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8:55 AM ET, September 15, 2016


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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” …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Colin Powell Called The Cheneys Idiots  —  “They are idiots and spent force peddling a book that ain't going nowhere,” he said in an email about the former vice president's book with his daughter.  —  Handout / Getty Images  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed …
Ezra Dulis / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Donald Trump Jr: Hillary Wants to ‘Shut Down’ PA Energy Production to Benefit Saudis  —  CANONSBURG, Pa. — Donald Trump Jr. defended Pennsylvania's coal industry from former President Bill Clinton in a Wednesday appearance in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Five dramatic revelations from Powell's leaked emails
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton offers Powell ‘sympathy’ after email hack
Discussion: ABC News and The Atlantic
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.
Discussion: The Times of Israel, Althouse and CNN
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
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump's Path to Victory Is Starting to Look Very Real
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.
Discussion: New York Times, Hit & Run and The Week
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton campaign releases doctor's letter describing ‘mild’ pneumonia  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton's campaign released a letter from her doctor Wednesday describing her diagnosis and treatment for “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia,” and will note that she received …
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton Had ‘Normal’ Physical, in ‘Excellent Mental Condition’: Doctor
Hillary Clinton 2016:
Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine release additional medical information while Donald Trump defies …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Magnets for Drinkers and Porn Watchers, Wi-Fi Kiosks Will Lose Internet Browsers  —  The Wi-Fi kiosks were designed to replace phone booths and allow users to consult maps, maybe check the weather or charge their phones.  But they've also attracted people who linger for hours …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Not in my house, pastor tells Trump  —  FLINT, Mich. — Donald Trump's last minute attempt to win over African-American voters veered off course Wednesday afternoon when the pastor of a historically black church cut him off mid-stump speech, reminding him that he had not been invited there to deliver a political speech.
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
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
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
Art Swift / Gallup:
Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
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
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Jon Street /
State Senator Refuses to Stand During Pledge of Allegiance in ‘Solidarity’ With Colin Kaepernick
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
‘I hate palm trees’: The sentimental journey of Harry Reid
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Why Florida is still in play for Trump
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump bought a 6-foot-tall portrait of himself with charity money. We may have found it.
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
New York Times:
Sowing Doubt Is Seen as Prime Danger in Hacking Voting System
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Some Quick, easy steps to tell if you're a deplorable
Discussion: Washington Post
Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton is no longer the closer
Daniel Ducassi / Politico:
Police release video showing state Rep. Keith Perry striking a man
Isaac Avilucea / The Trentonian:
Trenton kindergarten student, 5, brings heroin to school
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS New York
The Local:
Woman sues parents for sharing embarrassing childhood photos
Discussion: AOL, Vocativ, WREG-TV and Mashable