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12:50 PM ET, July 29, 2016

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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Republicans ‘have no choice’ but to vote for me  —  said Thursday that Republicans wary of his campaign have little choice but to vote for him anyway.  —  “If you really like Donald Trump, that's great, but if you don't, you have to vote for me anyway.  You know why?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Susan Wright / RedState:
No, Mr. Trump, Americans DO Have a Choice  —  Donald Trump has shown, once again, his stunning lack of understanding, when it comes to the electoral process, coupled with his usual overwhelming arrogance.  —  Not a good mix.  —  Speaking at a rally in Iowa, in typical Trumpanzee:
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
RNC official accuses Clinton of plagiarism  —  The chief strategist of the Republican National Committee (RNC) accused Hillary Clinton  —  of plagiarism in her speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. … Spicer's tweet references a portion of Clinton's Thursday night address …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump camp: Clinton attacks because she has no message
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABC News and Vox
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Father of Fallen Muslim American War Hero to Trump: “You Have Sacrificed Nothing!”
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Even after a convention that critics panned, Trump got a big bounce.  Will Clinton gain now too?  —  Donald Trump has gotten a significant boost from his party's nominating convention last week; now, Hillary Clinton will try for her own.  —  Clinton and her supporters won't know for several days …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Forbes
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Where The Election Goes From Here  —  Check out all of our dispatches from the Democratic National Convention here.  —  PHILADELPHIA — In contrast to Republicans, whose convention had a random-seeming parade of speakers each night, Democrats mostly hit their marks and stuck to the traditional convention script.
Discussion: The Root
Jason P. Steed / forma legalis:
How Garland Gets Confirmed Before the Election  —  I haven't checked the transcripts or anything, but I'm pretty sure President Obama's pending Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, was never mentioned at this week's Democratic National Convention.  Garland's nomination has now been pending 135 days …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Democratic campaign group for Congress confirms computer hack  —  A committee that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed on Friday it had been hacked, a cyber intrusion that may be linked to Russian hackers, like an earlier one targeting another Democratic Party group.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: FBI investigates hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources
Politico:
Full text: Hillary Clinton's DNC speech  —  Hillary Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery:  —  Thank you!  Thank you for that amazing welcome.  —  Story Continued Below  —  And Chelsea, thank you.  —  I'm so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you've become.
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Los Angeles Times:
Transcript: Hillary Clinton's complete Democratic National Convention speech
Robert Kraychik / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Clinton's Constant Throat Clearing  —  Observers of Hillary Clinton over the past six months or so will have noticed an incessant coughing and clearing of her throat that has plagued the former first lady across that time frame.  —  During her headline speech on Thursday …
Discussion: Power Line
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Fox News:
1 San Diego cop killed, another wounded in shooting  —  DEVELOPING - One San Diego police officer was killed and another one wounded when a driver they stopped Thursday night opened fire on them in the latest in a series of cop shootings around the nation.  —  The suspected shooter was arrested …
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Los Angeles Times:
2 San Diego police officers shot, one fatally, in traffic stop; suspect held
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Democrats Win the Summer  —  PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump has found an ingenious way to save the Democratic Party.  Basically, he's abandoned the great patriotic themes that used to fire up the G.O.P. and he's allowed the Democrats to seize that ground.
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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:   Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
The Reviews Are In: Conservatives Say The DNC Was ‘Disaster’ For The GOP  —  Something strange happened on the last night of the Democratic National Convention.  —  After the GOP nominee lambasted the Democrats on Twitter for displaying what he viewed as too few American flags …
Robert Allen / Detroit Free Press:
6 state employees criminally charged in Flint water crisis  —  FLINT — Six state employees were criminally charged this morning in district court in connection with the Flint water crisis.  —  Charged are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services workers Nancy Peeler …
Michael Edison Hayden / ABC News:
Trump Says He Wanted to ‘Hit a Couple of [DNC] Speakers So Hard’  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday afternoon he wanted to “hit” some of the Democratic National Convention speakers “so hard” while watching them last night, including a “little guy...so hard his head would spin.”
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Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Trump: Obama talked about a 'world that doesn't exist'
Discussion: Instapundit and USA Today
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Indiana Governor Mike Pence Responds To Secretary Clinton, President Obama, Kareem Abdul Jabaar … Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined me this morning in a wide ranging interview responding to many of the proceedings in Philly:  —  07-29hhs-pence  —  Transcript:
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Grew Less-Than-Forecast 1.2% in Second Quarter  —  Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg forecast 2.5% expansion  —  Report raises risk to outlook as Fed looks for improvements  —  The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the second quarter after a weaker start to the year …
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Chuck Raasch / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Trump, Clinton in virtual tie in Missouri  —  This photo combo of file images shows U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Clinton.  Income inequality has been a rallying cry of the 2016 election, with more Americans turning fearful and angry about a shrinking middle class.
Discussion: Washington Times
Justin Bieber / TMZ.com:
I'm Not for Sale  —  Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it ... sources tell TMZ.  —  Sources connected with CAA …
 
 
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
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Joanna Berendt / New York Times:
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Morning Call:
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
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Stephen Hawking / Guardian:
Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink
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 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters for America:
Fox News Host: The Bush Administration Got Bin Laden, Not Obama
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
How Hillary blew her big moment
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece
Discussion: Sputnik International and Forbes
Maurice Tamman / Reuters:
The year of ‘Neither’: Why Reuters/Ipsos is tweaking its U.S. presidential poll
Discussion: Ipsos Ideas Spotlight
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Chuck Schumer's audacious prediction
Economist:
The new political divide  —  Farewell, left versus right.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ezra Klein / Vox:
This election isn't just Democrat vs. Republican. It's normal vs. abnormal.