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Posted: September 18, 2016 in the washington post __


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Trump surges in battlegrounds, now leads in Florida, Ohio and Iowa
Despite being battered all summer by his own missteps as well as attack ads from the Democrats, the GOP nominee is surging in key states. Hillary Clinton’s return to the campaign trail after her bout of pneumonia came at what looks to be her low point in the general election.

By Philip Rucker and Dan Balz  •  Read more »
Trump’s recent positions on child care and birth control put him to the GOP’s left
Trump’s plan is viewed skeptically by people on both sides of the aisle who see it as a slapdash attempt to woo female voters — particularly those in suburban swing districts.
By Katie Zezima  •  Read more »

U.S. admits carrying out airstrike that Syria claims killed 62 soldiers
The U.S. military’s Central Command said it was targeting a suspected Islamic State position in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour but called off the assault after Russia said Syrian army positions were hit.
By Karen DeYoung and Thomas Gibbons-Neff  • 
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