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Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump escalates attack on Bill Clinton  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is reviving some of the ugliest political chapters of the 1990s with escalating personal attacks on Bill Clinton's character — centered on past accusations of sexual assault — amid a concerted effort …
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Kenneth Starr, Who Tried to Bury Bill Clinton, Now Only Praises Him  —  An unlikely voice recently bemoaned the decline of civility in presidential politics, warned that “deep anger” was fueling an “almost radical populism” and sang the praises of former President Bill Clinton — particularly his …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton campaign plans battleground-state media blitz hitting Trump on housing crisis  —  An army of Hillary Clinton's surrogates in battleground states will blast Donald Trump on Tuesday over his past statements about the housing market and his business record, according to a campaign aide.
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Top Staffer: Trump's Demonization of Bill Clinton Accusers in 90's Was Just ‘Being a True Friend’  —  Top Donald Trump surrogate and attorney Michael Cohen struggled to explain Tuesday why his boss demonized those who accused Bill Clinton of rape and sexual impropriety in the 1990's …
Discussion: The Resurgent
NBC News:
First Read: The Most Important Number in the New NBC/WSJ Poll  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  The most important number in the new NBC/WSJ poll
NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump's New Attack Ad Features Bill Clinton Accuser Juanita Broaddrick
Discussion: Althouse
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Obama Hits Highest Job Approval Since Second Inauguration
Discussion: Politicus USA
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Sanders: Democratic convention could be ‘messy’  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be “messy” as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added: “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.”
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Clinton allies blame Bernie for bad polls
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Sanders blasts Clinton at Calif. rally for rejecting debate  —  on Monday night said it's “a little bit insulting” to California voters that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton  —  refuses to debate him ahead of the state's primary.  —  “I was disturbed, but not surprised …
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CNN:
Clinton declines to debate Sanders in California
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Declines To Participate In Fox News Dem Debate
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Is Clinton Disliked?  —  I understand why Donald Trump is so unpopular.  He earned it the old-fashioned way, by being obnoxious, insulting and offensive.  But why is Hillary Clinton so unpopular?  —  She is, at the moment, just as unpopular as Trump.
CNN:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under federal investigation for campaign contributions  —  Washington (CNN)Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.
Facebook:
Response to Chairman John Thune's letter on Trending Topics  —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response to anonymous allegations of political bias in our Trending Topics feature and to discuss the preliminary results of our work.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The RNC is building a campaign for Trump  —  The Republican Party is racing to build a presidential campaign for Donald Trump.  —  The presumptive GOP nominee enters the general election with an organization even thinner than Mitt Romney's four years ago.  Trump won the primary by dominating media coverage.
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Poll: Most Voters Think Trump Should Release Tax Returns
Discussion: Vox and Politicus USA
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm  —  A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation's biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the welfare king  —  A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the “welfare queen,” the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king.  —  Four years ago last week, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off …
JSOnline:
Presidential run leaves Scott Walker nearly $900,000 in debt  —  Madison— Like a tiresome house guest, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign debt is lingering.  —  The latest federal filing shows that the GOP governor still has nearly $900,000 in debt from his unsuccessful presidential run …
Discussion: Political Wire
Anis Shivani / Salon:
Donald Trump is going to win: This is why Hillary Clinton can't defeat what Trump represents  —  People are rising up against neoliberal globalization.  Trump represents capital, but also understands this reality  —  The neofascist reaction, the force behind Trump, has come …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly Plans to Sue Ex-Wife for $10 Million, Accuses Her of Cheating  —  Bill O'Reilly's legal battle against his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy appeared to be over earlier this year when a panel of three appellate justices unanimously granted McPhilmy residential custody of the ex-couple's two children.
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump train is fueled by conspiracy  —  Watching the excellent documentary “Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear” is to relive the confusion and controversies of the summer of 2014: the initial public health mistakes, the divided and unclear responsibilities, the hysterical coverage on cable TV.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy.  Unless you're poor, black, Latino or elderly.  —  HOUSTON — In his wallet, Anthony Settles carries an expired Texas ID card, his Social Security card and an old student identification card from the University of Houston, where he studied math and physics decades ago.
Discussion: Addicting Info
Robby Soave / The Daily Beast:
On a College Campus?  Don't Try to Tell a Joke  —  If you hurt someone's feelings, or might have potentially hurt their feelings, campus bias response teams are ready to pounce.  —  Tell a joke, and you might make someone laugh.  But tell a joke on a college campus, and you might …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Hit & Run
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
When Elections Aren't About the Economy  —  The boring economy seems to be making this presidential race even more exciting.  And uncertain.  —  The economy has reliably been one of the most important factors influencing a presidential election.  A strong economy helps to keep the party in power in power.
Seton Motley / RedState:
In Venezuela, Net Neutrality Does In Fact Mean Internet Censorship  —  Venezuela is an official Socialist Utopia disaster area.  (It would be nice if Team Bernie Sanders and his Democrat cohorts were paying attention - but who are we kidding.)  —  The United States State Department issued …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Drops Tommy Chong as Intro Speaker Hours Before L.A. Rally  —  EMAIL ME  —  “It was an insult,” the comic actor says.  —  Tommy Chong is in disbelief after he was disinvited by the Bernie Sanders campaign from introducing the presidential hopeful hours before a rally in East Los Angeles.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Lobbyists Decide Against Pushing Trump for Specifics — for Now  —  Representatives from the nation's largest financial institutions met in Washington last week and discussed the Republican party's presumptive nominee.  —  kevcirilli  —  The banking industry is flummoxed …
 
 
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Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
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Discussion: Slate
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