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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Aide: Trump ‘will not be releasing’ taxes  —  said Wednesday that the Republican presidential nominee “will not be releasing” his taxes.  —  “Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them,” Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort told “CBS This Morning.”
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CBS Miami:
CBS4 News Exclusive: Trump Denies Ties To Russia  —  DORAL - In his most extensive remarks on allegations that Russia is attempting to influence the presidential election in his favor, Republican nominee Donald Trump flatly denied any ties to the Russian government or Russian investors.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Donald Trump Calls on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton's Missing Emails  —  DORAL, Fla. — Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton's email, essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power's cyberspying on a secretary of state's correspondence.
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Trump Says He Hopes Russia Finds Clinton's Deleted Emails  —  Donald Trump said he has “never spoken” to Vladimir Putin amid allegations that his campaign colluded with the Russian president to hack Democratic National Committee emails.  But the Republican presidential nominee encouraged Putin to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails.
New York Times:
Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.  —  WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee …
Ali Vitali / NBC News:   Trump Calls on Russia to ‘Find’ Missing Clinton Emails
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Manafort: Trump Still Not Going To Release His Tax Returns
Discussion: Warren Throckmorton
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Assange Timed WikiLeaks Release of Democratic Emails to Harm Hillary Clinton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
US has ‘high confidence’ Russia behind DNC hack: report
Discussion: BuzzFeed, New York Times and Guardian
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Bill Clinton's Love Song  —  His speech was long, beautiful, and finally gave Hillary the credit she deserves.  —  It was, to be sure, a very long speech.  Maybe not as long as the last very long speech, but it felt even longer because it was a speech styled not as a rip-snorting political message …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Bill's desperate bid to humanize Hillary shows fear she might lose
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   How the Clintons Got Rich Selling Influence While Decrying Greed
Ron Fournier / The Atlantic:
Bill Clinton Gets It Right
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
ABC News:
Meet the New Hillary Clinton, Different From the Old One?
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Baltimore Sun:
Freddie Gray case: Charges against three remaining officers dropped  —  Photos from the trial for Officer Garrett Miller, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.  Photos also include images of Miller attending hearings and trials of other officers in the case.
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. to be freed after 35 years  —  John W. Hinckley, Jr., will be released from a government psychiatric hospital more than 35 years after he attempted to assassinate president Ronald Reagan and shot three others outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
John Hinckley, Who Tried To Kill A President, Wins His Freedom  —  Thirty-five years after he tried to kill a president, John Hinckley has won his freedom.  —  A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has granted a request for Hinckley to leave the mental hospital where he's lived for decades …
Brian Ross / ABC News:
In Leaked Recordings, DNC Shown Controlling Donor Access  —  The release of a trove of “embarrassing” hacked internal emails and private voicemail recordings reveal not only the unseemly deal-making involved in recruiting high-dollar donations for political campaigns, but the role fundraising officials play …
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Alec Goodwin / OpenSecrets.org:
Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Bill Clinton's Lapse Into Trumpism  —  I love Bill Clinton.  But I didn't love his speech Tuesday night in Philadelphia.  Given the job of humanizing his wife, he came across as genuinely smitten.  But he failed to do what he's done in every convention speech he's delivered since 1992 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Common Dreams
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP, then walks it back  —  PHILADELPHIA — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, longtime best friend to the Clintons, said Tuesday that he believes Hillary Clinton will support the TPP trade deal if elected president, with some tweaks.
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Spokesperson For Pro-Sanders Walkout Group Compares Protest To March On Washington
Discussion: The Week
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton friend McAuliffe suggests she could flip back to supporting TPP; Clinton friend Podesta says he's wrong
Discussion: Politico
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: IRS Launches Investigation Of Clinton Foundation  —  Emails: DNC Staffers Annoyed At Having To Commemorate Holocaust  —  This White Hillary Voter HATES That This Black Bernie Supporter Is Blaming Democrats  —  Is Joe Biden In Denial?  —  POLITICS |  ALEX PAPPAS  —  ‘Come on man’
David Segal / New York Times:
Confessor.  Feminist.  Adult.  What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?  —  Scattered among the gleefully vulgar mainstays are now intimate exchanges that have made Mr. Stern one of the most deft interviewers in the business.  —  Near the end of his interview with Bill Murray …
Discussion: Althouse
Politico:
Full text: Bill Clinton's DNC speech  —  Remarks as prepared for delivery:  —  In the spring of 1971, I met a girl.  The first time I saw her, we were, appropriately enough, in a class on political and civil rights.  She had thick blond hair, big glasses.  Wore no makeup.
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CNN:
Here is the full transcript of the former president's DNC speech, as he delivered it:
Discussion: Townhall.com and Daily Wire
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly: Slaves Who Built White House Were “Well-Fed And Had Decent Lodgings Provided By The Government”  —  BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Finally tonight, Factor Tip of The Day.  As we mentioned, Talking Points Memo, Michelle Obama referenced slaves building the White House in referring to the evolution of America in a positive way.
Farida Fawzy / CNN:
Wait, the Ice Bucket Challenge actually worked?  —  (CNN)Throwback to 2014, the year of the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie, Pharrell's giant hat, and the Ice Bucket Challenge.  These fads “broke the internet” (a phrase also coined in 2014) dominating social media feeds across the globe.
Discussion: WSLS-TV and Mashable
Mark Molloy / Telegraph:
‘Someday a woman will be president’: Why a T-shirt controversy from 1995 has gone viral  —  In just a few months, the United States could have its first female president in Hillary Clinton- but an archive news article widely shared online this week suggests attitudes were very different back in 1995.
Discussion: The Week and Jezebel
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
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