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11:30 AM ET, August 9, 2016


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Tory Dunnan / WPTV:
Orlando shooter's father attends Hillary Clinton rally in Kissimmee  —  Seddique Mateen seen sitting right behind Clinton  —  KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando.  She was supposed to be talking jobs, but started the speech off paying tribute …
Susan Collins / Washington Post:
GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump  —  The writer, a Republican, represents Maine in the Senate.  —  I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president.  This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican.  But Donald Trump does not reflect historical …
Matt Latimer / New York Times:
Mike Pence Should Get Donald Trump to Withdraw
Stuart Rothenberg / Washington Post:
Donald Trump needs a miracle to win  —  Three months from now, with the 2016 presidential election in the rear-view mirror, we will look back and agree that the presidential election was over on Aug. 9th.  —  Of course, it is politically incorrect to say that the die is cast.
NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Opens Up Double-Digit Lead Over Trump  —  Hillary Clinton now holds a 10-point lead over Donald Trump, 51 percent to 41 percent, according to results from the latest NBC News|  SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll  —  Clinton's double-digit lead is up from an 8-point gap last week.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton leads in NC for first time since March
Discussion: Business Insider
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Georgia poll: Clinton leads by 7 points
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Clinton leads by 13 points among likely voters
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Inside the Fox News Bunker  —  In the subterranean newsroom, fear is everywhere.  “Hacking was bad,” says one person familiar with the internal investigation.  “This is arguably worse.”  —  Few people in the news business have valued secrecy quite like Roger Ailes, the former C.E.O. of Fox News.
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
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Fox News staff feared Roger Ailes was monitoring them
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Clinton-Trump debate sites plan for a third podium  —  The venues that will host the presidential debates are drawing up plans for a three-person forum that would provide a lectern for a third-party candidate to stand on stage next to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Brian McBride / ABC News:
Clinton Accepts Fall Debate Schedule, Challenges Trump  —  Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday night that she will attend all three general election presidential debates and challenged her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, to do the same.  —  “Secretary Clinton looks forward …
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Clinton accepts three debate invitations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Fox News:
Parents of 2 Benghazi victims sue Hillary Clinton for wrongful death, defamation  —  The parents of two of the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attack in 2012 filed a lawsuit Monday against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, alleging her “reckless handling” of classified information contributed to their deaths.
Two Benghazi Parents Sue Hillary Clinton for Wrongful Death, Defamation-NBC News
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Giuliani slams GOP national security officials against Trump  —  The 50 senior Republican national security officials who signed a letter warning that Donald Trump would “risk our country's national security and well-being” are helping the Manhattan billionaire make his point to the American people, Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday morning.
Discussion: ABC News
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump strikes back against GOP critics
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation's Security ‘at Risk’
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
The Polls Aren't Skewed: Trump Really Is Losing Badly  —  We've reached that stage of the campaign.  The back-to-school commercials are on the air, and the “unskewing” of polls has begun — the quadrennial exercise in which partisans simply adjust the polls to get results more to their liking …
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Kinsley / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump and the Limits of Data Journalism  —  As the Internet changes journalism, one clear trend is a focus on data, championed by the likes of Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times's Nate Cohn.  But not every Venn diagram contains something worth reporting.
Roger Kimball / Wall Street Journal:
The College Formerly Known as Yale  —  Any renaming push on the Ivy campus should start at the top—with Elihu Yale, slave trader extraordinaire.  —  By  —  The English novelist Kingsley Amis once observed that much that was wrong with the 20th century could be summed up in the word “workshop.”
Discussion: Power Line
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Sean Hannity's Veneration of Ignorance  —  The right's political huckster gives Al Sharpton a run for his money.  —  It was probably inevitable that Donald Trump and his media munchkins would alight on the stab-in-the-back theory to explain his probable defeat in November.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump  —  THE BIG IDEA:  — The most important storyline of August is how many Republicans come out against their party's nominee.  If the base fractures, Donald Trump is doomed.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Adam Pearce / New York Times:
Donors for Bush, Kasich and Christie Are Turning to Clinton More Than to Trump  —  People who donated to establishment Republican candidates in the primary season are more likely to give money to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, than to their own party's candidate, Donald J. Trump.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
New Clinton email fight: Bill Clinton's schedules  —  Republicans have opened a new front in the sprawling legal war over the release of State Department emails: a battle to open up thousands of pages of schedules for former President Bill Clinton.  —  But the clock is ticking down on the GOP's hopes …
David Dayen / Salon:
Sorry you lost your home: Americans deserve more than an apology for the foreclosure fraud epidemic  —  Despite talk of “recovery,” former homeowners remain scarred after their government abandoned them  —  “I lost my home of 30 years to fraudclosure.”  —  “I have been fighting this bank for over five years now.
Discussion: Instapundit and Eschaton
Rachel Alexander /
Clinton Body Count or Left-Wing Conspiracy?  Three With Ties to DNC Mysteriously Die  —  Since the Democratic National Committee emails were leaked a few weeks ago, three people associated with the DNC have all been found dead under what could be questionable circumstances.
Discussion: Mediaite and Heat Street
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Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alejandro Dávila Fragoso / ThinkProgress:
Millions Of Americans May Be Drinking Toxic Water, Harvard Study Finds
Sasha Goldstein / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Bernie Sanders Buys a Summer Home in North Hero
Discussion: The Week
Brett T. /
Member of president's police task force slams PETA for teaming with cops to hand out free ice cream
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Study: Obama issued $743B in regs
Discussion: Daily Wire, Hot Air, Infowars and AAF
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Did Obama win the judicial wars?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
ECUADOR PRESSURED to Censor Julian Assange After DNC Leaks and Criticism of Hillary Clinton
Michael Fix / American Prospect:
How ‘They’ Become ‘We’  —  New U.S. citizens pledge the Oath …
Adam Brodsky / New York Post:
Trump's ‘revolution’ should be embraced by both parties
New York Daily News:
We were wrong: Ending stop and frisk did not end stopping crime
Discussion: CityLab and Althouse
Nat Brown / National Review:
BLM Matters — a Lot to the Left. It Should to Conservatives, Too.
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Power Line
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's floor in the polls is probably higher than you think
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Clinton's email server did not lead to an Iranian scientist's death