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2:00 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 …
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 …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump strikes back against GOP critics  —  A day after Donald Trump faced a wave of criticism from members of the Republican Party, the GOP presidential nominee took to Twitter and the airwaves to hit back against his detractors.  —  “I am running against the Washington insiders …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump
Discussion: Vox and New York Magazine
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
Discussion: The Ringer and Liberal Values
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Clinton Campaign Now Outspending Trump on Ads — $52 Million to 0
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 …
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
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Clinton accepts three debate invitations
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Why Did Fox News Welcome Date Rape Apologist Mike Cernovich?  —  As Roger Ailes's sexual harassment scandal continues to unfold, Fox News is being forced to answer why Mike Cernovich was invited to be a guest on ‘Red Eye.’  —  At the Fox News Channel, when it rains, it pours.
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  —  BRIAN STELTER: In terms of the money, this is Gabriel Sherman's reporting in New York magazine.  He's been a leader on this story, wrote a book about Roger Ailes a number of years ago.
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.
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.
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.
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier  —  Obamacare has provided health insurance to some 20 million people.  But are they any better off?  —  This has been the central question as we've been watching the complex and expensive health law unfurl.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and WBUR
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Is Florida Even a Swing State Anymore?  —  Republicans' electoral map may have ceded Virginia, but Florida is a must-win for them.  Demographics and Trump's trouble with college-educated whites make that increasingly unlikely.  —  Remember a couple months ago when Reince Priebus tweeted …
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Trump To GOP National Security Experts: I Wasn't Going To Hire You Anyway  —  Donald Trump responded to a letter signed by fifty national security experts and advisors who won't vote for the GOP nominee by saying that he “hadn't planned on using any of these people.”
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Giuliani slams GOP national security officials against Trump
Discussion: ABC News
Media Matters for America:
Roger Stone Confirms That He's In Communication With Julian Assange  —  QUESTIONER: With regard to the October surprise, what would be your forecast on that given what Julian Assange has intimated he's going to do?  —  ROGER STONE: Well, it could be any number of things.  I actually have communicated with Assange.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Goes Traditional With Florida Meeting of Evangelical Leaders  —  The Republican presidential nominee will meet with members of the American Renewal Project's Pastors and Pews series, courting a key voting bloc.  —  JenniferJJacobs  —  Donald Trump is going to his first Pastors …
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.
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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
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
FOX News' Medical Team: What Do Hillary Clinton's Neurological Records Show?
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Clinton Body Count or Left-Wing Conspiracy? Three With Ties to DNC Mysteriously Die
Discussion: Mediaite
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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David Dayen / Salon:
Sorry you lost your home: Americans deserve more than an apology for the foreclosure fraud epidemic
Discussion: Instapundit and Eschaton
Adam Pearce / New York Times:
Donors for Bush, Kasich and Christie Are Turning to Clinton More Than to Trump
Discussion: AOL and New York Magazine