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1:55 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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump concedes Obama was born in the U.S.
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
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton: ‘There is no Erasing’ Trump's History of ‘Birther’ Attacks on President Obama
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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
Michelle Obama makes case for Clinton
Discussion: The Week
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Kasich to meet with Obama to discuss TPP
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Discussion: Business Insider, RT and The Week
Bill Tiernan / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Root
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Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Sparkman / Office of the Governor of Alabama:
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Discussion: EcoWatch and WKRN-TV
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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Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
How Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Echo Clinton Conspiracy Theories
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