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3:25 PM ET, August 7, 2016

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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll finds Clinton has widened lead ahead of Trump to 8 points  —  Hillary Clinton has emerged from the two major party conventions and their aftermath with an eight-point lead over Donald Trump, aided by a consolidation of support among Democrats and a failure so far by Republicans …
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ABC News:
Clinton Opens 23-Point Lead Among Women, Gains With Democrats as Trump Struggles (POLL)  —  Hillary Clinton has advanced among women and consolidated support within her party since her nominating convention, while a difficult few weeks have left Donald Trump still struggling on basic ratings …
CBS News:
Poll: Clinton opens big gap in battleground state of Virginia  —  The battleground state of Virginia looks a little less like a battleground today, as Hillary Clinton has opened up a lead there of 49 percent to 37 percent, echoing some of the movement seen in national polls this week.
Discussion: Politicus USA
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Polling can be skewed’: Four Trump surrogates go on CNN for mass denial of Trump's lousy polls  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Four Donald Trump supporters insisted on CNN over the weekend that recent polls could not be trusted because they were “skewed” in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Jacqueline Klimas / Washington Examiner:
Cotton: Clinton discussed executed Iranian scientist on email  —  Hillary Clinton recklessly discussed, in emails hosted on her private server, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran for treason, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Sunday.  —  “I'm not going to comment …
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Roger Ailes Used Fox News Budget to Finance ‘Black Room’ Campaigns Against His Enemies  —  As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes's ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims without it setting off alarm bells?
Will Cadigan / CNN:
Kasich: Trump Jr. called aide to float VP offer  —  (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich still isn't ready to support Donald Trump for president — but he confirmed that one of his aides was contacted about possibly joining the real estate mogul's ticket as his vice president.
Discussion: The Hill, alan.com and Business Insider
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:   Column If Hillary Clinton wins, can she claim a ‘mandate’?
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Ann Coulter Lights Wisconsin on Fire for Paul Nehlen Against Paul Ryan: 'This is It …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:   Despite Claim, Trump Campaign Says It Barred Ryan Challenger From Rally
Chuck Muth / Paul Nehlen:
About That Trump Endorsement, Bogus Poll and “Muslim Deportation”
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
In context: Clinton did not say she ‘short-circuited’  —  “So I may have short-circuited it and for that I, you know, will try to clarify because I think — you know, Chris Wallace and I, we're probably talking past each other be — because, of course, he could only talk to what I had told the FBI and I appreciated that.”
Discussion: alan.com and The Gateway Pundit
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Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani Would Have Prosecuted Clinton Over Emails as Secretary of State
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Researchers or Corporate Allies?  Think Tanks Blur the Line  —  Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors' agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — As Lennar Corporation, one of the nation's largest home builders …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's economic advisers are also his biggest donors  —  After spending months scolding his rivals for being beholden to their financial backers, Donald Trump unveiled an economic advisory council last week — and filled it with some of his biggest donors.  —  Of the 13 men …
Discussion: alan.com and Politicus USA
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
From a Dacha Wall, a Clue to Raoul Wallenberg's Cold War Fate  —  MOSCOW — The 1945 disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg — a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi gas chambers — ranks among the most enduring mysteries of World War II.
The Times of Israel:
Lebanese Olympians ‘refuse to ride in bus with Israelis’  —  Israeli sailing team trainer says some Lebanese delegates tried to block Israelis from entering vehicle en route to opening ceremony  —  Members of the Lebanese delegation to the 2016 Olympic Games refused to travel on the same bus …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Allies Battles for Favor of GOP Givers He Mocked  —  Carl Icahn was late, but he still had something to say.  —  Wedging himself around a table crowded with Republican donors at a Hamptons beach house, he jumped in as Senator Mitch McConnell described how important it was to hold on to the Senate this fall.
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Belgium PM: ‘Preliminary Indications’ Suggest Machete Attack Was Act of Terrorism  —  Belgium's prime minister announced Sunday that the country is formally launching a “terrorist” investigation into Saturday's attack of two police officers outside a police station by a machete-wielding man who shouted “Allah Akhbar.”
Discussion: The Week
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Associated Press:
Attacker wounds 2 police in Belgium, shouts ‘Allahu Akhbar’
Discussion: Telegraph and Hot Air
 
 
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Martin Rogers / USA Today:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress, Guardian, NPR and The Week
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
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