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12:35 PM ET, September 30, 2016


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USA Today:
USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’  —  The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race.  We're doing it now.  —  In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race.
Chicago Tribune:
A principled option for U.S. president: Endorsing Gary Johnson, Libertarian  —  Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and vice presidential candidate Bill Weld explain why they're running as Libertarians on July 19, 2016, in a meeting with the Tribune Editorial Board.  —  Editorial Board
Trump Tweets About Sex Tape as Campaign Struggles to Regroup  —  The salvos are part of an ongoing struggle between Trump and his aides about how to coordinate a cohesive strategy against Clinton.  —  JenniferJJacobs  —  kevcirilli  —  With the urgency of a presidential election 38 days away …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Obama hometown newspaper picks Gary Johnson over Clinton
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush Thinks It Would Be ‘Powerful’ Statement If Nobody Voted This Year
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeb Bush suggests voting for Gary Johnson at private luncheon
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
Tristan Lejeune / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Check out sex tape’ of former Miss Universe  —  went after a former Miss Universe in a string of early-morning tweets Friday, encouraging voters to “check out” an alleged “sex tape” of Alicia Machado, who has been on the offensive against the GOP presidential nominee all week.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Newt Gingrich: Alicia Machado Is “The New Benghazi Lie”  —  Newt Gingrich on Thursday called Hillary Clinton's attack on Donald Trump for mocking former Miss Universe Alicia Machado's weight “as false as Benghazi” and “the new Benghazi lie.”  —  In an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show on Thursday …
CBS News:
Commentary: The curious case of Alicia Machado  —  As a rule, reporters like to keep their stories interesting, which is why the coverage we've seen of Alicia Machado is so curious.  —  This has been the week of Machado, who became famous literally overnight when Hillary Clinton brought her up at Monday's debate.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump assails former Miss Universe and Clinton in early morning tweet blitz
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The surprisingly logical reason Donald Trump is bringing up Bill Clinton's sex scandals
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Donald Trump Attacks Miss Universe In Overnight Tweetstorm Urging Followers To ‘Check Out Sex Tape’
Anthony Brooks / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Clinton Leads Trump In New Hampshire  —  According to a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs,) Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by seven points among likely voters in New Hampshire, one of the key battleground states that could determine the outcome of the presidential election.
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Poll: Clinton holds 7-point lead in Michigan  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has moved to a 7-percentage-point lead in Michigan over Republican Donald Trump in a statewide poll conducted after the candidates' first debate Monday night.  —  Clinton leads Trump 42 percent …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Clinton leads Trump by 4 in post-debate Florida poll
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and FiveThirtyEight
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money  —  Donald Trump's charitable foundation — which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family — has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money …
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
GOP Blocks Probes Into Trump-Russia Ties  —  Suspicion is mounting about Donald Trump's ties to Russian officials and business interests, as well as possible links between his campaign and the Russian hacking of U.S. political organizations.  But GOP leaders have refused to support efforts …
Discussion: The Week and War on the Rocks
New York Times:
How Democrats Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Big Donor Money
Discussion: Althouse and
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome  —  She alone stands between America and the reign of the most unstable, unfit president in U.S. history.  —  There were cheers when Donald Trump assured his Virginia audience last weekend that the wall will be built and, yes, that Mexico would pay for it.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump deposition video set for release  —  A video of Donald Trump testifying under oath about his provocative rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos is set to go public as soon as Friday, drawing new attention to those comments just weeks before voters cast their ballots in the presidential race.
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Phoenix Demands Trump Campaign Drop Ad Using City's Uniformed Cops  —  Phoenix officials, infuriated over an ad for Donald Trump's presidential campaign that includes city cops, fired off a letter Thursday demanding that the ad be taken down immediately.  —  The ad, titled “Movement,” …
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Phoenix Sends Cease-And-Desist Letter To Trump Over Ad Using City's Cops
Discussion: The Week
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
CNN's Jake Tapper slams Trump's advisors: 'He is surrounded by the Philanderer's club'  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is instructing his surrogates to begin attacking Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her husband's extra-marital affairs.
Discussion: the daily howler
Claire Landsbaum / New York Magazine:
What It's Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump  —  When Olivia Nuzzi walked into Donald Trump's office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, she wasn't sure what to expect.  She'd seen the Republican nominee up close before — in media gaggles covering campaign events for the Daily Beast — but they'd never been introduced.
Discussion: Vox, Instapundit and Jezebel
Fox News:
Chelsea Clinton takes private jet to ‘clean energy’ roundtable  —  Chelsea Clinton opted to travel to a “clean energy” roundtable in this week in a private jet to campaign on behalf of her mother Hillary Clinton.  —  Clinton first attended two events in Greenville, North Carolina …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Heat Street and
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
In swipe at Trump, Clinton names Merkel as her favorite world leader  —  Hillary Clinton trolled two White House opponents with a single response, dinging Gary Johnson and Donald Trump by naming Angela Merkel as her favorite world leader.  —  The Democratic presidential nominee on Thursday joined …
Kevin Robinson / Pensacola News Journal:
Apology cake: ‘Sorry I Tased You’  —  A local woman has filed a civil lawsuit against a former Escambia County deputy who allegedly discharged a stun gun into her chest and neck without provocation, tried to cover up the incident, then apologized with an off-color cake.
Paul Steinhauser / NH1:
Donald Trump to NH1 News in NH: I have a very good marital history  —  NH1 News Political Director  —  BEDFORD - Donald Trump took aim at Hillary and Bill Clinton at a rally Thursday.  —  And in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News the Republican presidential nominee said “we'll see what happens” …
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Thousands Eager to Vote Won't Become Citizens in Time
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
Dialynn Dwyer / Boston Globe:
Jeb Bush: Report that his father will vote for Clinton was ‘inappropriate’
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
So Just Who Are These Undecided Voters?
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
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Discussion: Western Free Press
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Admin Leaks Details of Trump's Classified Intel Briefing to Influence Election
Taylor Gee / Politico:
What Trump Gets Wrong About Muslim Communities in America
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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