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11:15 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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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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump on Obama's citizenship: ‘We have to keep the suspense going, OK?’  —  Donald Trump passed up yet another opportunity to say he accepts the fact that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, promising to make a “major statement” on Friday morning in front of his latest hotel project …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Michelle Obama makes case for Clinton
Discussion: The Week
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills Trump Spox On Birtherism: 'That's A Dodge!'
Discussion: The Week
Alana Abramson / ABC News:
Donald Trump Jr.: 'Doesn't Know' if Father Will Explicitly Say Obama Born in US
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Takes Aim at Voters Drifting Toward Third Party  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies, unnerved by the tightening presidential race, are making a major push to dissuade disaffected voters from backing third-party candidates, and pouring more energy into Rust Belt states …
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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
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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Donald J Trump for President:
FACT SHEET: DONALD J. TRUMP'S PRO-GROWTH ECONOMIC POLICY WILL CREATE 25 MILLION JOBS
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 feeling 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 …
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Smartphones Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards  —  Recall Summary  —  Name of product:  —  Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold prior to September 15, 2016  —  Hazard:  —  The lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire …
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 …
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 …
Sputnik International:
With Hillary as President ‘We are Looking at Nuclear War With Russia or China’  —  The US Democratic Party continues to play the “Russian scare card” as part of its election campaign, criticizing Republicans for merely making positive remarks about Russia and its leader …
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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
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NBC News:
With Attack on Black Pastor, Trump Reboot Again Goes Off Rails
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Chicago Professors Fire Back
Discussion: National Review
Fox News:
Missouri state senator sits during Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion: twitchy.com
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Kasich: ‘Very unlikely’ I'll vote for Trump
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: ImmigrationProf Blog and The Root
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Bloomberg:
Cruz's Internet Crusade Gains Steam in U.S. Funding Debate
Discussion: heave-ho.org
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’