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2:40 AM ET, August 12, 2016

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Anna Palmer / Politico:
Dozens of Republicans to urge RNC to cut off funds for Trump  —  More than 70 Republicans have signed an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urging him to stop spending any money to help Donald Trump win in November and shift those contributions to Senate and House races.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump team, RNC to meet at pivotal moment  —  Donald Trump's campaign and top Republican Party officials plan what one person called a “come to Jesus” meeting on Friday in Orlando to discuss the Republican nominee's struggling campaign, according to multiple sources familiar with the scheduled sit-down.
Discussion: NBC News, The Week and Political Wire
Jeremy Fugleberg / Cincinnati.com:
Email: Trump campaign scrambling in SW Ohio  —  With the presidential election 90 days away, the Donald Trump campaign is scrambling to set up the basics of a campaign in Hamilton County, a key county in a swing state crucial to a Republican victory, a recent internal email obtained by The Enquirer shows.
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
The Other Olympic Sport in Rio: Swiping  —  One athlete poses in his full team kit.  Others post their Olympic bedspreads as their profile pictures.  When they're not competing, they're ready to date.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — I expect you've heard the legend of the athletes' village …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
This Daily Beast Grindr Stunt Is Sleazy, Dangerous, and Wildly Unethical  —  On Thursday morning, the Daily Beast published an exceedingly gross and bizarre article by a straight, married male writer who lured in gay Olympians through hookup apps for no particular purpose.
Patricia Mazzei / miamiherald:
Trump: Americans could be tried in Guantánamo  —  A President Donald Trump might push for Americans accused of terrorism to be tried in military tribunal at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the Republican nominee told the Miami Herald on Thursday.
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump says he'd try U.S. citizens in Gitmo military tribunals
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
The Real Reason Trump Makes Outlandish Claims Like Obama Is “the Founder of ISIS”  —  Donald Trump is Donald Trump-ing again.  Speaking at a campaign rally on Wednesday night, he suggested President Obama actually created the Islamic State terror group.  “In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Trump said in Florida.
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Duane Patterson / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Donald Trump Makes A Return Visit
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
Hannity, Ingraham Say It's Immoral Not To Vote Trump.  Here Are 3 Reasons They're Wrong.  —  On Wednesday night, Fox News' Sean Hannity, apparently desperate to begin casting blame for Donald Trump's November election loss in August, called out conservatives unwilling to vote for Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump predicts winning the presidency will get him into heaven  —  Donald Trump called on evangelical pastors to help him win the presidency this November, which he said is “maybe the only way I'm going to get to heaven.”  —  “For evangelicals, for the Christians, for the everybody …
Associated Press:
Trump touts child care programs, but they're for guests only  —  NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump vowed this week to make child care more accessible and affordable, it was just the second time during his White House campaign that he's talked about an issue that affects millions of working Americans with young children.
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton/Trump Race Tight in South Carolina  —  PPP's newest South Carolina poll* finds that the state is trending toward being competitive in the Presidential race this year, just like in neighboring Georgia.  Donald Trump has only a 2 point lead with 41% to 39% for Hillary Clinton, 5% for Gary Johnson, and 2% for Jill Stein.
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Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute
Discussion: WND and Political Wire
Ivan Levingston / CNBC:
Trump just confirmed every Republican's worst fear  —  Regulations, Obamacare and taxes are destroying economy: Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, shares is thoughts on what is hurting the U.S. economy.  —  Donald Trump told CNBC on Thursday that he will either win …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WIKILEAKS Proves TRUMP IS RIGHT: Hacked Emails Include Info On Hillary's Arming of Jihadists, Including ISIS  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke to the National Association of Home Builders on Thursday morning.  —  Trump repeated his line that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama created ISIS.
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Obama's Worst Mistake  —  A crazed gunman's attack on an Orlando club in June, killing 49 people, resulted in blanket news coverage and national trauma.  —  Now imagine that such a massacre unfolds more than five times a day, seven days a week, unceasingly for five years, totaling perhaps 470,000 deaths.
