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2:55 AM ET, August 9, 2016

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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 …
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.
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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.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Fox News staff feared Roger Ailes was monitoring them
Discussion: Mediaite
Shelley Ross / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Me. I Thought I Was The First and Last
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation's Security ‘at Risk’  —  Fifty 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 declaring that Donald J. Trump …
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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.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Fifty prominent Republican foreign policy and national security experts — many veterans of George W. Bush's administration — have signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and pledging not to vote for him.
Discussion: Guardian and CBS Pittsburgh
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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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Clinton leads by 13 points among likely voters  —  Hillary Clinton's post-convention bounce has been amplified through the weekend, giving the Democratic presidential nominee a double-digit lead among likely voters, according to a new poll released Monday.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and ABC News
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Georgia poll: Clinton leads by 7 points
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The Week
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.
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Trump Republican Launching Independent Presidential Bid
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin Launches Independent Presidential Bid
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin to Launch Independent Presidential Bid
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, AOL and Daily Kos
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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
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: Mediaite
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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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.
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Two Benghazi Parents Sue Hillary Clinton for Wrongful Death, Defamation
Discussion: AOL
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's floor in the polls is probably higher than you think  —  THE BIG IDEA: Perceptions of Donald Trump have basically hardened and appear increasingly baked into the cake.  —  After one of the worst weeks of his campaign, the Republican nominee only trails Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
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, Shadowproof and Paul Nehlen
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Disgusting. Paul Ryan to Headline #NeverTrump Conference 3 Days After Primary
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Clinton's email server did not lead to an Iranian scientist's death  —  Despite what you might read on Donald Trump's twitter feed, the Iranian execution of a nuclear scientist who defected to the United States and then changed his mind was not caused by Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Peddles Slew Of Debunked Economic Claims In Detroit Speech  —  Donald Trump on Monday peddled largely uncontroversial Republican economic plans during a major policy address in Detroit—but he also pushed a slew of falsehoods about the health of the American economy.
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Donald J Trump for President:
AN AMERICA FIRST ECONOMIC PLAN: WINNING THE GLOBAL COMPETITION
 
 
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Matt Latimer / New York Times:
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Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Alex Jones: Clinton Looks Like She Has “Down Syndrome” And “A Lobotomy”
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
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