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9:35 AM ET, August 11, 2016

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TIME.com:
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com and The Week
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TIME:
“I think we're doing well”  —  Donald Trump has had a difficult stretch, starting with convention drama in Cleveland and continuing through two rough weeks of damaging controversies.  TIME interviewed him on Aug. 9, just hours before he seemed to suggest the only remedy to a Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Trump successfully baits media into hysteria.  Again.  —  The anti-Trump media (another name for the mainstream media) have resumed their frenzied claims that Donald Trump is out to unleash indescribable horror in the American people.  The current version of doom is that he is calling …
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CNN:
Secret Service spoke to Trump campaign about 2nd Amendment comment  —  (CNN)A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments.  —  “There has been more than one conversation” on the topic, the official told CNN.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Clinton to Take on Trump on the Economy  —  NOTABLES  —CLINTON TO DELIVER ECONOMIC SPEECH AS REBUTTAL TO TRUMP: Three days after Trump delivered his economic speech in Detroit, Hillary Clinton will be in the Motor City herself to deliver her own speech on the same topic.
Discussion: Religion News Service
New York Times:
One Ally Remains Firmly Behind Donald Trump: The N.R.A.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Trump Hits Clinton on Mateen Father's Seating — as Disgraced Congressman Foley Sits Behind Him  —  SUNRISE, Florida — Donald Trump on Wednesday night admonished Hillary Clinton for having the father of the Orlando shooter seated behind her at a recent campaign rally.  —  “Wasn't it terrible?”
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New York Times:
Hack of Democrats' Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — A Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic politicians was bigger than it first appeared and breached the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups, officials with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.
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Washington Post:
WikiLeaks offers reward for help finding DNC staffer's killer
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: I want to do debates if there's a ‘fair moderator’  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  on Wednesday said he “certainly” wants to take part in the presidential debates this fall, but wants to see a fair moderator.  —  “That's all I'm looking for,” he told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.
New York Times:
Obama Administration Set to Remove Barrier to Marijuana Research  —  The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials said Wednesday, potentially spurring broad scientific study of a drug that is being used to treat dozens of diseases …
Discussion: The Verge and Mother Jones
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Are Neidermeyer and That Team the Bad News Bears Played  —  Many fondly remembered movies from my youth simply don't hold up ("Bueller, Bueller"), but 1976's The Bad News Bears is still a masterpiece.  And it speaks to our current cultural and political crisis.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Arianna Huffington to Leave the Huffington Post  —  Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief to focus on health-and-wellness startup Thrive Global  —  Arianna Huffington, who co-founded the Huffington Post 11 years ago and built it into one of the largest digital media outlets in the U.S. …
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Newly released Clinton emails shed light on relationship between State Dept. and Clinton Foundation  —  Washington (CNN)Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state raise questions about the nature of the department's relationship with the Clinton Foundation.
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Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Physician: Mainstream Media ‘Strangely Silent’ About Hillary Clinton's Health
Discussion: WND and No More Mister Nice Blog
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Trump: Obama ‘is the founder of ISIS’  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, founded ISIL.  —  At a rally in Sunrise, Florida, Trump once again attacked the foreign policy of Obama and Clinton, saying their policies resulted in the creation of ISIL.
Sunny Oh / Bloomberg:
More Old Than Young: A Population Plague Spreads Around the Globe  —  By 2030, 56 countries will have more people aged 65 and over than children under 15  —  It's known as the historic reversal, and it appears irreversible: Places where the old outnumber kids.
Discussion: Althouse
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Xavier Becerra Sees House Control Within Reach  —  MINNETONKA, Minn. - Rep. Xavier Becerra (D., Calif.), who has been criss-crossing the country to help support Democratic challengers, predicted Democrats will win the 30 seats needed to regain control of the House if Republican Donald Trump continues to stumble.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is Trump Wrecking Both Parties?  —  On Aug. 7, Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at New America, a center-left Washington think tank, posted some of the findings from an Aug. 1 CNN survey on Twitter with a succinct comment:  —  In case you weren't convinced Democrats are becoming the cosmopolitan elite party.
Katy Tur / Marie Claire:
My Crazy Year with Trump  —  The presidential hopeful has insulted reporter Katy Tur on national TV, called her names during interviews, and made his campaign seemingly impossible to cover.  Here, her no-holds-barred account of trailing the most unlikely candidate in GOP history.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is In Fourth Place Among Black Voters  —  It wasn't that long ago that Donald Trump liked to boast about his support from black voters.  And although Trump had a history of controversy on issues of race, it wasn't that crazy to think he could at least outperform the GOP's …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Ghostbusters’ Heading for $70M-Plus Loss, Sequel Unlikely  —  Confronted by tepid box office for the reboot, the studio will instead focus on animated spinoffs.  —  Immediately upon the opening of Ghostbusters in mid-July, top Sony executives boldly declared a sequel to Paul Feig's …
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Why Georgia Is Turning Purple  —  Changing demographics have helped put the state within Clinton's reach.  Now she needs to get those new Georgians to the polls.  —  Since the end of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton has been riding high in the polls nationally …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Too good to check: Sean Hannity's tale of a Trump rescue
Discussion: The Week
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
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Fox News:
Arkansas sheriff's deputy shot dead responding to disturbance call, suspect arrested
Brian Ellsworth / Reuters:
Venezuelans flood Brazil border in 36-hour grocery run
Discussion: Infowars
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
North Carolina Races Tight Across The Board
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Has Collected $19,966,110,000,000 in Taxes; Incurred $8,795,689,333,049 in Debt
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Poll: Clinton's lead over Trump triples in Wisconsin