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5:35 PM ET, September 20, 2016


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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems  —  Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire's for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.
Donald Trump Jr tweet: 'I'm a refugee' says Skittles photographer  —  Donald Trump Jr's tweet comparing Skittles to refugees has caused a furore on social media.  In a new development, the man who took the photo of the Skittles has revealed himself to be a former refugee.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump Jr's ‘Skittles’ tweet is based on two different white supremacist memes — and Nazi propaganda  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Donald Trump Jr. drew widespread condemnation for comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned candy — but his analogy isn't a new one …
The Intercept:
Nazi Who Originated Donald Trump Jr.'s Skittles Analogy Was Hanged at Nuremberg  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles has deep roots.  The concept dates back at least to 1938 and a children's book called Der Giftpilz, or The Toadstool, in which a mother explains …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. inadvertently encourages America to scoop up refugees by the handful
Angelina Jolie — Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt Allegations of Substance Abuse, Anger  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and the trigger was a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger ... TMZ has learned.  —  Jolie filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences.
Page Six:
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to divorce  —  Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after learning he was cheating on her with his sexy co-star — and Russian hookers, a well-placed source told The Post on Tuesday.  —  “He's in the throes of some insane midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up,” the source said.
New York Times:
Ahmad Khan Rahami's Father Told Police in 2014 His Son Was a Terrorist, Officials Say  —  Two years before Ahmad Khan Rahami went on a bombing rampage in New York and New Jersey, his father told the police that the son was a terrorist, prompting a review by federal agents, according to two senior law enforcement officials.
7 questions we have about bombings in New York and New Jersey
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Donald Trump Called Debate Moderator Lester Holt a Democrat.  He's Actually a Republican.  —  Holt is a registered Republican voter  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump called first presidential debate moderator, NBC News anchor Lester Holt, “a Democrat” Monday, despite public records that indicate otherwise.
NBC News:
Hillary Clinton Regains Momentum Against Donald Trump: Poll  —  Clinton, Trump Rehash Stark Differences on ISIS Following Bombings 1:19  —  Back on the campaign trail after being diagnosed with pneumonia and a subsequent break from campaigning, Hillary Clinton plugged her leaking lead against Donald Trump …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
GOP megadonor pledges $2M to register Florida Latinos to help beat Trump
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A new Clinton campaign memo charts the path to victory. But big questions remain unanswered.
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and Outside the Beltway
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
George H.W. Bush to vote for Hillary Clinton  —  Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party's presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys.  —  Bush, 92, had intended to stay silent …
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Megyn Kelly to Produce Comedy Series Set on Presidential Campaign Trail (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Fox News star Megyn Kelly is attached to produce a new scripted series with “Fifty Shades of Grey” producer Michael De Luca following a presidential campaign trail and the embedded journalists who cover it.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Reid accuses Trump of overstating wealth  —  Seeking to shake up a tight presidential race, Sen. Harry Reid declared Tuesday on the Senate floor that Donald Trump is a “swindler” who is “not as rich as he would have us believe” — as the Nevada Democrat moved to reprise the 2012 strategy …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump is doing better with Hispanics than you think
Discussion: Hot Air
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
We Gave Four Good Pollsters the Same Raw Data.  They Reached Very Different Conclusions.  —  How four pollsters, and The Upshot, interpreted 867 poll responses: … You've heard of the “margin of error” in polling.  Just about every article on a new poll dutifully notes that the margin …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Never NeverTrump  —  The Republican dilemma  —  Any Republican has a difficult pathway to the presidency.  On the electoral map, expanding blue blobs in coastal and big-city America swamp the conservative geographical sea of red.  Big-electoral-vote states such as California, Illinois …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Hillary Clinton 2016:
Hillary Clinton's Open Letter to Wells Fargo Customers  —  In America, we have faith that when we open up a checking account, we aren't opening ourselves up to being scammed.  Whether you use a local credit union or community bank or one of the big national chains, we take it for granted …
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Warren tells Wells Fargo's CEO to resign, calls for investigation
Discussion: Vox
George Soros / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Investing $500 Million in Migrants  —  I will invest in startups, established companies, social-impact initiatives and businesses founded by migrants and refugees.  —  By  —  The world has been unsettled by a surge in forced migration.  Tens of millions of people are on the move …
Mike Klein / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Statement from Sunlight Foundation's board chairman  —  The board of directors of the Sunlight Foundation has reached some important conclusions about our future.  We want to share them with our friends, funders, employees, partners, and everyone who has been a part of our work over the last decade.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell: Senate will delay vacation to override Obama veto  —  (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will take up an expected veto override of legislation that lets families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts before breaking for the elections.  —  “Both of those we'll have to deal …
Discussion: Political Wire and
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Minnesota Restaurant Posts ‘Muslims Get Out’ Sign  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota restaurant owner upset over what happened in St. Cloud posted a controversial sign Monday morning.  —  The sign outside Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, Minnesota, reads “Muslims Get Out.”
