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First Read's Morning Clips: Born in the USA

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
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President Barack Obama answers a question during a news conference after attending a National Security Council Meeting on efforts to counter the Islamic State, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Jacquelyn Martin / AP


Donald Trump’s campaign now says that he believes the president was born in the U.S., but the candidate still hasn’t said it himself.

Here’s the interview with the Washington Post that sparked last night’s controversy over Trump’s refusal to say the president was born here.

NBC’s Monica Alba sums up the back-and-forth over Trump’s initial refusal yesterday to say he believes President Obama was born in the U.S. — then his campaign’s statement that he does.

The statement put out by his campaign about the issue had plenty of factual problems, too.

The Washington Post outlines how Trump’s new tax plan is different than the one he unveiled earlier in the campaign.

Our colleagues at CNBC point out that Trump’s new economic plan would require a wave of immigrants to help fill new jobs.

Trump also said he would pay for his economic agenda by requiring American allies to pay for the cost of U.S. military defenses.

And from the AP: "Donald Trump has attached a price tag to an economic vision promising what many economists say is impossible: lower taxes, a dramatic expansion in some federal programs and a slimmer government running a smaller deficit."

NBC’s Ali Vitali notes that Trump held almost an entire rally Thursday night without his traveling press — and laughed about it.

Paul Ryan says that Trump should release his tax returns.

POLITICO explores the question of where Gary Johnson is pulling votes from — and it’s not just Trump.

Here’s the New York Times with some realtalk about the closeness of the race: We’re about in the same place we were before the conventions.

But POLITICO notes that new state polls suddenly show Trump with a path to 270.

The New York Times: "Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies, unnerved by the tightening presidential race, are making a major push to dissuade disaffected voters from backing third-party candidates, and pouring more energy into Rust Belt states, where Donald J. Trump is gaining ground.”

Clinton reflected on her time off the trail due to illness, saying yesterday, “the campaign trail doesn’t really encourage reflection and it’s important to sit with your thoughts every now and then. It helped me reconnect what this whole campaign is about.”

MORE, from POLITICO: "Many Democratic allies for months have been pressing Clinton to make the affirmative case for her own candidacy, arguing that discrediting Trump alone is only half of a strategy, one hand clapping. With 54 days to go, she began making the shift now that she’s stuck, once again, in a tight race."