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10:45 AM ET, August 8, 2016

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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid  —  Key players in the 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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Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Former CIA Agent to Launch Independent Presidential Bid  —  Evan McMullin, a 40-year-old former CIA counterterror operative who is now the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, will run for president as a third-party conservative alternative to Donald Trump, the group backing the candidate told ABC News today.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and The Week
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The new Post-ABC poll shows just how badly Donald Trump blew his convention  —  Conventions are not complicated things.  They are a few nights' worth of free media attention, during which each political party can make its best case to voters for the general election.
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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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
George W. Bush administration official announces support for Clinton over Trump  —  Lezlee Westine, a former aide to President George W. Bush, will support Hillary Clinton for president.  —  Westine, who served as the Bush administration's White House Director of Public Liaison and deputy assistant …
Discussion: Politico and Occupy Democrats
Frank Lavin / CNN:
Reagan Republican: Trump is the emperor with no clothes
Discussion: Politicus USA
Cyra Master / The Hill:
George P. Bush tells GOP to support Trump: report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Former Reagan political director: I'm voting for Clinton
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
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.
Discussion: 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 …
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.
Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
Why Trump Peddles Fear while Hillary Preaches Hope  —  Los Angeles is a sprawling megalopolis of 10 million people whose violent youth culture has been legendary in pop culture, myth and media.  In the past, this reputation was for good cause.  In 1990 alone, nearly 500 L.A. teenagers died …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Trump fundraising sets off Clinton camp alarms  —  NEW YORK — Taken aback by the size of Donald Trump's July fundraising haul, Hillary Clinton's campaign is quickly working to beef up its efforts to raise campaign cash before the fall — sending the candidate, running mate Tim Kaine …
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
Associated Press:
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in US spy mystery  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran executed a nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. and returned to the Islamic Republic under mysterious circumstances a year later, an official said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the …
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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran executes nuclear scientist who returned to country from US
Aaron P. Bernstein / National Review:
Democrats Dismiss Voter-Fraud Worries, but Reality Intrudes  —  O'Keefe claimed to be Eminem and the Detroit mayor, and poll workers offered him a ballot.  —  Three federal courts have thrown out voter-ID laws in North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin in recent days.
news.walmart.com:
Walmart Agrees to Acquire Jet.com, One of the Fastest Growing e-Commerce Companies in the U.S.  —  Deal Positions Walmart for Expanded e-Commerce Growth and Customer Reach  —  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Jet.com, Inc. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Walmart …
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
 
 
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Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Do Your Friends Actually Like You?
Discussion: Unfogged
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Former Gov. Milliken endorses Clinton over Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
These Republicans were unable to stop Donald Trump's nomination. But they're trying again.
Discussion: RedState
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Shaun Donovan eyes NYC mayoral run
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
New U.S. Citizens Could Help Swing Vote Against Trump
Discussion: twitchy.com
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Clinton's Fibs vs. Trump's Huge Lies
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Clinton's Post-Convention Bump Is Showing No Signs Of Fading
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The crusade of a Democratic superlawyer with multimillion-dollar backing
Washington Post:
The recording that undid the Chandra Levy murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail
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