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11:20 AM ET, September 17, 2016


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David Goldstein / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
2 Clinton supporters in '08 reportedly shared Obama ‘birther’ story  —  WASHINGTON  —  Two supporters of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign reportedly shared the claim that then-rival Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus was not eligible to be president.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's birther event is the greatest trick he's ever pulled  —  Donald Trump is, at heart, a showman.  He rose to national fame thanks to star turns on reality TV in which he played the tough-talking boss to a group of aspirants hoping to become as successful as he has been in business.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's time for TV news to stop playing the stooge for Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump said “Jump,” and TV news said “How high?”  —  It happened again on Friday morning when the Republican presidential candidate held the media hostage for nearly an hour after promising a major news announcement.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn't Apologetic
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
Trump Trolling Master Class: ‘Obama Was Born In The United States. Period.’
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Talking Points Memo:   In Sudden About Face, Trump Admits Obama Was Born In US
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
Sizing Up the Next Commander-in-Chief  —  Neither candidate has seriously addressed how he or she thinks about the military or the use of force.  —  You wouldn't know it from the presidential campaigns, but the first serious crisis to face our new president most likely will be international.
Discussion: Politico
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
‘Mr. Trump Is Beyond Repair’  —  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writing in the Wall Street Journal:  —  Mrs. Clinton has time before the election to address forthrightly her trustworthiness, to reassure people about her judgment, to demonstrate her willingness to stake out one or more positions …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Just 5.7 Percent Of Clinton Foundation Budget Actually Went To Charitable Grants  —  Just 5.7 Percent Of Clinton Foundation Budget Actually Went To Charity  —  Media Outraged After Trump Tricks Them Into Covering Endorsements From Military Heroes  —  Clinton Campaign Event Erupts Into ‘FOUR MORE YEARS’ Chant For Obama
Discussion: Clayton Cramer and Infowars
Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:   Former DC Bureau Chief: Clinton Surrogate Pitched Me ‘Birther’ Story In 2008
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Travel Back to an Early Clinton Scandal  —  Voters have the impression Hillary isn't trustworthy.  She's been reinforcing it since 1993.  —  The question came up this week at a political panel: Why don't people like Hillary Clinton?  —  Why do they always believe the worst?
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
How Roger Ailes used ‘key man clauses’ for his stars to protect himself  —  Contracts with most of the biggest stars on Fox News contain something unusual: A “key man clause” giving them an escape hatch if the company's “key man,” CEO Roger Ailes, exited.  —  In July, Ailes resigned under pressure amid sexual harassment allegations.
Daily Mail:
‘LES DEPLORABLES!’  Trump floors cheering Miami crowd as he enters to Broadway anthem and speaks in front of giant ‘Les Mis’ video screen art  — It read ‘Les Deplorables’ - and replaced French revolutionary flags with the Stars and Stripes - and a ‘TRUMP’ flag
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Police officers shot in Philly, Fort Worth  —  Police officers were shot in separate incidents Friday night in Philadelphia and Fort Worth, Texas.  —  Two officers were injured — one critically — and the suspect was killed in Fort Worth, while two officers and four civilians were hit in Philadelphia before the suspect was killed.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders: ‘This is not the time for a protest vote’  —  NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — Anyone driving into Bernie Sanders's rally here, anyone with a radio tuned to ABC News, could hear the low-key voice of Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson.  In 60-second radio spots …
Discussion: AOL and Business Insider
Commission on Presidential Debates:
CPD Invites Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump to Debate
Michael Klare / Mother Jones:
Why a Donald Trump Victory Could Make Climate Catastrophe Inevitable  —  This story first appeared at  —  In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 …
Discussion: TomDispatch and Informed Comment
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Man arrested for allegedly threatening Hawaii Dems  —  A man was arrested in Tennessee Friday for allegedly threatening to kill two members of Congress, according to the Department of Justice.  —  FBI agents and Capitol Police officers arrested 36-year-old Keahiokahouna Stewart at his home in Murfreesboro on Friday morning.
Todd Starnes /
School District: Betsy Ross Flag Symbolizes “Hate”  —  A Michigan school district called the historic “Betsy Ross” flag a symbol of hate and profusely apologized after students displayed the flag at a recent high school football game.  —  “To wave a historical version of our flag …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Conflicting Policy From Trump: To Keep, and Remove, Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — A few hours after Donald J. Trump publicly backed away from a $1 trillion tax cut for small businesses, campaign aides on Thursday privately assured a leading small-business group that Mr. Trump in fact remained committed …
Discussion: and Forbes
Associated Press:
Nigeria's President Apologizes For Plagiarizing President Obama's Speech  —  LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has apologized for plagiarizing President Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech and says he will punish those responsible.  —  Adeola Akinremi in her Friday column …
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Twilight of American Jewry
Discussion: Pamela Geller
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Here's what Trump and Clinton should keep in mind at first debate
Discussion: Althouse
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Twice Arrested Illegal Alien Kills Sheriff's Deputy In DUI
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Enthusiasm gap looms for Clinton
Elizabeth Roberts / CNN:
History made in New York as one designer shows the first-ever collection to feature hijabs in every look
Discussion: Breitbart and American Thinker
Christopher Balding / Bloomberg:
China's Housing Gets Scarily Expensive
Discussion: Balding's World
Black mask photo and caption leaves K-State students in an uproar
Discussion: WCMH-TV and KTLA
 Earlier Items: 
Tina Sfondeles / Chicago Sun Times:
Sandack: I fell for woman's online scam ‘hook, line and sinker’
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
How Internet Trolls Won the 2016 Presidential Election
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Infowars and Hullabaloo
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Stop Whining About ‘False Balance’
Discussion: Althouse