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10:25 AM 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.
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
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 …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Dozens of Republicans to urge RNC to cut off funds for Trump
Jeremy Fugleberg /
Email: Trump campaign scrambling in SW Ohio
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,
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Calling Obama ISIS founder was ‘sarcasm’  —  For the second time in less than a month, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  is writing off a statement many found offensive — this time, that President Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — as “sarcasm.”
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 …
Tegna / KUSA-TV:
Pence defends Trump's false ‘founder of ISIS’ claim
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally
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.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump says he'd try U.S. citizens in Gitmo military tribunals
Discussion: Naked Politics and Balloon Juice
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
First on CNN: Inside the debate over probing the Clinton Foundation
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi gets personal with GOP on birth control  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is getting personal with her Republican colleagues.  —  Hammering GOP leaders for tying funding for the Zika virus to restrictions on Planned Parenthood clinics, Pelosi on Thursday wondered aloud …
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
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
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
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
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Clinton's press problem  —  Think Donald Trump is the only candidate sidelining the press?  Think again.  —  The Republican's media blacklist, complaints about unbalanced coverage, and accusations that veteran reporters are simply fabricators have drawn the most vocal condemnation from the Washington press corps.
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 …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus' workaround  —  Adblock Plus launched a workaround to Facebook's ad block bypass today that ham-handedly removes posts from friends and Pages, not just ads, according to a statement provided by Facebook to TechCrunch. … That “plan to address the issue” is coming quick.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
The Trump we saw: Populist, frustrating, naive, wise, forever on the make  —  Book excerpt: This is an adapted excerpt from “Trump Revealed,” a broad, comprehensive examination of the life of the Republican presidential nominee to be published by Scribner on Aug. 23.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GOP rep: Obama responsible for manipulated intel about ISIS  —  President Obama and other senior administration officials created a political climate that led intelligence officials to create warped reports about the United States's fight against Islamic extremists, a leader …
Discussion: Infowars
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.
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute
Discussion: WND and Political Wire
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Elliott Almond / Mercury News:
Olympics: Stanford's Simone Manuel and Michael Phelps make history
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Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Senior Justice Official Raised Objections to Iran Cash Payment
Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Breitbart/Gravis Poll: Virtual Tie in Georgia, Trump 45% to Clinton 44%
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Reid Expects Clinton to Renominate Obama Supreme Court Pick Garland
Discussion: Lambda Legal and The Hill
ISIS sleepers ‘may have arrived as refugees’ in Germany, ready for action - top intel official
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Obama's Worst Mistake
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Anthony Weiner still sexting other women, says Sydney Leathers
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders strategists exit Canova campaign against Wasserman Schultz
Discussion: RedState and Naked Politics
Becket Fund:
Military court punishes Marine over Bible verses
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
How Much Does Donald Trump Pay in Taxes? It Could Be Zero
Discussion: CNBC
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Donald Trump interview that should terrify national Republicans, annotated
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown