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5:30 PM ET, July 28, 2016

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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
DNC insiders detail months of escalating dysfunction  —  PHILADELPHIA — Debbie Wasserman Schultz wasn't supposed to ask Joe Biden to come to her daughter's bat mitzvah.  —  Democratic National Committee staff had sent the chair to the vice president armed with four specific requests …
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
No Obama Bounce For DNC Day 3 Ratings As They Fall Behind RNC, ‘Wayward Pines’ Finale Down From 2015  —  It was like a political Coachella last night at the Democratic National Convention - and not just because Lenny Kravitz was playing.  With star turns from Vice-President Joe Biden …
USA Today:
As Obama speaks, chaos and arrests outside DNC  —  PHILADELPHIA—As President Barack Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention inside the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, a chaotic situation erupted nearby that led to seven arrests.  —  Protesters stormed security barricades …
Discussion: Vox
Daily Mail:
We won't quit Bern-stock say the Sanders backers who are testing Philadelphia's patience …
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders to Return to Senate as an Independent
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Haywire over Hacking: Media refuse to believe Trump's Russia comments were sarcastic  —  The uproar over Donald Trump's latest comments is a classic case of media-generated outrage.  —  All over the newspapers, all over the airwaves, there is shock and horror that Trump would appeal to Russia …
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Max Fisher / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Appeal to Russia Shocks Foreign Policy Experts
Bill Rehkopf / The Hill:
FULL SPEECH: Leon Panetta on defense and Trump
Discussion: Althouse
Tom Kludt / CNN:
Donald Trump: Russia hacking comments were ‘sarcastic’
FOX News Radio:
Trump On Asking Russia To Find Hillary's Missing E-Mails: “I Was Being Sarcastic”
The Huffington Post:
Clinton Campaign: Trump Needs To Guarantee He Won't Leak Before Getting Briefed  —  “This isn't a normal political story, and it's not funny.”  —  Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  PHILADELPHIA The chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign urged U.S. intelligence agencies …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Melania Trump's Website, Biography Have Disappeared From The Internet
Elizabeth Koh / The Charlotte Observer:
North Carolina GOP mistakenly attacks Kaine for ‘shameful’ Marine pin that honored his son  —  When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it quickly spotted something wrong.
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ABC News:
WATCH: Tim Kaine: Champion of Dad Jokes
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
New York Times:
Championing Optimism, Obama Hails Clinton as His Political Heir  —  PHILADELPHIA — President Obama delivered a stirring valedictory address at the Democratic convention Wednesday night, hailing Hillary Clinton as his rightful political heir and the party's best hope to protect democracy from …
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Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Obama's DNC letdown: The president needed to hit it out of the park, but he surprisingly fell short  —  Obama is one of the great orators of our time, but his meandering speech for Hillary missed the mark  —  Barack Obama's signature, as a speaker, is his ability to stay on-topic.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Obama's Powerful Message: Donald Trump Is Un-American  —  It was about 8:40 p.m. last night when President Obama climbed aboard Air Force One for the hop to Philadelphia, where he was scheduled to speak at about 10:30 p.m. As an accomplished speaker, he must have known that the speech …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Hillary Clinton Is Running Not Just As the Democrat But As the Candidate of Democracy Itself  —  Since the start of the Reagan era, American politics has revolved around a war over the role of government in the economy.  The Republican Party is set apart from major conservative parties across …
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Joe Klein / TIME:
Embracing His Rival, Bernie Sanders Gives Hillary Clinton the Boost She Needs  —  “This is the real world that we live in,” said Bernie Sanders on the afternoon the Democratic National Convention opened.  He was trying-unsuccessfully-to calm the cascade of boos and jeers from his supporters …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Salena Zito / The Hill:   Understanding why populist fires are still ‘Berning’
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump urges viewers to skip Clinton speech as Democrats rack up ratings wins  —  President Obama's prime time speech lifted the Democratic convention to its third straight night of ratings wins over the Republican convention last week — and now the Trump campaign is exhorting supporters not to watch the Democrats' final night.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘I felt angry that it took so long’: Gretchen Carlson on Roger Ailes's ouster from Fox News  —  After a professional life spent speaking before TV cameras, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson isn't often at a loss for words.  —  But when I asked her how she felt as she watched Roger Ailes …
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump on Dem attacks: ‘I take it a little bit personally’
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Cops mistook Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze for meth, Orlando man says  —  Daniel Rushing was arrested after an Orlando cop searched his car and tested Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze as positive for methamphetamine.  He was charged with possession of meth and carrying a firearm. … Privacy Policy
Suffolk University:
Suffolk University Poll Shows Clinton Leading Trump by 9 Points in Pennsylvania  —  Just hours before Democrat Hillary Clinton is set to make history in Philadelphia as the first woman to accept her party's U.S. presidential nomination, a new Suffolk University poll of likely general-election voters …
Discussion: Hot Air, Politicus USA and Politico
Kevin L. Jones / KQED Arts:
‘Sesame Street’ Lets Go Longtime Cast Members Bob, Gordon and Luis [UPDATE]  —  UPDATED: See statement from Sesame Workshop, the creators of ‘Sesame Street,’ below  —  Sesame Street, the 46-year-old award-winning children's show, cut three of its most senior cast members earlier this year …
Senator Hillary Clinton / National Review:
Hillary's Senate Accomplishment: One Bill Enacted into Law, to Name a Federal Building  —  In eight years, her one concrete achievement was getting a courthouse renamed for Thurgood Marshall.  —  Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician.
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Wall Street Journal:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Stands Firm on Migrant Policy After Terrorist Attacks  —  The spate of violence has prompted criticism over her refusal to close country's borders  —  BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she wouldn't budge from her policy of accepting refugees despite …
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BBC:   Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks
Scott Stump / TODAY.com:
No, President Obama doesn't eat exactly 7 almonds every night  —  Obama: I don't really eat 7 almonds a night; I was kidding!  —  PLAY VIDEO  —  “This has been really weighing on me,” Obama joked after discussing more weighty topics in his exclusive interview with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.
 
 
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James Rothwell / Telegraph:
Nudist bathers in Germany ‘threatened by men who swam onto beach and shouted Allahu Akhbar’
Kyle Foley / RedState:
BREAKING: Gary Johnson Claims Mitt Romney Is Considering Endorsing Him (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Trump's minimum wage two-step confuses business groups, advisers
Discussion: alan.com
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Exclusive: Gingrich returning to Fox News on Aug. 1
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Zielinski / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump Believes Inconsistently Following Federal Law Makes Him A Disability Rights Champion
Discussion: Political Wire and Philly.com
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
‘The Rocketeer’ Reboot in the Works From Disney (Exclusive)
Discussion: IndieWire, The Verge and Gizmodo
St. Louis American:
Black cops call for dismissal of Fox 2 reporter Bobby Hughes after ‘lead diet’ joke about killing of Mike Brown
Discussion: Raw Story
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Box Office: Dinesh D'Souza's 'Hillary's America' Becomes Top Grossing Doc of 2016
Discussion: Hot Air and Townhall.com
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton: I'd consider meeting with Ivanka to discuss campaign tone
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Light streaks across night sky, generating a frenzy