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7:30 AM ET, August 11, 2016

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CNN:
Secret Service spoke to Trump campaign about 2nd Amendment comment  —  (CNN)A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments.  —  “There has been more than one conversation” on the topic, the official told CNN.
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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
Study: Nets Squash Hillary's Terror Woes to Scold Trump's Gun Remark  —  Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should have been forced to deal with campaign messes on Tuesday, but the three networks only treated the Republican's problem as a huge gaffe worthy of extensive coverage.
Dara Lind / Vox:
Donald Trump's most WTF moments happen when he tries to speak conservative  —  Why Trump's comments on subjects like guns and abortion end up sounding monstrous.  —  What the hell is a “Second Amendment person”?  —  It's not a phrase gun rights supporters typically use to describe themselves.
New York Times:
One Ally Remains Firmly Behind Donald Trump: The N.R.A.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Hack of Democrats' Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — A Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic politicians was bigger than it first appeared and breached the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups, officials with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley sits behind Trump at rally … Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) on Wednesday sat behind Donald Trump  —  at the GOP nominee's rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  —  Foley resigned from his position in 2006 amid allegations that he had sent sexual emails and messages …
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Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Newly released Clinton emails shed light on relationship between State Dept. and Clinton Foundation  —  Washington (CNN)Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state raise questions about the nature of the department's relationship with the Clinton Foundation.
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Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Physician: Mainstream Media ‘Strangely Silent’ About Hillary Clinton's Health  —  The executive director of a physicians' organization questions how the mainstream media can ignore signs of what could be a traumatic brain injury in the Democrat nominee for president.
Discussion: WND and No More Mister Nice Blog
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Trump: Obama ‘is the founder of ISIS’  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, founded ISIL.  —  At a rally in Sunrise, Florida, Trump once again attacked the foreign policy of Obama and Clinton, saying their policies resulted in the creation of ISIL.
Katy Tur / Marie Claire:
My Crazy Year with Trump  —  The presidential hopeful has insulted reporter Katy Tur on national TV, called her names during interviews, and made his campaign seemingly impossible to cover.  Here, her no-holds-barred account of trailing the most unlikely candidate in GOP history.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Has Collected $19,966,110,000,000 in Taxes; Incurred $8,795,689,333,049 in Debt  —  (CNSNews.com) - During the 90 full months President Barack Obama has completed serving in the White House—February 2009 through July 2016—the U.S. Treasury collected approximately $19,966,110,000,000 in tax revenues …
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Backing Trump: He'll Bring Change, But It Might Not Be Good  —  T.j.  Kirkpatrick / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie defended his support for Donald Trump in a radio interview on Wednesday, saying that the Republican nominee …
Discussion: 55KRC, Raw Story, RedState and Balloon Juice
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is In Fourth Place Among Black Voters  —  It wasn't that long ago that Donald Trump liked to boast about his support from black voters.  And although Trump had a history of controversy on issues of race, it wasn't that crazy to think he could at least outperform the GOP's …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Ghostbusters’ Heading for $70M-Plus Loss, Sequel Unlikely  —  Confronted by tepid box office for the reboot, the studio will instead focus on animated spinoffs.  —  Immediately upon the opening of Ghostbusters in mid-July, top Sony executives boldly declared a sequel to Paul Feig's …
CBS New York:
Social Media Outraged After Gabby Douglas Doesn't Put Hand Over Heart During National Anthem  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Several people took to Twitter to take Gabby Douglas to task for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women's gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
In Wisconsin, a controversial voter-ID law could help choose the president  —  MILWAUKEE — An appeals court on Wednesday put on hold an earlier ruling that residents without a photo ID could still vote if they attested to their identity in an affidavit, striking a blow to activists concerned …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Three Republican Judges Restore Wisconsin's Voter Suppression Law
Discussion: Washington Post and The BRAD BLOG
New York Times:
Obama Administration Set to Remove Barrier to Marijuana Research  —  The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials said Wednesday, potentially spurring broad scientific study of a drug that is being used to treat dozens of diseases …
Discussion: The Verge and Mother Jones
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Why Georgia Is Turning Purple  —  Changing demographics have helped put the state within Clinton's reach.  Now she needs to get those new Georgians to the polls.  —  Since the end of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton has been riding high in the polls nationally …
Brian Ellsworth / Reuters:
Venezuelans flood Brazil border in 36-hour grocery run  —  Government employee Jose Lara this month used some vacation days to take a long scenic bus ride through the verdant plateaus and sweeping savannas of southern Venezuela, but the trip was anything but a holiday.  —  It was a 36-hour grocery run.
Discussion: Infowars
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
North Carolina Races Tight Across The Board  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find close races for all the major statewide office.  —  In the Governor's race Roy Cooper has a slight advantage with 43% to 42% for Pat McCrory, and 4% for Libertarian Lon Cecil.
 
 
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
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