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8:40 PM ET, August 6, 2016


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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Congressman Backs Libertarian Presidential Candidate in Campaign First  —  Representative Scott Rigell of Virginia says he plans to vote for the Libertarian Party's presidential ticket, becoming the first member of Congress to express support for Gary Johnson's third-party campaign.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Gary Johnson: Trump watching Olympics to see how high Mexican pole vaulters go  —  Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson  —  's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, joking that the businessman is worried about Olympians pole vaulting over.  —  “I hear that Donald Trump is watching the Olympics tonight.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Republican Rep. Scott Rigell backs Libertarian Johnson
Discussion: RedState
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan stares down a GOP revolt in his back yard  —  JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's (R-Wis.) red-brick Georgian revival in this tree-lined, kid-filled Midwestern neighborhood has long been his “refuge,” as his wife calls it, from the divisive world of politics.
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Palin doubles down on Ryan snub despite Trump endorsement  —  Washington (CNN)Sarah Palin reiterated her support for Paul Ryan's primary challenger Friday night immediately after her political ally, Donald Trump, endorsed the House speaker.  —  Trump on Friday evening said in Wisconsin …
Discussion: and Joe.My.God.
Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin GOP Kicks Out Paul Ryan's Challenger From Trump Rally
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Daily Kos and Politico
Grant Smith / Reuters:
Clinton's lead over Trump narrows to less than three points: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican rival Donald Trump narrowed to less than 3 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, down from nearly eight points on Monday.
Marist Poll:
8/5: Clinton with Wide Lead over Trump Nationally
Discussion: The National Memo and CBS New York
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
American Nazi Chair: Trump Win Would Be “A Real Opportunity” For White Nationalists  —  The chairman of the American Nazi Party, Rocky Suhayda, declared on his radio program last month that a Donald Trump victory would present a great opportunity for white nationalists to build pro-white coalitions. .
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
Trump campaign falsifies Hillary Clinton's stance on taxes  —  Donald Trump's campaign has released a video that falsifies Hillary Clinton's stance on taxes, the fact-checkers over at Politifact found.  —  The video, which shows the Clinton rally in Nebraska Monday, was posted to YouTube …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
WikiLeaks founder: ‘Working on’ hacking into Trump's taxes  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is looking into hacking Donald Trump  —  's tax returns.  —  “Well, we're working on it,” Assange said Friday night when “Real Time” host Bill Maher asked whether WikiLeaks was looking to target Trump and his tax returns.
Mitchell Zuckoff / New York Times:   Why We Ask to See Candidates' Tax Returns
New York Times:
As Donald Trump Incites Feuds, Other G.O.P. Candidates Flee His Shadow  —  After a disastrous week of feuds and plummeting poll numbers, Republican leaders have concluded that Donald J. Trump is a threat to the party's fortunes and have begun discussing how soon their endangered candidates …
Discussion: The Hill, Politicus USA and Eschaton
Mike Cernovich / Mike Cernovich Presents Danger & Play:
Expert Analysis of Hillary Clinton's Physical and Mental Breakdown  —  Hillary Clinton recently had a breakdown on TV.  The media is of course covering this up rather than having an expert medical panel on to discuss her health.  Yet what happened to Hillary was obviously a sign of a head injury and stroke.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
USA Today:
Teen shooter Ginny Thrasher wins USA's first gold medal of Rio Olympics  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women's 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.  —  Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li …
Kerry Lauerman / Washington Post:
The Trump sons go hunting again.  Will more trophy photos follow? … In the heat of the campaign - and during a particularly brutal week for their father — Donald Trump's two sons suddenly disappeared.  Donald Jr. and Eric, according to reports, left the country on a hunting trip.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio: No abortions for Zika-infected women  —  Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he doesn't believe a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus should have the right to an abortion — even if she had reason to believe the child would be born with severe microcephaly.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Webb /
Belgium police machete attack: Knifeman shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacks two female officers outside station  —  The officers were attacked in the city of Charleroi this afternoon by an someone with a a knife or machete  —  A man slashed a policewoman's face with a machete and shouted 'Allahu Akbar …
Daily Express:
Man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ shot and killed after attacking police with machete in Belgium
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Right Scoop
Larry Downing / National Review:
Obama's Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law  —  The president hoped to camouflage what he knew to be against the law.  —  Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn't just cut a check to the Iranian regime?  —  Outrage broke out this week …
Discussion: neo-neocon
Daily Mail:
Could Trump have been right? …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Police union: Clinton snubbed us
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and Politico
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Hillary's New Go-To Gesture: Hand to the Heart
Discussion: Althouse and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Military Success in Syria Gives Putin Upper Hand in U.S. Proxy War
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump now says even legal immigrants are a security threat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
Democratic surge shrinks GOP lead
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Olympics' climate change message sparks conservative backlash
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton Spending Big on Olympics Ads With Trump on Sidelines
Discussion: The Hill
Lee Stranahan / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: 5-Year-Old Victim's Father Saw Video of Twin Falls Refugee Rape
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Virginia's Syrian Refugees Resettled In Poor Communities Hours Away From Wealthy DC Suburbs
Christopher Carey / The Hill:
GOP convention scared this veteran more than Afghanistan
Arizona Republic:
Clinton opening Arizona campaign offices with fanfare
Emily DeRuy / The Atlantic:
How Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Fix Schools
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alix Culbertson / Daily Express:
Brave man who stood up to Munich shooter now facing prosecution for ‘INSULTING killer’
New York Times:
Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans' American Life