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1:40 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” …
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Here are the juiciest Colin Powell comments about Trump and Clinton from his hacked emails
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Colin Powell's leaked emails say what GOP elites rarely admit publicly
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:   Email Bombshell: Hillary Clinton ‘Could Barely Climb The Podium Steps’
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump's Path to Victory Is Starting to Look Very Real  —  The week before last I looked at Donald Trump's likely “path to victory” and adjudged it as “a tightrope walk down an insanely narrow path to 270 electoral votes.”  I'd now take out the adjective insanely and maybe even suggest it's …
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.
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:   Some Quick, easy steps to tell if you're a deplorable
Brian Schwartz / Fox Business:
Once Viewed as Long Shot, Investors Now Realize Trump Might Win
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton is no longer the closer  —  Bill Clinton's chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, was home working Sunday evening when Huma Abedin called with an urgent request: Could the former president drop his upcoming meetings in Washington, and take over for his pneumonia-felled wife on the campaign trail.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bill's glitzy birthday bash raises money for Clinton Foundation
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Bill Clinton Alleged Rape Scene Witness: ‘Her Mouth Was All Swollen Up...Pantyhose Ripped’
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.
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.
CNN/ORC polls: Trump's national gains extend to Florida, Ohio  —  Washington (CNN)With eight weeks to go before Election Day, Donald Trump holds a narrow lead over Hillary Clinton in Ohio and the two are locked in a near-even contest in Florida, according to new CNN/ORC polls in the two critical battleground states.
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
House Republicans Face New Tests of Their Irrelevance  —  We're about to see if House Republicans have learned anything in the last few years.  That is, we'll see if the small group of radicals can bully mainstream conservatives into casting irresponsible and counterproductive votes on two measures.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP negotiators reach deal to postpone IRS impeachment vote
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump reveals his weight-loss goal  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump could stand to lose a few: 15 to 20 pounds to be precise.  —  That's the weight loss goal the Republican nominee shared in a Wednesday interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, according to several audience members who sat through the taping.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Checkup Said to Reveal He Is Overweight
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump's ‘Dr. Oz Show’ appearance likely won't feature health reveal
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 …
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.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
My gut worry about the polling shift toward Donald Trump  —  The polls have moved markedly in Donald Trump's favor of the last month.  And now everybody who doesn't want him to be president is trying to figure out why — and whether he's going to keep gaining.
Discussion: AOL
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton Had ‘Normal’ Physical, in ‘Excellent Mental Condition’: Doctor  —  Hillary Clinton on Wednesday released more information about her medical history following the announcement on Sunday that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and questions that have continued to swirl about her health.
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:
Even Trump's charity is a scam  —  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.
New York Times:
Sowing Doubt Is Seen as Prime Danger in Hacking Voting System  —  WASHINGTON — Russian hackers would not be able to change the outcome of the United States presidential election, the nation's most senior intelligence and law enforcement officials have assured Congress and the White House in recent weeks.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
RNC denies it was hacked
Discussion: The Week
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.
The Local:
Woman sues parents for sharing embarrassing childhood photos  —  A 18-year-old woman from Carinthia is suing her parents for posting photos of her on Facebook without her consent.  —  She claims that since 2009 they have made her life a misery by constantly posting photos of her …
Discussion: AOL, Vocativ, Mashable and WREG-TV
Kurt Eichenwald / Newsweek:
HOW THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION'S FOREIGN BUSINESS TIES COULD UPEND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY  —  U.S. DONALD TRUMP 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION  —  A close examination by Newsweek of the Trump Organization, including confidential interviews with business executives and some of its international partners …
Sam Koppelman / Hillary Clinton 2016:
20 questions Donald Trump needs to answer about his business—and the national security risk it poses
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