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9:05 AM ET, August 8, 2016

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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid  —  Key players in GOP's anti-Trump movement are preparing to launch an independent presidential campaign for Evan McMullin — a CIA veteran and the chief policy director of the House Republican conference — sources close to the effort told BuzzFeed News.
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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
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
Discussion: RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Tries a Campaign Reboot  —  As the GOP nominee slumps in polls, he plans an economic speech in Detroit  —  Donald Trump is trying to quickly reset his presidential campaign to address worsening poll numbers and growing isolation from influential members of the Republican Party.
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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
I can no longer justify calling myself a Trump supporter  —  MORE FROM:  —  That's all folks!  I'm out.  —  Embracing the presidential aspirations of Donald Trump was, from the start, an exercise in magical thinking.  In my heart, I wanted the smack-talking, hair-challenged …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Bloomberg:
Trump to Propose Moratorium on New Financial Regulations  —  In a speech Monday in Detroit, the Republican presidential nominee will also call for a repeal of the estate tax.  —  kevcirilli  —  JenniferJJacobs  —  Donald Trump will propose a temporary moratorium on new financial regulations …
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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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran executes nuclear scientist who returned to country from US
John Bacon / USA Today:
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in U.S. spy mystery
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.
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.
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Former Reagan political director: I'm voting for Clinton
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Clinton's Fibs vs. Trump's Huge Lies  —  ONE persistent narrative in American politics is that Hillary Clinton is a slippery, compulsive liar while Donald Trump is a gutsy truth-teller.  —  Over all, the latest CBS News poll finds the public similarly repulsed by each candidate …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Diet: He'll Have Fries With That  —  President Obama is so disciplined that his wife has teased that he eats precisely seven lightly salted almonds each night.  —  George W. Bush was an exercise buff, obsessed with staying trim by mountain biking and clearing brush at his ranch in Crawford, Tex.
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.”
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
New York Times:
Katie Ledecky Smashes Her Own World Record in 400 Freestyle  —  After finishing, having roared through the last 50 meters of the 400-meter freestyle at a sprinter's pace, Katie Ledecky turned around to see the scoreboard.  It told her what she surely already knew: she had won gold …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Nicole Auerbach / USA Today:
Katie Ledecky wins gold in women's 400 free, breaks her own world record
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
New U.S. Citizens Could Help Swing Vote Against Trump  —  33,000 in Florida alone apply for citizenship in 1st quarter  —  Quarter million new Americans seen mostly backing Clinton  —  Delcy Vasquez, a native of the Dominican Republic and resident of Florida, used the help on offer from Mexico to become a U.S. citizen.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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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William Jordan / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
2016 Battlegrounds: Trump keeps it close in Southwest, faces steep climb in Virginia
Discussion: Guardian
CBS News:
Poll: Clinton opens big gap in battleground state of Virginia
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA
 
 
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Shaun Donovan eyes NYC mayoral run
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Man killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in park near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
Discussion: The Week
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Balance, Fairness and a Proudly Provocative Presidential Candidate
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Plans Pivot to Economy
Washington Post:
The recording that undid the Chandra Levy murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail
 Earlier Items: 
New York Daily News:
Beat him like a drum: Donald Trump must not just lose in November; to correct the institutions …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and alan.com
Martin Rogers / USA Today:
Russia is kicked out of Rio Paralympics because of widespread doping
Discussion: ThinkProgress, NPR and The Week
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
In context: Clinton did not say she ‘short-circuited’