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3:35 PM ET, September 16, 2016


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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Network pools refuse to cover Trump hotel tour  —  In a show of joint defiance, the major television networks collectively voted to pull a camera and erase video of Donald Trump giving a tour of his hotel, a protest of the campaign preventing any editorial presence on the tour.
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.
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.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Trump fanned a conspiracy about Obama's birthplace for years.  Now he pretends Clinton started it.  —  The GOP nominee was the highest-profile figure to question President Obama's birthplace.  —  One of the oddest features of the 2016 presidential race is that the Republican nominee …
Media Matters for America:
Seven Reasons The Media Shouldn't Let Trump Move On From Birtherism  —  The Trump campaign released a lie-filled statement that sought to put to rest criticism of Donald Trump for building his political image on racist, conspiratorial claims that President Obama was not born in the United States.
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.
New York Times:
Trump Drops False ‘Birther’ Theory, but Floats a New One: Clinton Started It
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Introduced By A Birther At Event Where He Walked Back Birtherism
Discussion: Vox
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump concedes Obama was born in the U.S.
Media Matters for America:
As Trump Prepares To Discuss His Birtherism, Top Adviser Roger Stone Says Trump Still Has …
Discussion: Mediaite
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills Trump Spox On Birtherism: 'That's A Dodge!'
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The Week
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
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
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.
David Sims / The Atlantic:
The Embarrassment of Jimmy Fallon  —  The Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, went on NBC's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon yesterday.  Here, in chronological order, is every question Fallon asked his guest.  —This is getting real.  You still have time, do you still want to do this?
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Stop Whining About ‘False Balance’  —  Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump.  How about the media consumer?  —  All Stories »  —  News media outlets are increasingly coming under fire for the sin of “false balance” or “false equivalency.”
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 …
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
American commandos ‘forced to run away’ from US-backed Syrian rebels  —  Video footage appears to show US commandos fleeing a Syrian town under a barrage of abuse and insults hurled at them by fighters from the American-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group.
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator Blasts Clinton Over “Basket Of Deporables” Remark  —  Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota criticized Hillary Clinton for saying that half of Donald Trump's supporters could be put into a “basket of deporables.”  —  Clinton in recent weeks has argued there are two camps …
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Los Angeles Times:
Man vs. machine: L.A. sheriff's deputies use robot to snatch rifle from barricaded suspect, end standoff
Discussion: Engadget
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
For the Separation of Stadium and State
Discussion: The Atlantic and alicublog
Mark Ballard / The Advocate:
John Kennedy won't stop pressing prostitution claims involving Charles Boustany
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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 Earlier Items: 
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Chicago Professors Fire Back
Discussion: National Review
Dow Jones Newswires:
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Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
How Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Echo Clinton Conspiracy Theories
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Gary Johnson cuts into Clinton's lead
Discussion: The Week
Liz Crokin / The New York Observer:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Campaign Systematically Overcharging Poorest Donors