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9:55 AM ET, August 7, 2016


 Top Items: 
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?
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump is right: He didn't kick a baby out of a campaign rally  —  “The press came out with headlines: ‘Trump throws baby out of arena.’ So dishonest.  I mean these are dishonest people.  I could give you 20 stories like that.  Everyone's having fun, we're smiling, I'm waving.
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
WILL MEDIA APOLOGIZE TO TRUMP?  Mother of Crying Baby at Rally Speaks Out, Defends Trump  —  The mother of the crying baby that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump joked about at an Ashburn, Virginia campaign rally on Tuesday has spoken out disputing the media and Clinton campaign's smear job against Trump over the incident.
Chuck Muth / Paul Nehlen:
About That Trump Endorsement, Bogus Poll and “Muslim Deportation”  —  (Paul Nehlen) - Our campaign was all over the news again yesterday, including Paul Ryan coming out swinging while the media hit us with one negative story after another.  —  We must be doing something right!
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:
Despite Claim, Trump Campaign Says It Barred Ryan Challenger From Rally
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Gawker
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan stares down a GOP revolt in his back yard
Discussion: AOL and RedState
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Palin doubles down on Ryan snub despite Trump endorsement
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Gary Johnson: Trump watching Olympics to see how high Mexican pole vaulters go  —  Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson  —  's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, joking that the businessman is worried about Olympians pole vaulting over.  —  “I hear that Donald Trump is watching the Olympics tonight.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Republican Rep. Scott Rigell backs Libertarian Johnson
Discussion: and RedState
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.
USA Today:
Bartiromo: An early look at Trump's economic plan  —  Donald Trump Is hoping next week acts as a catalyst to turn around what has been a tough week for the Republican presidential nominee.  Trump is expected to unveil his economic plan on Monday, which he says will create millions of new jobs.
Julian Assange special: Do Wikileaks have the email that will put Hillary Clinton in prison?  (E376) … WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange © Peter Nicholls / Reuters  —  Afshin Rattansi goes underground with Julian Assange.  We talk to the founder of Wikileaks about how the recent DNC leaks have no connection to Russia.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
GOP senator rips Trump over ‘unhelpful’ remarks about Somali immigrants  —  (R-Maine) slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  's recent comments about her state's Somali community.  —  “Mr. Trump's statements disparaging immigrants who have come to this country legally …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio: No abortions for Zika-infected women  —  Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he doesn't believe a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus should have the right to an abortion — even if she had reason to believe the child would be born with severe microcephaly.
Discussion: Raw Story, and AOL
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
American Nazi Chair: Trump Win Would Be “A Real Opportunity” For White Nationalists  —  The chairman of the American Nazi Party, Rocky Suhayda, declared on his radio program last month that a Donald Trump victory would present a great opportunity for white nationalists to build pro-white coalitions.
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
The Hill:
Nuke fears grow over Trump  —  Nuclear security experts are nervous about the prospect of a Donald Trump  —  presidency.  —  Former officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations are expressing concern over what they describe as Trump's cavalier rhetoric about using nuclear weapons …
Associated Press:
Attacker wounds 2 police in Belgium, shouts ‘Allahu Akhbar’  —  CHARLEROI, Belgium (AP) — Two female officers were attacked and wounded by a man wielding a machete and shouting “Allahu Akhbar” outside the main police station in the Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday, police said.
Discussion: Telegraph and Hot Air
Sam Webb /
Belgium police machete attack: Knifeman shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacks two female officers outside station
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David Rooney / Hollywood Reporter:
Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics: TV Review
Discussion: Instapundit
The Times of Israel:
Lebanese Olympians ‘refuse to ride in bus with Israelis’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Terry Madonna / The Hill:
Pennsylvania holds keys in Clinton-Trump tilt
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Police union: Clinton snubbed us
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Kerry Lauerman / Washington Post:
The Trump sons go hunting again. Will more trophy photos follow?
New York Times:
Military Success in Syria Gives Putin Upper Hand in U.S. Proxy War
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mike Cernovich / Mike Cernovich Presents Danger & Play:
Expert Analysis of Hillary Clinton's Physical and Mental Breakdown
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit