Hillary Clinton Returns to the Campaign Trail

Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 9.25.48 AMMAGGIE HABERMAN

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Good Thursday morning.
Hillary Clinton will return to the campaign trail on Thursday, following a three-day absence after she nearly collapsed at the World Trade Center memorial service amid a bout of pneumonia.
Mrs. Clinton will appear in Greensboro, N.C., a day after her doctor released new details about her treatment over the last two weeks.
The moment will allow Mrs. Clinton to attempt to reassure anyone with lingering questions about her health, and to try to get beyond an issue that has dominated the race all week. It will also allow her to resume focusing on coming debates against her Republican rival, Donald J. Trump.
Mrs. Clinton’s team left an opening for her critics to question her level of transparency, a topic that has bedeviled her, when her aides said that she had left the ceremony because she had “overheated,” but that she was feeling better. They revealed the pneumonia diagnosis after a viral video was taken by one of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters, standing nearby, as she got into her van.
Mr. Trump’s aides have urged his supporters not to publicly discuss Mrs. Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis to avoid looking as if they are exploiting an unfortunate circumstance or being insensitive.
It was Mr. Trump who broke the seal on that request on Wednesday night at a rally in Ohio, at which he expressed for concern for Mrs. Clinton but also noted that she was “lying in bed,” adding that he was standing through a hot event. “I don’t know folks, do you think Hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour?” said Mr. Trump, who spent much of the last year questioning Mrs. Clinton’s “stamina.”
The risk for Mr. Trump and Republicans who have repeatedly questioned the state of her health during the campaign is that of overstating the case, particularly if Mrs. Clinton recovers from her pneumonia and seems restored on the campaign trail and at the debates.
Hillary Clinton at a rally in Tampa, Fla., early this month, and Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Clive, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Left, Doug Mills/The New York Times; Damon Winter/ The New York Times
By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

According to a New York Times/CBS News survey, Mrs. Clinton holds an edge among likely voters but ties with Mr. Trump when Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are figured in.

Hillary Clinton leaving Chelsea Clinton’s apartment in New York City on Sept. 11.

Eric Thayer for The New York Times
By AMY CHOZICK AND MAGGIE HABERMAN

Mrs. Clinton elaborated on her pneumonia diagnosis and treatment, and Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was overweight and taking medication to lower cholesterol.

“The whole birther movement was racist,” Colin Powell wrote in an email to a former aide that has been leaked. He noted that Donald J. Trump once questioned the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate.

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

The disclosures ripped away the diplomatic jargon and political niceties of a former secretary of state with a sober, thoughtful reputation.

Attacks on voting machines have so far seemed relatively unsophisticated. Above, an election official testing machines in Tennessee in 2014.

Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal, via Associated Press
By DAVID E. SANGER AND CHARLIE SAVAGE

Disrupting the presidential election would be far easier than changing the outcome by computer hacking, officials say. But disruption may have already begun.

On the Trail

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will meet with voters at an event in Portsmouth, N.H., and will speak at a rally in Exeter, N.H.
Mr. Trump and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana will appear at an event for the Economic Club of New York, in New York City. Mr. Trump will then travel to Laconia, N.H., where he will hold a rally.
Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida in March at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

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By KEVIN SACK AND STEVE EDER

Documents obtained this week by The New York Times, including a copy of Mr. Trump’s check, at least partly undercut a timeline that looked like a quid pro quo.

Hillary Clinton at the New-York Historical Society on Friday.

Clinton Foundation Initiative to Become Independent if Hillary Wins

By ALAN RAPPEPORT

A plan to spin off the Clinton Health Access Initiative from the foundation is the latest effort to alleviate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president, at a rally in Manhattan on Saturday. The Union Leader of New Hampshire has endorsed him.

Union Leader of New Hampshire Endorses Gary Johnson Over Donald Trump

By JONATHAN MARTIN

The newspaper’s publisher called Mr. Trump a liar, and for the first time in more than 100 years, it is not endorsing the Republican nominee for president.

Donald J. Trump, with Reverend Faith Green Timmons, was heckled by two members of the audience as he finished his speech at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Mich., on Wednesday.

Donald Trump Gets Cool Reception at Black Church in Flint, Mich.

By NICK CORASANITI

At a church, Mr. Trump was interrupted in the middle of his remarks by the pastor, the Rev. Faith Green Timmons, after he started to criticize Hillary Clinton.

Sara Flynn, of Hebron, Ky., said she was still trying to regain her footing since her high-end design business collapsed in 2010.

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Gains that have been strong for people who live in large metropolitan centers have not reached people who live in rural areas, industrial centers and Appalachia.

What We’re Reading Elsewhere

“If you want to make the case that the weekend’s news has moved the polls,” FiveThirtyEight writes, referring to Mrs. Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment and her fainting at a Sept. 11 ceremony, there are two noteworthy polls to keep in mind.
Colin Powell, the former secretary of state whose emails were hacked and published on Wednesday, is “getting a lesson in the dangers of assuming personal email is secure,” The Atlantic writes.
A Wall Street Journal graphic takes a look at how battleground states have swungsince the 1980s, and how the states are polling today.
The Guardian digs into documents from a “John Doe” investigation in Wisconsin for a look at the role of money in politics.