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7:30 PM ET, August 7, 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 …
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John Bacon / USA Today:
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in U.S. spy mystery  —  An Iranian scientist accused of providing information on his country's nuclear program to the United States has been executed for treason, an Iranian judiciary spokesman said Sunday.  —  Shahram Amiri was charged with spying …
Associated Press:
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in US spy mystery
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
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.
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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 …
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: The Hill and Politicus USA
ABC News:
Clinton Opens 23-Point Lead Among Women, Gains With Democrats as Trump Struggles (POLL)
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, Business Insider and alan.com
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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
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: alan.com
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Social Media Patterns Show Trump Is Looking at a Landslide Victory  —  Current polls show the race for President is much tighter than it really is.  Ann Coulter warned us years ago in her best seller Slander that Democrats and the liberal media always use polls to manipulate and discourage conservatives from voting.
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.”
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Caitlin Dineen / Orlando Sentinel:
Disney builds boulder wall to block alligators along Seven Seas Lagoon  —  Woman calls 911 for help after young boy, Lane Graves, was grabbed and drowned by an alligator in the Seven Seas Lagoon on Disney property. … Work continues at Walt Disney World beach resorts to keep alligators away …
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 …
Washington Post:
The recording that undid the Chandra Levy murder case  —  During a recorded conversation, the star witness in the Chandra Levy murder case made a series of boastful claims.  Armando Morales bragged about shooting gang rivals, obtaining hand grenades and making prison shanks out of melted foam cups.
Discussion: Daily Mail
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
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Former Reagan political director: I'm voting for Clinton  —  A former political director for President Reagan is voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton  —  Frank Lavin, who worked as Reagan's political director from 1987 to 1989, says he will not be voting for the Republican standard-bearer for the first time in 40 years.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Neil Irwin / New York Times:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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William Jordan / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
2016 Battlegrounds: Trump keeps it close in Southwest, faces steep climb in Virginia
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Rogers / USA Today:
Russia is kicked out of Rio Paralympics because of widespread doping
Discussion: ThinkProgress, NPR, Guardian and The Week
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Kaine dismisses concerns about Clinton's trustworthiness
Discussion: The Week
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
In context: Clinton did not say she ‘short-circuited’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and alan.com
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
From a Dacha Wall, a Clue to Raoul Wallenberg's Cold War Fate
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Allies Battle for Favor of G.O.P. Givers He Mocked
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Belgium PM: ‘Preliminary Indications’ Suggest Machete Attack Was Act of Terrorism
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
The Rage Against Trade
Discussion: Forbes
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
GOP senator rips Trump over ‘unhelpful’ remarks about Somali immigrants
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com
USA Today:
Bartiromo: An early look at Trump's economic plan