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First Read’s Morning Clips: The Immigration Policy Gap

OFF TO THE RACES: The immigration policy gap

Benjy Sarlin and Alex Seitz-Wald teamed up to examine the unprecedented policy gap on immigration between Clinton and Trump.

The Washington Post looks at the inside story of how the hard-liners on immigration within Trump's campaign won out.

Yesterday's big scoop from the New York Times, on Trump's tightly-scripted planned visit to a black congregation in Detroit. "Instead of speaking to the congregation at Great Faith Ministries International, Mr. Trump had planned to be interviewed by its pastor in a session that would be closed to the public and the news media, with questions submitted in advance. And instead of letting Mr. Trump be his freewheeling self, his campaign prepared lengthy answers for the submitted questions, consulting black Republicans to make sure he says the right things. An eight-page draft script obtained by The New York Times shows 12 questions that Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the pastor, intends to ask Mr. Trump in the taped question-and-answer session, as well as the responses Mr. Trump is being advised to give."

An update this morning to the story, from the Times: "After this article was published online Thursday night, Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, said that Mr. Trump's plans had changed and that he would address the congregation for five to 10 minutes after the interview. Mr. Trump will then visit neighborhoods with Ben Carson, a onetime campaign rival, who supports Mr. Trump and grew up in Detroit.

"If you know anything about Mr. Trump, it's that he will want the opportunity to take his vision and message of opportunity directly to the people on Saturday," Mr. Miller said."

The AP looks at the role black voters will play in the outcome of the general election.

Trump has hired controversial veteran campaign operative David Bossie as his deputy campaign manager.

A Latino Trump supporter warned of "taco trucks on every corner."

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump revised his immigration speech after the president of Mexico disputed his telling of their discussions of a border wall.

In a new interview last night on FOX, Trump further muddied his immigration policy, warning that deportations "won't go that quickly."

From the Washington Post: "The New York billionaire, who has cast himself as free from the influence of the party's donor class, has spent this summer forging bonds with wealthy GOP financiers — seeking their input on how to run his campaign and recast his policies for the general election, according to more than a dozen people who have participated in the conversations. Private meetings with top contributors turn into strategy brainstorming sessions. High-priced dinner fundraisers are transformed into impromptu focus groups."

Melania Trump has filed a defamation suit against the Daily Mail and a Maryland political blogger.

Hillary Clinton posted a huge fundraising haul in August.

From POLITICO: "Advisers to Hillary Clinton's campaign have identified so many paths to an Election Day victory they are now focusing not only on the one or two battlegrounds that would ensure a win but on opening up the possibility of an Electoral College landslide."

"A top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department agreed to try to obtain a special diplomatic passport for an adviser to former President Bill Clinton in 2009, according to emails released Thursday, raising new questions about whether people tied to the Clinton Foundation received special access at the department," writes the New York Times. "The request by the adviser, Douglas J. Band, who started one arm of the Clintons' charitable foundation, was unusual, and the State Department never issued the passport. Only department employees and others with diplomatic status are eligible for the special passports, which help envoys facilitate travel, officials said."

Clinton's State Department schedules could go public before Election Day.

NBC's Danny Freeman reports on Joe Biden's campaign trail attacks on Donald Trump.