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Donald Trump Plays Chicken on Health Records

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If you only read one thing: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are promising to release new details on their health this week, but right now each appears to be waiting for the other to move first. Trump’s campaign pushed back on reports that the candidate would reveal the results of a physical last week with television “doctor” Dr. Oz, instead saying he would release more details of his health “soon.” Oz is interviewing Trump about wellness in an interview set to air Thursday, and said Tuesday that he wouldn’t seek to ask Trump about any topics he didn’t want to discuss. Meanwhile, Clinton, who has been recuperating from a bout of pneumonia, is set to return to her campaign schedule on Thursday in North Carolina.

President Obama proved Tuesday why he is Hillary Clinton’s best surrogate. A natural campaigner who can speak to Clinton’s record, the president seemed to take pleasure in attacking Donald Trump as he boosted his one-time rival in Philadelphia. With an approval rating well above 50 percent, Obama stands to be an asset to Clinton in a way that recent presidents have not been able to be. And his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the most well-liked figures in public life, is getting in on the action too, with a campaign appearance for Clinton in Virginia Wednesday.

Donald Trump is set to reveal his comprehensive economic plan Thursday in a speech in New York. The GOP has a voter registration edge. And the White House plans to seek an increase in refugees in 2017.

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Sound Off

“We can’t afford to treat this like a reality show. We can’t afford to pretend like there is some equivalence here.” — President Obama stumping for Hillary Clinton Tuesday

“Families with a stay-at-home parent will be able to fully deduct the average cost of child care from their taxes. I’m hearing, ‘Wow!’” — Trump unveiling his early childhood policy proposals Tuesday evening

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Michelle Obama Brings Voters’ Trust to Hillary Clinton’s Campaign [New York Times]

British Man Who Tried to Shoot Donald Trump Pleads Guilty [TIME]

Hillary Clinton to Rejoin Campaign Trail Thursday Following Bout of Pneumonia [Associated Press]

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White House to increase number of refugees to 110k in 2017 [CNN]

GOP Gains Ground on Dems in Voter Registration in Key States [Associated Press]

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