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3:55 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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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: Republicans ‘have no choice’ but to vote for me  —  said Thursday that Republicans wary of his campaign have little choice but to vote for him anyway.  —  “If you really like Donald Trump, that's great, but if you don't, you have to vote for me anyway.  You know why?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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:
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 …
Discussion: Vox, RedState and The Root
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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 …
Talking Points Memo:
Federal Appeals Court Rules New NC Voting Laws Intended To Discriminate
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Father of Fallen Muslim American War Hero to Trump: “You Have Sacrificed Nothing!”
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.
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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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Where The Election Goes From Here  —  Check out all of our dispatches from the Democratic National 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.
Discussion: The Root
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Dem anxiety hangs over Clinton
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Even after a convention that critics panned, Trump got a big bounce. Will Clinton gain now too?
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton, Kaine launch battleground state tour, while Trump hits back with attacks
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 …
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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
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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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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
2 San Diego police officers shot, one fatally, in traffic stop; suspect held
Discussion: National Review
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Black Lives Matter pushes back on Ohio Senate endorsement  —  The national Black Lives Matter network is pushing back against a local Ohio group that aligns itself with the movement yet has endorsed Republican Rob Portman in his competitive reelection bid in Ohio.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Strickland Criticizes Unions' Decision to Endorse Portman in Ohio
Discussion: WKBN-TV and Washington Free Beacon
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: Putin's ‘doing a better job’ than Obama … says Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “doing a better job” than President Obama.  —  “I said he's a better leader than Obama because Obama's not a leader,” Trump said in an interview aired Thursday on Fox News's “Fox & Friends.”
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Raw Story
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: People Don't Take Us Seriously When We Chant “Lock Her Up”  —  Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says chants of “lock her up” at the Republican National Convention hurt the party's case against Hillary Clinton.  —  “On the Republican side, I had a bit of trouble …
Washington Post:
Why prosecutors dropped charges against the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy  —  Babs Proller met the man when she was living in a Maryland hotel.  He had helped the local actress carry her dog, Buddy, to her fourth-floor room, and over the course of several days in early July, the two neighbors became friendly.
 
 
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