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9:30 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: The Daily Caller and Power Line
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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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
William Jordan / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
2016 Battlegrounds: Trump keeps it close in Southwest, faces steep climb in Virginia
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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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
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
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?
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
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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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 …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll finds Clinton has widened lead ahead of Trump to 8 points
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: The Gateway Pundit and alan.com
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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 …
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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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Ann Coulter Lights Wisconsin on Fire for Paul Nehlen Against Paul Ryan: 'This is It …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
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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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
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's economic advisers are also his biggest donors
Discussion: alan.com and Politicus USA
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Allies Battle for Favor of G.O.P. Givers He Mocked
New York Times:
The Rage Against Trade
Discussion: Politicus USA and 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