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4:25 PM ET, August 8, 2016


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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid  —  Evan McMullin, a CIA veteran and chief policy director of the House Republican conference, announced Monday that he's launching an independent presidential bid.  —  “Like millions of Americans, I had hoped this year …
Evan McMullin / Letters To America:
My Letter To America  —  Our American Nation is the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known.  It's given generations of citizens the blessings of liberty ever since the Founding Fathers risked their lives in what seemed like an improbable bid for independence.
Discussion: Daily Wire, Mediaite and The Resurgent
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.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Anti-Trump Republican Evan McMullin to launch independent bid for presidency
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 …
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
PHOTO: Multiple staffers help unstable Hillary up stairs
Liam Quinn / Daily Mail:
Anti-Clinton right-wing sites attempt to use old pictures of Hillary to push conspiracy theory …
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 .
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Florida Republican Party spokesman quitting because of Trump  —  The chief spokesman for the Florida Republican Party, who is Hispanic, is leaving his job and joining a conservative organization due to differences with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.  —  Wadi Gaitan, a former senior …
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hispanic Florida Republican Party Spokesperson Leaves Because Of Trump  —  Wadi Gaitan took the helm of the communications department for the Florida Republican Party in May 2015, fresh off making House Republicans more well-known on Spanish-language media.  —  His plan was to work toward …
Discussion: and Naked Politics
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 …
New York Times:
A Letter From G.O.P. National Security Officials Opposing Donald Trump  —  Dozens of the nation's most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter saying they will not vote for Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee.
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump's Russia problem  —  Looking back, that really was a hell of a press conference.  —  As the Democratic National Convention was ending, Donald Trump  —  went in front of cameras to urge Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton  —  's private emails and hand them over to U.S. news outlets.
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.
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
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
Leaders of Watauga Mosque fearful after threatening voicemail  —  Watauga - Watauga police are investigating an expletive-filled phone message threatening to kill members of a local mosque.  —  The latest message getting attention at Masjid Al-Sahaabah begins like this:  —  “F**k you, f**k Muhammad, f**k Islam.
CBS Pittsburgh:
Trump Voter Shot After Bar Political Debate Turns Violent  —  CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man accused of shooting another man in the leg during a fight over presidential politics last month has turned himself into police.  — reports 45-year-old Darnell Hall has been charged with felonious assault.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Peddles Slew Of Debunked Economic Claims In Detroit Speech  —  Donald Trump on Monday peddled largely uncontroversial Republican economic plans during a major policy address in Detroit—but he also pushed a slew of falsehoods about the health of the American economy.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Politico, and NPR
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 …
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.
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
‘Insane’ tragedy: Kansas boy dies on world's tallest waterslide  —  Like thousands before them, Kelsey Friedrichsen and Josh Foster had come to ride the Verruckt.  —  The couple could see it loom over the flat eastern Kansas countryside.  —  Taller than Niagara Falls.  —  Named after the German word for “insane.”
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.
Jeff Gluck / USA Today:
Driver Bryan Clauson dies after crash: ‘One of the darkest days’  —  Versatile race car driver Bryan Clauson died Sunday night following injuries sustained in a hard crash at Saturday night's Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, his family announced Monday.  He was 27.
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: The Week and Atlas Obscura
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Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump champions working moms - except the ones who design her clothes
Rory Tingle / Daily Mail:
MPs face six-year Sharia booze ban: Parliament to move to Islamic-owned Health department block …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump's New Childcare Plan Would Only Help The Rich
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New York Times:
Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day
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USA Today:
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Richard L. Hasen / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Not Attacking Democracy
Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
Why Trump Peddles Fear while Hillary Preaches Hope
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
George W. Bush administration official announces support for Clinton over Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Tries a Campaign Reboot
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
I can no longer justify calling myself a Trump supporter
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
As senator, Clinton promised 200,000 jobs in Upstate New York. Her efforts fell flat.