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2:30 PM 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 …
Donald J Trump for President:
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.
NBC News:
First Read: Why Trump Can't Escape His ‘Birther’ Past  —  Donald Trump's campaign - but not the candidate - says Obama was born in US 3:00  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump is trying to rewrite his history of birtherism.  This is what really happened.  —  ‘We have to keep the suspense going’  —  Since 2011, Donald Trump has been the most prominent spokesperson for birtherism—the racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Donald Trump fooled cable news into airing a 25-minute infomercial for his campaign  —  Donald Trump promised a major statement about his embrace of conspiracy theories about President Obama's birthplace.  —  Instead, he fooled the three major cable news networks into airing a 20-minute infomercial about his hotel and his candidacy.
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Donald Trump's birther speech is a commercial for his new hotel  —  It's already remarkable — in a bad way — that a nominee for president of the United States has to make a major speech to disavow the racist, baseless conspiracy theory he started about the president's birth certificate.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, and Hit & Run
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Preps New Round of Racist Agitation  —  With Donald Trump it is literally hard to keep up with the lies.  As of this morning he's saying he's going to have a “big announcement today” about birtherism and that he can't say what it is because he needs to “keep the suspense going.”
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills Trump Spox On Birtherism: 'That's A Dodge!'  —  After Donald Trump declined to say whether he believes President Obama was born in the United States, Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Thursday night quizzed campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson on Trump's refusal to denounce his birtherism.
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump concedes Obama was born in the U.S.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Introduced By A Birther At Event Where He Walked Back Birtherism
Discussion: Vox
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton ad: Trump ‘still the birther-in-chief’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:   WATCH LIVE: Trump To Make ‘Big Announcement’ On Birther Views At 10 AM ET
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Trump campaign: Obama born in the US
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 …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Obama: ‘I was pretty confident about where I was born’
Discussion: ABC News
Michelle Obama makes case for Clinton
Discussion: The Week
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 feeling great,” as if nothing had happened, as if she hadn't already known for two days that she had pneumonia.
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.
Donald J Trump for President:
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: The Week
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Takes Aim at Voters Drifting Toward Third Party
New York Post:
Man shot by cops after meat cleaver attack over parking boot  —  Police examine the crime scene.  —  Up Next  —  :0  —  This guy really lives up to his name.  Ripley's Guinness...  View Slideshow  —  Back Continue  —  A driver got so furious when his car got slapped …
Mark Ballard / The Advocate:
John Kennedy won't stop pressing prostitution claims involving Charles Boustany … State Treasurer John Kennedy, R-Madisonville and center, chairs the State Bond Commission.  Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego and left, and House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, are members.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why the Senate Couldn't Pass a Crime Bill Both Parties Backed  —  WASHINGTON — A major criminal-justice overhaul bill seemed destined to be the bipartisan success story of the year, consensus legislation that showed lawmakers could still rise above politics and take on a serious societal problem.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
US to pay €1m to family of Italian aid worker killed in drone strike
Discussion: Business Insider, RT and The Week
Bill Tiernan / Associated Press:
Family Of Black Virginia Teen Killed By Officer Reaches $1 Million Settlement
Discussion: The Root
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump Jr.: 'I've never even heard of Pepe the Frog'
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
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Discussion: National Review
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How Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Echo Clinton Conspiracy Theories
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