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Wild Ten Days Set The Stage For Final Debate

If a week can be a lifetime in politics, the last ten days of the presidential campaign could qualify as a century. And the sheer number of headlines generated between the final two presidential debates would be enough to fill an entire campaign season in most election years.

But 2016 is not most election years, and accusations of sexual assault, hacked emails, GOP infighting and steady warnings of a potentially "rigged" are setting the stage for what could be the most contentious showdown yet when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for their final debate Wednesday night.

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Trump Promises to Accept Election Results 'If I Win'

Donald Trump pledged on Thursday to "totally accept" the results of the 2016 election "if I win," further breaking with precedent in American politics.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make a major announcement today," Trump said at a rally in Ohio. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win."

During the final debate on Wednesday, Trump refused to say if he will accept the outcome of the election, saying "I will keep you in suspense." Several prominent Republicans, including 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, have criticized Trump over the comment.

Trump called on Clinton to "resign from the race" over claims that she was given debate questions ahead of time.

David Taintor

Trump Claims Clinton 'Secretly Used' Debate Questions

Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of having advance notice of the debate questions, a claim for which he offered no evidence.

"Why didn't Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions -- she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary," Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

Wednesday night's debate was more civil and policy-focused than previous match-ups, but Trump generated controversy by refusing to unequivocally accept the results on Election Day. "I will keep you in suspense," he said.

Airplane Passengers Tune Into the Debate Above the Clouds

A majority of passengers on a Virgin America flight from New York to San Francisco were tuning into the third and final presidential debate in the sky.

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TV Academy Tells Trump: 'Emmys Are Not Rigged'

Donald Trump's claim about a "rigged" presidential election was foreshadowed by a different contest he never won: an Emmy for the reality show he once hosted, "The Apprentice."

After rival Hillary Clinton at Wednesday's presidential debate brought up past tweets in which Trump said "politics" was to blame for not taking home a trophy, the Television Academy rejected any suggestions of collusion.

"Rest assured, the #Emmys are not rigged," the academy tweeted along with an infographic showing how nominations are made and ballots are cast.

Later, "Veep" star and Clinton supporter Julia Louis-Dreyfus (a seven-time Emmy winner!) followed up with her own tweet, emphatically saying the "Emmys are NOT rigged."

Trump Said ICE Endorsed Him Last Week. Nope

Trump said ICE endorsed him last week.

A union representing some ICE agents endorsed Trump last month; federal agencies cannot and do not endorse candidates for political office.

Trump Said He'll Get GDP Higher Than 4 Percent. Experts Doubt It

Trump said he'll get GDP "higher than 4 percent. I think you can go to 5 percent or 6 percent."

The nonpartisan, non-profit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has called such a growth estimate "unrealistic" and "likely unachievable."

David Taintor

Harry Reid: Trump Must 'Reverse Course' on Election Results

Sen. Harry Reid joined a chorus of Republicans and Democrats condemning Donald Trump over his refusal to unequivocally accept the results of the election.

"Donald Trump's refusal to accept the results of the upcoming election is horrifying," Reid said in a statement. "He must immediately reverse course and state that he will accept the results of our free and fair elections. The statement must come from Trump's own lips. On an issue of this magnitude, statements from staff or surrogates will not suffice."

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Clinton Said Trump Encouraged Russia to Spy On Americans. Not So Fast

"The Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people." Clinton 10/19/2016

Trump suggested and encouraged Russia to "find" emails from when Clinton was secretary of state. He didn't encourage Russia to spy on other Americans.

Here's what he told reporters: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. … They probably have her 33,000 e-mails. I hope they do."

Trump Says He Didn't Say Accuser's Looks Undermined Her Claim. He Did

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