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5:15 PM ET, July 27, 2016

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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.
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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.”
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.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Now Says He Never Met Putin After Bragging About Chats With Him  —  Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has never actually met Russian President Vladimir Putin despite bragging multiple times recently about conversations he has had with him.  —  “He said one nice thing about me.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Manafort: Trump Still Not Going To Release His Tax Returns
Discussion: Warren Throckmorton
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's falsehood-laden press conference, annotated  —  On Wednesday, Donald Trump held a press conference in Florida, focused largely on questions about his possible relationships with Russian business interests.  True to form, the conversation ranged much more widely than that …
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Donald Trump Just Got Hillary Clinton To Admit Her E-mails Are A ‘National Security Issue’  —  After taunting Hillary Clinton by asking Russian hackers to release 30,000 e-mails she deleted, Donald Trump finally forced Clinton's campaign to admit that her unsanctioned e-mail server scheme was a “national security issue.”
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 …
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton's email
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton's emails
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump to NBC's Katy Tur: ‘Be quiet’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Trump Urges Russia to Expose Clinton's Personal Email
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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Matthew Cooper / Newsweek:   Bill Clinton's elegant love letter to Hillary was sly and effective
Will Drabold / TIME:
Read Bill Clinton's Speech at the Democratic Convention
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   How the Clintons Got Rich Selling Influence While Decrying Greed
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.
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 …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump set to break GOP's record in winning LGBTQ vote  —  PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump's outreach to the gay community during his prime time acceptance speech in Cleveland last week could win him the most LGBTQ votes in Republican presidential election history, according to the head of a GOP gay organization.
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Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Aide Robby Mook Needles Trump on Battlegrounds Plan
Discussion: Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Clinton Running Mate Kaine Endorses Repeal of Hyde Amendment on Abortion  —  The position is a reversal for the Catholic Democrat.  —  Democratic vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine has privately told nominee Hillary Clinton he will support repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 provision that bans …
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Rewire
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Have we stopped to appreciate how crazy Donald Trump has gotten recently?  —  Last Thursday, Donald Trump gave a pretty normal convention speech.  It was darker, grimmer, and more pessimistic than most, but it was free of Trump's odder tics — he stayed on teleprompter, he bit back his riffs …
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’
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 …
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
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
President's last play: Elect an Obama generation  —  PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama has redefined the voters the Democratic Party attracts, the map that the Democratic Party competes in and the kinds of issues the Democratic Party talks about.  —  What he hasn't built is a generation …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Bill's desperate bid to humanize Hillary shows fear she might lose
 
 
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Michael J. Coren / Quartz:
Internet trolls are even more hostile when they're using their real names, a study finds
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
DNC And Clinton Campaign Operations Started Merging Before Sanders Dropped Out
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Alfredo Alcantara / CNN:
Milo Yiannopoulos: I will continue to be as offensive as possible
Discussion: Breitbart
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
4 Ways Donald Trump Is Living Rent-Free In The DNC's Head
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio: Trump Will Learn On The Job
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Political Wire
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Clinton struggling with white men because of ‘guns,’ ‘gays’ and ‘God’
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Chicago Tribune:
Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site
Farida Fawzy / CNN:
Wait, the Ice Bucket Challenge actually worked?
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