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Last Thursday, Donald Trump stated he believes President Obama was born in the United States after years of questioning his place of birth.

With Donald Trump's Birther Spin, He's Crossed A Line

You may or may not have noticed, but the 2016 presidential campaign has entered a new phase — perhaps even a new dimension. It is new, not just for this year's already extraordinary campaign, but for American political discourse.

That is because on Friday, Donald Trump brought forth what may well be the most preposterous falsehood anyone has attempted to peddle in our political life. Think that is hyperbole? Feel free to counter with something to match it. Seriously.

John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo. Stumpf testifies today before the Senate Banking Committee about his bank employees opening unauthorized customer accounts.

Wells Fargo CEO Discusses Secret-Accounts Scandal In Senate Hearing

Wells Fargo has been feeling the heat since news broke earlier this month that it was being fined $185 million to settle allegations that thousands of employees secretly opened unauthorized accounts for customers in order to meet sales goals.

On Tuesday, Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf apologized for betraying customers' trust during testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

President Obama addresses U.S. troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in 2014.

Patient Diplomacy And A Reluctance To Act: Obama's Mark On Foreign Policy

For nearly eight years, President Obama has been putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy both by what he's done and by what he chosen not to do.

His legacy includes achievements like the international climate agreement.

It also includes festering problems like the Syrian civil war.

Obama is summing up that legacy himself Tuesday, as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly for what's likely to be the last time as president.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, pictured earlier this year, says $5 million will be distributed to job programs for people recently released from jail.

Administration Aims To Fight Crime With Job Training

The Labor Department will hand out $5 million in grants to fund job centers for people coming out of jails, part of a broader Obama administration initiative to help reduce recidivism, NPR has learned.

"The earlier you start investing in people who are incarcerated, the better the odds of a successful outcome," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

The new batch of funding means that 41 such grant projects in a number of states have now won federal funding, known as Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release.

NPR Battleground Map: A Path To The Presidency Opens Up For Trump

A month ago, there were "Road Closed" signs up on all of Donald Trump's potential paths to the White House.

But now, less than a week before the crucial first debate of this presidential race — and as a terrorism bombing investigation continues in New York and New Jersey — a viable route has emerged for the Republican nominee, according to the latest NPR Battleground Map.

A motorist who found an Atlanta gas station had run out of fuel calls a nearby gas station Monday to see if they have any left. Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the disruptions could become more widespread.

Gas Shortages, Price Spikes Seen Across The South Following Pipeline Spill

After a 330,000-gallon spill shut down a gasoline pipeline in Alabama Sept. 9, fuel shortages and high gas prices are occurring across the southern United States this week, NPR member stations report.

Emily Siner of Nashville's WPLN tells NPR's Newscast that prices there have risen about 20 cents per gallon since Thursday, and officials are urging drivers not to fill up unless they need to.

A self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid Uber is displayed last week at the companies' Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, the Department of Transportation will announce a set of policy proposals designed to ensure the safety of autonomous and automated vehicles.

Feds To Set Rules On Self-Driving Vehicles

Get ready, America.

The White House wants you to know that the era of self-driving cars is closer than you might expect. And the federal government is preparing to roll out the rules of the road that officials say are needed to make sure automated vehicles are safe, accessible and efficient. And if done properly, they say the new vehicles will save time, money and lives.

They also say they want to avoid a "patchwork" of regulations that differ from state to state.

The words of the late writer James Baldwin narrate the award-winning documentary "I Am Not Your Negro"

A Breakthrough Showcase For Black Filmmaking At The Toronto Film Festival

This year we've seen endless loops of online commentary and Hollywood hand-wringing about the enduring whiteness of American cinema and how structural challenges continue to restrict filmmakers of color. So it was not surprising that there was so much anticipation around the October release of first-time director Nate Parker's film The Birth of a Nation. The story of Nat Turner's slave rebellion and self-empowerment, as seen through the artistic vision of a young, black filmmaker, caused a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival at the height of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Estero, Fla., on Monday.

Trump: 'Sad' N.Y. Bombing Suspect Gets Quality Medical Care, Lawyer

Donald Trump said at a campaign rally Monday that it's "sad" that the suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey will receive medical attention and legal representation.

This frame from surveillance video released by the New Jersey State Police shows Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was taken into custody on Monday.

Bombing Suspect Spent Time In Afghanistan And Had Money Trouble

Here's what we know about Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, who was taken into custody on Monday after a shootout with police and charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts related to possession of a weapon: