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5:55 PM ET, August 11, 2016


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Inside Donald Trump's Meltdown  —  Donald Trump's sinking polls, unending attacks and public blunders have the GOP reconsidering its strategy for November  —  When Donald Trump mucks things up, the first person to let him know is usually Republican Party boss Reince Priebus.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Exclusive: The Republican Party's Chairman's Warning to Donald Trump  —  Turn around his flailing campaign, or else...  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Donald Trump in a phone call last week that if he doesn't turn his flailing campaign around …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Duane Patterson / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Donald Trump Makes A Return Visit … The audio:  —  08-11hhs-trump  —  The transcript:  —  HH: And I'm pleased now to welcome Donald Trump.  Mr. Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.  —  DT: Yes, good morning.  —  HH: We're a little bit late, so I hope I get a little reprieve on the time that Hope gave me.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Thursday that he meant exactly what he said when he called President Barack Obama the “founder of ISIS” and objected when a conservative radio show host tried to clarify the GOP nominee's position.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: 'Everyone's liking' my Obama, ISIS remarks
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Donald Trump calls Obama the ‘founder of Isis’
Discussion: CNN, whorunsGov, Daily Wire and RedState
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.
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Lawsuit: Trump campaign failed to act after staffer pulled gun
New York Daily News:
Donald Trump's former North Carolina campaign manager, accused of pulling gun on three staffers …
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
While Wooing Republicans, Clinton Sticks to Progressive Policy  —  Clinton: If Team U.S.A. Was as Fearful as Trump, They'd Be Afraid to Compete 0:37  —  What economic policy concessions might Hillary Clinton offer up to woo Republicans?  If her speech Thursday in Warren, Michigan is any indication, the answer is: Nothing.
Matthew Cooper / Newsweek:
IS DONALD TRUMP REALLY BEING AUDITED BY THE IRS?  —  U.S. DONALD TRUMP TAXES 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN  —  Donald Trump has broken with a 40-year-old tradition of U.S. presidential candidates making public their tax returns because he claims to be under audit by the IRS …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Too good to check: Sean Hannity's tale of a Trump rescue  —  “The Trump campaign has confirmed to that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home.”  — quote in article titled …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton's agenda would flounder in Congress.  Here are seven reasons why.  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  Hillary Clinton is trying to win a mandate to enact an ambitious economic agenda.  During a rally in Des Moines yesterday afternoon, the Democratic nominee said she could create 10.4 million new jobs as president.
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House report fuels new campaign brawl over Obama and ISIL  —  The early findings of a Republican congressional probe that faults the Pentagon for overly optimistic intelligence reports about the war against the Islamic State is providing new fodder for the growing partisan fight …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: Dems could force Senate vote on Garland  —  (D-Nev.) on Thursday left the door open for Democrats to potentially use a procedural tactic to force a vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.  —  “We have a couple of options, and we're deciding when to do that and if we should do it …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Kate Vershov Downing /
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.
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 …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana  —  The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.
Patti Davis / Facebook:
To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie, someone who believed if he killed the President the actress from that movie would notice him.  Your glib and horrifying comment about “Second Amendment people” was heard around the world.
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Clinton ‘is somebody I can work with’  —  Make no mistake: U.S. Rep. Steve King is voting for Donald Trump in November.  —  But the outspoken conservative congressman from northwest Iowa on Thursday suggested he could work with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Suffolk University:
Suffolk University Iowa Poll Shows Trump Leading Clinton by 1 Point, 41-40 Percent  —  With fewer than 13 weeks to go before the November election, a new Suffolk University poll shows the race in Iowa a statistical dead heat with Republican Donald Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton 41 percent …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House Update: Handful of Races Move Toward Democrats  —  In a recent meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) warned donors that the GOP's House majority might not be safe.  Now, politicians don't like to project overconfidence — just check your email for campaign fundraising pitches …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Gathering Storm  —  In turbulent and interesting times such as these, as Donald Trump rumbles on from outrage to outrage, we're all on the look out for people who take some courageous or moral stand.  Is this or that Republican taking a stand against Trump and saying they can't support him?
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Fox News:
Officer who accidentally shot 73-year-old woman ‘was going to kill somebody,’ lawyer claims
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Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Associated Press
The Hill:
Gloom sets in for GOP
Discussion: Raw Story