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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.
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  While the presidential horse race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump remains close, American likely voters say 62 - 38 percent that Clinton is qualified to be president and 61 - 38 percent that Trump is not qualified, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
MSNBC Host Complains Hillary Clinton ‘Faces a Double Standard Every Day’  —  MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle complained Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was being treated unfairly by the media, saying there was a “double standard” where she received more negative coverage than Donald Trump.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Jr.: Media Would Be “Warming Up The Gas Chamber” If GOP Did What Hillary Did
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Camp Defends Don Jr.: He Was Talking Executions, Not The Holocaust!
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and alan.com
Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Says Donald Trump Should Release Tax Returns
Discussion: RedState
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democratic Super PAC to Pay for Dirt on Donald Trump
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The race is tightening for a painfully simple reason  —  Hillary Clinton's ongoing campaign to paint Donald Trump as unacceptable in the eyes of most Americans is working.  It's just not good enough.  That's the message of the spate of recent polls showing a dramatically tightened race that Trump may even be narrowly winning.
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Bill Bartel / Associated Press:
Trump-Clinton is now too close to call in Virginia, according to new poll  —  With the presidential election less than eight weeks away, the race is too close to call in Virginia, according to a poll released Thursday.  —  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton held a 3-percentage-point lead …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:   Poll: Donald Trump gaining on Hillary Clinton in Michigan
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 …
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump would roll back food safety regulations  —  intends to roll back food safety regulations if he wins the White House in November.  —  In a fact sheet Thursday, the campaign highlighted a number of “specific regulations to be eliminated” under the GOP nominee's economic plan, including what they called the “FDA Food Police.”
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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’
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Didn't Keep His Word in Flint, Pastor Says
Discussion: Sputnik International
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Fundamentals: Where Are We in This Strange Race for President?  —  And can Trump breach Fortress Obama?  —  Every presidential election is different, but nobody's going to tell us that this one isn't notably different from any other in the modern period.
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David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
How Trump Could Win The White House While Losing The Popular Vote
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   Hillary's Self-Inflicted Headwinds
Rick Seltzer / Inside Higher Ed:
The Librarian's Bequest  —  Alumnus and longtime library employee left largely unrestricted bequest to U of New Hampshire.  It is spending $100,000 on the library and $1 million on a video scoreboard for the football stadium.  —  By  —  It sounds too good to be true …
Discussion: NPR, New York Magazine and The Big Lead
Joel Stein / Bloomberg:
A new force in electoral politics.  —  At 4 p.m., Milo Yiannopoulos puts on a pair of glasses for the first time today.  He examines himself in a mirror to see if he wants to add a gray suit to his purchases, which will push his bill to almost $12,000 at Savile Row's Gieves & Hawkes.
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
How Obamacare Clears the Field for a GOP Senate Win  —  Democrats have licked their chops in anticipation of the 2016 election when it comes to control of the US Senate.  Under normal circumstances, a 24-10 advantage in a presidential cycle would all but guarantee Democrats victory in the Senate race.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, kff.org, The Federalist and NPR
Richard Zoglin / TIME:
The New Politics of Late Night  —  In a wild election with a ripe orange target, comics are ditching balance and taking sides  —  No late-night-TV comedian attacks the job with more righteous intensity than Samantha Bee.  Once a week on her TBS show Full Frontal, she stands before a wall of video monitors …
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 …
Michael Coppinger / USA Today:
Arizona running back Orlando Bradford charged with seven felonies, dismissed  —  The University of Arizona football team has parted ways with running back Orlando Bradford following an alleged domestic violence incident.  —  In a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Trump Outlines Vision for Economy, Promising Large Tax Cuts
Discussion: Washington Post
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump says he eats fast food because ‘at least you know’ what's in it
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
When a Crackpot Runs for President
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
Philippine witness: We killed for Duterte, fed body to crocodile
Discussion: Guardian, The Daily Caller and NPR
Nicole Pelletiere / ABC News:
Baby ‘Salutes’ Former Marine Dad in Adorable Sonogram Photo
Riz Ahmed / Guardian:
Typecast as a terrorist  —  As my acting career developed …
Discussion: The Frisky and Refinery29
Fox News:
DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race
Discussion: Hot Air
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Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes Hajj pilgrimage after converting to Islam
Associated Press:
The Latest: Clinton Says Syria Cease Fire Rests on Russia
The Hill:
Hillary Clinton faces dilemma following ‘deplorables’ remark
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Hot Air