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Raw video: Khizr Khan addresses crowd before Hillary Clinton rally

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FBI more out of control than we knew

“It would seem that basically everyone at the FBI is leaking their sides of various internal disputes and turf wars, largely tied to various investigations of the Clintons or attempts to start investigations of the Clintons. That alone paints a picture of Director James Comey as having totally lost control of the organization,” writes Josh Marshall.

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We have three major voter suppression operations under way.

— A top Trump operative, admitting to Bloomberg that Trump is trying to keep Democratic voters from voting (Inside the Trump bunker, with twelve days to go).

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Fiscal foolishness

“Over all, Chris Wallace was better than I expected. But he was pretty bad on fiscal issues,” writes Paul Krugman.

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They stood by while this happened, and Donald Trump as he’s prone to do, he didn’t build the building himself — he just slapped his name on it and took credit for it.

— President Obama to Republicans: You built Trump

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Warren Buffett just released his own tax data to hammer Trump

Billionaire and Hillary Clinton supporter Warren Buffet today released data from his own federal income tax returns to put pressure on Trump to release his. “I have been audited by the IRS multiple times and am currently being audited. I have no problem in releasing my tax information while under audit. Neither would Mr. Trump — at least he would have no legal problem,” Buffet said, in a dig at Trump. Trump’s campaign declined to respond to Buffet’s statement for obvious reasons.

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The Republican Party is caught in a theater fire; people are just running to different exits as fast as they can.

— Steven Law, a longtime confidante of top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell (via The New York Times).

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October unsurprise: Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

“Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that ‘when you’re a star, they let you do it,’ according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.” David A. Fahrenthold reports.

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Trump’s organization did business with Iranian bank later linked to terrorism

“Donald Trump’s real estate organization rented New York office space from 1998 to 2003 to an Iranian bank that U.S. authorities have linked to terrorist groups and Iran’s nuclear program,” the Center for Public Integrity reports.

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Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) face off in the first presidential debate, moderated by Lester Holt (Michael Che).

SNL also aired this politically-themed sketch:

Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Ivanka Trump (Margot Robbie), Gov. Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) and Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) take on Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond), Sarah Silverman (Melissa Villaseñor), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Cecily Strong) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Larry David).

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It figures: Trump tax records obtained by NYT 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 for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show.”

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As America sleeps, Donald Trump seethes on Twitter

As Hillary Clinton says: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

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A spoiled brat named Little Donnie Thwimp: The importance of sound symbolism

“As strange as it may sound, the sound symbolism of a name has become an unnamed central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. As a cognitive linguist, my job is to study the issue and, at the very least, to name it,” George Lakoff writes.

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Who will win the presidential debates: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

“Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries. But will it work when he faces Clinton onstage?” asks James Fallows in an in-depth analysis for The Atlantic.

 

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Unwinding a lie: Donald Trump and ‘birtherism’

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro: “The essential question — why promote a lie? — may be unanswerable. Was it sport? Was it his lifelong quest to court media attention? Was it racism? Was it the cynical start of his eventual campaign for president?”

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Hillary Clinton’s twenty questions that Donald Trump needs to answer — now

Earlier today, Hillary Clinton’s campaign tweetstormed a host of questions that Donald Trump should be compelled to answer after Newsweek published a piece by Kurt Eichenwald concluding that any international policy decision Trump might make would raise serious conflicts of interest (How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security).

Clinton’s tweetstorm:

  1. Will you sever ties with your company linked to foreign leaders, questionable organizations, and criminals if you become president? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  2. How will you handle non-cancelable contractual obligations with parties whose interests conflict with those of the United States? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  3. While refusing to release your tax returns, how will you confirm that you do not have dangerous financial ties to bad actors abroad? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  4. If you were willing to work with Qaddafi—a known terrorist and dictator—is there anyone you aren’t willing to make a deal with? Who? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  5. How can you be tough on Iran, given your business partnership with someone connected to Iranian money laundering? pic.twitter.com/1AdDm2kfvy — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  6. Given that you’ve already questioned our commitments to NATO allies, what is your answer to this? pic.twitter.com/qp5vMqtcs1 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  7. To what extent would your foreign policy be dictated by potential financial benefits for your business partners? pic.twitter.com/4Nd9KSdTfi — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  8. Will you disclose the nature of your personal and business relationships with all of the Russian oligarchs you are “close” to? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  9. Have you or your campaign discussed U.S.-Russian relations with the Russian billionaires with whom you’ve done business? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  10. How did the Russian mob boss who ran a criminal organization out of Trump Tower get a VIP pass to your Miss Universe pageant in Moscow? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  11. With business ties to politically-connected Indian developers, how can you conduct foreign policy that puts the U.S. above your profits? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  12. How can we be sure you’d be willing to be tough on any nation if necessary, if it would put your interests and profits at risk? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  13. How can we know you won’t (again) impulsively damage relationships with crucial allies to preserve your own ego? https://t.co/j1VtaFhA6C — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  14. We know you engaged extensively in pay-to-play here at home. Have you bribed foreign officials or other parties abroad? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  15. To what extent are you and your family currently contractually tied to payments from foreign business partners, or governments? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  16. You’ve mentioned ~120 foreign deals, including in countries with national security implications. Where and with whom are you working? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  17. Will your children disclose all of the foreign trips and business deals they’ve undertaken during the campaign, and with whom they met? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  18. We’ll let @kurteichenwald ask this one: pic.twitter.com/xnIl6JazS3 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  19. In sum, how will Trump guarantee that if forced to choose between America’s security and his own bank account, he won’t pick the latter? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
  20. It’s pretty clear: Trump’s spent his life unscrupulously looking out for his own wallet above all. Why would that change as president? — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
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Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.

— “We recommend Hillary Clinton for president“: The Dallas Morning News backs the Democratic nominee for the first time in seventy-five years.

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Tim Eyman and Donald Trump

“Thanks to super supporter Larry Sundquist and great friend Don Benton, I was able to attend the fundraiser beforehand,” Eyman boasted in an email to his followers. “It was a real thrill to get a picture with ‘The Donald’. I managed to get 4 words out of my mouth (which was tough because I was so star-struck meeting him): ‘I admire your courage.'”

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We don’t want him using these lyrics… If Dad were alive, he would’ve ripped (Trump) with a great poem in rebuttal. Not only a poem and a song, but an essay and everything else.

— Maggie Brown, daughter of poet and author Oscar Brown Jr., condemning Donald Trump’s use of a song written for her father (via The Chicago Tribune: Donald Trump likes to read “The Snake” at his rallies. The author’s family wants him to stop)

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Still, the prospect of voting for Hillary Clinton is uncomfortable to me, as if Dr. Van Helsing were compelled to vote for Dracula. But the only prospect more terrifying than voting for Hillary Clinton is not voting for her. The reality of American politics today is, she is the only choice.

— Richard J. Cross III, a former Capitol Hill and Annapolis press secretary and speechwriter who lives in Baltimore, in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun.

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I liked that he was politically incorrect. But now I feel, enough already… He’s not going to win a majority of voters by sounding offensive and ridiculous.”

—  Banker Trish Grove, speaking to a reporter from the New York Times in Doylestown, which the paper calls “a bellwether suburb north of Philadelphia.”

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