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1:50 PM ET, August 11, 2016

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TIME.com:
Inside Donald Trump's Meltdown  —  Donald Trump's sinking polls, unending attacks and public blunders have the GOP reconsidering its strategy for November  —  When Donald Trump mucks things up, the first person to let him know is usually Republican Party boss Reince Priebus.
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TIME:
“I think we're doing well”  —  Donald Trump has had a difficult stretch, starting with convention drama in Cleveland and continuing through two rough weeks of damaging controversies.  TIME interviewed him on Aug. 9, just hours before he seemed to suggest the only remedy to a Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time
Discussion: The Week
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton to Deliver Economic Rebuttal to Donald Trump
Discussion: Politico
Duane Patterson / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Donald Trump Makes A Return Visit … The audio:  —  08-11hhs-trump  —  The transcript:  —  HH: And I'm pleased now to welcome Donald Trump.  Mr. Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.  —  DT: Yes, good morning.  —  HH: We're a little bit late, so I hope I get a little reprieve on the time that Hope gave me.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Cites Iraq Withdrawal He Passionately Supported To Say Obama “Founded ISIS”  —  Donald Trump has said repeatedly during the campaign that President Obama “founded ISIS,” a remark that has come under scrutiny in recent days.  —  “He's the founder of ISIS.  He's the founder of ISIS.
Discussion: alan.com
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana  —  The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.
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Paul Armentano / The Hill:
DEA shouldn't leave marijuana in same class as heroin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Trump Hits Clinton on Mateen Father's Seating — as Disgraced Congressman Foley Sits Behind Him  —  SUNRISE, Florida — Donald Trump on Wednesday night admonished Hillary Clinton for having the father of the Orlando shooter seated behind her at a recent campaign rally.  —  “Wasn't it terrible?”
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Matthew Cooper / Newsweek:
IS DONALD TRUMP REALLY BEING AUDITED BY THE IRS?  —  U.S. DONALD TRUMP TAXES 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN  —  Donald Trump has broken with a 40-year-old tradition of U.S. presidential candidates making public their tax returns because he claims to be under audit by the IRS …
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Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Expected to Release 2015 Tax Returns
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House report fuels new campaign brawl over Obama and ISIL  —  The early findings of a Republican congressional probe that faults the Pentagon for overly optimistic intelligence reports about the war against the Islamic State is providing new fodder for the growing partisan fight …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Too good to check: Sean Hannity's tale of a Trump rescue  —  “The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home.”  — quote in article titled …
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Lawsuit: Trump campaign failed to act after staffer pulled gun  —  A lawsuit filed by a former staffer on Donald J. Trump's campaign for president claims the campaign's then-North Carolina State Director pulled a gun on him and senior campaign officials refused to do anything about it.
Discussion: Washington Times, AOL and Raw Story
New York Times:
Hack of Democrats' Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — A Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic politicians was bigger than it first appeared and breached the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups, officials with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Bob Woodward: ‘Excessive Rhetoric’ From Clinton Backers Is ‘Feeding’ Trump  —  Famed investigative reporter Bob Woodward suggested Thursday morning that “excessive rhetoric” from Donald Trump's opponents was feeding the bombastic billionaire's increasingly controversial remarks.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton's agenda would flounder in Congress.  Here are seven reasons why.  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  Hillary Clinton is trying to win a mandate to enact an ambitious economic agenda.  During a rally in Des Moines yesterday afternoon, the Democratic nominee said she could create 10.4 million new jobs as president.
The Hill:
Gloom sets in for GOP  —  Gloom is setting in for GOP lawmakers and strategists who increasingly think Donald Trump  —  will lose the presidential race and their party will be left in the political wilderness.  —  “I'm not feeling great about the immediate future of the conservative movement right now …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
President Obama Unveils ‘Encore’ Summer Playlist  —  Still in the early stretch of his 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, President Obama released today his 2016 summer playlist, and one artist is notably missing.  —  This is the second time Obama has released his favorite songs on Spotify.
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Kori Schulman / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
Listen to President Obama's Summer Playlist:
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Arianna Huffington to Leave the Huffington Post  —  Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief to focus on health-and-wellness startup Thrive Global  —  Arianna Huffington, who co-founded the Huffington Post 11 years ago and built it into one of the largest digital media outlets in the U.S. …
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Trump successfully baits media into hysteria.  Again.  —  The anti-Trump media (another name for the mainstream media) have resumed their frenzied claims that Donald Trump is out to unleash indescribable horror in the American people.  The current version of doom is that he is calling …
Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
SoCal hit with worst smog in years as hot, stagnant weather brings surge in hospital visits  —  Smog descends on downtown Los Angeles during a November afternoon in 2015.  —  Southern California is experiencing its worst smog in years this summer as heat and stagnant weather increase …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hannity Angrily Rants Against Republicans ‘Sabotaging’ Trump, Names Names  —  An angry Sean Hannity kicked off his show tonight with a rant against #NeverTrump Republicans and named names.  —  Hannity specifically called out Bill Kristol, Mitt Romney, Senator Susan Collins, Jeb Bush …
Discussion: Washington Times and Hot Air
 
 
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Ivan Levingston / CNBC:
Trump just confirmed every Republican's worst fear
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Gathering Storm  —  In turbulent and interesting times …
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
ObamaCare problems deepen as insurers scramble to stem losses
Discussion: Tennessean.com
Washington Times:
Israeli athletes in Rio endure ‘shocking’ hostility, taunting by Muslim nations
Discussion: Pamela Geller and WND
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Showered Clintons With Love In 2008 British Interview
Simon Holmes / Daily Mail:
Woman tells police she was RAPED by a Pokemon Go character after she felt an ‘assault’ …
Discussion: mrctv.org/videos and Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
Christians Forced to Hide Bibles Amid Migrant Muslim Death Threats
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Daily Mail
Mitchell Byars / Daily Camera:
Former CU student convicted of Boulder rape spared prison sentence
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL and Guardian
Henry J. Gomez / Plain Dealer:
Ted Strickland steps into controversy by cheering the timing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death
Sunny Oh / Bloomberg:
More Old Than Young: A Population Plague Spreads Around the Globe
Discussion: Althouse
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is Trump Wrecking Both Parties?
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Are Neidermeyer and That Team the Bad News Bears Played
Discussion: alicublog
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: I want to do debates if there's a ‘fair moderator’