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11:55 AM ET, August 31, 2016


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump to meet in Mexico with the country's president  —  Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Can Trump Be This Stupid?  (Not a Trick Question)  —  We have news tonight that tomorrow, in advance of his big immigration speech in Arizona, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  This is such an outlandish idea it is not easy to make sense of it or predict its outcome.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
Nick Gass / Politico:
Mexico rages against Trump visit  —  Donald Trump may have accepted the invitation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for a Wednesday meeting in Mexico City, but the Republican presidential nominee is getting the cold shoulder in a country where public views of its own president are already abysmally low.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Clinton camp blasts Trump's Mexico visit  —  Donald Trump's meeting in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of his immigration speech Wednesday night in Phoenix will not change anything about what he has previously said about the country or its people, a top aide for Hillary Clinton's campaign said.
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Kos
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Despite Death Threats Donald Trump will Fly to Mexico City to Meet with President Nieto  —  In July 2015 top Mexican drug lord, “Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, threatened US presidential hopeful Donald Trump.  —  Guzman took to his son's Twitter account to threaten the popular America-first candidate.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Vicente Fox Says Trump Not Welcome In Mexico: This Is A ‘Political Stunt’  —  Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Wednesday morning said that the Mexican people do not want Donald Trump to visit the country, despite Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's invitation for the Republican nominee to attend a meeting.
Danielle Kantor / Hillary Clinton 2016:
Donald Trump is about to meet the president of Mexico.  Which of these tweets might they discuss?  —  A big, beautiful list of tweets.  —  Donald Trump is headed to Mexico to meet with the country's president, Enrique Peña Nieto.  If you're surprised by that news—well, you're not alone.
Rebecca Berg / Real Clear Politics:   Trump Talk to Focus on Borders, Not Deportation
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Poll: Clinton Unpopularity at New High, on Par With Trump  —  Hillary Clinton's unpopularity reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, putting her on par with Donald Trump among registered voters.  —  The latest findings solidify their positions as the two most unpopular …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A record number of Americans now dislike Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton hit her stride after the Democratic National Convention, riding to a double-digit lead over Donald Trump in some national and swing-state polls — her highest of the year.  —  As of today, though, Americans' views of her just hit a record low.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp thinks Trump fell for old trick  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign feels confident.  So confident that behind closed doors her team is taking some credit for forcing Donald Trump to seemingly defend territory that Republicans almost never lose.  —  After weeks of Brooklyn telegraphing …
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
How the Political Revolution Failed Tim Canova  —  The political revolution has let Tim Canova down.  Bernie Sanders hasn't shown up to campaign for his chosen primary challenger to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Daniel Halper / New York Post:
'It's outrageous': Clinton's aides had concerns about email setup  —  Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.  —  On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state …
FBI Recovers 30 Hillary Clinton Emails Involving Benghazi Attack
Richard W. Painter / New York Times:
The Real Clinton Foundation Revelation  —  When I was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, I asked many prospective administration officials if they would sell stock in companies, give up stock options, step down from nonprofit boards or make other painful choices to enter public service.
Discussion: Politico
NBC News:
Prosecutor Probes Trump Campaign CEO Stephen Bannon's Voter Record  —  Trump Shakes Up Campaign Less Than 3 Months From Election Day 2:14  —  Florida prosecutors are investigating the voter registration of Donald Trump's campaign chief, NBC News has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and LawNewz
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   Democrats' Edge in Voter Registration Is Declining, but Looks Can Be Deceiving
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
John McCain defeats Kelli Ward in Republican Senate primary  —  Last Video  —  'Until all the ballots are counted, it's not done'  —  Joe Arpaio talks about his primary election win.  —  Arpaio: “Those polls are pretty good” How to watch results from Arizona primary election
Discussion: Towleroad and Political Wire
James West / Mother Jones:
Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign.  He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are “taking our jobs” and “taking our money,” …
Michael Levenson /
Paul LePage insists he's staying put  —  Well, that's that.  —  “I will not resign,” Governor Paul LePage of Maine said Wednesday morning, a day after he had floated that possibility in a radio interview.  —  The combative governor made the declaration after meeting with Drew Gattine …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago gangs no longer know or fear the police, and bodies pile up  —  Police officers emerge from the Robert Taylor Homes on Aug. 16, 1991, with weapons they confiscated while they searched for a sniper who shot and wounded a CHA officer.  —  The dead multiply in Chicago, the fruit of the gang wars ripening in August.
Discussion: VDARE and
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Passenger Jet Service From U.S. to Cuba Starts Wednesday  —  MIAMI — The first scheduled passenger jet service in history from the United States to Cuba will take off Wednesday morning from Fort Lauderdale, another important step toward normalized relations between two former Cold War foes.
Associated Press:
Clinton to Stress American Exceptionalism in Ohio  —  Hillary Clinton plans to stress her support for American exceptionalism during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, while arguing that Donald Trump has rejected the concept.  —  Clinton's midday address at the American Legion's annual convention …
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Courting Republicans, Clinton to tout ‘American exceptionalism’
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Donald Trump to show up, but not speak out at Detroit church  —  Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press  —  When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump comes to Detroit this weekend to try to strengthen his standing in the African-American community, he will be attending a service …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Anthony Weiner bragged about using his kid as a ‘chick magnet’  —  When Weiner's sext partner jokingly told him to put his kid to work, he replied, “Already at work.  Being a chick magnet.”  —  Anthony Weiner didn't just send his latest sexting partner a crotch shot selfie with his young son curled …
Daniel J. Flynn / Breitbart:
Chargers to Greet Colin Kaepernick with a ‘Salute to the Military’ on Thursday Night  —  Colin Kaepernick's first time on the field since sitting for the national anthem comes in the NFL's #1 military town on a night dubbed a “Salute to the Military.”  —  The optics promise a startling contrast if nothing else.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Conway: With equal strength, ‘rape would not exist’  —  Donald Trump's new campaign manager said “rape would not exist” if women and men had equal physical capabilities in a television appearance that has been resurfaced by critics who say Trump has a problem with women.
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