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9:15 AM ET, September 22, 2016

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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Leads Trump Ahead of First Debate  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by six points among likely voters heading into the first presidential debate on Monday, according to a brand-new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Dr. Harry Wilson / Roanoke College:
RC Poll: Trump closes the gap significantly in Va., Clinton holds lead but loses ground  —  Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has cut more than half of Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead in a month, but still trails by seven percent among likely voters in Virginia (44%-37%), according to The Roanoke College Poll.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Clinton asks why she isn't beating Trump by 50 points  —  ORLANDO — Hillary Clinton gave voice Wednesday to a question on the minds of many of her fiercest advocates in her race against the controversy-prone Donald Trump: Why isn't she way, way ahead?  —  The Democratic nominee raised …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by 6 Points in Latest WSJ/NBC Poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Clinton leads Trump by 6 points in nationwide poll
Discussion: Hot Air
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Clinton and Trump Tied in North Carolina Poll, With Sharp Educational Divides  —  Greensboro  —  Raleigh  —  Asheville  —  Charlotte  —  Greensboro  —  Raleigh  —  Asheville  —  Charlotte  —  Greensboro  —  Durham  —  Raleigh  —  Asheville  —  Charlotte  —  Durham  —  Asheville
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hit & Run
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's bizarre ad strategy  —  It's seven weeks before Election Day, five days before the highly anticipated first debate, and Donald Trump's television advertisements have all but vanished.  —  Trump's ads last ran nearly a week ago in four battleground states: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump tops Clinton in battlegrounds Nevada, N. Carolina, Ohio  —  Donald Trump narrowly leads Hillary Clinton in the battleground states of Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio.  —  That's according to Fox News statewide likely voter polls conducted Sunday through Tuesday evenings.
Guardian:
A Trump campaign chair in Ohio says there was ‘no racism’ before Obama  —  Kathy Miller called the Black Lives Matter movement ‘a stupid waste of time’ and said low African American voter turnout could be due to 'the way they're raised'  —  Donald Trump's campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Vox
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Professor, the Cop, and the President  —  After the “beer summit,” the fallacy of a post-racial America was over—and white citizens never thought of Barack Obama the same way again.  —  Henry Louis Gates was just trying to get into his house.  —  It was July 16, 2009 …
USA Today:
One person fatally shot in second night of protests in Charlotte following shooting  —  An earlier version of this story misstated the victim's last name.  It has since been corrected.  —  CHARLOTTE — One person was fatally shot Wednesday night as a second night of protests gripped …
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Meet the black Charlotte police officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
State of emergency declared, National Guard arrives in Charlotte following protests
Ben Garbarek / WSYX:
1-on-1 with Donald Trump  —  TOLEDO — Donald Trump spoke one-on-one with ABC6/FOX28 before his latest campaign stop Wednesday in Toledo.  —  Trump was running late so he would only answer three questions before taking the stage.  —  Here is the full transcript of the interview:
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump On Why He Stopped Being A Birther: “We Want To Get On With The Campaign”
Discussion: alan.com
TMZ.com:
Brad Pitt — Under Investigation for Child Abuse  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Brad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that's what triggered the divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Nick Miller / East Bay Express:
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in ‘Bloody’ Scene  —  Multiple sources have confirmed that Sacramento Mayor, former NBA star, and UC Berkeley standout Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie tonight at a farm-to-table dinner event …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Rumblings=> Hillary Clinton May Cancel Debate on Monday  —  On Tuesday Hillary Clinton canceled her campaign fundraiser in North Carolina.  —  The campaign offered no explanation for the cancellation.  —  Hillary Clinton canceled several events after she collapsed at Ground Zero on 9-11.
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton on CGI legacy: ‘You have to keep this alive’
Discussion: ABC News
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Unlike Trump Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative Has Data to Prove Its Worth
Alana Goodman / Daily Mail:
TEXT OF LETTER WEINER ASKED TEEN TO SEND TO TEACHER  —  The teen wrote this letter but sent it to a fake email address and sent a copy to Weiner.  Parts of the letter that might identify her are redacted.  The teen told DailyMail.com what she had done.  Weiner provided a copy of the letter in his belief it was sent to her teacher.
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: NYPD Special Victims Unit launches investigation into Anthony Weiner after DailyMail …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Trump's campaign paid his businesses $8.2 million  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign has paid his family's businesses more than $8.2 million, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance filings, which reveals an integrated business and political operation without precedent in national politics.
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Police union knocks Trump for suggesting Tulsa officer choked  —  The top official in the country's largest police union tweaked Donald Trump on Wednesday for leaping to blame the police officer who shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  —  The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Trump last week …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump ‘troubled’ by Tulsa shooting
Discussion: RedState and Instapundit
Stuart Rothenberg / Washington Post:
The House is not actually up for grabs, for the moment  —  There has been plenty of chatter recently about the House possibly being “in play.”  So it's time to take a look.  —  But since I'm not sure what “in play” means, I'll ask (and answer) a different, very straightforward question …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama eyes risky election-year veto  —  President Obama is poised to take one of the biggest gambles of his final year in office by vetoing a popular proposal empowering the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.  —  Democrats put on a brave face Wednesday, insisting that Obama's effort …
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Walinsky / Politico:
I Was RFK's Speechwriter.  Now I'm Voting for Trump.  Here's Why.  —  I was a Democrat all my life.  I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy.  When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined his Senate campaign …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Yahoo is expected to confirm massive data breach, impacting hundreds of millions of users  —  A hacker named “Peace” is bringing chaos to the Internet giant just as its sale to Verizon is pending.  —  Kimberly White/Getty Images for Fortune  —  Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
How John McCain and Russ Feingold are riding the big money wave in their campaigns  —  John McCain and Russ Feingold used to be synonymous with their crusading overhaul of the campaign finance system that eliminated big money from federal elections.  —  But after a sea change …
 
 
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘You Wanna Make a F*cking Fabricated Story!’: Charlotte Protester Confronts Fox Reporter
Discussion: BizPac Review and AOL
Rush Limbaugh:
In the Second Term of the First Black President, Rioting Is the New Normal
Steve Robson / Mirror.co.uk:
Heartbreaking image of newborn babies being kept in cardboard boxes in Venezuela due to ‘hospital crisis’
Discussion: Forbes
Oliver Gettell / EW.com:
WEST WING CAST MEMBERS TO CAMPAIGN FOR HILLARY CLINTON IN OHIO
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lizzie Stromme / Daily Express:
Muslim man who KICKED woman in the head for wearing shorts says ‘Islamic law demanded it’
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Struggles to Replicate Obama's Small-Donor Juggernaut
John McTernan / CNN:
Clinton needs to stop taking a knife to a gun fight
 Earlier Items: 
Doris Kearns Goodwin / Vanity Fair:
Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
CBS News:
On a street in Ohio, defiant Democrats flock to Trump
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
Donald Trump Embraces Wider Use of Stop-and-Frisk by Police
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Dems hijack IRS hearing to ask about Trump's taxes
Liam Deacon / Breitbart:
Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise That Will End Trump’: The Campaign To Register 8 Million ‘Global Citizens’ To Vote