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12:20 PM ET, August 12, 2016


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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.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump On Election Strategy: 'I Don't Know That We Need To Get Out The Vote'  —  Donald Trump trumpeted a confident assessment of his campaign on Thursday night, saying there was no need for him to encourage voters to head to the polls on election day.  —  Asked by Fox News' Eric Bolling …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
GOP insiders: Trump can't win  —  Republican insiders are more convinced than Democrats that Donald Trump is so far behind Hillary Clinton that he can't win in November.  —  Roughly half of Republican members of The POLITICO Caucus — activists, strategists and operatives in 11 swing states …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McConnell: GOP chances to keep Senate are ‘very dicey’  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that GOP prospects for keeping control of the Senate after the November elections are “very dicey,” sounding an alarm amid mounting Republican concerns about presidential nominee Donald Trump,
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
McConnell: I may not be majority leader next year
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:
Trump touts child care programs, but they're for guests only
Discussion: Glamour, Vox and Mother Jones
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Now Says Claim That Obama Was ‘Founder Of ISIS’ Was ‘Sarcasm’  —  According to Donald Trump, the press just doesn't get his sense of humor.  —  After spending the past two days telling multiple press outlets and campaign rally attendees that President Barack Obama was “the founder of ISIS …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump backtracks on Obama as ISIL founder: 'They don't get sarcasm?'
Discussion: The Canary and NBC News
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WIKILEAKS Proves TRUMP IS RIGHT: Hacked Emails Include Info On Hillary's Arming of Jihadists, Including ISIS
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Calling Obama ISIS founder was ‘sarcasm’
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Joint FBI-US Attorney Probe Of Clinton Foundation Is Underway  —  Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.  —  The investigation centers on New York City …
Top Clinton State Department aide helped Clinton Foundation
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Trump closes up shop in New Jersey  —  Donald Trump and his supporters claimed, once the Republican nomination was wrapped up, that traditionally blue New Jersey could be in play come November.  —  With great fanfare, Trump's campaign opened a New Jersey office on May 3 in Edison …
Discussion:, RedState and Mediaite
Martin Rogers / USA Today:
American Simone Manuel speaks out on police brutality, race after earning Olympic gold  —  RIO DE JANEIRO - American swimmer Simone Manuel spoke out about the United States' police brutality controversy after claiming a historic gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics on Thursday night.
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.
New York Daily News:
Chicago girl, 6, handcuffed under stairs at school for more than an hour after security guard decided to teach her ‘a f—  lesson’: lawsuit  —  A 6-year-old girl in Chicago was handcuffed under the stairs at her school for more than an hour when a security guard decided he was “teaching her a f—
Discussion: The Root and
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Handcuffed At School For Taking Candy
Discussion: The Root
The Daily Beast:
A Note From the Editors  —  Today, The Daily Beast took an unprecedented but necessary step: We are removing an article from our site, “The Other Olympic Sport In Rio: Swiping.”  —  The Daily Beast does not do this lightly.  As shared in our editor's note earlier today …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
This Daily Beast Grindr Stunt Is Sleazy, Dangerous, and Wildly Unethical
Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)  —  1Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen, Strandpromenaden 5, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark.  —  2Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Post Office Box 570, Kivioq 2, 3900 Nuuk, Greenland.
Rebecca Morelle / BBC:
400-year-old Greenland shark ‘longest-living vertebrate’
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Polls: Clinton Running the Table in Key Battlegrounds  —  Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump in some of the most diverse battleground states - including by double digits in two of them - according to four brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NEW NARRATIVE: TRUMP, Republicans concede they could lose election — RNC to open offices in all 50 states in move to help Trump — PHOTOS of Bernie's new lakefront home — B'DAY: Kelley McCormick  —  BULLETIN — “Thailand blasts target Phuket and Hua Hin tourist spots,” BBC World News …
Paul Singer / USA Today:
Gannett and N.Y. Times ask court to unseal 1990 Trump divorce records  —  2.8k Shares  —  Gannett Co., — the parent company of USA TODAY — and The New York Times Co. asked the New York Supreme Court Thursday to unseal the records of Donald Trump's 1990 divorce from Ivana Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Fred Trump Taught His Son the Essentials of Showboating Self-Promotion  —  The throngs of New Yorkers who poured into Coney Island on a sweltering Sunday in July 1939 — shuffling past the rides, hot-dog stands and freak shows — confronted one last spectacle blaring just beyond the surf.
Discussion: Political Wire and CNBC
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jack Fink / CBS Dallas:
Trump Leads Texas In KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll
Discussion: RedState
Liz Crokin / The New York Observer:
Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump  —  There is no such thing as Pro-Trump free speech as Clinton corporate allies serve up a carefully curated view of the campaign  —  My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard …
Brandon George / Dallas Morning News:
NFL won't allow Cowboys to wear decal supporting Dallas police on their helmets  —  UPDATE 2:15 p.m. July 11: This story now includes reactions from the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.  —  OXNARD, Calif. — The Arm in Arm decal the Cowboys unveiled …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Admin Gives Green Light for Iran to Build Two New Nuclear Plants
Discussion: Daily Wire and Israel Matzav
Chase Stephens / Daily Wire:
Ten Minutes of CNN Cutting Off People Who Dare Criticize Hillary
Discussion: Infowars
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Discussion: The Week
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GOP rep: Obama responsible for manipulated intel about ISIS
Discussion: Infowars
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Senior Justice Official Raised Objections to Iran Cash Payment
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