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This Week on Washington Week: Campaigns build on debate momentum and Congress overrides Obama veto

Days after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's first head-to-head debate, one candidate is trying to build on her momentum while the other is trying to regroup. 

Clinton hit the campaign trail with her former primary rival Bernie Sanders to try to win over young voters who overwhelmingly backed Sanders in the Democratic primary.  The former secretary of state will need their support to beat Trump, but polls show many of the nearly 75 million millennial voters are considering voting for third-party candidates in November.   As the race tightens, will Clinton's debate performance help convince undecided voters to back her campaign?

Trump's debate performance left some Republican leaders hoping their nominee will take a more traditional approach to debate prep before the next showdown October 9.  The New York businessman has hinted he may use Bill Clinton's marital infidelity to disqualify Hillary Clinton during the next faceoff which will be a town hall-style debate where the candidates will answer questions from undecided voters. Trump continues to face questions about his own treatment of women, including discussing the weight of a former Miss Universe winner.

Residents of ten states have already started voting early.  Will the most-watched debate in history sway their decisions?  Gwen Ifill gets answers and analysis from:

Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post
Lisa Lerer of AP
Ashley Parker of The New York Times

The first Clinton/Trump debate was watched by a record number of people. Think you know how many? Take the Washington Week quiz!
The two candidates squared off on a number of controversial topics including climate change and energy policy. Take a deep-dive into their proposals.

Meanwhile in Washington, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress voted to override President Obama's veto of a bill that allows victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia for playing a role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The president called the first veto override of his presidency a "mistake" that would set a "dangerous precedent" for foreign policy, but with just weeks before the November election, lawmakers faced intense pressure from survivors and family members.  The White House argues the new law could damage the already strained U.S.-Saudi relationship and open the door for lawsuits against U.S. government employees working overseas.  NPR's Ailsa Chang reports on the vote in Congress.