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2:25 PM ET, July 29, 2016

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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
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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:
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 …
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: 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  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has found North Carolina's controversial GOP-backed voting restrictions were intended to discriminate against African American voters.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Father of Fallen Muslim American War Hero to Trump: “You Have Sacrificed Nothing!”
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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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Even after a convention that critics panned, Trump got a big bounce. Will Clinton gain now too?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Forbes
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
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: NBC News and National Review
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Local Black Lives Matter group endorses Republican Portman in Ohio Senate bid  —  An Ohio group that aligns itself with the Black Lives Matter movement in the state's most populous county is officially throwing its support behind Republican Sen. Rob Portman's reelection bid.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Chuck Schumer's audacious prediction
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.
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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:   Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins
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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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Trump says he would like to ‘hit’ DNC speakers who disparaged him  —  Davenport, Iowa (CNN)Donald Trump, after hearing speeches at the Democratic convention this week, said Thursday he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin.”  —  “They'd never recover,” he said.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders media consultants to work for Wasserman Schultz challenger  —  PHILADELPHIA — The consulting firm that made Bernie Sanders' ads in the 2016 presidential race is going to work for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary challenger.  —  Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh, and Julian Mulvey …
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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:
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Grew Less-Than-Forecast 1.2% in Second Quarter  —  Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg forecast 2.5% expansion  —  Report raises risk to outlook as Fed looks for improvements  —  The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the second quarter after a weaker start to the year …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and WISH-TV
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 …
Stephen Hawking / Guardian:
Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit.  We need a rethink  —  Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum.  We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share  —  oes money matter?  Does wealth make us rich any more?
Discussion: Daily Mail, AOL and Mashable
 
 
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Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Post:
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Pope Francis, Visiting Auschwitz, Asks God for the ‘Grace to Cry’
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Media Matters for America:
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
How Hillary blew her big moment
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece
Discussion: Sputnik International and Forbes
Chuck Raasch / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Trump, Clinton in virtual tie in Missouri
Discussion: Washington Times
Maurice Tamman / Reuters:
The year of ‘Neither’: Why Reuters/Ipsos is tweaking its U.S. presidential poll
Discussion: Ipsos Ideas Spotlight
Economist:
The new political divide  —  Farewell, left versus right.
Discussion: Vox Popoli