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3:00 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.
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:
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 that the Democratic nominee is in bad health  —  A number of right-wing websites are circulating an old picture of Hillary Clinton slipping while walking up a flight of stairs to question the Democratic nominee's health ahead of the election.
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Clinton Opens Post-Convention Lead  —  Voters less optimistic, enthusiastic than at start of campaign  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Hillary Clinton has taken a double digit lead over Donald Trump according to the latest Monmouth University Poll .
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 …
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Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Former Gov. Milliken endorses Clinton over Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
George P. Bush, a Trump Holdout, Urges Support For Nominee
Frank Lavin / CNN:
Reagan Republican: Trump is the emperor with no clothes
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 …
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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
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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Disgusting.  Paul Ryan to Headline #NeverTrump Conference 3 Days After Primary  —  Paul Ryan hopes to survive his primary contest against conservative businessman Paul Nehlen on Tuesday.  —  Then on Friday he will headline the #NeverTrump Redstate Gathering in Denver, Colorado.
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
Maya tomb uncovered holding body, treasure and tales of ‘snake dynasty’  —  Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize, along with a puzzling set of hieroglyphic panels that provide clues to a “snake dynasty” …
Discussion: Atlas Obscura and The Week
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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant?  It Depends on the Day  —  Acting as independent arbiters to shape government policy, many researchers also have corporate roles that are sometimes undisclosed.  —  WASHINGTON — Over the many months that officials in Washington debated sweeping …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Shelley Ross / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Me.  I Thought I Was The First and Last  —  Shelley Ross, once one of the most powerful women in TV news, writes exclusively on resisting Roger Ailes's invitation to have a ‘sexual alliance’ with him, the epidemic of sexual harassment in TV news, and how to solve it.
 
 
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Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
Why Trump Peddles Fear while Hillary Preaches Hope
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
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