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10:05 PM ET, August 11, 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.
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.
Jeremy Fugleberg /
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 …
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.
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
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: 'Everyone's liking' my Obama, ISIS remarks
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Donald Trump calls Obama the ‘founder of Isis’
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
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  The Divided State of America  —  Voters concerned about threats to way of life  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The vast majority of voters say the country is greatly divided and many are also concerned that the country could suffer lasting damage …
Discussion: WND and Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Naked Politics
Harper Neidig / The Hill:   Trump says he'd try U.S. citizens in Gitmo military tribunals
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Donald Trump interview that should terrify national Republicans, annotated  —  Donald Trump is going to do Donald Trump.  That's the big takeaway from a striking CNBC interview he did Thursday morning.  —  Over the course of the interview, Trump unapologetically said he's going to win …
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.
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.
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
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.
Rob Lever / Agence France-Presse:
Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter  —  Washington (AFP) - Paywalls were supposed to help rescue newspapers from the crisis of sinking print circulation as readers shifted to getting their news online.  —  But with a few exceptions, they have failed to deliver much relief …
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot  —  Billionaire Paul Singer was an early and generous backer of Mitt Romney in the 2012 campaign, investing $1 million in a super PAC supporting the GOP presidential nominee more than a year before that election.
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Saving Mike Pence  —  Mike Pence has been the good soldier.  He's standing up for his boss and cleaning up Donald Trump's messes.  And he's even holding onto a thin edge in the polls that show more people still like him than dislike him.  —  But Trump's campaign is devolving, driven by one self-inflicted wound after another.
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.
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 …
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Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Muslims sue Sterling Heights after city rejected mosque
Discussion: WND, Liberty Unyielding and RT
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
How Much Does Donald Trump Pay in Taxes? It Could Be Zero
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kaine blasts NRA as ‘shill for the gun manufacturers’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Patti Davis / Facebook:
To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone …
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Macy's is closing another 100 stores
Discussion: CNBC, WND and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Officer who accidentally shot 73-year-old woman ‘was going to kill somebody,’ lawyer claims
Discussion: Bearing Arms
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House Update: Handful of Races Move Toward Democrats
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Gathering Storm  —  In turbulent and interesting times …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana