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2:25 AM ET, August 8, 2016


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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 …
John Bacon / USA Today:
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in U.S. spy mystery
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Former Reagan political director: I'm voting for Clinton
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Cyra Master / The Hill:
George P. Bush tells GOP to support Trump: report  —  Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is asking Texas Republicans to support the Republican presidential nominee — though he has not endorsed Donald Trump  —  , the Texas Tribune reports.  —  Bush said it's time to put aside lingering tensions …
Discussion: RedState
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
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.
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.
CBS News:
Poll: Clinton opens big gap in battleground state of Virginia
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA
William Jordan / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
2016 Battlegrounds: Trump keeps it close in Southwest, faces steep climb in Virginia
Discussion: Guardian
New York Daily News:
Beat him like a drum: Donald Trump must not just lose in November; to correct the institutions he's broken, he must suffer a humiliating defeat  —  It's been a little over a year now.  It's been a year of spectacle and showmanship, fury and farce, demagoguery and disaster.
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 …
Nicole Auerbach / USA Today:
Katie Ledecky wins gold in women's 400 free, breaks her own world record  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — At this point, all that's left for Katie Ledecky to chase is history.  —  So she does.  —  The 19-year-old swimming superstar entered these Olympics as the current world-record holder in the 400, 800 and 1,500 meter freestyles.
Karen Crouse / New York Times:
Katie Ledecky Beats Her Own World Record in 400 Freestyle
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.”
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Man killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in park near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf  —  A man was shot and killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in San Francisco's Aquatic Park, authorities said Sunday.  —  A 20-year-old man was shot and killed while playing ‘Pokemon Go’ near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf …
Discussion: The Week
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Balance, Fairness and a Proudly Provocative Presidential Candidate  —  If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Social Media Patterns Show Trump Is Looking at a Landslide Victory  —  Current polls show the race for President is much tighter than it really is.  Ann Coulter warned us years ago in her best seller Slander that Democrats and the liberal media always use polls to manipulate and discourage conservatives from voting.
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Plans Pivot to Economy  —  Campaign chairman says presidential nominee to focus on economy and get campaign back ‘where it belongs’  —  Donald Trump's campaign chairman said the Republican presidential nominee would focus on the economy in the coming week to get his campaign's narrative back “where it belongs.”
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Ann Coulter Lights Wisconsin on Fire for Paul Nehlen Against Paul Ryan: ‘This is It, This is Your Last Chance to Save America’  —  JANESVILLE, Wisconsin — Twelve-time New York Times bestselling author and conservative columnist and commentator Ann Coulter lit House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Will Cadigan / CNN:
Kasich: Trump Jr. called aide to float VP offer
Discussion: The Hill, and Business Insider
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Caitlin Dineen / Orlando Sentinel:
Disney builds boulder wall to block alligators along Seven Seas Lagoon
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Crazy About the Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — IT is Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017.
Washington Post:
The recording that undid the Chandra Levy murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail
Martin Rogers / USA Today:
Russia is kicked out of Rio Paralympics because of widespread doping
Discussion: ThinkProgress, NPR, The Week and Guardian
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Kaine dismisses concerns about Clinton's trustworthiness
Discussion: The Week
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
In context: Clinton did not say she ‘short-circuited’
Discussion: and The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Column If Hillary Clinton wins, can she claim a ‘mandate’?
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's economic advisers are also his biggest donors
Discussion: Politicus USA and
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
From a Dacha Wall, a Clue to Raoul Wallenberg's Cold War Fate
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Allies Battle for Favor of G.O.P. Givers He Mocked
New York Times:
Researchers or Corporate Allies? Think Tanks Blur the Line