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6:55 PM ET, July 28, 2016

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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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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USA Today:
As Obama speaks, chaos and arrests outside DNC
Discussion: Vox
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
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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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders to Return to Senate as an Independent
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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.
NBC News:
Trump Jr. Says Obama Lifted Phrase From His RNC Speech
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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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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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
The uncouth Roger Ailes
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
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 …
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Bill Rehkopf / The Hill:
FULL SPEECH: Leon Panetta on defense and Trump
Discussion: Althouse
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
JAMES O'KEEFE ASSAULTED - THROWN TO GROUND During Undercover Op at DNC (VIDEO)  —  Activist, author and investigative journalist James O'Keefe from Project Veritas went undercover as a Hillary supporter this week at the DNC Convention in Philadelphia.  —  What transpired was shocking.
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
Salena Zito / The Hill:
Understanding why populist fires are still ‘Berning’  —  PHILADELPHIA — Wearing a big smile and a one-piece jumpsuit made out of fabric decorated with Bernie Sanders  —  images along with a campaign sign Oscar Salazar strode confidently down Broad Street heading towards City Hall for a protest rally.
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Daily Mail:
We won't quit Bern-stock say the Sanders backers who are testing Philadelphia's patience …
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Hillary Clinton is bad at speeches for the exact reasons she'd be a good president  —  Hillary Clinton has one job tonight: Deliver a kick-ass speech.  —  Unfortunately, it's just not a job that suits her talents.  In a rational world, “rousing convention speech” would be a job permanently bestowed …
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
 
 
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Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Trump Claims He's Never Spoken to Putin. In This 2014 Video, Trump Says He Did.
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Exclusive: Gingrich returning to Fox News on Aug. 1
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton: I'd consider meeting with Ivanka to discuss campaign tone
Discussion: Washington Post
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump on Dem attacks: ‘I take it a little bit personally’
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Light streaks across night sky, generating a frenzy