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4:25 PM ET, August 9, 2016


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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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Jill Stein has spent more money on TV ads than Donald Trump
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.
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
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
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Carly Fiorina Plotting Bid to Chair Republican National Committee
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.
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.
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.
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: 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Esquire
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: Red Alert Politics and Power Line
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: Guardian, Vox and New York Magazine
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Russell Moore / ERLC:
Protecting the future of religious higher education
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘We ended up kissing and kissing led to other things’: Mother, 36, and son, 19 …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: Without ID law, voters will vote ‘15 times’ for Clinton
Andrew Bosworth / Facebook:
A New Way to Control the Ads You See on Facebook, and an Update on Ad Blocking
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
McMullin calls Iraq war a mistake
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
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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: Infowars, Heat Street and Mediaite
Alejandro Dávila Fragoso / ThinkProgress:
Millions Of Americans May Be Drinking Toxic Water, Harvard Study Finds
Adam Pearce / New York Times:
Donors for Bush, Kasich and Christie Are Turning to Clinton More Than to Trump