Discussion: KMSP and AOL
Niall Ferguson /
The fight isn't going Clinton's way  —  This fight isn't going as planned.  The conventional wisdom, as August drew to a close, was that Donald Trump's campaign was in free-fall.  Some of Hillary Clinton's supporters had even begun to anticipate a landslide like 1964, when Lyndon Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater by 61-to-38 percent.
Sahil Kapur /
Graham Suggests Trump Apologize for Denying Obama's U.S. Birth  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham says Donald Trump's admission last week that President Obama was born in the U.S. was “a start,” and suggested the Republican presidential nominee apologize.  — “I would apologize,” the S.C. Republican told Bloomberg Politics on Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Political Wire
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Throws Himself Into 2016 Race Hellbent on Clinton Victory  —  Obama will focus on six key battleground states, aides say  —  Michelle Obama has already cut radio, online and TV ads  —  Barack Obama is about to launch a presidential campaign blitz for Hillary Clinton unprecedented in the modern era …
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
The Conservative Answer to Thomas Piketty That You've All Been Waiting For  —  Edward Conard's new book is a rousing defense of conservative beliefs about how markets and incentives drive prosperity. … I  —  t's been a rough few years for conservative economics.
Steve LeVine / Quartz:
New York Times editor on Trump: “We will call out lies”  —  The Huffington Post branded him a serial liar months ago.  Now, the most traditional American media outlets have also abandoned journalistic diplomatese in their coverage of Republican candidate Donald Trump, and are reaching for new ways to flag the word “lie.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Nathalie Pozo / WAGA-TV:
Man yells racial slurs and points gun at construction crew  —  COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - The Coweta County Sheriff's Office said a man is behind bars after pointing a gun at a construction crew, threatening to kill them and yelling racial slurs.  —  “He pulled up on us and he was like get the n-word off …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Florida  —  Clinton Maintains Lead; Tight Race for Senate  —  Most skeptical of Trump birther statement  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Hillary Clinton holds a 5 point lead over Donald Trump in the crucial swing state of Florida.
Police Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Fabricate Criminal Charges Against Protester  —  The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him.
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
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Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Bill Clinton: Suggesting Chelsea Would Act As Foundation ‘Conduit’ Is ‘Bull’
David Brooks / New York Times:
Dignity and Sadness in the Working Class
Angelica Robinson / WANE-TV:
Fort Wayne teen saves elderly man's life in Walmart
New York Times:
The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan Kirby / LifeZette:
NYC Mayor Says Islamic Terror ‘Vanishingly’ Rare
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
John T. Bennett / Roll Call:
GOP Mostly Powerless in Stopping Obama ‘Midnight’ Regulations
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Freedom Caucus stiffs GOP on campaign cash
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
Larry M. Bartels / Vox:
Why are white men the soccer moms of 2016?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama jabs Trump in final UN address
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Trump did not get a pass,’ defiant Bondi says of fraud case