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4:15 PM ET, July 14, 2016


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Indianapolis Star:
Next Slide  —  Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump's running mate.  —  IndyStar has confirmed that Trump plans to announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending a weeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Campaign Signals He Will Pick Mike Pence as Running Mate  —  Donald J. Trump's campaign has signaled strongly to Republicans in Washington that he will pick Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, as his running mate, though Republicans caution the party's mercurial presidential candidate …
Patricia Murphy / Roll Call:
Trump to Pick Mike Pence, Says Source  —  Announcement expected Friday  —  Could Bayh and the Reruns Reboot the Senate?  In Search of a Hero A ‘Trumptastic’ GOP Convention  —  Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)  —  @Patricia Murphy  —  Donald Trump is planning to announce …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Speakers at Donald Trump's Convention: Tim Tebow, Peter Thiel, but No Sarah Palin?  —  CLEVELAND — A night highlighting the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya.  An appearance by onetime football star Tim Tebow.  A presentation detailing former President Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct.
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Trump explains Palin's absence from GOP convention speakers  —  Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin isn't included in the official list of speakers for the Republican National Convention next week, and Donald Trump suggested in an interview that her absence is because she lives too far from the venue.
New York Times:
Poll Finds Emails Weighing on Hillary Clinton, Now Tied With Donald Trump  —  Hillary Clinton has emerged from the F.B.I. investigation into her email practices as secretary of state a wounded candidate with a large and growing majority of voters saying she cannot be trusted, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks of Donald Trump  —  In a private speech recorded in February, the onetime Speaker of the U.S. House, now reportedly on the shortlist to be Trump's running mate, said Trump would lose in a landslide if he didn't evolve to be more like Ronald Reagan than Barry Goldwater.
CBS News:
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied going into conventions - CBS/NYT poll  —  The State of the Race  —  Heading into the two parties' conventions, the race for President is a dead heat, a change from last month when Hillary Clinton led by six points.  Forty percent of registered voters …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Signs point to Pence as Trump prepares to notify VP hopefuls  —  Donald Trump appeared to be on the verge of offering the job of his running mate to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, but the unpredictable billionaire kept the guessing game alive, with his campaign insisting no final decision had been made.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fetishization of “objectivity”  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for telling the New York Times and the Associated Press that she would really, really, really hate to see Donald J. Trump elected president.  “On reflection, my recent remarks in response …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump picks Pence as VP
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Christie on VP chatter: I don't like coming in second
Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
Mike Pence Has Led a Crusade Against Abortion Access and LGBT Rights
Discussion: Vox and ThinkProgress
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Republican convention's ‘non-conventional’ list: Model, astronaut and Trump clan
White House candidate Trump picks Indiana Governor Pence for running mate: source
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Alberta / National Review:
Priebus Meets Privately with Mike Lee, Never Trump Leaders to Discuss Procedural Compromise  —  CLEVELAND — Barely two hours into the much-anticipated meeting of the Convention Rules Committee, a backroom deal may be in the works.  —  According to two sources, Republican National Committee …
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and New York Magazine
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Republican Chairman Uses Secret Meeting to Head Off Rules Revolt
Discussion: CNBC and NBC News
Real Clear Politics:   Will Mike Lee Blow Up Trump's Convention?
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘I regret making’ Donald Trump remarks  —  (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she regrets remarks she made earlier this week to CNN and other news outlets criticizing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: Ginsburg didn't really apologize
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Donald J. Trump / USA Today:
Ginsburg's blooper: Our view
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Ginsburg Apologizes For Attacks On Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
50-State Snapshot: Clinton Beats Trump, but It's Close  —  If the presidential election were held today, Hillary Clinton would top Donald Trump 320-212 in electoral votes to clinch the White House, according to an extensive Morning Consult analysis of 57,000 voters.
Discussion: NBC News, Vox, US News, AOL and WPRI-TV
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's new attack ad paints Trump as a bad role model
Teen's “White Boy Privilege” slam poetry goes viral  —  New York (CNN)A young boy takes the stage.  In a shaky voice, he says, “My name is Royce.  My poem is titled, ‘White Boy Privilege.’”  —  The video of the 14-year-old student's slam poem at his school has gone viral in the midst …
Sandra Pedicini / Sun-Sentinel:
Disney firefighters were warned to stop feeding alligators  —  PICTURE GALLERY: A 2-year-old boy who was vacationing with his family was dragged by an alligator into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.  —  Orlando Sentinel
Discussion: Orlando Weekly, AOL, Jezebel and WBTW-TV
The World According to Boris, New Foreign Secretary of Britain  —  Called Clinton ‘sadistic nurse,’ Putin ‘Dobby the House Elf’  —  Referred to Africans as ‘picaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’  —  British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed as her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson …
Washington Post:
Boris Johnson ‘lied a lot,’ says French foreign minister
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Forbes
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Trump defends Roger Ailes from sexual harassment accusations  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump is defending his friend Fox News CEO Roger Ailes from accusations that he sexually harassed female employees.  —  In an interview Thursday with the Washington Examiner, Trump said he doesn't believe …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Sanders has book deal; will reflect on campaign  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Just days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to take his message to the printed page.  —  Thomas Dunne Books told The Associated Press …
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David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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Discussion: Common Dreams
Gregory T. Angelo / Log Cabin Republicans:
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Discussion: Vox, TIME and RedState
Man Accused of Threatening Black Man, Using Racial Slurs
Discussion: Raw Story
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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Julia Ioffe / Politico:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
A History of White Delusion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
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