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2:40 PM ET, August 7, 2016

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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?
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 and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Pamela Geller
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Trump video mocks Clinton as short-circuiting robot  —  A new Donald Trump  —  as a malfunctioning robot, a reference to her recent remark that she “short-circuited” when speaking about the FBI's probe into her email server.  —  “Is robot Hillary melting down,” the video, posted by Trump on his Facebook page Saturday, asks.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
In context: Clinton did not say she ‘short-circuited’
Discussion: alan.com and The Gateway Pundit
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani Would Have Prosecuted Clinton Over Emails as Secretary of State
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 this week — and filled it with some of his biggest donors.  —  Of the 13 men …
Discussion: alan.com and Politicus USA
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Column If Hillary Clinton wins, can she claim a ‘mandate’?  —  Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2016 National Assn. of Black Journalists' and National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists' Hall of Fame Luncheon in Washington on Aug. 5.  (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
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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
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 …
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.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Allies Urge Big Donors to Look Past Controversies and Pitch In  —  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 …
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:
Despite Claim, Trump Campaign Says It Barred Ryan Challenger From Rally  —  Donald Trump Finally Endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain in Bid for Party Unity 2:25  —  GREEN BAY, Wisc.  — Donald Trump's campaign said Friday it barred House Speaker Paul Ryan's primary challenger Paul Nehlen …
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Chuck Muth / Paul Nehlen:
About That Trump Endorsement, Bogus Poll and “Muslim Deportation”
Discussion: The Last Refuge
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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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
GOP senator rips Trump over ‘unhelpful’ remarks about Somali immigrants
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com and alan.com
USA Today:
Bartiromo: An early look at Trump's economic plan
Terry Madonna / The Hill:
Pennsylvania holds keys in Clinton-Trump tilt
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
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Gary Johnson: Trump watching Olympics to see how high Mexican pole vaulters go
Discussion: Reno Gazette-Journal and RedState