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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously assistant editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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In an appearance on "The View" Thursday morning, Donald Trump's campaign manager insisted that a report alleging one of his companies broke the Cuban trade embargo in 1998 does not mean that the candidate had been “treasonous.”

But she did say “they paid money, as I understand from the story, they paid money in 1998," referring to the story published by Newsweek hours earlier.

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Update 7:43 p.m.:

While the Ipsos/Reuters national tracking poll released Wednesday showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in both head-to-head and four-way matchups, an Ipsos/Reuters States of the Nation poll conducted in Iowa from Sept. 2-22 showed Trump leading by 10 points in the state, 51 percent to 41 percent. Trump appears to have been referring to the older poll of Iowa.

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Donald Trump opened up a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Wednesday afternoon touting what he suggested was a new poll showing him leading Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

“So I understand that we have a Reuters poll where we’re 10 points up!” he bellowed.

But it's unclear where Trump got that number. An Ipsos/Reuters national tracking poll released Wednesday morning actually found Hillary Clinton ahead by six points in a head-to-head race against Trump, and by four points if third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are included.

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After multiple Fox News personalities cited online polls declaring Donald Trump had won the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, a Fox News executive sent a memo to staff Tuesday afternoon reminding them such polls should not be cited as though they were scientifically sound.

"As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can't be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate," Fox's vice president of public-opinion research, Dana Blanton, wrote in a memo obtained by Business Insider.

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Donald Trump's campaign late Tuesday blasted comments from former Vermont governor and Hillary Clinton supporter Howard Dean speculating that the candidate had used cocaine prior to Monday’s presidential debate, calling them “beyond the pale and a “desperate attempt to stay relevant.”

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