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6:30 PM ET, September 15, 2016

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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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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.
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.
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
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  While the presidential horse race between …
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Says Donald Trump Should Release Tax Returns
Discussion: RedState
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Media ‘warms up the gas chamber’ for Republicans, Trump's son says
Discussion: New York Times and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Back on the campaign trail, Clinton speaks about helping families at N.C. rally
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.”
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.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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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.
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   Hillary's Self-Inflicted Headwinds
Sabato's Crystal Ball:   The Fundamentals: Where Are We in This Strange Race for President?
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.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump releases letter from his doctor, saying he takes cholesterol-lowering drug, is overweight  —  Donald Trump has provided to The Washington Post a letter that summarizes his latest physical exam and discussed the results on a television show scheduled to air Thursday afternoon …
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Despite gestures, Trump is still the least transparent U.S. presidential candidate in modern history
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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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
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, NPR and The Federalist
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: Hot Air and Daily Kos
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 …
 
 
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Fox News:
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