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6:55 PM ET, October 3, 2016


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Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:
Trump Suggests That Soldiers Who Suffer From PTSD Aren't “Strong”  —  “When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it,” Trump told a room full of veterans.
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air, Hullabaloo and The Week
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
Donald Trump: Military suicides happen to servicemembers who 'can't handle it'  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump suggested Monday that American soldiers and veterans who commit suicide do so because they can't handle the post-traumatic stress of war.  —  “When you talk about the mental health problems …
Ryan Ellis / Forbes:
Trump Tax Return Story Exposes Policy Ignorance Of Political Reporters  —  What followed was a collective explosion of talking heads over the weekend, with the theatrics inversely proportional to the pundit's knowledge of tax policy.  —  To state the obvious, political reporters don't know a damned thing about taxes.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Donald Trump's leaked tax returns help explain why he wants to end the estate tax  —  The $916 million loss that Donald Trump reported on his 1995 income taxes was extraordinary.  As Alan Cole from the conservative Tax Foundation notes, total net operating losses claimed on all individual income tax returns …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump boasts about ‘brilliantly’ using the tax laws
Discussion: ABC News
True Pundit:
Under Intense Pressure to Silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike on Julian Assange  —  Julian Assange and his free-speech brainchild Wikileaks were once lauded as global heroes of public service among United States politicians and policy makers.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump Foundation ordered to stop fundraising by N.Y. attorney general's office  —  The New York attorney general has notified Donald Trump that his charitable foundation is violating state law — by soliciting donations without proper certification — and ordered Trump's charity to stop …
Steve Eder / New York Times:
State Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation to Cease Raising Money in New York
Post-debate, Clinton takes the lead  —  (CNN)Hillary Clinton emerges from the first presidential debate with a five-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the presidency, having narrowed the enthusiasm gap between her supporters and Trump's, and holding broad advantages over the Republican nominee …
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Exclusive: Republicans Launch Willie Horton-Style Attack on Kaine  —  RNC releases video ahead of Tuesday's vice presidential debate  —  Finance Committee Mourns Loss of Longtime Republican Staffer Republican Senator Seeks Radical Changes to Budget Process One Murphy's Gun Safety Group Backs Another Murphy
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The GOP's chief strategist pitches the party's new ‘Willie Horton-style’ ad
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Tim Kaine's Time With a Marxist Priest
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
AP: How Trump's ‘Apprentice’ moved from capitalism to sexism  —  NEW YORK (AP) — In his years as a reality TV boss on “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts …
Kanye West halts show after Kim Kardashian held at gunpoint in Paris  —  Photos:  —  The Kardashian clan  —  The most famous of the Kardashian clan is undoubtedly Kim, who has gained publicity for everything from “breaking the Internet” to bleaching her hair blonde to ... well, pretty much everything she does gains publicity.
New York Times:
Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint in Paris, Spokeswoman Says
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Suspends Talks With Russia on Syria  —  WASHINGTON — The United States followed through on Monday with its threat to formally suspend talks with Russia about Syria because of the Russian military's role in the assault on the besieged city of Aleppo.  The United States also shelved plans …
Fox News:
FBI agreed to destroy laptops of Clinton aides with immunity deal, sources say  —  Immunity deals for two top Hillary Clinton aides included a side arrangement obliging the FBI to destroy their laptops after reviewing the devices, House Judiciary Committee sources told Fox News on Monday.
Obama Says Obamacare Has ‘Real Problems’ Congress Refuses to Fix  —  Exodus of major insurers and spiraling prices hurt the law  —  Enrollment for 2017 begins a week before Election Day  —  President Barack Obama said his signature health-care law has “real problems” …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
‘The Trump Rule’: Leaked Audio of Trump Ogling Miss USA Beauty Queens  —  During the first presidential debate, a record-breaking primetime television event viewed by over 84 million people worldwide, Hillary Clinton managed to get under Donald Trump's skin by invoking two of his favorite pastimes: beauty pageants and unbridled sexism.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Andrew Kaczynski's BuzzFeed Team Joins CNN  —  The cable network scores a major coup in hiring the political research unit known for 2016 scoops.  —  NEW YORK BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski and his scoop-driven political research team are joining CNN during the final, frenetic stretch of the 2016 election and beyond.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
What Hillary Clinton's leaked audio teaches us about Hillary Clinton  —  A theory of why Hillary Clinton struggles with young voters.  —  What's most interesting about the leaked audio of Hillary Clinton assessing the Bernie Sanders movement from February isn't what she says about Bernie Sanders or his supporters.
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Former Prosecutor Endorses Her for President  —  Twenty years ago Michael Chertoff was near the top of the Clintons' enemy list.  He was the lead Republican counsel on the Senate Whitewater Committee, one of the first of many Congressional investigations into Hillary Clinton.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Five Days That Shaped a Presidency  —  Barack Obama shares with Jonathan Chait a very early draft of his memoirs.  —  On August 25, after a short trip to Baton Rouge to assess flooding in Louisiana and before what will likely be his last visit to China on Air Force One …
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John Fund / National Review:
How Much Does Trump Really Want to Be President?
Raffi Williams / Circa:
The new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture treats conservative …
Discussion: RedState and Althouse
Dave Collins / Associated Press:
Court Overturns $12M Sex Abuse Verdict Against Boy Scouts
Discussion: Jezebel and Associated Press
Larry Klayman / WND:
Hillary's biggest lie?
Discussion: Raw Story
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Biden mocks Trump for his feud with a beauty queen
Discussion: ABC News
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Clinton: ‘What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?’
Discussion: ABC News
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton, Trump Neck and Neck in North Carolina: Bloomberg Poll
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Gingrich: Trump needs to be willing to make ‘real change’ to win election
Discussion: RedState and Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Kristine Guerra / Washington Post:
‘We run the streets’: Video shows angry mob attacking CHP patrol car with officer still inside
Carrie Wells / Baltimore Sun:
Man in critical condition after altercation with Raiders fans at Ravens game
Daily Mail:
Is this man Bill Clinton's love child? …
Media Matters for America:
Trump Adviser Roger Stone: Alicia Machado Is A “Ho Bag”
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Donald Trump: Terroristic Man-Toddler
Discussion: Raw Story and Telegraph