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1:05 PM ET, September 23, 2016


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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
USA Today columnist clarifies exactly when he thinks you should kill protesters with your car  —  Instapundit's phony remorse.  —  Now, more than ever, we should encourage people to apologize.  —  The social media era encourages in-the-moment reaction to anything and everything.
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
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
In America, gun rights are for whites only
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Statement from Glenn Reynolds
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Police wrongdoing needs to be ‘vigorously addressed’
Discussion: Politico and Boing Boing
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump In 2011: The Clintons “Have Done So Much For The African Americans”
Discussion: Mediaite and
Associated Press:
The Latest: Clinton Runs Ad on Trump's Remarks About Women
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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.
Enquirer: It has to be Hillary Clinton  —  Presidential elections should be about who's the best candidate, not who's the least flawed.  Unfortunately, that's not the case this year.  —  Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the most unpopular pair of presidential candidates …
Discussion: The Week and Guardian
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
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 …
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.
Drudge Report:
DEBATE RULES: NO COUGHING BREAKS  —  If presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton slips into a coughing fit or any other medical crisis during Monday's high-stakes debate, she will have to power through, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned!  —  “There are no commercial breaks,” a commission source explains.
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 …
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
GOP LAWMAKER: FBI GAVE IMMUNITY FOR CLINTON AIDE'S TESTIMONY  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use …
Discussion: Politico, RedState, Hot Air and LawNewz
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
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
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's English-only campaign  —  It was just over a year ago, at a nationally televised debate, when Donald Trump chided Jeb Bush for speaking another language on the campaign trail.  “This is a country,” Trump said standing at the lectern next to Bush, “where we speak English, not Spanish.”
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Brendan Kirby / LifeZette:
Cruz Poised to Endorse Trump  —  Donald Trump may be on the cusp of bagging an endorsement from one of the most prominent NeverTrump holdouts, former primary rival Ted Cruz.  —  Sources close to the Trump campaign have confirmed Cruz is close to endorsing his former — and sometimes bitter — GOP rival.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
New York Times:
Debate Prep?  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Differ on That, Too  —  Hillary Clinton is determined to get under Donald J. Trump's skin at Monday's debate, and is testing attack lines to try to rattle him.  —  Mr. Trump is largely shunning traditional debate preparations …
John Rogers / WFLA-TV:
Manatee middle school employee arrested for impregnating young girl  —  MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The Palmetto Police Department has arrested a middle school employee for getting a young girl pregnant.  —  The Palmetto Police Chief tells News Channel 8 that 31-year-old Lamont Houston was arrested on Thursday.
Discussion: KFOR-TV and WDTN-TV
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
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.”
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.
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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook launches first nationwide voter registration drive
Discussion: Fast Company
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Clinton's Leading In Exactly The States She Needs To Win
Discussion: Washington Post
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Omarosa: ‘Every Critic, Every Detractor, Will Have To Bow Down To Prez Trump’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton's plan to stop Isis: hunt down leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Discussion: emptywheel
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jon Lockett / The Sun:
'I DON'T NEED BRAIN TEST' Hillary Clinton slams suggestions she needs neurological test despite …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Democrat defends daughter after tough EpiPen grilling
Discussion: CNN and Instapundit