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12:00 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.
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.
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: The Week
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Said In 2015 And 2016 He Didn't Know If Obama Birth Certificate Was Real  —  On Thursday, Donald Trump's presidential campaign issued a statement saying the Republican nominee now believes Obama was born in the United States.  —  Trump plans to address the issue on Friday himself …
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 …
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.
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton: ‘There is no Erasing’ Trump's History of ‘Birther’ Attacks on President Obama
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Alana Abramson / ABC News:
Donald Trump Jr.: 'Doesn't Know' if Father Will Explicitly Say Obama Born in US
Discussion: Politico
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Donald Trump Again Won't Acknowledge Obama Was Born in U.S.
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Obama: ‘I was pretty confident about where I was born’
Discussion: ABC News
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Kasich to meet with Obama to discuss TPP
Michelle Obama makes case for Clinton
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Gary Johnson cuts into Clinton's lead
Discussion: The Week
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Donald Trump gaining on Hillary Clinton in Michigan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
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:
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 …
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
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Chicago Professors Fire Back  —  More than 150 faculty members offer new students a different view on safe spaces, trigger warnings and diversity.  —  By  —  More than 150 faculty members at the University of Chicago on Tuesday published an open letter to freshmen in which they take a …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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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Bill Tiernan / Associated Press:
Family Of Black Virginia Teen Killed By Officer Reaches $1 Million Settlement
Discussion: The Root
Daniel Sparkman / Office of the Governor of Alabama:
Governor Bentley Declares State of Emergency to Facilitate Granting of USDOT Waiver
Discussion: EcoWatch and WKRN-TV
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump Jr.: 'I've never even heard of Pepe the Frog'
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
NBC News:
With Attack on Black Pastor, Trump Reboot Again Goes Off Rails
Discussion: Shakesville and NBC News
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Smartphones Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Missouri state senator sits during Pledge of Allegiance
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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