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8:40 PM ET, August 8, 2016

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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.
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German Lopez / Vox:
Read: 50 Republican officials make the case that Trump is a national security threat  —  Fifty top national security officials from Donald Trump's own party don't want you to vote for him.  —  The officials — who served in previous Republican administrations, including that of George W. Bush …
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 …
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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.
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin Launches Independent Presidential Bid
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
Anti-Trump conservatives recruit candidate for WH bid
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros Says She Was Taken Off the Air After Making Sexual-Harassment Claims Against Roger Ailes  —  Fox News' senior executives have said they were unaware of sexual-harassment allegations against Roger Ailes before former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him in July.
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Shelley Ross / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Me. I Thought I Was The First and Last
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump champions working moms - except the ones who design her clothes  —  On the last day of the Republican National Convention in July, Ivanka Trump strode across the stage in a blush-toned dress from her namesake label.  Then she shattered party norms, pledging that her father would revolutionize support for working mothers.
Discussion: NO QUARTER USA NET, Daily Kos and AOL
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Harper's BAZAAR:
Growing Up Trump: Ivanka Trump Tells All  —  Ivanka Trump on family, feminism, and her father's controversial bid for the White House.  —  She is standing like a statue, a magnificent statue, in a Carolina Herrera gown, with a baby on one shoulder and a cell phone on the other.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Despite Pro-Family Rhetoric, No Paid Leave For Makers Of Ivanka Trump's Line  —  Ivanka Trump has vocally embraced pro-family corporate policies while stumping for her father on the campaign trail, but the company that designs her own clothing line offers no paid maternity leave.
Discussion: alan.com and Hullabaloo
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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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump's New Childcare Plan Would Only Help The Rich  —  In his economic policy speech on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to announce a new policy: allowing families to fully deduct the cost of their childcare expenses from their taxes.
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Donald Trump just made a major change to his tax plan
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 .
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Liam Quinn / Daily Mail:
Anti-Clinton right-wing sites attempt to use old pictures of Hillary to push conspiracy theory …
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
PHOTO: Multiple staffers help unstable Hillary up stairs
T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
Paul Ryan Can't Win  —  Even if he wins his contested primary, on Tuesday, he runs the risking of losing the G.O.P.  —  The most important election of the year, apart from the one occurring on November 8, takes place tomorrow.  That's when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan goes …
Discussion: Breitbart, Paul Nehlen and Shadowproof
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Disgusting. Paul Ryan to Headline #NeverTrump Conference 3 Days After Primary
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: Naked Politics
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Florida Republican Party spokesman quitting because of Trump
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.”
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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.  —  Cleveland.com reports 45-year-old Darnell Hall has been charged with felonious assault.
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Alex Jones: Clinton Looks Like She Has “Down Syndrome” And “A Lobotomy”  —  ALEX JONES: Hillary looks like a dying woman.  —  She looks like she's in bad shape.  She's got holes in her tongue, she looks like she's got, I'm sorry, Down syndrome whenever she's out there with the balloons falling …
 
 
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Matt Latimer / New York Times:
Mike Pence Should Get Donald Trump to Withdraw
Discussion: The Awl - Medium and Althouse
Media Matters for America:
Fact-Checkers Rebut Trump's “Pathetic” Economic Lies In Real Time
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Brooklyn Bridge, the ‘Times Square in the Sky,’ May Get an Expansion
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Virginia Mayor Richard Silverthorne Resigns After Meth-for-Sex Bust
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
US releases secret docs about Argentina's ‘Dirty War’
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump's Russia problem
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
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New York Times:
Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
Maya tomb uncovered holding body, treasure and tales of ‘snake dynasty’
Discussion: The Week and Atlas Obscura
Heather Havrilesky / New York Magazine:
Winona Ryder Forever: How the Gen X Icon Kept Her Cool
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
Aaron P. Bernstein / National Review:
Democrats Dismiss Voter-Fraud Worries, but Reality Intrudes
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Do Your Friends Actually Like You?
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Trump fundraising sets off Clinton camp alarms
Discussion: Hot Air
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Diet: He'll Have Fries With That
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week