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7:40 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
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh and Guardian
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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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Georgia poll: Clinton leads by 7 points
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Fox News Insider
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Clinton leads by 13 points among likely voters
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and ABC News
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
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
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
Discussion: alan.com and Hullabaloo
Adam Brodsky / New York Post:
Trump's ‘revolution’ should be embraced by both parties  —  Whatever else you might say about Donald Trump, give him this much: He understands that America's taxes are, as Jimmy McMillan said about New York rent, “too damn high.”  —  It's killing the economy.  And jobs.
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Donald J Trump for President:
AN AMERICA FIRST ECONOMIC PLAN: WINNING THE GLOBAL COMPETITION
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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Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin Launches Independent Presidential Bid
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Last Refuge
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
Michael Fix / American Prospect:
How ‘They’ Become ‘We’  —  New U.S. citizens pledge the Oath of Allegiance during a special Flag Day naturalization ceremony at the New York Historical Society, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in New York. … Although the United States has only about 5 percent of the world's population …
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.
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.
 
 
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New York Daily News:
We were wrong: Ending stop and frisk did not end stopping crime
Discussion: CityLab and Althouse
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
White House races to finish drone rules
Discussion: AAF
Nat Brown / National Review:
BLM Matters — a Lot to the Left. It Should to Conservatives, Too.
Discussion: Power Line
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe taking a slower approach to rights restoration in Virginia
Matt Latimer / New York Times:
Mike Pence Should Get Donald Trump to Withdraw
Discussion: The Awl - Medium and Althouse
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Brooklyn Bridge, the ‘Times Square in the Sky,’ May Get an Expansion
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Media Matters for America:
Trump Ally Alex Jones: Clinton Looks Like She Has “Down Syndrome” And “A Lobotomy”
 Earlier Items: 
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Virginia Mayor Richard Silverthorne Resigns After Meth-for-Sex Bust
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
US releases secret docs about Argentina's ‘Dirty War’
Discussion: Washington Post
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hispanic Florida Republican Party Spokesperson Leaves Because Of Trump
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump's Russia problem
CBS Pittsburgh:
Trump Voter Shot After Bar Political Debate Turns Violent