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1:50 PM ET, September 1, 2016


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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Duplicity of Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump is the internet troll of presidential politics.  When he's securely removed from the objects of his scorn, he's tough as nails; when he's in their presence, he quivers like a bowl of Jell-O.  —  Such is the way of a bully.
New York Times:
Trailing Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Turns to Political Gymnastics  —  Donald J. Trump's campaign was teetering early last month, with an increasingly isolated candidate and a downcast staff that seemed to lurch from crisis to crisis.  Having fired his campaign chairman and retooled his message …
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Kaine mocks Trump's ‘diplomatic amateur hour’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Several Hispanic Trump surrogates reconsider support  —  Several major Latino surrogates for Donald Trump are reconsidering their support for him following the Republican nominee's hardline speech on immigration Wednesday night.  —  Jacob Monty, a member of Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council, quickly resigned after the speech.
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Corey Lewandowski: Trump's Immigration Speech Was For White Men  —  Trump wanted to make sure he has white guys “locked in,” Lewandowski said on CNN.  —  Making another one of his paid appearances as a CNN contributor late Wednesday night, former Trump campaign manager made no bones …
The Hill:
FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump affirms hard-line immigration plan  —  Editor's note: The following are the prepared remarks of Donald Trump  —  at a rally in Phoenix Wednesday evening, as issued by the campaign.  —  Thank you, Phoenix.  I am so glad to be back in Arizona, a state that has a very special place in my heart.
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
From the Speech: Donald Trump's 10-Part Immigration Plan
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here's what Donald Trump said in his big immigration speech, annotated
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump promises wall and massive deportation program
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Blood and Race and Trump
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Bill Clinton aides used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email support  —  Bill Clinton's staff used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family's foundation and an associated business …
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Georgetown University Plans Steps to Atone for Slave Past  —  Nearly two centuries after Georgetown University profited from the sale of 272 slaves, it will embark on a series of steps to atone for the past, including awarding preferential status in the admissions process to descendants of the enslaved, officials said on Wednesday.
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Georgetown Will Offer Preferential Admission To Descendants Of Slaves
Discussion: and DCist
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: As The Race Tightens, Don't Assume The Electoral College Will Save Clinton  —  Want these election updates emailed to you right when they're published?  Sign up here.  —  The race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has tightened.  Clinton, whose lead …
Suffolk University:
Suffolk University/USA Today Poll Shows Clinton Leading Trump by 7 Points  —  Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 7 points nationwide, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll of voters likely to cast ballots in the November presidential election.
Wall Street Journal:
Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn  —  Anthony Weiner isn't alone.  We need an honest dialogue on the dangers of pornography.  —  If anyone still had doubts about the addictive dangers of pornography, Anthony Weiner should have put paid to them with his repeated, self-sabotaging sexting.
Kaitlan Collins / The Daily Caller:
Matt Lauer Will Moderate The First Forum Between Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton  —  Matt Lauer will moderate the first forum between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. … On Wednesday, Sept. 7, NBC News and MSNBC — along with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — will host the …
CBS News:
Romanian hacker “Guccifer” sentenced  —  Alexandria, VIRGINIA — Forty-four year-old Marcel Lehel Lazar, a Romanian hacker who calls himself “Guccifer,” has been sentenced to 52 months in prison.  Lazar focused primarily on high-profile political figures — he is credited …
Discussion: Reuters and Joe.My.God.
Mike Fernandez / miamiherald:
I'm a Republican, and I'm with Hillary Clinton  —  I am a firm believer in the fundamental tenets of the Republican Party: individual freedom, small government, local control of issues, free speech, strong national defense and the broad vision that America is an exceptional country that gives exceptional opportunities to everyone.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Naked Politics
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Top Jeb Bush donor says he's with Clinton
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral  —  According to numerous eyewitness reports, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded during a test on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral.  This rocket was set to launch on Saturday, September 3 on a mission to deliver Facebook's first satellite to orbit.
John Breech /
LOOK: Colin Kaepernick's practice socks appear to disrespect the police  —  The 49ers QB has been wearing an interesting pair of socks during practice  —  Colin Kaepernick's popularity with police officers has slowly been decreasing ever since Sunday when he revealed that a big reason he's protesting …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump has the ball and Hillary can't run out the clock  —  Running out the clock is a term often applied to the Clinton campaign as Election Day appears on the horizon, now only 68 days away.  And with a lead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls relatively once at an almost-insurmountable 7.9 points …
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S., others agreed to ‘secret’ exemptions for Iran after nuclear deal - report  —  The United States and its negotiating partners agreed “in secret” to allow Iran to evade some restrictions in last year's landmark nuclear agreement in order to meet the deadline for it to start getting relief …
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: JetBlue puts child on wrong flight, sends him to Boston as horrified mom waits at JFK; ‘I thought he was kidnapped’  —  It was JetBlue's plane stupidity that got a Manhattan boy lost.  —  A 5-year-old returning home alone from a family visit in the Dominican Republic was placed …
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Little Evidence Of The Type Of Voter Fraud Targeted By ID Laws
Doug Brown / Portland Mercury:
A Black Teen Was Run Down in Gresham
Discussion: LawNewz and Raw Story
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Texas AG Asks Court To Put On Hold Lawsuits Over North Carolina's HB2
Wlady Pleszczynski / The American Spectator:
The Social Justice Bench-Warmer
Discussion: The Hayride
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Democratic Senate Might Need to Curtail Filibuster, Harry Reid Says
Discussion: and Instapundit
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
How Political Correctness Chills Speech on Campus
 Earlier Items: 
ABC News:
FBI Warns Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Staffers to Beware of Foreign Spies in US
Discussion: Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Dealt With a Series of People Who Had Mob Ties
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Is This Trump's Backup Plan If He Loses the Election?
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Why Mitch McConnell's strategy to quash the tea party is working
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
iLeave  —  Apple and the Irish example.  —  The interaction …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate 2016: Flip Flop
Discussion: Washington Post
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pollsters fight to figure out Trump phenomenon
ABC News:
Clinton Camp Invades Red State Arizona With Major Ad Buy
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and CBS Philly