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12:50 PM ET, August 5, 2016


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Michael J. Morell / New York Times:
I Ran the C.I.A. Now I'm Endorsing Hillary Clinton.  —  During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I served presidents of both parties — three Republicans and three Democrats.  I was at President George W. Bush's side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
In endorsing Clinton, ex-CIA chief says Putin made Trump his ‘unwitting agent’
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
AJC poll: Hillary Clinton has slim lead over Donald Trump in Georgia  —  Democrat Hillary Clinton has built a slim lead over Donald Trump in Georgia after one of the worst weeks of the Republican's campaign, and the Libertarian presidential ticket cracked double-digits, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Lessons from my search for Donald Trump's personal giving to charity  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  By David Fahrenthold, filling in for James, who is on vacation.  —  I've spent the last few months trying to prove Donald Trump right about something important.  —  So far, I've failed.
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump No Longer Kicking Ass With the White Working Class  —  This week's avalanche of not-so-good polling news for the polls-obsessed Donald Trump continues, with signs that maybe this is something more than a temporary post-convention bounce for Hillary Clinton.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clinton surges to big lead in McClatchy-Marist poll
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Hillary Clinton Jumps to Nine Point Lead Over Donald Trump
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Insiders to Trump: Drop out  —  Amid widespread chatter that Donald Trump could drop out of the presidential race before Election Day, Republican insiders in key battleground states have a message for The Donald: Get out.  —  That's according to The POLITICO Caucus — a panel of activists …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Donald Trump and the fitness threshold  —  Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party's nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family.  Not just because it alienates a vital constituency …
Discussion: USA Today and Yahoo
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Did Paul Ryan just predict that Clinton will win in a landslide?  —  House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) sent an urgent fundraising appeal on Thursday evening that warned: “If we fail to protect our majority in Congress, we could be handing President Hillary Clinton a blank check.”
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Hannity to GOP leaders: 'I'm getting a little sick and tired of all of you'  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity says Republican leaders will be to blame if Donald Trump loses the presidential election.  —  The conservative pundit told listeners of his talk radio show on Wednesday that he was …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump backs off false Iran video claim  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump backed off a false claim Friday morning, admitting he had not seen a video of a $400 million payment being unloaded from a US plane in Iran.  —  The Republican nominee had claimed at rallies twice this week that such a video existed …
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump admits he didn't see nonexistent Iran money video
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
If it wasn't a ransom payment, why did Obama keep it secret?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
FCPD Public Affairs / Fairfax County Police …:
Three Arrested for Distribution of Methamphetamine  —  In late July, the Organized Crime and Narcotics (OCN) Division received information about a possible distributor of methamphetamine and immediately began an investigative inquiry.  Methamphetamine is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance …
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
Virginia Mayor Richard Silverthorne Gave Meth to Undercover Cops for Sex: Police
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Will Bredderman / The New York Observer:
‘No Doubt’ President Obama is a Muslim, Donald Trump's New York Campaign Chair Says  —  Donald Trump's New York State campaign co-chairman insisted in an interview with the Observer that President Barack Obama is a Muslim—and pointed to his policies in the Middle East as evidence.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Trump New York Co-Chair Says ‘There Is No Doubt’ Obama Is Muslim
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
How Donald Trump's ‘Rigged’ Claim Chips Away at Democracy  —  As public support turns against him, Donald Trump is suggesting without evidence that the election could be “rigged” by Democrats using vote fraud.  This claim threatens the norms of American elections and could provoke a damaging reaction among his supporters.
Sean Illing / Salon:
It's worth asking again: Is Donald Trump trying to tank his campaign?
Discussion: Politicus USA and Washington Post
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US created 255,000 jobs in July vs. 180,000 jobs expected  —  Job creation continued at a solid pace in July, with the economy adding 255,000 positions, according to the Labor Department.  —  The headline unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, though a more encompassing measure …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Eisen / Wall Street Journal:
July Jobs Report: Everything You Need to Know
EndPlay / WFTV:
Officials: George Zimmerman punched in face for allegedly bragging about killing Trayvon Martin  —  SANFORD, Fla. —  The man who said he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense said he was punched in the face while he was talking to people at a restaurant in Sanford over the weekend.
NBC News:
George Zimmerman Claims Man Punched Him in Face at Florida Restaurant
Discussion: WSLS-TV
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Todd Akin Calls Trump a ‘Breath of Fresh Air’  —  Todd Akin says the uncompromising rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “refreshing,” and he sees parallels between the calls to boot Trump from the presidential race and his own brush with the ire of the party's establishment …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
ObamaCare Is Failing Exactly The Way Critics Said It Would  —  Aetna's decision to abandon its ObamaCare expansion plans and rethink its participation altogether came as a surprise to many.  It shouldn't have.  Everything that's happened now was predicted by the law's critics years ago.
Wall Street Journal:
Terrorist Suspects in Europe Got Welfare Benefits While Plotting Attacks  —  Some of those involved in Paris and Brussels attacks were collecting unemployment in Belgium  —  Belgian financial investigators looking into recent terror plots have discovered a disturbing trend …
New York Daily News:
Brooklyn dad shot to death after taking baseball cap stolen from his son back from teen bullies  —  A Brooklyn dad stood up for his son — and was killed over a baseball cap.  —  The deadly chain of events began Saturday when Gerald Sealey, 17, was playing basketball outside Public School 6 in Flatbush.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Root
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects third parties' suit against debate commission  —  A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit alleging that the Commission on Presidential Debates violated federal antitrust laws and the First Amendment by excluding third-party candidates.  —  In a ruling Friday …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
The chaos of the Olympics has arrived.  Fortunately, we have Bob Costas.  —  NEW YORK — The Olympics are a torrent of names, stats, narratives, results, commercials, montages and trivia about Kenyan runners and Italian fencers and Slovakian shot putters.  It is overwhelming.
Discussion: Deadspin and The Daily Caller
Caroline Copley / Reuters:
Support for Germany's Merkel plunges after attacks  —  Popular support for Chancellor Angela Merkel has plunged according to a poll conducted after attacks in Germany, with almost two-thirds of Germans unhappy with her refugee policy.  —  The survey for public broadcaster ARD showed support …
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Daily Mail:
Evidence: A forensic expert analyses the knife used by the attacker during the mass stabbing …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump unveils all-male economic advisory team
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Slot
James Dennin / Mic:
Donald Trump's Campaign Website Won't Let You Cancel Recurring Donations
Discussion: AOL
David Limbaugh /
Censorial DePaul Bans Conservative Ben Shapiro
Discussion: Daily Wire
Nicole Hong / Wall Street Journal:
What Happened After I Wrote That Cargo Shorts Story
Discussion: Washington Post and Washingtonian
Fergus Jensen / Reuters:
Indonesia arrests six suspected of plotting Singapore ‘rocket attack’
Discussion: RT
Dunya TV:
You're not acceptable to US: Khizr tells Donald Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Katie Zavadski / The Daily Beast:
FBI Agent Apparently Egged on ‘Draw Muhammad’ Shooter
Discussion: Pamela Geller
 Earlier Items: 
Bernie Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me
Discussion: New York Magazine
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Clinton repeats debunked claim about FBI email investigation
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and KUSA-TV
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. payrolls gains beat expectations, wages rise
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Police arrest father after twin girls die in hot car
Discussion: Raw Story and NOLA River
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This 30 second video is absolutely devastating for Donald Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story