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9:05 AM ET, July 29, 2016


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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The father of Muslim soldier killed in action just delivered a brutal repudiation of Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump was speaking at an event in Iowa, complaining that America was not allowed to waterboard terrorists, when Khizr Khan and his wife walked up to the microphone at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
Exclusive: FBI investigates hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources  —  The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that may be related to an earlier hack at the Democratic National Committee, said four sources familiar with the matter on Thursday.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
ANALYSIS: Convention Spreads Bigger Tent for Democrats - as Hillary Clinton Pitches Reinvention  —  The wild week of the Democratic National Convention brought anger and unpredictability, loud disagreements and flashes of patriotism and a party exposing its divisions and anxieties for the nation to see.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Republican security experts request congressional investigation of DNC hack  —  Two dozen Republican national security experts signed a letter to congressional leaders Thursday asking for an immediate investigation into the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, writing that …
ABC News:
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Whether She'll Be the Next Democratic Party Chair
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to Get Intelligence Briefings
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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 hard his head would spin.”
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Trump: Obama talked about a 'world that doesn't exist'  —  on Thursday criticized President Obama's endorsement speech of Hillary Clinton  —  at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, saying the president described a “world that doesn't exist.”
Discussion: Instapundit and USA Today
Maurice Tamman / Reuters:
The year of ‘Neither’: Why Reuters/Ipsos is tweaking its U.S. presidential poll  —  In a presidential campaign notable for its negativity, the option of “Neither” candidate appears to be an appealing alternative, at least to participants in the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
Discussion: Ipsos Ideas Spotlight
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Where The Election Goes From Here  —  Check out all our dispatches from the Democratic 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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Why Our Model Is Bullish On Trump, For Now
Discussion: Slate and
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 …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins  —  PHILADELPHIA — For four days here in this city of brotherly love and the nation's founding, Democrats wrapped themselves in the language of patriotism and positivity, declaring the country would be “stronger together” …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Hillary Clinton Is Running Not Just As the Democrat But As the Candidate of Democracy Itself
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We are witnessing a visceral shift in the way the parties speak to the country
Discussion: Political Wire
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Convention: Day 4  —  PHILADELPHIA — To hear her daughter, to watch a video about her life and to listen to her own words, it was hard to believe that a significant majority of Americans hold a negative view of Hillary Clinton, finding her untrustworthy and dishonest.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Hillary Clinton is bad at speeches for the exact reasons she'd be a good president
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / Vox:
This election isn't just Democrat vs. Republican.  It's normal vs. abnormal.  —  What we just witnessed in Cleveland and Philadelphia defies our normal political vocabulary.  We are used to speaking of American politics as split between the two major parties.
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 …
Share Photo / The San Diego Union-Tribune stories:
Police officer dead, another injured in Southcrest shooting
Discussion: NOLA River and The Crime Report
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Trump Claims He's Never Spoken to Putin.  In This 2014 Video, Trump Says He Did.  —  On Wednesday, Donald Trump angrily told reporters that he had no connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  “I have nothing to do with Putin,” he said.  “I've never spoken to him.
Discussion: Washington Post
Sam LaGrone / USNI News:
Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk  —  The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.  —  The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus …
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
NBC News:
Trump Jr. Says Obama Lifted Phrase From His RNC Speech
The new political divide  —  Farewell, left versus right.  The contest that matters now is open against closed  —  From the print edition  —  AS POLITICAL theatre, America's party conventions have no parallel.  Activists from right and left converge to choose their nominees and celebrate conservatism …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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.
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Mike Newall /
A few blocks from the DNC, tales from the city with the highest poverty rate among major U.S. cities
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Chuck Schumer's audacious prediction
Jake Novak / CNBC:
Sorry Hillary, Friday's headlines will be about Trump
Discussion: Instapundit
John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform:
Hillary Clinton has made clear she intends to dramatically raise taxes …
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
MARK CUBAN: I bet this is Donald Trump's ‘biggest debate fear’
Discussion: Bloomberg and AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Biden to appear on ‘Law & Order’
Discussion: AOL and Mashable
Daily Mail:
'I'm a famous person who could be a target': Paris Hilton reveals fears of attracting the attentions …
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Protections For Gay People Under Existing Civil Rights Law
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Unequal Convention Coverage By Networks
Discussion: Mediaite and Politicus USA
Alex Swoyer / Breitbart:
Poll: Donald Trump Sees 17-Point Positive Swing in Two Weeks
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Discussion: The Right Scoop