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11:55 AM ET, September 23, 2016


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Megan Boehnke /
Tennessee investigates professor's tweet about Charlotte  —  Charlotte, North Carolina police were seen detaining demonstrators on Wednesday night.  The city is under a state of emergency after two nights of violent protests followed the fatal police shooting of a black man.  (Sept. 22) AP
Colin Campbell / Raleigh News & Observer:
Charlotte protesters ‘hate white people,’ NC Congressman Robert Pittenger says
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
USA Today columnist clarifies exactly when he thinks you should kill protesters with your car
Discussion: Above the Law, USA Today and Eschaton
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
In America, gun rights are for whites only
Margaret Newkirk / Bloomberg:
Rioting May Tip Presidential Scales in Crucial North Carolina
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Statement from Glenn Reynolds
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Police wrongdoing needs to be ‘vigorously addressed’
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Boing Boing
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Exclusive: President Obama Urges ‘Peaceful’ Approach to Reforming Policing in Wake of Charlotte
Discussion: Politico
Dan Merica / CNN:
Mark Cuban to take his trolling of Trump to the front row of Monday's debate  —  Mark Cuban: Trump a ‘danger’ to U.S. security  —  (CNN)When Donald Trump takes the stage on Monday night's primate time presidential debate, one of the few faces he will see will be that of a fellow billionaire that has tried to savage him in public.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton has lead but is vulnerable on trust, connection with voters  —  WASHINGTON  —  Hillary Clinton heads into the first presidential debate with a 7-point lead over Donald Trump, but doubts among voters about about her trustworthiness and stamina are keeping Trump in the race, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Sen. Mike Lee shoots down Trump Supreme Court trial balloon  —  Utah Sen. Mike Lee on Friday swiftly shot down the idea that he would accept a nomination to the Supreme Court from Donald Trump.  —  “Sen Lee already has the job he wants which is why he is campaigning to represent the great people …
NBC News:
Clinton, Trump Camps Fire Up Supporters Before Debate
Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president.  Donald Trump would be a catastrophe.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 21.  (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)  —  The Times Editorial Board
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
More say press is too easy on Trump than said so of Romney, McCain
Discussion: Hot Air and Politicus USA
New York Times:
Release the Charlotte Police Video  —  Elected officials who have paid any attention to the killings of civilians by the police that have roiled several cities in recent years should understand that keeping the public in the dark heightens tension and undermines trust in law enforcement.
EndPlay / WSB-TV:
Video shows woman shooting at burglars during Gwinnett home invasion  —  GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police are hoping someone can help identify two home invaders.  They were caught on camera as a woman in the house shot at them.  —  “She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property …
Twitter may receive formal bid shortly, suitors said to include Salesforce and Google  —  Twitter has received expressions of interest from several technology companies and may receive a formal bid shortly, sources said.  —  The social media company is engaged in conversations with potential suitors …
The Daily Beast:
Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Fat Cat Secretly Funding Trump's Meme Machine  —  A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating Internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.  —  Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Lying Game  —  Here's what we can be fairly sure will happen in Monday's presidential debate: Donald Trump will lie repeatedly and grotesquely, on a variety of subjects.  Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton might say a couple of untrue things.  Or she might not.
Discussion: Yahoo, USA Today, Daily Kos and The Atlantic
Peter W. Stevenson / Washington Post:
Trump is headed for a win, says professor who has predicted 30 years of presidential outcomes correctly  —  Nobody knows for certain who will win on Nov. 8 — but one man is pretty sure: Professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1984.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump received $1.6 million from Secret Service  —  Donald Trump's campaign isn't alone in patronizing his own businesses: taxpayers are indirectly doing so, too.  —  Federal Election Commission records show that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign about $1.6 million to cover …
New York Times:
It Lives.  Birtherism Is Diminished but Far From Dead.  —  America's most prominent birther has finally disavowed the myth he helped to create.  Will Donald J. Trump's concession affect the public's belief about whether President Obama was born in the United States?
Discussion: Morning Consult
John R. Coppedge / The Hill:
Clinton's eyes — a window into her health issues  —  In 2014 Conan O'Brien did a spoof of Hillary Clinton  —  's interview with Diane Sawyer about her lack of lingering health issues following her 2012 concussion.  In an obviously photoshopped version Clinton's eyes are made to oscillate crazily.
MJ Lee / CNN:
The day I became an American citizen  —  Becoming a citizen: History is made on Ellis Island  —  New York (CNN)I WAS COVERING the 2016 presidential election at CNN for more than a year when I made a confession to my husband: I felt a pang of sadness whenever I heard the national anthem at a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton rally.
Jon Lockett / The Sun:
'I DON'T NEED BRAIN TEST' Hillary Clinton slams suggestions she needs neurological test despite bizarre video showing her eyes moving ‘out-of-sync’  —  The Democrat, 68, insists her ‘excessive’ health puts her rival Donald Trump's in the shade  —  PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Hillary Clinton has ruled …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lionel Shriver / New York Times:
Will the Left Survive the Millennials?  —  Midway through my opening address for the Brisbane Writers Festival earlier this month, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a Sudanese-born Australian engineer and 25-year-old memoirist, walked out.  Her indignant comments about the event might have sunk into obscurity …
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric For Two Years  —  Social network miscalculated the average time users spent watching videos on its platform  —  Big ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook Inc. after learning the tech giant vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
How A Decision In May Changed The General Election  —  Last summer, when Donald Trump began his rise to the nomination, Hillary Clinton responded by pointing a finger squarely and firmly at the Republican Party.  —  Trump might sound extreme, she said, “but if you look at everyone else's policies, they're pretty much the same.”
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Tré Goins-Phillips /
Protesters Accost Black Man As He Hugs Charlotte Police Officers
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
To fact-check or not to fact-check? That is the moderators' question.
Discussion: Hot Air
Exclusive: Probe of leaked U.S. NSA hacking tools examines operative's ‘mistake’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tulsa officer Betty Shelby booked, released on bond
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's English-only campaign
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Debate Prep? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Differ on That, Too
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Democrat defends daughter after tough EpiPen grilling
Discussion: CNN and Instapundit
Associated Press:
The Latest: Clinton Runs Ad on Trump's Remarks About Women
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cops Pepper-Spray Girl Who Fell Off Bike
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jennifer Gould / New York Post:
Clintons shell out $1.16M to buy house next door in Chappaqua