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9:50 AM ET, September 15, 2016


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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Five dramatic revelations from Powell's leaked emails  —  Candid emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell are causing a stir across the country with their blunt assessment of a host of Washington's stars.  —  The emails, released by hackers behind a WikiLeaks-type website believed …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Powell in leaked email slams Bill Clinton on continuing affairs with ‘bimbos’  —  A website claiming to have hacked former Secretary of State Colin Powell's private emails has published correspondence that appears to show Powell accusing President Bill Clinton  —  of adultery.
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
NEW YORK - Conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this one.  —  An email hacked from Colin Powell's Gmail account has him writing that he had just returned from the famed Bohemian Grove — a place the Washington Post once described as “where the rich and powerful go to misbehave” …
Tom Fontaine / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Trump Jr. to Trib: Dad will ‘separate’ from business interests if elected  —  Donald Trump Jr. talks about his father's campaign with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review at the Trib's office on the North Shore, Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  —  BY TOM FONTAINE  —  Donald Trump Jr. dismissed …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton offers Powell ‘sympathy’ after email hack
Discussion: ABC News
Ezra Dulis / Breitbart:   Exclusive - Donald Trump Jr: Hillary Wants to ‘Shut Down’ PA Energy Production to Benefit Saudis
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bill's glitzy birthday bash raises money for Clinton Foundation
CBS News:
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton locked in tight race nationally - CBS/NYT poll  —  With the first debate less than two weeks away, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race for the presidency nationally.  Clinton has just a 2-point edge in a two-way match-up among likely voters.
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Poll Shows Tight Race for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton  —  With less than eight weeks before Election Day, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a tight contest, with both candidates still struggling to win the confidence of their respective bases, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
My gut worry about the polling shift toward Donald Trump  —  The polls have moved markedly in Donald Trump's favor in the past month.  And now everybody who doesn't want him to be president is trying to figure out why — and whether he will keep gaining.  —  Obviously, it's been a rough few weeks …
Discussion: AOL
CNN/ORC polls: Trump's national gains extend to Florida, Ohio
Washington Post:
Donald Trump, scam artist … THE TRUMP campaign believes this editorial is not journalism.  It is “badgering.”  That is how campaign manager Kellyanne Conway described on Tuesday some simple questions The Post and others have asked Mr. Trump and his circle over the past several months about his supposed philanthropic activities.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump bought a 6-foot-tall portrait of himself with charity money. We may have found it.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Despite gestures, Trump is still the least transparent U.S. presidential candidate in modern history
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Time to Face It: Trump Really Could Win This  —  If Democrats are starting to panic, they should.  What else do they have to throw at him?  —  If you aren't seriously contemplating the biggest black swan event in American electoral history, you aren't paying attention.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump on Flint pastor: ‘She was like a nervous mess’  —  The pastor in Flint, Michigan, who interrupted Donald Trump as he ripped into Hillary Clinton on Wednesday “was like a nervous mess” as she introduced him, the Republican nominee said Thursday, adding that he “figured something was up.”
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and The Week
Eli Stokols / Politico:   Not in my house, pastor tells Trump
The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump Wants Peter Thiel On The Supreme Court, Sources Say  —  The eccentric billionaire endorsed Trump in a speech at the Republican National Convention this summer.  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post  —  Donald Trump has made it clear he will nominate Peter Thiel …
Joseph W. McQuaid /
An Editorial — Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: A better choice for President (No need to hold your nose)  —  New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher … In 1972, Union Leader Publisher William Loeb found himself having to recommend either President Richard Nixon or challenger George McGovern.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Time Trump's Campaign Manager Called Americans “a Bunch of Pigs”  —  Immediately after the news broke that Hillary Clinton had said that half of Donald Trump's supporters were racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or Islamophobic and belonged in a “basket of deplorables,” Kellyanne Conway …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP negotiators reach deal to postpone IRS impeachment vote  —  House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte have reached a tentative compromise to postpone a vote to impeach the IRS commissioner, sources familiar with the talks told POLITICO.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Face New Tests of Their Irrelevance
New York Times:
New Records Shed Light on Donald Trump's $25,000 Gift to Florida Official  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It was Aug. 29, 2013, an unremarkable day inside Florida's whitewashed Capitol, and a typically sweltering one outside among the moss-bearded oaks and sabal palms.
Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Ivanka Trump on Her Father's New Child Care and Maternity Leave Policy  — spoke to the 34-year-old Trump Organization executive about the plan she heavily influenced.  —  On Tuesday night, Donald Trump released a child care and maternity leave plan that offers new mothers six weeks …
Calvin Tomkins / New Yorker:
Gold Toilet  —  Five years ago, the artist Maurizio Cattelan announced his retirement from art by hanging virtually everything he had done—a hundred and twenty-eight startling objects and images—from the skylight at the top of the Guggenheim Museum's spiral atrium.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Associated Press:
WITNESS SAYS PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT ORDERED KILLINGS OF 1,000  —  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country's Senate on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad …
Discussion: and Associated Press
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Why Florida is still in play for Trump  —  MIAMI — The nation's biggest battleground state should have buried Donald Trump's White House hopes.  —  With Florida's booming Hispanic population, Trump's harsh immigration rhetoric sounded like political suicide.
Julie Phelan / ABC News:
Pessimistic or Optimistic?  Election-Wise, It Matters (POLL)  —  Two-thirds of Americans feel they have little or no influence over the actions of the federal government.  Forty-five percent say the country's greatness is ebbing.  As many see voter fraud as commonplace.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
‘I hate palm trees’: The sentimental journey of Harry Reid  —  LAS VEGAS — The SUV meandered through a quiet middle-class neighborhood until it reached Harry Reid's former home, a pleasant one-story ranch house with a terra-cotta roof, pink flowers out front and a swimming pool in the back.
Jon Street /
State Senator Refuses to Stand During Pledge of Allegiance in ‘Solidarity’ With Colin Kaepernick  —  As the Missouri state Senate convened Wednesday, state senators stood to their feet to recite the Pledge of Allegiance — at least most did.  —  State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, did not stand, however.
The Intercept:
Latest Estimate Pegs Cost of Wars at Nearly $5 Trillion  —  The total U.S. budgetary cost of war since 2001 is $4.79 trillion, according to a report released this week from Brown University's Watson Institute.  That's the highest estimate yet.  —  Neta Crawford of Boston University …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Video shows aftermath of 69-year-old woman punched at a Trump rally
New York Times:
Sowing Doubt Is Seen as Prime Danger in Hacking Voting System
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Hillary Clinton 2016:
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