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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Aide Shuts Down Local TV Interview With Trump Jr. When Charity Issue Is Raised  —  An interview with Donald Trump Jr. conducted by a local Pennsylvania television station was abruptly cut off by an aide when the topic turned to a Washington Post story about Donald Trump spending his foundation's money …
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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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. just told everyone the real reason his dad isn't releasing his tax returns  —  Donald Trump has been adamant that the sole reason he is the only major presidential nominee in modern history refusing to release his tax returns is because he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Jr.: Media Would Be “Warming Up The Gas Chamber” If GOP Did What Hillary Did  —  Donald Trump Jr. said on Thursday that the media has built up Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and that if Republicans acted the way Clinton has, the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” for them.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:   Paul Ryan Says Donald Trump Should Release Tax Returns
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump Favors Wider Access to Birth Control
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: I wouldn't talk about health if tests were bad
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Media ‘warms up the gas chamber’ for Republicans, Trump's son says
Discussion: New York Times and Joe.My.God.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Despite gestures, Trump is still the least transparent U.S. presidential candidate in modern history
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump bought a 6-foot-tall portrait of himself with charity money. We may have found it.
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Clinton Says She May Not Choose Garland for Supreme Court  —  Democrat would ‘look broadly’ for diverse nominees, she says  —  She won't preclude lame-duck confirmation, deferring to Obama  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she wouldn't be bound …
Eric Segall / The Daily Beast:   Why We Don't Need a Ninth Supreme Court Justice
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.
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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.
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Iowa  —  Trump Widens Lead Over Clinton  —  Grassley holds sizable edge for Senate  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Donald Trump now has an 8 point lead over Hillary Clinton in the battle for Iowa's electoral votes, according to the Monmouth University Poll .
Scott Detrow / NPR:
Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor — But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter  —  Donald Trump is lashing out against an African-American pastor who interrupted him Wednesday to chide him for campaigning in her Flint, Mich., church.  —  “Something was up,” Trump told Fox and Friends on Thurday morning.
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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.”
The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Asks Newly-Chatty FBI Director to Explain Why DOJ Didn't Prosecute Banksters  —  Like a lot of other Americans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know why the Department of Justice hasn't criminally prosecuted any of the major players responsible for the 2008 financial crisis.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Common Dreams
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abc13.com:
SANDRA BLAND'S FAMILY SAYS CIVIL SUIT SETTLED FOR $1.9M  —  Attorneys for the Sandra Bland family say a settlement has been reached in their civil suit  —  ENTERTAINMENT  —  Famous Marilyn Monroe “Flying Skirt” pic
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The Hill:
Hillary Clinton faces dilemma following ‘deplorables’ remark  —  faces a major dilemma in the wake of her controversial “basket of deplorables” comment: keep hammering Donald Trump  —  on race or pivot to other issues.  —  Democrats are divided on the best course of action following …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
How Clinton's allies are embracing her mistake
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
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.
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Daily Mail:
Germany torn apart: Mob of 100 neo-Nazis in vicious brawl with 20 asylum seekers who goaded them into violence in latest example of how Merkel's open-door policy is dividing the country  —  Refugees and neo-Nazis battled it out on the streets of an east German town on Wednesday night …
Donald J Trump for President:
FACT SHEET: DONALD J. TRUMP'S PRO-GROWTH ECONOMIC POLICY WILL CREATE 25 MILLION JOBS  —  Donald J. Trump's Economic Policy Package Will Lead To Millions Of Jobs Created And Unbridled Economic Growth  —  The Trump Economy: 25 Million New Jobs Created In The Next Decade
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
How Trump Could Win The White House While Losing The Popular Vote  —  OK, before I say anything, a quick disclaimer: This piece is not a prediction.  In fact, I'm a religious (maybe fanatical) adherent of FiveThirtyEight's 2016 election forecast model, which I find to be both methodologically rigorous and intellectually honest.
Prachi Gupta / Cosmopolitan:
Ivanka Trump on Her Father's New Child Care and Maternity Leave Policy  —  Cosmopolitan.com 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 …
 
 
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Richard Zoglin / TIME:
The New Politics of Late Night
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam
Joel Stein / Bloomberg:
A new force in electoral politics.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump releases letter from his doctor, saying he takes cholesterol-lowering drug, is overweight
Bloomberg:
Trump Says Economic Plan Would Create 25 Million Jobs
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Matt Ford / The Atlantic:
‘Are Syrians the Only Muslims Indiana Fears?’
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Author Ed Klein: Hillary Frequently Faints, Huma Brings Her Cold Compresses for Her Head (VIDEO)
Discussion: BizPac Review
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Time Trump's Campaign Manager Called Americans “a Bunch of Pigs”
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Time to Face It: Trump Really Could Win This
Discussion: National Review