In a few hours the world will be watching in the tens of millions, to see if Hillary Clinton can dig out of a deep hole that few figured she'd be peering from at this late stage.
Paul McGeough is chief foreign correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Clinton prepares for the worst that Trump can bring
Donald Trump was good for the business of media but bad for journalism and now the industry is revisiting its practices to tackle the creature of their own creation.
The radicalisation of Ahmad Khan Rahami is proof again that the American security and political establishment has yet to establish effective procedures and policies to thwart so-called homegrown terrorism.
Even though it was wrapped up in less than two days, the New York bomb drama has set the scene for a make-or-break security and policing US presidential debate.
The once formidable Clinton advantage has evaporated with Trump-wary Republicans gradually shifting from the 'undecided' column to back a candidate who fills them with dread.
It's still a guessing game in the wake of serial attacks in the US on the weekend, with an online statement saying "a soldier of the Islamic State" was the man who went on a stabbing spree in a Midwest mall, and an anonymous Tumblr post claiming responsibility on behalf a gay activist being dismissed by investigators as 'not relevant to the case'.
And so America waits, as experts search for a terrorist motive after two bombings in and near New York – and a third that failed to detonate.
Some stories are just too good to be true, like that of the Good Samaritan motorist who pulls over to help the driver of a stranded limousine, and days later his bank calls to say his mortgage has been paid off.
A lot is riding on the missing 31lb – or 14kg.