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5:50 PM ET, July 29, 2016

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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 …
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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 …
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:
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Republicans ‘have no choice’ but to vote for me
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Appeals court strikes down North Carolina's voter-ID law  —  A federal appeals court on Friday struck down North Carolina's requirement that voters show identification before casting ballots and reinstated an additional week of early voting.  —  The decision by a three-judge panel …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law  —  A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina's voter identification law, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”  —  The ruling also invalidated limits the same state law placed in 2013 on early voting …
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Provision
Talking Points Memo:
Federal Appeals Court Rules New NC Voting Laws Intended To Discriminate
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Nabi Dressler / Right Wing Watch:
Sandy Rios Questions Khizr Khan's Patriotism: 'We're Not Even Sure About You, Sir'  —  On her radio show today, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association (AFA) questioned the patriotism of Khizr Khan, the father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who died while serving in Iraq.
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Josh Barro / Business Insider:   I rewatched Khizr Khan's speech — and it made me weep for our country
Reuters:
Exclusive: Clinton campaign also hacked in attacks on Democrats - sources  —  The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Discussion: Politico, Engadget, The Verge and Mediaite
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David Mastio / USA Today:
Election 2016 is over.  Trump won: David Mastio  —  With no standards and no principles, Clinton and her allies are now just a punchline.  —  With the possible exception of Jefferson Davis, Donald Trump will be the worst president in American history.  I know that sounds extreme.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Chuck Raasch / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Trump, Clinton in virtual tie in Missouri
Discussion: Washington Times
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins
Discussion: ABC News
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:
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Zack Kopplin / The Daily Beast:
Cousin of Slain Baton Rouge Cop Was Wrongly Arrested for the Massacre  —  Damarcus Alexander went into a Walmart to change clothes.  When he came out, police locked him up and allegedly denied him diabetes medicine until he almost slipped into a coma.  —  ADDIS, Louisiana — On Sunday …
Discussion: The Root and NOLA River
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Jeff Asher / FiveThirtyEight:
Baton Rouge Drug Enforcement Has Plummeted Since Police Killed Alton Sterling
Discussion: The Crime Report
Fox News:
1 San Diego cop killed, another wounded in shooting
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
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 …
Alan Hernández / VICE News:
Venezuela has a new ‘forced labor’ law that can require people to work in fields  —  International human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela.  —  “A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work …
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.
Discussion: Vox and No More Mister Nice Blog
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Former Fox News Booker Says She Was Sexually Harassed and ‘Psychologically Tortured’ by Roger Ailes for More Than 20 Years  —  The morning after Fox News chief Roger Ailes resigned, the cable network's former director of booking placed a call to the New York law firm hired by 21st Century Fox …
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 O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Hillary Clinton's DNC Speech Falls Just Shy of Trump's With 33 Million Viewers  —  With nearly all ratings in across networks, the DNC finale comes in short of the RNC — though averages a much stronger showing over four days.  —  Two solid-ish weeks of political conventions culminated …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Jill Stein on vaccines: People have ‘real questions’  —  PHILADELPHIA — For a week, Jill Stein was everywhere that the Democratic National Convention was not.  The Green Party's likely candidate for president made drop-ins to a four-day Socialist Convergence at the Quaker meeting hall …
New York Post:
Bosses mocked my ADHD — and CC'd me on the emails  —  More On:  —  Two Manhattan mean girls violated the golden rule of e-mail — if you're going to make fun of a co-worker, don't accidentally copy her on your nasty missives, a new lawsuit says.  —  Adrienne Thiery, 29 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Gothamist
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
Democratic Delegate: Stop Shouting USA, 'That's A Trump Chant'  —  Oh, the things that are overheard by members of the media.  Here's a rather unsettling one from Fox News' Shannon Bream picked up on the convention floor, where a Democratic delegate was irked that the arena was shouting …
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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