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8:50 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.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager Admits 2008 Birther Link  —  Patti Solis Doyle, who was Hillary Clinton's campaign manager in 2008 until the Iowa caucuses, admitted on Friday that a Clinton campaign staffer had, in fact, circulated the Birther conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was born outside …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Trump Outsmarts the Press  —  Sometimes you really have to hand it to Donald Trump.  The press has been after him recently about whether he believes the Hillary Clinton campaign's claim that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. For years, the press has obsessed on “birtherism,” …
New York Times:
Trump Drops False ‘Birther’ Theory, but Floats a New One: Clinton Started It  —  Donald J. Trump publicly retreated from his “birther” campaign on Friday, tersely acknowledging that President Obama was born in the United States and saying that he wanted to move on from the conspiracy theory that he has been clinging to for years.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump said he'd give away $5 million — or maybe $50 million — for proof Obama was born in the U.S. Will he pay it?  —  Back when Donald Trump was a “birther” — an era that lasted from early 2011 until Thursday — he offered to give huge donations to charity in exchange for hard evidence …
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.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Media Outraged After Trump Tricks Them To Cover Endorsements From Military Heroes
Discussion: and CNN
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator Blasts Clinton Over “Basket Of Deplorables” Remark
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Trump fanned a conspiracy about Obama's birthplace for years. Now he pretends Clinton started it.
Media Matters for America:
Seven Reasons The Media Shouldn't Let Trump Move On From Birtherism
Media Matters for America:
As Trump Prepares To Discuss His Birtherism, Top Adviser Roger Stone Says Trump Still Has …
Discussion: Mediaite
David Jackson / USA Today:
Trump finally says Obama born in U.S., blames Clinton for controversy
Discussion: whorunsGov
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump admits Obama was born in U.S., but falsely blames Clinton for starting rumors
Commission on Presidential Debates:
CPD Invites Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump to Debate  —  Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2016) - The nonpartisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates ("CPD") announced today that it has applied its Nonpartisan Candidate Selection Criteria for 2016 General Election Debate participation …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Third-party candidates miss cut for first debate
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Gary Johnson, Jill Stein Fail to Qualify for First Presidential Debate
Discussion: National Review
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?
Maxwell Strachan / The Huffington Post:
People Are Justifiably Infuriated With How Jimmy Fallon Handled Trump  —  “The Tonight Show” host humanized a dangerous man on Thursday night.  —  Jimmy Fallon had Donald Trump on “The Tonight Show” Thursday night, and all some people could talk about afterward was a head rub.
Dave Dormer / CBC News:
Student's Donald Trump hat stirs controversy at Calgary's Mount Royal University  —  Woman challenged man to remove ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, calling it racially charged  —  The issues of free speech and safe spaces erupted at Mount Royal University Thursday after video surfaced …
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
How Internet Trolls Won the 2016 Presidential Election  —  Last weekend, the Hillary Clinton campaign did something extremely controversial: It published an explainer devoted entirely to Pepe the frog.  Pepe, a popular cartoon frog who first showed up in a web comic by Matt Furie back in 2005 …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Introduced By A Birther At Event Where He Walked Back Birtherism  —  A birther supporter was among the Donald Trump backers who introduced the nominee at the Friday event where he attempted to walk back his birtherism.  —  Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney …
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.”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats go big in red states  —  With the battle for the Senate tighter than ever, Senate Democrats are infusing millions of dollars more in conservative-leaning states and pulling back further from the traditional battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida, an official familiar with the moves told POLITICO on Friday.
Marc Caputo / Politico:   Rubio leads by 2 in internal Murphy campaign poll
Samsung US:
Galaxy Note7 Safety Recall  —  Samsung has announced a voluntary recall and exchange program on certain Galaxy Note7 devices in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The affected devices were sold in the U.S. before September 15, 2016.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Smartphones Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
Sometimes life comes at you fast  —  National polls currently show Clinton ahead by only 1.0 ± 0.6 % (median ± estimated SEM, 7 pollsters with at least some post-Phlegmghazi respondents).  However, our state poll-based analysis moves more slowly.
Discussion: Vox, Mother Jones and Politico
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.
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Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
Former DC Bureau Chief: Clinton Surrogate Pitched Me ‘Birther’ Story In 2008
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Experts say Scott administration decision blocking McMullin from presidential ballot ‘unfair’
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tracey Lien / Los Angeles Times:
Uber nears settlement after pocketing half of drivers' tips
Discussion: Vocativ and KTLA
Tina Sfondeles / Chicago Sun Times:
Sandack: I fell for woman's online scam ‘hook, line and sinker’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Vocativ
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Harry Reid is giving Donald Trump a run for his money when it comes to insults
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Right Wing Watch
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Alex Jones: Obama's Father Is Fake, His Mother Was A “Sex Operative” For The CIA
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Sues Netflix for Poaching Employees
 Earlier Items: 
Dirk VanderHart / Portland Mercury:
Police Say Three Children Were Pepper Sprayed, Called a Racial Epithet
Discussion: KPTV-TV, Raw Story and The Root
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Why I'm voting for Donald Trump
Los Angeles Times:
Man vs. machine: L.A. sheriff's deputies use robot to snatch rifle from barricaded suspect, end standoff
Discussion: Engadget
Mark Ballard / The Advocate:
John Kennedy won't stop pressing prostitution claims involving Charles Boustany
New York Post:
Man shot by cops after meat cleaver attack over parking boot