CNN:
Top Clinton State Department aide helped Clinton Foundation  —  (CNN)A top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department traveled to New York to interview job candidates for a top job at the Clinton Foundation, a CNN investigation has found.  —  The fact that the aide, Cheryl Mills …
CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
Cruz's Popularity Takes A Hit In KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll  —  DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican presidential primary in Texas with nearly 44 percent of the vote.  But most voters now do not think very highly of the U.S. lawmaker, according to the latest KTVT-CBS …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders strategists exit Canova campaign against Wasserman Schultz  —  Less than two weeks after publicly signing on to help the campaign of ousted Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's challenger, Bernie Sanders' top political and media strategists are no longer working for Tim Canova.
Discussion: RedState and Naked Politics
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
How Much Does Donald Trump Pay in Taxes?  It Could Be Zero  —  Mitt Romney was excoriated during the 2012 presidential campaign for paying $4.9 million in federal income tax, or an average of just 14 percent of his adjusted gross income, in the two years for which he released returns.
Discussion: CNBC
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Anthony Weiner still sexting other women, says Sydney Leathers  —  More On:  —  Sydney Leathers — the woman who horndog Anthony Weiner sexted as “Carlos Danger,” torpedoing his mayoral campaign in 2013 — has accused the pervy former pol of being up to his old tricks again, with yet another woman.
Media Matters for America:
Trump Names Serial Misinformer Betsy McCaughey To Economic Advisory Council  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced that his campaign was expanding its so-called “economic advisory council” to include New York Post columnist Betsy McCaughey, a serial misinformer …
RT:
ISIS sleepers ‘arrived as refugees’ in Germany, ready for action - top intel official  —  Hit squads linked with ISIS terrorists have infiltrated Germany camouflaged as refugees, the head of Bavaria's intelligence service warns. citing “irrefutable evidence” of planned attacks in the country in the wake of recent assaults by migrants.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Becket Fund:
Military court punishes Marine over Bible verses  —  Court-martial upheld because majority says verses not “important”  —  For Immediate Release: August 11, 2016  —  Washington, D.C. - The military's highest court ruled yesterday that men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Secretly Censored Abusive Responses To President Obama  —  The move was conducted in secret, according to well-placed sources.  —  In 2015, then-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo secretly ordered employees to filter out abusive and hateful replies to President Barack Obama during …
Kate Vershov Downing / shift.newco.co:
Letter of Resignation from the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission  —  Dear City Council Members and Palo Alto Residents,  —  This letter serves as my official resignation from the Planning and Transportation Commission.  My family has decided to move to Santa Cruz.
Caryn Little / WCCB Charlotte:
Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Campaign After Charlotte Staffer Accused Of Pulling Gun  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A lawsuit was filed against the Donald J. Trump campaign for president due to an incident allegedly involving a Trump staffer pulling a gun on another staffer.
Jennifer Pagliarocity Hall / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford crack video released after charges dropped against Sandro Lisi  —  Watch the video that triggered the country's biggest political scandal.  Warning: video contains graphic language.  —  The public can now watch the video that touched off the biggest political scandal in Toronto's history.
 
 
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Sam Levin / Guardian:
No prison for Colorado college student who ‘raped a helpless young woman’
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Muslims sue Sterling Heights after city rejected mosque
Discussion: WND, RT and Liberty Unyielding
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot
Rob Lever / Agence France-Presse:
Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Donald Trump interview that should terrify national Republicans, annotated
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown
Patti Davis / Facebook:
To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone …
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Macy's is closing another 100 stores
Discussion: CNBC, WND and The Week
Fox News:
Officer who accidentally shot 73-year-old woman ‘was going to kill somebody,’ lawyer claims
Discussion: Bearing Arms
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: Dems could force Senate vote on Garland