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12:55 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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘disgusting’ tweet about Alicia Machado got one thing right.  It isn't what he thinks.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  This morning, at a disconcertingly early hour, Donald Trump tweeted: … As Brian Stelter points out, this guarantees more news cycles will be spent on Trump's battle with Machado.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The surprisingly logical reason Donald Trump is bringing up Bill Clinton's sex scandals  —  Let's be clear: Donald Trump is not making an issue of Bill Clinton's past infidelities.  And, frankly, he feels he's owed a little bit of congratulations for his restraint.
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  —  Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning that Hillary Clinton was “duped and used” by former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, urging his followers to “check out [her] sex tape and past.”
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Towleroad
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Obama hometown newspaper picks Gary Johnson over Clinton
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
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.
David Byler / Real Clear Politics:   Will the Debate Knock Trump Off the Comeback Track?
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Clinton leads Trump by 4 in post-debate Florida poll
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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
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.
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.
New York Times:
How Democrats Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Big Donor Money  —  Democrats denounced it as an assault on democracy and a sop to billionaires when the Supreme Court issued a ruling two years ago that loosened limits on campaign giving.  —  But Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party leaders …
Discussion: Althouse and
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
GOP Blocks Probes Into Trump-Russia Ties
Discussion: The Week and War on the Rocks
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Don't Trust Media Fact-Checking
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush Thinks It Would Be ‘Powerful’ Statement If Nobody Voted This Year  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) has a bright idea for social change: don't vote for the presidency.  —  Bush told reporters Thursday that he won't vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton …
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeb Bush suggests voting for Gary Johnson at private luncheon
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
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
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” …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
What the FBI Files Reveal About Hillary Clinton's Email Server  —  The scandal of Hillary Clinton's “home brew” email server, as it is played out over more than a year and a half, has served as a Rorschach test for her supporters and opponents.  In her critics' eyes it's just another example …
Discussion: Western Free Press
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Charity Gave to Jenny McCarthy's Anti-Vaxx Crusade  —  Donald Trump has not only spread dangerous misinformation about the links between vaccines and autism, but he's also given money to the anti-vaxxer cause.  —  His monetary support for the conspiracy theory came in the form …
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
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