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10:20 AM ET, September 16, 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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TRUMP CAMPAIGN STATEMENT  —  “Hillary Clinton's campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very nasty, failed 2008 campaign for President.  This type of vicious and conniving behavior is straight from the Clinton Playbook.  As usual, however, Hillary Clinton was too weak to get an answer.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Exclusive: Reid hits back at Trump  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid punched right back at Donald Trump for poking fun at his grisly eye injury, calling the GOP presidential nominee a “con artist” and rapping Republican leaders for not getting answers from the New York billionaire.
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Trump campaign: Obama born in the US  — “In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion,” his campaign said  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's campaign on Thursday said he believes President Barack Obama was born in the US, a major reversal from a line of attack Trump launched five years ago.
CNN:
Michelle Obama makes case for Clinton  —  Michelle Obama's entire Democratic convention speech  —  Washington (CNN)With virtually unmatched popularity at her back, First Lady Michelle Obama debuts on the stump for Hillary Clinton Friday, hoping to galvanize suburban voters behind a candidate she once fiercely opposed.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Alana Abramson / ABC News:
Donald Trump Jr.: 'Doesn't Know' if Father Will Explicitly Say Obama Born in US
Discussion: Politico
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Gary Johnson cuts into Clinton's lead  —  NEW YORK — Gary Johnson was never supposed to be a problem for Hillary Clinton.  —  The low-profile Libertarian's presence on the ballot would serve as an easy out for #NeverTrump Republicans, Democrats aligned with the nominee have long figured, and that could only hurt Donald Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Donald Trump gaining on Hillary Clinton in Michigan
Discussion: RedState
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The race is tightening for a painfully simple reason
Bill Bartel / Associated Press:
Trump-Clinton is now too close to call in Virginia, according to new poll
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Heinz Ketchup proves that Donald Trump is out of his mind  —  Trump wants to end food safety regulation.  Seriously.  —  Food poisoning will make America great again!  —  Or, at least, that's what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears to be banking on with a new proposal released on Thursday.
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump would roll back food safety regulations
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
What's Really Ailing Hillary  —  She wasn't always like this.  She wasn't always a woman who could almost collapse in public, then emerge from seclusion a couple of hours later announcing, “I'm feeing great,” as if nothing had happened, as if she hadn't already known for two days that she had pneumonia.
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 …
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
How Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Echo Clinton Conspiracy Theories  —  Some conservatives are hard at work spreading conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health in an attempt to disqualify her from seeking higher office.  Video footage of the Democratic nominee stumbling as she abruptly departed …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Kasich: ‘Very unlikely’ I'll vote for Trump … Ohio Gov. John Kasich isn't ruling out voting for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  , though he says it's “highly unlikely” he'll support his former GOP rival.  —  “I'll let everybody know when, but I think my actions have spoken very loudly …
Dow Jones Newswires:
In Places With Fraying Social Fabric, a Political Backlash Rises (9/15/16)  —  Ruth Gonzalez, 44, is getting help from the Lions Club in trying to renegotiate the two mortgages on her house, which is facing foreclosure.  She fell behind on her payments because of mounting medical bills …
Paul Demko / Politico:
Obama steps in to save Obamacare  —  Deep into the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama is working behind the scenes to secure Obamacare's legacy, struggling to bolster a program whose ultimate success or failure will likely be determined by his successor.
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Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
How Obamacare Clears the Field for a GOP Senate Win
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Federalist
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Camp Defends Don Jr.: He Was Talking Executions, Not The Holocaust!  —  Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump campaign both defended his “gas chamber” quip in a Thursday interview, saying that he was making a reference to capital punishment rather than the Holocaust, as many had interpreted it.
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The Columbus Dispatch:
Police chief identifies officer who shot 13-year-old suspect  —  City and police officials released the name of the police officer who shot a 13-year-old boy Wednesday night in the Olde Towne East neighborhood.  —  Tyre King, an 8th grader at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy …
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Fox News:
Missouri state senator sits during Pledge of Allegiance
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Media Matters for America:
The Drudge Report Has Linked To Russian Propaganda Sites At Least 91 Times In 2016
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Pulliam / Online Library of Law & Liberty:
Grounds for Concern?
Nigel Duara / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona's once-feared immigration law, SB 1070, loses most of its power in settlement
Discussion: The Root and ImmigrationProf Blog
Bloomberg:
Cruz's Internet Crusade Gains Steam in U.S. Funding Debate
Discussion: heave-ho.org
 Earlier Items: 
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump says he eats fast food because ‘at least you know’ what's in it
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
MSNBC Host Complains Hillary Clinton ‘Faces a Double Standard Every Day’
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
When a Crackpot Runs for President
Discussion: Hullabaloo