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4:40 PM ET, July 28, 2016

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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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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: I Was ‘Being Sarcastic’ When I Asked Russia To Release Clinton Emails  —  In an interview that aired Thursday morning on “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump said he was not being serious when he called on Russia to find and release emails deleted by Hillary Clinton.
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Appeal to Russia Shocks Foreign Policy Experts  —  WASHINGTON — After all the ways that this year's presidential election has made history, Donald J. Trump found a new line to cross on Wednesday, when he said at a news conference that Russia should hack his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Melania Trump's Website, Biography Have Disappeared From The Internet
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”
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
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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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly hangs out at CNN Grill, stoking speculation that she could leave Fox News
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump on Dem attacks: ‘I take it a little bit personally’
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
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.
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
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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.
Daily Mail:
We won't quit Bern-stock say the Sanders backers who are testing Philadelphia's patience …
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: Politico and Political Wire
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 …
BBC:
Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks  —  Recent attacks in Germany involving asylum-seekers would not change its willingness to take in refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.  —  She said the attackers “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Tom Batchelor / Daily Express:
Merkel admits EU is being RAVAGED BY TERROR but says Germany should welcome MORE refugees
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pamela Geller
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 …
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.
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Light streaks across night sky, generating a frenzy  —  A streak of light burst across the night sky late Wednesday, generating a frenzy and prompting questions:  —  Was it a meteor or meteor shower?  A fireball or smoldering satellite?  —  From witness accounts, the glowing trail was spotted in Nevada …
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton: I'd consider meeting with Ivanka to discuss campaign tone  —  Chelsea Clinton would entertain the idea of a meeting with Donald Trump's children, or perhaps just her longtime friend Ivanka Trump, over the tone and rhetoric of the presidential campaign between their parents.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Bill Rehkopf / The Hill:
FULL SPEECH: Leon Panetta on defense and Trump  —  At this hour, in some very dangerous corners of the world, young Americans stand guard.  Our brave military and intelligence professionals are on the front lines, far from home, risking their lives.  For us.  For our freedom.  For our way of life.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
5 takeaways from Obama's last convention
Rebecca Flood / Daily Express:
German doctor's horror as patient screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ threatened to behead him
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Steve Annear / BostonGlobe.com:
The realization hit: The shark was right there.
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Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Why These Union Members and Lifelong Democrats Are Voting Trump
New York Times:
After Lying Low, Deep-Pocketed Clinton Donors Return to the Fore
Discussion: Washington Post