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7:25 PM ET, June 29, 2016


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ABC News:
Nate Silver Predicts Clinton Wins General Election Against Trump … “We're at halftime of the election right now,” Silver said.  “She's taking a seven-point, maybe a ten-point lead into half time.  There's a lot of football left to be played.  She's ahead in almost every poll, every swing state, every national poll.”
Ballotpedia News:
Ballotpedia's battleground poll, 2016  — Ballot access for presidential candidates  — The media's coverage of Hillary Clinton  — Insiders Poll: First Democratic debate (October 13, 2015)  — Insiders Poll: Winners and losers from the Fox News Republican Debate
Tal Kopan / CNN:
First on CNN: Poll shows Clinton with battleground leads  —  Elizabeth Warren joins Clinton to attack Donald Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump across the board in a new poll of battleground states.  —  According to Ballotpedia's battleground poll, Clinton leads Trump:
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Week and Taylor Marsh
Campaign Legal Center:
Donald Trump Is Illegally Soliciting Money from Foreign Nationals to Fund His Presidential Campaign  —  FEC Urged to Stop Foreign Money from Infiltrating Our Presidential Election  —  WASHINGTON - Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign committee is violating black-letter federal law …
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Watchdog Groups File FEC Complaint Over Trump Emails To Foreign Pols
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
British Politicians Demand to Exit ... Donald Trump's Fundraising List
Discussion: Politicus USA, Scotsman and Raw Story
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Trump Slapped With FEC Complaint For ‘Illegally’ Soliciting Foreign Money
Christopher Sign / KNXV:
Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix  —  PHOENIX - Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week? [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:   Loretta Lynch Privately Meets With Bill Clinton Aboard Personal Plane
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
Exclusive: NRA to run $2 million Benghazi-themed ad campaign for Trump  —  The National Rifle Association's political arm is launching its first ad campaign of the 2016 presidential race, with a survivor of the terror attack in Benghazi urging viewers to vote for Donald Trump.
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Chris Stevens's Family: Don't Blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Private E-Mail Use Said to Frustrate Top Aide Huma Abedin
Discussion: The Daily Caller and   Republicans hit dead end on Benghazi
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Ditka surprised to read that he'll be at GOP convention with Trump  —  Photos of the Hall of Fame Bears coach.  —  A report late Tuesday that Donald Trump is lining up Mike Ditka to make a star appearance at the Republican National Convention came as no surprise to anybody — except Da Coach himself.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ivanka Trump: “Athletes And Coaches” Will Be Speaking At The RNC  —  Ivanka Trump on Wendesday confirmed that athletes and coaches are being lined up to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  —  “We're putting together the line up of speakers now and the interest is incredible …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Who will show up? Who will pay? The many unknowns of the GOP convention.
CBS News:
Obama goes on “rant” about Donald Trump's populism  —  President Obama went off on his own rant Wednesday at a trilateral press conference in which he disputed the idea that Donald Trump is a populist and that the presumptive GOP nominee instead promotes “nativism” or “xenophobia.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Trump isn't a populist
NY1 News:
McConnell Says Trump Is Not Yet A “Credible Candidate”  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reservations about the candidate at the top the 2016 Republican ticket: Donald Trump.  —  McConnell made headlines earlier this week for declining to say whether Trump is qualified for the presidency.
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Meet the Man Who Will Make Sure Trump or Clinton Can Govern on Day 1
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Keith Hennessey:
Response to Trump on steel  —  In Pennsylvania today Donald Trump said, “When subsidized foreign steel is dumped into our markets, threatening our factories, the politicians do nothing.”  —  This is false.  President Bush imposed tariffs on imported steel in 2002.
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Times
Jim Ruth / Washington Post:
I hate Donald Trump. But he might get my vote.
Emma Platoff /
Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party  —  On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood.  —  A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class.
Maeve McDermott / USA Today:
Exclusive: Miss Teen USA to eliminate swimsuit competition  —  4.2k Shares  —  One of America's highest-profile beauty pageants just traded bikinis for athleisure.  —  In recent years, competitions have increasingly modernized, featuring women that break the mold of the traditional pageant queen …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Plagiarized Lessons and Deceptive Tactics: A Look Inside the Trump Institute  —  In 2005, as he was making a transition from developing real estate to capitalizing on his fame through ventures like a reality show and product-licensing deals, Donald J. Trump hit upon a two-pronged strategy for entering the field of for-profit education.
Susan Wright / RedState:
CHILLING: Senator Marco Rubio Accurately Predicts Istanbul Terrorist Attack  —  Florida Senator Marco Rubio is no lightweight, and has proven himself well-versed in the threats facing our nation at this very critical juncture in world history.  —  In the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attack …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
GOP donor Paul Singer says Trump would cause a depression  —  Trump could cause global depression: Singer  —  Hedge fund manager Paul Singer had some strong words for Trump today, saying his trade policies could trigger a widespread global depression.  —  A hedge fund executive …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Mega-Donor Warns Trump Would Cause ‘Widespread Global Depression’
Associated Press:
Missouri GOP Candidate For Governor Selling ‘ISIS Hunting Permits’  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens is selling so-called “ISIS hunting permits” to raise money.  —  Greitens' campaign distributed an email Wednesday promoting bumper stickers …
John McWhorter / The Atlantic:
The World's Most Efficient Languages  —  Just as fish presumably don't know they're wet, many English speakers don't know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out.  It's easy to think that what one's native language puts words to, and how, reflects the fundamentals of reality.
Ray Rahman /
JESSICA WILLIAMS IS LEAVING THE DAILY SHOW — EXCLUSIVE  —  Thursday's episode will be her last, Williams reveals in an interview with EW  —  The youngest correspondent to ever join The Daily Show is about to become the youngest correspondent to ever leave it: After four years with the late-night series …
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