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5:55 AM ET, August 8, 2016


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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 …
John Bacon / USA Today:
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in U.S. spy mystery
Frank Lavin / CNN:
Reagan Republican: Trump is the emperor with no clothes  —  A former government official in Republican administrations since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Frank Lavin is the CEO of Export Now, a company that helps U.S. brands sell online in China.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Former Reagan political director: I'm voting for Clinton
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
George P. Bush, a Trump Holdout, Urges Support For Nominee … Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who has not endorsed Donald Trump, is now asking Texas Republicans to support the party's presidential nominee.  —  Addressing state GOP activists Saturday, Bush said it was time to put aside …
Discussion: CNN
Cyra Master / The Hill:
George P. Bush tells GOP to support Trump: report  —  Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is asking Texas Republicans to support the Republican presidential nominee — though he has not endorsed Donald Trump  —  , the Texas Tribune reports.  —  Bush said it's time to put aside lingering tensions …
Discussion: RedState
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
PHOTOS=> Hillary's Handler Carries DIAZEPAM Pen for Patients Who Experience Recurrent Seizures!  —  In recent bizarre events on the campaign trail a strange man was noticed at Hillary Clinton's side.  —  Via Mike Cernovich: … ** Danger and Play has much more.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Clinton's Post-Convention Bump Is Holding Steady  —  Hillary Clinton's post-convention polling surge is showing no signs of fading.  She leads Donald Trump, on average, by about 7 percentage points in national polls, and is an 83-percent favorite to win on Nov. 8, according to our polls-only model.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Daily News:
Beat him like a drum: Donald Trump must not just lose in November; to correct the institutions he's broken, he must suffer a humiliating defeat  —  It's been a little over a year now.  It's been a year of spectacle and showmanship, fury and farce, demagoguery and disaster.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Karen Crouse / New York Times:
Katie Ledecky Beats Her Own World Record in 400 Freestyle  —  Another day, another milestone for Katie Ledecky, who won her second medal, and first gold, of the Rio Games on Sunday night in the 400-meter freestyle.  Ledecky, 19, lowered her two-year-old world record with a clocking of 3 minutes …
Nicole Auerbach / USA Today:
Katie Ledecky wins gold in women's 400 free, breaks her own world record
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The crusade of a Democratic superlawyer with multimillion-dollar backing  —  PHOENIX — After a lopsided string of court victories knocking down state voting restrictions, Democratic superlawyer Marc E. Elias was literally flying high last week in his pursuit of other Republican­-initiated voting laws …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
As senator, Clinton promised 200,000 jobs in Upstate New York.  Her efforts fell flat.  —  In her presidential bid, Hillary Clinton has made job creation a centerpiece of her platform, casting herself as a pragmatist who would inspire “the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.”
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Balance, Fairness and a Proudly Provocative Presidential Candidate  —  If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous …
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Man killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in park near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf  —  A man was shot and killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in San Francisco's Aquatic Park, authorities said Sunday.  —  A 20-year-old man was shot and killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf …
Discussion: The Week
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.
William Jordan / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
2016 Battlegrounds: Trump keeps it close in Southwest, faces steep climb in Virginia  —  The latest wave of the YouGov/CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker polled likely voters in Arizona, Nevada and Virginia … Tight races in two Southwestern states and wide margin in Virginia show how 2016 …
Discussion: Guardian
CBS News:
Poll: Clinton opens big gap in battleground state of Virginia
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Plans Pivot to Economy  —  Campaign chairman says presidential nominee to focus on economy and get campaign back ‘where it belongs’  —  Donald Trump's campaign chairman said the Republican presidential nominee would focus on the economy in the coming week to get his campaign's narrative back “where it belongs.”
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: and The Gateway Pundit
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani Would Have Prosecuted Clinton Over Emails as Secretary of State
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Althouse
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Ann Coulter Lights Wisconsin on Fire for Paul Nehlen Against Paul Ryan: ‘This is It, This is Your Last Chance to Save America’  —  JANESVILLE, Wisconsin — Twelve-time New York Times bestselling author and conservative columnist and commentator Ann Coulter lit House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Will Cadigan / CNN:
Kasich: Trump Jr. called aide to float VP offer
Discussion: The Hill, and Business Insider
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Caitlin Dineen / Orlando Sentinel:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
The recording that undid the Chandra Levy murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail
Martin Rogers / USA Today:
Russia is kicked out of Rio Paralympics because of widespread doping
Discussion: ThinkProgress, NPR, The Week and Guardian
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Kaine dismisses concerns about Clinton's trustworthiness
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Column If Hillary Clinton wins, can she claim a ‘mandate’?
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's economic advisers are also his biggest donors
Discussion: Politicus USA and
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
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