hero of mine. He's crazy brilliant," Turner said. "I would have taken any job. I would have worked with the catering guys to see what he was like."

The filmmaker didn't let him down, proving himself a true "actor's director" who sets the bar high and helps his cast stretch to reach it, Turner said. That mirrors how he's pursuing his career as he's become an established name, thanks to projects including "The Hobbit" franchise and "Poldark."

"I'm just picking, if I can, these interesting projects, trying to pick and choose a little more," he said, something he knows is a gift. "At the beginning, to get any job is a privilege — and it still is. That will never disappear because you're only as good as your last job."


Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

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