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5:45 PM ET, August 9, 2016


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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump says ‘Second Amendment people’ could stop Clinton … Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  appeared to joke about the possibility that Hillary Clinton  —  could be shot in remarks at a campaign rally Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C.  —  Trump was discussing the possibility that Clinton …
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.
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.
Susan Collins / Washington Post:
GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Trump Says ‘Maybe’ 2nd Amendment Folks Can Stop Clinton's Supreme Court Picks
Discussion: Politico, WBTV-TV and New York Times
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump: Without ID law, voters will vote ‘15 times’ for Clinton
Alex Altman / TIME:
Donald Trump Says ‘I Want to Debate Very Badly.’ But He Has Conditions  —  ‘I renegotiated the debates in the primaries, remember?’ he tells TIME  —  Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will commit to three debates this fall with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, but may try to re-negotiate …
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
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 …
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Father of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Attends Hillary Clinton Rally
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.
Justin Green / Independent Journal Review:   Fresh Off His Campaign to Make Socialism Great Again, Bernie Sanders Buys $600,000 Summer House
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP buzzing about Fiorina as RNC head  —  Carly Fiorina's quiet outreach to state party chairs in recent days has top Republicans speculating that she's laying the groundwork for a Republican National Committee chairmanship bid.  —  Fiorina's advisers have reached out to more than a dozen …
Discussion: Political Wire and
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Carly Fiorina Plotting Bid to Chair Republican National Committee
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 …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘We ended up kissing and kissing led to other things’: Mother, 36, and son, 19, who fell in love when they met last year after she gave him up for adoption as a baby, say they'll go to JAIL to defend their relationship  — Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19 …
Chicago Tribune:
Patti Blagojevich ‘dumbfounded’ as judge upholds ex-governor's 14-year prison term  —  Photos of Rod Blagojevich's resentencing hearing.  (Chicago Tribune)  —  A federal judge imposed the same 14-year prison sentence on Rod Blagojevich Tuesday despite pleas for mercy from the former governor, his wife and two daughters.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Child rape victim comes forward for the first time in 40 years to call Hillary Clinton a ‘liar’ who defended her rapist by smearing her, blocking evidence and callously laughing that she knew he was guilty  — ‘Hillary Clinton is not for women and children,’ says Kathy Shelton …
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.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Two Benghazi Parents Sue Hillary Clinton for Wrongful Death, Defamation  —  The parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Monday against Hillary Clinton.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Introducing The Run-Up, Our New Election Podcast  —  It's 90 days until Election Day.  To guide you through this final, delirious phase of the presidential campaign, The New York Times is drawing on our all-star team of reporters, columnists, magazine writers and analysts to create a new podcast.
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.
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 …
John Noonan / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed I was a Minuteman III nuclear launch officer.  Take it from me: We can't let Trump become president  —  A deactivated Titan II ballistic missile, used during the Cold War as a nuclear deterrent, sits in a silo in southern Arizona.  (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Esquire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Clinton expands battleground state map with push into Arizona, Georgia  —  Representatives of Hillary Clinton's campaign phoned state Democratic leaders in Arizona and Georgia on Monday night to alert them of plans to begin transferring funds to hire more field organizers in those states …
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.
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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump embraces fundraising, not transparency
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Economic Policy Institute:
The teacher pay gap is wider than ever: Teachers' pay continues to fall further behind pay of comparable workers
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Tim Tebow to pursue a career in professional baseball
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Matthew Dolan / Detroit Free Press:
Ivanka Trump: Critics ‘scared’ of Donald Trump presidency
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Associated Press:
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
McMullin calls Iraq war a mistake
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
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Discussion: Mosaic Magazine
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
FOX News' Medical Team: What Do Hillary Clinton's Neurological Records Show?
Rachel Alexander /
Clinton Body Count or Left-Wing Conspiracy? Three With Ties to DNC Mysteriously Die
Discussion: Infowars, Heat Street and Mediaite
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Why some Republican politicians are really coming out against Trump
Discussion: Vox, Guardian and The Daily Caller
Roger Kimball / Wall Street Journal:
The College Formerly Known as Yale
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Power Line