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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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton's email  —  Donald Trump invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails on Wednesday, asking them to find “the 30,000 emails that are missing” from the personal server she used during her time as secretary of state.  —  “It would be interesting to see …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Now Says He Never Met Putin After Bragging About Chats With Him
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Daily Caller
Ali Vitali / NBC News:   Trump Calls on Russia to ‘Find’ Missing Clinton Emails
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Trump Says He Hopes Russia Finds Clinton's Deleted Emails
Carole King / CBS News:
Donald Trump: “I have nothing to do with Russia”
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Donald Trump encourages Russia to hack Hillary Clinton
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Why Security Experts Think Russia Was Behind the D.N.C. Breach
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Manafort: Trump Still Not Going To Release His Tax Returns
Discussion: Warren Throckmorton
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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CNN:
Freddie Gray case: Charges dropped against remaining officers
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 …
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
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
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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Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP, then walks it back
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’
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 …
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: Common Dreams and JustOneMinute
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.
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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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
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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Bloomberg:   Obama's Economy Left Behind the Voter Coalition Clinton Covets
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
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