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7:10 PM ET, September 17, 2016


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VICE News:
VICE News reporter arrested outside a Donald Trump campaign event  —  Alex Thompson, a reporter for VICE News, was arrested by Houston Police today while inquiring about press access to an event held for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Omni Westside Hotel.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Dem senator to Trump: ‘Blood will be on your hands’ if Clinton killed  —  of suggesting his supporters kill Hillary Clinton  —  , tweeting furiously that “blood will be on your hands.”  —  “Hey @realDonaldTrump, if you keep suggesting your supporters kill @HillaryClinton, someone will listen.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Democrats Panic as Colorado Slips Away to Donald Trump...  Democrats are beginning to panic as they watch Colorado slide away from Hillary Clinton.  —  Hillary was ahead by double digits in Colorado last month.  —  The latest polling has Trump up by four points.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Giffords calls on Trump to renounce gun comments  —  Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly lashed out at Donald Trump  —  on Friday for saying that Hillary Clinton  —  's bodyguards should be “disarmed.”  —  “Tonight we have even more evidence …
Discussion: Raw Story, and The Week
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump: Clinton's bodyguards should ‘disarm immediately’ and ‘see what happens to her’
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.
Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress:
Former Secretary of Defense: Trump ‘unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief’  —  Robert Gates had strong words for both candidates in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.  —  Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates is not a big fan of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton's ideas about foreign policy.
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
‘Mr. Trump Is Beyond Repair’
Discussion: Washington Post and Politicus USA
Robert Moran /
2 cops shot, suspect and bystander killed in West Philly rampage  —  A gunman ambushed a Philadelphia police sergeant late Friday night, firing more than a dozen rounds before taking off, and then shot four civilians and a University of Pennsylvania police officer during his flight before he was finally cornered and killed by police.
The Hill:
Trump stumbles after surge in polls  —  After several weeks of positive news cycles and polling gains brought about by a more disciplined campaign, Donald Trump  —  has committed a series of stumbles in recent days that experts see as a return to “bad Trump.”
Discussion: Business Insider
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Here's who's playing Tim Kaine in GOP debate prep  —  In Mike Pence's prep sessions for the vice-presidential debate, the role of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is being played by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a top GOP source told POLITICO on Saturday.  —  The first mock debate has already been held.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Exclusive: Robert Barnett to play Mike Pence in Tim Kaine debate prep
New York Post:
Bill Clinton's birthday bash proves the Clintons just can't stop influence-peddling  —  For a giant, flashing sign that the Clintons' influence-peddling will never end, look no further than Bill's 70th birthday party Friday night at the Rainbow Room — which of course is a Clinton Foundation fundraising bash.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   Travel Back to an Early Clinton Scandal
David Goldstein / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
2 Clinton supporters in '08 reportedly shared Obama ‘birther’ story
Logan Churchwell / Breitbart:
Black Dallas Cop Sues Black Lives Matter, Soros for Inciting Race War  —  The head of a Dallas police organization is suing a collection of Black Lives Matter figureheads and other prominent individuals for allegedly inciting racial violence against American police officers.
Marc Ramirez / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas Police sergeant files federal lawsuit accusing Black Lives Matter leaders of inciting anti-cop violence
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
DSCC shifts dollars out of Florida and Ohio  —  The top group helping Democrats win Senate seats is canceling advertising in Florida and Ohio to invest more heavily in Missouri and North Carolina.  —  The financial rejiggering by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spells …
Discussion: Hot Air
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:   As Trump rises in battleground states, Clinton moves to block his path to 270
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
A Trump Empire Built on Inside Connections and $885 Million in Tax Breaks  —  In the mid-1970s, eager to make his mark in Manhattan, the 30-year-old Mr. Trump focused his attention on the failing Commodore Hotel on East 42nd Street, next to Grand Central Terminal.  The owner, the bankrupt Penn Central Railroad, was keen to sell.
Zika zone triples in Miami Beach after more cases found  —  The zone of active transmission of Zika virus in Miami Beach has tripled to now encompass two thirds of the seaside city.  —  Gov. Rick Scott announced the expansion late Friday evening in a news release.
Zika virus: Miami Beach transmission zone triples
Discussion: The Week
Spencer Kent / New Jersey Online:
‘Pipe bomb-style device’ explodes along military 5K route in Seaside  —  SEASIDE PARK — An explosive device went off in a garbage pail Saturday morning along the route of a 5K run and walk to benefit military soldiers.  —  Multiple devices were also found “wired together” in the same garbage pail …
Chris Kahn / Yahoo:
Race tightens in projected U.S. Electoral College vote: Reuters/Ipsos  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - An election analysis conducted in the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project shows that the race has tightened considerably over the past few weeks, with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump projected …
Discussion: RedState, Scared Monkeys and The Week
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