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9:40 AM ET, September 9, 2016


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Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump attacks U.S. foreign policy, political press corps on state-owned Russian television network  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and the American political press corps Thursday during an interview on RT America, a state-owned Russian television network.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Things just got very, very heated between Rudy Giuliani and Chris Matthews  —  Rudy Giuliani is the highest-profile Donald Trump supporter to publicly raise questions about Hillary Clinton's health.  While Trump himself relies more on innuendo, the former New York mayor prefers to be more direct.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Resurgent
Iraq, Hillary and baseball: Donald Trump talks to Larry King (RT EXCLUSIVE) … Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tells RT's Larry King that he doesn't dislike Hillary Clinton, but that she's not the person to make America great again - and that their televised duel Wednesday was more fun than baseball.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Campaign Stands By Embrace of Putin  —  WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump's campaign on Thursday reaffirmed its extraordinary embrace of Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, signaling a preference for the leadership of an authoritarian adversary over that of America's own president …
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Democrats rally around Clinton and paint Trump as unfit for office  —  On Thursday, the full force of the Democratic Party, including President Obama, rallied around Hillary Clinton, saying that rival Donald Trump is unfit for office.  —  On the Republican side, there was no such unity …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘Trump believes now that Obama was born in the U.S.’
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
The Hillary Clinton email story is out of control  —  JUDGING BY the amount of time NBC's Matt Lauer spent pressing Hillary Clinton on her emails during Wednesday's national security presidential forum, one would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election.
New York Times:
A Debate Disaster Waiting to Happen  —  There was not much of a contest in Wednesday night's forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  Mrs. Clinton answered the questions of the moderator, Matt Lauer, in coherent sentences, often with specific details.  Mr. Trump alternated between …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Granted Immunity to Specialist Who Deleted Hillary Clinton's Emails  —  WASHINGTON — A computer specialist who deleted Hillary Clinton's emails despite orders from Congress to preserve them was given immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation into her personal email account …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Hill Republicans: Clinton investigations won't stop if she wins
Discussion: Political Wire
Dustin Moskovitz:
Compelled to Act  —  We're committing $20M to help Democrats in the 2016 election  —  Cari and I have dedicated our lives to figuring out how to do the most good we can with the resources we've been given.  Until now, those efforts have not included making endorsements or contributions in presidential elections.
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg:
Super-PAC Telegraphs Battleground Strategy to Clinton Campaign  —  A conservation super-PAC's press release contains a kind of coded message about voters they're targeting to other organization on the left—like the Democratic nominee's campaign.  —  The League of Conservation Voters' super-PAC …
Daniel Dalewashington / Toronto Star:
Donald Trump offers nine explanations of his Iraq War stance in 13 minutes  —  Most of Trump's explanations for his position on the war in 2002 and 2003 were dishonest, contradictory or both.  —  WASHINGTON—Donald Trump supported the invasion of Iraq.  This is a matter of public record.
Donald J. Trump / Esquire:
Donald Trump: How I'd Run the Country (Better)
NBC News:
What Really Happened at Donald Trump's Intelligence Briefing  —  What ‘body language’ is Trump talking about?  —  As U.S. officials cast doubt on Donald Trump's claim he read the “body language” of intelligence officials at a recent briefing, NBC News has learned exclusive details …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
'We're the Only Plane in the Sky'  —  Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001.  But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history.  Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
Seahawks Considering National Anthem Protest As A Team  —  In the fourth week of the preseason, two other NFL players joined Colin Kaepernick in sitting out the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: his 49ers teammate Eric Reid, and Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane.
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired for creating over 2 million phony accounts  —  Everyone hates paying bank fees.  But imagine paying fees on a ghost account you didn't even sign up for.  —  That's exactly what happened to Wells Fargo customers nationwide.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
GOP insiders: Maybe Trump can win  —  Once resigned to a November defeat, swing state Republicans are increasingly optimistic about Donald Trump's chances now that the GOP presidential nominee has closed a once-yawning deficit in the polls against Hillary Clinton.
Julia Carrie Wong / Guardian:
Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post  —  Norway's largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company's decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war  —  Norway's largest newspaper has published …
PR Newswire:
Hillary's Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)  —  Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are “serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.,” say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding …
Tampa Bay Times:
Feds should investigate Bondi-Trump connection  —  Federal prosecutors should investigate whether there is any connection between the decision by Attorney General Pam Bondi's office not to pursue fraud allegations against Trump University and a $25,000 campaign contribution he gave her.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Poll: Half of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare  —  About half of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare, a slight uptick since November of last year, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.  —  Fifty-one percent said they disapprove of ObamaCare, while 44 percent said they support the health law.
Discussion: Gallup and Washington Free Beacon
Colin Campbell / Raleigh News & Observer:
Sunday voting, additional early voting sites and hours restored in some counties despite GOP opposition  —  RALEIGH  —  Noting the watchful eye of a federal court, the State Board of Elections voted to restore Sunday early voting hours in several counties that had offered the option - popular among African-American voters - in 2012.
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Bill Clinton: “If You're A White Southerner,” You Know What ‘Make America Great Again’ Really Means  —  Former President Bill Clinton stumps for his wife in Orlando, FL.  He says that Donald Trump's promise to “Make America Great Again” is a racist codeword.
Turkey suspends over 11,000 teachers for suspected terror links  —  Istanbul (CNN)Turkey has suspended thousands of teachers over alleged links to a militant Kurdish group, according to sources and state-run news agency Anadolu.  —  At least 11,285 schoolteachers across the country …
Discussion: The Week and Instapundit
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Inside the collapse of Trump's D.C. policy shop  —  The Trump campaign built a large policy shop in Washington that has now largely melted away because of neglect, mismanagement and promises of pay that were never honored.  Many of the team's former members say the campaign leadership never took …
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Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
After convention stumble, Melania Trump has largely vanished from campaign
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Team Aims for a More Positive Message
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
White House names retired Air Force general as first cyber security chief
Discussion: The Week and Engadget
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Discussion: EveryJoe, The Daily Caller and Politico
Russ Read / The Daily Caller:
New York Times Mislabels Aleppo Twice While Chastising Gary Johnson's Gaffe
Discussion: Jihad Watch and BizPac Review
John Hayward / Breitbart:
Erik Prince: Clinton's ‘Foreign Policy Record Is a Disaster,’ Trump Is ‘Willing to Take a Different Direction’
Discussion: Religion News Service
 Earlier Items: 
John Nichols / The Nation:
Russ Feingold Wants to Lead a New Progressive Era in the Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and BizPac Review
Hannah Seligson / The Huffington Post:
One of the greatest enigmas of 2016, explained.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Washington Post:
Prosecutors will drop case against former Va. governor Robert McDonnell
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Behind scenes, NBC execs concede Matt Lauer forum performance was “disaster”