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Aug 17, 2016

NYT First Draft - August 17, 2016: Donald Trump to Get Classified Briefing in Manhattan



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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The New York Times

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Members of the news media waiting for Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to hold a campaign rally in Scranton, Pa., on Monday.
Members of the news media waiting for Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to hold a campaign rally in Scranton, Pa., on Monday. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
Donald Trump to Get First Classified Briefing in Manhattan
By MAGGIE HABERMAN

Donald J. Trump, who has again reorganized his staff in an effort to right his faltering campaign, will receive his first classified briefing on Wednesday since becoming the Republican presidential nominee, according to a person briefed on the meeting.
The meeting comes as Mr. Trump’s campaign appears to be going through another upheaval, as some of his top advisers have urged the candidate to dig in and prepare for a prolonged and aggressive fight for the presidency and amid questions over his campaign chairman’s ties to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who leads Mr. Trump’s transition team, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who formerly led the Defense Intelligence Agency, will also attend the briefing.
According to ABC News, which first reported on the timing of the briefing, it will take place at the F.B.I. field office in Manhattan, which can accommodate the appropriate security needs.
The nominees of both parties are eligible to receive the classified briefings after the conventions. But for Mr. Trump, the moment presents another in a series of opportunities for the businessman-turned-reality-television-star-turned-candidate to try to demonstrate a level of gravitas.
Aides to Mr. Trump did not respond to an email seeking comment.
As for Hillary Clinton, who as a former secretary of state is in frequent contact with the White House, she will campaign in Ohio on Wednesday to highlight her tax plan and how it compares with Mr. Trump’s.
 
On the Trail
Mr. Trump has no public events scheduled for Wednesday.
Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana hosts a rally in Henderson, Nev.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he will discuss Mrs. Clinton’s jobs plan.
 
Paul Manafort, center, the campaign chairman for Donald J. Trump, and Stephen Miller, a speechwriter, in June. Mr. Manafort will retain his title but the staffing change is a demotion for him.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
By ASHLEY PARKER AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
Paul Manafort will retain his title of campaign chairman, but the hiring of Stephen Bannon and the elevation of Kellyanne Conway was seen by some as a demotion for him.
Roger Ailes with his wife, Elizabeth Tilson, on July 19 in New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images
By MAGGIE HABERMAN AND ASHLEY PARKER
Mr. Ailes is aiding Mr. Trump’s team as it turns its attention to the first debate with Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26 on Long Island.
A deputy New Jersey attorney general wrote in 2007 that Donald J. Trump’s flagship casino, the Taj Mahal, had reported that it paid $2.2 million in alternative minimum assessment tax in 2003, which was not true. It had paid only $500 in income taxes.
Mark Makela for The New York Times
By RUSS BUETTNER
Under Mr. Christie, New Jersey agreed to accept just $5 million in the bankruptcy cases of casinos founded by his friend Donald J. Trump, raising questions of special treatment.

Damon Winter/The New York Times
By YAMICHE ALCINDOR
Speaking in West Bend, Wis., Mr. Trump accused Hillary Clinton of complicity in violence against the police and blamed Democrats for the plight of black neighborhoods.


By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
While enjoying significant polling advantages over Donald J. Trump, Mrs. Clinton and her team are working to keep voters energized and engaged.

Hillary Clinton campaigning in Detroit last week.
F.B.I. Gives Congress Documents Related to Hillary Clinton E-Mail Inquiry
By MARK LANDLER
House Republicans had pushed the bureau to surrender material it had gathered before it concluded that Ms. Clinton should not face criminal charges.
At a campaign stop in Asheville, N.C., Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, played the harmonica and sang with a pair of musicians.
Tim Kaine Lets Loose on the Campaign Trail, With Music, Beer and Fun
By THOMAS KAPLAN
For a vice-presidential candidate who was often described as being “boring,” Mr. Kaine seemed more than comfortable during a night out in Asheville, N.C.
 
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Models walked the runway at a show for the designer Lela Rose during New York Fashion Week last year.
Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times
By RON NIXON
Mr. Trump says he will end the H-1B program, which allows certain skilled immigrants to work in the United States — including some employees of Trump Model Management.
Ken Salazar, before leaving his post as interior secretary, in 2013.
Charles Dharapak/Associated Press
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Ken Salazar, the former interior secretary and Colorado senator, will head Mrs. Clinton’s transition planning team if she wins in November.
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida introduced Hillary Clinton at a rally in St. Petersburg on Aug. 8.
Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
By ALAN RAPPEPORT
A Monmouth University survey found that minority voters and women are buttressing Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign against Donald J. Trump in Florida.
President Obama during a round of golf on Aug. 7 at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
Political Memo
By GARDINER HARRIS
President Obama’s low-key vacations have left summer residents nostalgic for the Clintons’ active participation in the local social scene.
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