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1:20 PM 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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
CIA veteran expected to announce challenge to Trump  —  Evan McMullin, a Central Intelligence Agency veteran and former chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, is expected to announce an independent presidential bid on Monday, according to multiple reports.
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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Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Former Gov. Milliken endorses Clinton over Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
George W. Bush administration official announces support for Clinton over Trump
Discussion: Politico and Occupy Democrats
Frank Lavin / CNN:
Reagan Republican: Trump is the emperor with no clothes
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Drudge Report misleads readers with Hillary Clinton photo  —  From the looks of Matt Drudge's home page, Hillary Clinton is so sick, she needs help getting up a flight of stairs.  —  But looks can be deceiving.  The Drudge Report, one of the most widely read sites on the web …
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Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
SHOCK PHOTO: Multiple staffers help unstable Hillary up stairs  —  The questionable health condition of Hillary Clinton should be a major issue of the 2016 campaign.  —  The latest evidence comes in the form of Clinton being helped up a set of stairs by multiple individuals outside what appears to be a home.
Liam Quinn / Daily Mail:
Anti-Clinton right-wing sites attempt to use old pictures of Hillary to push conspiracy theory …
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 …
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: Washington Post, 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: Shakesville and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Clinton's Post-Convention Bump Is Showing No Signs Of Fading
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Do Your Friends Actually Like You?  —  THINK of all the people with whom you interact during the course of a day, week, month and year.  The many souls with whom you might exchange a greeting or give a warm embrace; engage in chitchat or have a deeper conversation.  All those who, by some accident of fate, inhabit your world.
Discussion: The Awl - Medium and Unfogged
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.
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.
Richard L. Hasen / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Not Attacking Democracy  —  Has the Republican Party engaged in “a coordinated attack on democracy,” by restricting voting rules, opening the campaign-money spigot, blocking progressive local laws and consumer protections, engaging in partisan gerrymandering …
USA Today:
Only in New Jersey: Bill would ban motorists from drinking coffee and driving … New Jersey already draws ire for not letting drivers pump their own gas.  But the state might ban them from having a cup of coffee behind the wheel too.  —  A bill under consideration in the state Legislature calls …
Discussion: Heat Street and Instapundit
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Police, FBI Investigating Threat To Decapitate Members Of Texas Mosque  —  Police in Watauga, Texas were working with the FBI to investigate a voicemail message left at a local mosque by a man who identified as a veteran and threatened to decapitate attendees.  —  “F*** you, f*** Muhammad, f*** Islam.
Discussion: KDFW
 
 
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Heather Havrilesky / New York Magazine:
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Walmart Agrees to Acquire Jet.com, One of the Fastest Growing e-Commerce Companies in the U.S.
Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
Why Trump Peddles Fear while Hillary Preaches Hope
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
These Republicans were unable to stop Donald Trump's nomination. But they're trying again.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Shaun Donovan eyes NYC mayoral run
Discussion: New York Magazine
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
New U.S. Citizens Could Help Swing Vote Against Trump
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Clinton's Fibs vs. Trump's Huge Lies
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
As senator, Clinton promised 200,000 jobs in Upstate New York. Her efforts fell flat.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The crusade of a Democratic superlawyer with multimillion-dollar backing