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9:55 AM ET, October 2, 2016


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New York Times:
Trump Tax Records Obtained by The Times Reveal He Could Have Avoided Paying Taxes for Nearly Two Decades  —  Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
As news of Trump's taxes broke, he goes off script at a rally in Pennsylvania  —  MANHEIM, Pa. — Donald Trump's campaign announced Saturday evening that the candidate would soon deliver a nine-sentence critique of comments Hillary Clinton made months ago about many of the millennials supporting her primary rival, Bernie Sanders.
Discussion: Guardian
NBC News:
Analysis: Trump May Have Had the Worst Week in Presidential Campaign History  —  SEPT. 26: Clinton Lists Reason Why Trump Is Not Releasing Taxes 1:10  —  October didn't wait 24 hours before delivering a surprise.  It came in an envelope delivered to the New York Times containing portions …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What we know about Donald Trump's income tax history, by year  —  Late Saturday evening, the New York Times revealed a remarkable story.  Last month, one of their reporters received a letter with a return address of Trump Tower.  Inside, tax documents from the mid-1990s …
New York Times:
Pages From Donald Trump's 1995 Income Tax Records  —  The tax records obtained by The Times show that Donald J. Trump claimed a $916 million loss that could have allowed him to legally avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.
Daily Mail:
BBC sacked me for being a white man... even though I work in radio: The Now Show comic was told he was being axed to make way for more women and diversity  —  The BBC was at the centre of a damaging diversity row last night after one of its top radio stars was sacked for being ‘white and male’.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump wonders if Clinton is ‘crazy,’ loyal to her husband or healthy  —  MANHEIM, Pa. — In a rambling speech on Saturday night, Donald Trump imitated Hillary Clinton stumbling at a memorial service last month, suggested that she might be “crazy” and wondered if she is “loyal” to her husband.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Onlooker repeatedly yells ‘Bill Clinton is a rapist’ live on Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump imitates Clinton stumbling at 9/11 memorial  —  for stumbling during a 9/11 memorial event last month, imitating her fall that doctors chalked up to dehydration.  —  It's a personal attack Republicans have warned Trump to avoid.  But while he has refused to engage on the issue …
Rick Hasen /
Trump's Irresponsible Vote-Rigging Statements Literally Putting Our Democracy at Risk  —  One of the things we take for granted is that even in tumultuous times when elections are hard fought, the losers concede the election and embrace the process, even if things did not go well.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump has a challenge with white women: ‘You just want to smack him’  —  NASHUA, N.H. — With just five weeks of campaigning left, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are scrambling to win over female voters in America's suburbs as well-educated white women have emerged as perhaps …
Wendi Lane / KMPH:
Fresno veteran says terrorist crashed into him at 100 mph  —  A Fresno man believes he was the victim of a terrorist attack, right here on the roadways in California.  —  Now, he wants the guy who he says attacked him off the streets so he doesn't hurt anyone else.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
If Trump thinks debate prep is for chumps, his advisers can't save him from himself  —  Donald Trump has one week to prepare for his next debate with Hillary Clinton.  It is a critical event for him.  Yet everything he's done before and after the first debate sends a loud, clear message: He seems to think debate prep is for chumps.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Viking Pundit
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:   After Trump-Clinton, Vice-Presidential Debate Isn't Exactly ‘the Return of Elvis’
Dean Schabner / ABC News:
Donald Trump Tax Returns Reportedly Show $916 Million Loss in 1995  —  Donald Trump's income tax returns from 1995 reportedly show he declared a $916 million loss, according to the New York Times, which said it received three pages from Trump's filings that year.
Discussion: Washington Post and Newsalert
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to begin new term short-handed as its ideological balance hinges on fall vote
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Girl Talk at Trump Tower
Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
Incoming migrants are bringing long-eradicated diseases to Germany and are putting the medical …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Oscar Brand, Folk Singer Whose Radio Show Twanged for Decades, Dies at 96
Discussion: Althouse and The Talking Dog
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Bridge Trial Focuses on Christie's Political Tactics
Discussion: Mediaite
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The last six days proved Donald Trump is dangerously unfit for the presidency