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11:20 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.
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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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
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Former Gov. Milliken endorses Clinton over Trump  —  Several people unlikely to be seen at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech to the Detroit Economic Club later today belong to a pretty exclusive club.  —  Current and former governors of Michigan are either working …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Cyra Master / The Hill:
George P. Bush tells GOP to support Trump: report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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: Unfogged
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.
Discussion: Washington Times and Politicus USA
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Former Reagan political director: I'm voting for Clinton
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.
Pew Research Center:
Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit  —  More say their clergy have spoken out about issues than about specific presidential candidates  —  As the calendar turned from spring to summer and the political season transitioned from the primaries to the general election campaign …
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
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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USA Today:
Only in New Jersey: Bill would ban motorists from drinking coffee and driving
Discussion: Instapundit
Richard L. Hasen / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Not Attacking Democracy
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
Growth and fairness aren't a trade-off
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Walmart Agrees to Acquire Jet.com, One of the Fastest Growing e-Commerce Companies in the U.S.
Aaron P. Bernstein / National Review:
Democrats Dismiss Voter-Fraud Worries, but Reality Intrudes
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
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
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
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