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6:45 PM ET, August 4, 2016


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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton surges to big lead in McClatchy-Marist poll  —  WASHINGTON  —  Hillary Clinton has surged to a 15-point lead over reeling, gaffe-plagued Donald Trump, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.  —  Clinton made strong gains with two constituencies crucial to a Republican victory …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Hillary Clinton Jumps to Nine Point Lead Over Donald Trump  —  NBC/WSJ Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by Nine Points 0:48  —  Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a nine-point lead over Donald Trump, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll shows, nearly doubling …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan just summed up Republicans' Donald Trump problem in three lines  —  If the top priority for politicians was simply to dominate news coverage through sheer volume, there's no question Donald Trump has succeeded like no other.  Between the slights and non-endorsements …
WBUR Poll: After Conventions, Clinton Up 15 Points Over Trump In New Hampshire 06:31  —  Play  —  According to a new WBUR poll of New Hampshire voters, Hillary Clinton is enjoying a dramatic post-convention bump and now leads Donald Trump by 15 points.  Our poll also shows Democrat Maggie Hassan …
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Ex-GOP senator: Trump's a sociopath  —  Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.) says he is considering voting for Hillary Clinton  —  Humphrey, who served in Congress from the '70s to 1990, told NBC News on Thursday he is confident that Trump has major psychological issues …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Former GOP Senator Might Vote for Clinton
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump: 'I don't know why we're not leading by a lot'
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and The Week
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Pennsylvania poll: Clinton has double-digit lead over Trump
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Hanging Tough
Discussion: AOL
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 6 in Florida
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Detroit News:
Clinton jumps to a big lead over Trump in Michigan poll
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Media trumpeting Trump implosion, but is it real?  —  This is what a full-fledged feeding frenzy looks like.  —  With Donald Trump facing the roughest stretch of his candidacy, the media have moved from questioning his sanity to depicting a campaign in disarray and top Republicans still wondering whether they can dump the nominee.
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Donors losing patience with Trump
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Paul Manafort Acknowledges ‘Conflict’ Within the Trump Campaign Over Paul Ryan Endorsement
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
What a Shock=> Trump Implosion Stories Completely Fabricated by Liberal Media Hacks
Discussion: Ann Coulter
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Gaps in Melania Trump's immigration story raise questions  —  Nude photographs published this week are raising fresh questions about the accuracy of a key aspect of Melania Trump's biography: her immigration status when she first came to the United States to work as a model.
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Melania Trump, Lucky Immigrant
Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani / ThinkProgress:
Trump Made Up An Entire News Story On Iran — And He's Standing By It  —  In the last few days, Donald Trump has made up an entire news story on U.S. foreign policy.  —  Speaking at a rally in Maine on Thursday, Trump claimed that the Iranian government released secret footage …
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Donald Trump Never Saw ‘Top Secret’ Iran Video: Campaign
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump did not actually watch an Iranian recording of that controversial money transfer
President Barack Obama on Feminism, Michelle, and His Daughters  —  There are a lot of tough aspects to being President.  But there are some perks too.  Meeting extraordinary people across the country.  Holding an office where you get to make a difference in the life of our nation.  Air Force One.
Foursquare Direct:
How the Trump Presidential Campaign is Affecting Trump Businesses  —  At Foursquare, our data scientists are often called upon to analyze real world trends; we use Big Data to determine how commercial fortunes are rising or falling.  This year, politics and business are intersecting …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Clinton pauses ads in Virginia in sign of confidence  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has left Virginia off its upcoming battleground-state television ad buy beginning next week — the second state to be dropped in recent weeks as Clinton holds a significant lead over Donald Trump nationally and in key states.
Discussion: RedState
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Trump's shrinking electoral map
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Gayle Fee / Boston Herald:
Sasha Obama lands summer job at Vineyard seafood joint  —  Sasha Obama, who has lived eight of her 15 years in the luxurious confines of the White House, is learning how the other half lives this summer.  The First Daughter is working the takeout window at Nancy's, a seafood restaurant on Martha's Vineyard.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Erickson Angrily Tears Into Trump Boosters: You ‘Reflect the Evil Character of Your God’  —  Erick Erickson has been a #NeverTrump conservative for a while now, but something Trump said today finally pushed him to a place of extreme anger at his boosters.  —  Erickson was set off …
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Wearing 'Don't Tread on Me' insignia could be punishable racial harassment  —  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among its other functions, decides “hostile work environment” harassment claims brought against federal agencies.  In doing so, it applies the same legal rules …
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
The Political Process Isn't Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems  —  All right, I need to vent.  For months, I've watched Donald Trump decry as “rigged” everything from the Democratic primaries, the Republican primary rules (that's right, the same rules that helped him win the nomination) and the fall debate schedule.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Proves Republican Obama Hate Was Never About Obama's Ideas  —  This week, largely drowned out on the stump by his succession of own goals, Donald Trump returned to a theme he has mentioned before in the campaign — his infrastructure plan, which would amount to either half a trillion dollars …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ines Delacuetara / ABC News:
Mike Pence Declines to Endorse John McCain and Kelly Ayotte  —  Siding with his running mate, Mike Pence on Thursday declined to endorse John McCain and Kelly Ayotte in their upcoming reelection bids.  —  “I look forward to supporting Republican candidates in the days and weeks ahead all over the country …
The Sean Hannity Show:
LISTEN: Sean Explains Why Republican Insiders Will Be To Blame If Trump Is Defeated In November  —  GOP insiders are in full-on panic mode over Donald Trump after a rough week led to a dip in the polls for the Republican nominee.  While we're still several months from the November election …
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