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2:25 AM ET, September 1, 2016


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mexico gamble a huge win for Trump  —  About an hour before Donald Trump made his joint statement with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a strategist in Trump's extended circle saw success on the horizon.  —  “I bet they have a nice meeting where they both explain their positions …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump promises wall and massive deportation program  —  Donald Trump on Wednesday squashed any speculation that he might soften his immigration position to reach new voters in the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, delivering a hawkish, hardline, and true-to-his-roots border platform and vowing …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Donald Trump Gambles on Immigration but Sends Conflicting Signals  —  Donald J. Trump made an audacious attempt on Wednesday to remake his image on the divisive issue of immigration, shelving his plan to deport 11 million undocumented people and arguing that a Trump administration and Mexico would secure the border together.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump shuts down talk of softening on immigration  —  laid out a 10-point, hard-line immigration plan in Phoenix Wednesday night that defied any expectation he would pivot from his position or soften his tone.  —  Hours after giving subdued comments in Mexico City at a joint press appearance …
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Mexican President Fact Checks Donald Trump To His Face, In Spanish  —  Following a controversial and hastily thrown together bilateral meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, GOP nominee Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto held a tense press conference …
New York Times:
Highlights of Donald Trump's Immigration Speech and Mexico Trip  —  In Mexico, Mr. Trump said he focused on the two nations' shared economic and security interests, and discussed his plan to build a border wall.  In Arizona, what he said was startlingly different.
The Hill:   FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump affirms hard-line immigration plan
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Mexico visit ends with Mexico disputing his comments
New York Times:
Mexicans Accuse President of ‘Historic Error’ in Welcoming Donald Trump
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here's what Donald Trump said in his big immigration speech, annotated
Discussion: Mother Jones
Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:   Trump admits wimping out in Mexico: 'We didn't discuss payment of the wall'
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Donald Trump Tries a Jarring New Style: Diplomatic
Discussion: The Resurgent
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Hits Trump for ‘Dropping In’ on Mexico
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Potok / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Revealed: Conway, Bannon Members of Secretive Group  —  The two political operatives chosen earlier this month to lead Donald Trump's presidential campaign after two former managers departed have been members of the secretive Council for National Policy (CNP), Hatewatch has learned
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Hardiman / The College Fix:
Professors tell students: Drop class if you dispute man-made climate change  —  ‘We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change’  —  Three professors co-teaching an online course called “Medical Humanities in the Digital Age” at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs recently told …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Kentucky Republican to resign from House  —  (R-Ky.) will resign from the House next week instead of serving out the rest of his term, which ends in January.  —  Whitfield's early departure will set in motion a special election for his successor to finish the remaining months of his term.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield to Resign From Congress Next Week
Douglas Ernst / Washington Times:
WikiLeaks' Assange: Reporters ‘erecting a demon’ by protecting Hillary Clinton  —  Whistleblower says Democrat will 'put nooses around everyone's necks as soon as she wins'  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday accused “the American liberal press” of “erecting a demon” by shielding Hillary Clinton from criticism.
Annie Rees / Talking Points Memo:
In NYT's Hillary Clinton Coverage, An Obsession With ‘Clouds’ And ‘Shadows’
Milo / Breitbart:
The London We've Lost  —  I'm leaving London tomorrow, perhaps for the last time, and I can't say I'm sad.  This isn't my city any more.  —  I first thought my long absence was the source of my malaise.  I've been feeling this niggling sense of unease, as though either I had changed …
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
“This is repulsive” Hillary Clinton Comms Staffer Lashes Out at “Angel Parents” Speaking at Trump Rally  —  “This is repulsive.”  —  That was the reaction of senior Clinton operative Ian Sams as parents of American killed by illegal aliens spoke at a Phoenix rally Wednesday night by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
U.S. High Court Won't Revive North Carolina Photo-ID Law  —  Supreme Court justices divide 4-4 on order in voting dispute  —  Action is win for Obama administration, civil rights groups  —  An evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate North Carolina's Republican-backed voting restrictions …
Mike Freeman / Bleacher Report - NFL:
1. 'I Can't Stand Him'  —  Across NFL front offices, there are team officials who are not offended, and even embrace, the controversial position of Colin Kaepernick.  They are out there.  Statistically, they have to be.  But they are keeping a low profile.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump narrows Clinton's lead  —  The race for the White House has narrowed.  A new Fox News Poll finds Donald Trump gaining ground in the head-to-head matchup, despite improvements from Hillary Clinton on top issues.  —  In addition, this is the first time the poll offers …
Trump's Florida Ground Game Lags as GOP Rides to His Rescue  —  The Republican presidential nominee has yet to open any of the 24 field offices in the state he promised earlier this month.  —  JenniferJJacobs  —  kevcirilli  —  How many of the 24 field offices that Team Trump …
Discussion: Politicus USA and PBS NewsHour
Brandon Morse / RedState:
That Lyft Driver Showed Us How Every Businesses Should Respond to SJW Bullies  —  For those of you haven't seen it yet, a social justice warrior (SJW) named Annaliese Nielsen got into a Lyft car, spotted a Hawaiian bobblehead doll on his dashboard, and began to berate and threaten the driver unless he took the bobblehead doll down.
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Glenn Beck and anti-Trump conservatives respond to Hannity saying he'd blame them for a Clinton victory  —  Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and several other prominent conservatives reacted to comments Sean Hannity made Tuesday that he'd blame conservatives who refused to back Donald Trump if Hillary Clinton won in November.
Marwa Eltagouri / Chicago Tribune:
Woman sets self on fire in Rep. Danny Davis' West Side office  —  A 43-year-old woman walked into the lobby of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' West Side office Tuesday afternoon, drank from a bottle of hand sanitizer, poured the sanitizer over herself and set herself on fire with a lighter, according to Davis and police.
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Peggy Lee / WNEP-TV:
After Allegedly Shoving 6-Year-Old Son from Car, Man Found Naked in Field Holding Naked One-Year-Old Son
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and KFOR-TV
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones Says He “Personally Talked To” Trump And Encouraged Him To Push Rigged Election Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Samantha Harris / FIRE:
Think Trigger Warnings Are Never Mandatory on Campus? Think Again.
Justin Worland / TIME:
The Dark Side of Cheap Gas—More Road Deaths
Discussion: Hot Air
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Gallup: Life got better for pretty much everyone under Obama
John Hersey / New Yorker:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Hot Air