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12:20 PM 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 …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Campaign Plays Down Appearance at Clinton Rally by Orlando Nightclub Shooter's Father
Discussion: The Resurgent
Larry O'Connor / Hot Air:
Orlando terrorist's father endorses Hillary, on display at rally in Florida
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  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Hillary Clinton leading in the state, albeit by a narrow margin, for the first time since March.  She's at 43% to 41% for Donald Trump, 7% for Gary Johnson, and 2% for Jill Stein.
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.
Discussion: The Ringer and Liberal Values
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Clinton Campaign Now Outspending Trump on Ads — $52 Million to 0
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 …
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
Matt Latimer / New York Times:
Mike Pence Should Get Donald Trump to Withdraw
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Donald Trump might not debate Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign just threw down the gauntlet, challenging Donald Trump to accept the three presidential debates that have been scheduled.  —  In a statement Monday night, Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta …
Brian McBride / ABC News:
Clinton Accepts Fall Debate Schedule, Challenges Trump
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Clinton accepts three debate invitations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
Media Matters for America:
CNN's Brian Stelter: Fox News Sent A Staffer To Date Me And Spy On Me Ten Years Ago
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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.
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’
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
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
Sasha Goldstein / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Bernie Sanders Buys a Summer Home in North Hero  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the proud new owner of a summer home on the Champlain Islands, Seven Days has confirmed.  —  The Burlington resident last week plopped down nearly $600,000 on a camp in North Hero.
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Clinton expands battleground state map with push into Arizona, Georgia
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Independent candidate McMullin: We hope to compete in all 50 states
Discussion: ABC News
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
FOX News' Medical Team: What Do Hillary Clinton's Neurological Records Show?
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
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Member of president's police task force slams PETA for teaming with cops to hand out free ice cream
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
New Clinton email fight: Bill Clinton's schedules
David Dayen / Salon:
Sorry you lost your home: Americans deserve more than an apology for the foreclosure fraud epidemic
Discussion: Instapundit and Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Study: Obama issued $743B in regs
Discussion: RedState, Daily Wire, Hot Air, Infowars and AAF
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: Vox, CityLab and Althouse
Nat Brown / National Review:
BLM Matters — a Lot to the Left. It Should to Conservatives, Too.
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Power Line