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11:00 PM ET, September 15, 2016

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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump defiant as polls rise, won't say Obama was born in United States  —  CANTON, Ohio — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in an interview here that he remains unwilling to say that President Obama is born in the United States, that he is more bullish than ever on his chances …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump refuses to say whether he thinks Obama was born in US  —  refused to say if he thinks President Obama was born in the U.S. on Wednesday, despite many of his surrogates declaring in recent weeks that the Republican nominee had renounced his “birther” theory.
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Politicus USA
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 …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
MSNBC Host Complains Hillary Clinton ‘Faces a Double Standard Every Day’
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  While the presidential horse race between …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. just told everyone the real reason his dad isn't releasing his tax returns
Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Says Donald Trump Should Release Tax Returns
Discussion: Correct The Record, CNN and 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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Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Donald Trump gaining on Hillary Clinton in Michigan  —  WASHINGTON - A month after it appeared the race for president in Michigan might be all but over, Donald Trump has cut deeply into Hillary Clinton's post-convention lead, with an exclusive new Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll showing …
Bill Bartel / Associated Press:
Trump-Clinton is now too close to call in Virginia, according to new poll
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Poll Shows Tight Race for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
CBS News:
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton locked in tight race nationally - CBS/NYT poll
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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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
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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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Didn't Keep His Word in Flint, Pastor Says
Discussion: Sputnik International
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump on Flint pastor: ‘She was like a nervous mess’
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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Liz Crokin / The New York Observer:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Campaign Systematically Overcharging Poorest Donors  —  Wells Fargo fraud department inundated with calls from low-income Clinton supporters reporting repeated unauthorized charges  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is stealing from her poorest supporters by purposefully …
Discussion: The Hayride and The Gateway Pundit
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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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   Hillary's Self-Inflicted Headwinds
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
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Lindsay Wise / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senate is on track to work fewest number of days since 1956
Discussion: Daily Kos
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, The Big Lead and New York Magazine
Bloomberg:
Cruz's Internet Crusade Gains Steam in U.S. Funding Debate  —  Senator warns freedom at stake if U.S. doesn't oversee the web  —  Republicans want internet provision included in spending bill  —  Another year, another standoff over a possible government shutdown, and Ted Cruz is back in the center …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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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
Nicole Pelletiere / ABC News:
Baby ‘Salutes’ Former Marine Dad in Adorable Sonogram Photo
Fox News:
DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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Daily Mail:
Germany torn apart: Mob of 100 neo-Nazis in vicious brawl with 20 asylum seekers who goaded …