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12:30 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.
“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: Daily Wire and Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time  —  Voting in the presidential election begins in September, giving Republican Donald Trump less time to turn things around than supporters might assume.  —  Election Day is Nov. 8 — a full 88 days away.
Discussion: The Week
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Cites Iraq Withdrawal He Passionately Supported To Say Obama “Founded ISIS”  —  Donald Trump has said repeatedly during the campaign that President Obama “founded ISIS,” a remark that has come under scrutiny in recent days.  —  “He's the founder of ISIS.  He's the founder of ISIS.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Clinton to Take on Trump on the Economy
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Donald Trump calls Obama the ‘founder of Isis’
Discussion: Politico, CNN, RedState and Daily Wire
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.
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
U.S. will affirm its prohibition on medical marijuana
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?”
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
President Obama Unveils ‘Encore’ Summer Playlist  —  Still in the early stretch of his 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, President Obama released today his 2016 summer playlist, and one artist is notably missing.  —  This is the second time Obama has released his favorite songs on Spotify.
Kori Schulman / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
Listen to President Obama's Summer Playlist:
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 …
Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Expected to Release 2015 Tax Returns
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.
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 …
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.
The Hill:
Gloom sets in for GOP  —  Gloom is setting in for GOP lawmakers and strategists who increasingly think Donald Trump  —  will lose the presidential race and their party will be left in the political wilderness.  —  “I'm not feeling great about the immediate future of the conservative movement right now …
Discussion: Raw Story
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. …
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 …
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.
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
ObamaCare problems deepen as insurers scramble to stem losses  —  Six years after ObamaCare was signed into law - and countless assurances later that the law is “working” - America's major insurance companies are facing mounting losses and threatening to pull out of the exchanges, leaving customers facing higher costs and fewer options.
Washington Times:
Israeli athletes in Rio endure ‘shocking’ hostility, taunting by Muslim nations  —  Clashes with Lebanese, Saudi athletes mar team's experience  —  The 2016 Olympic Games have been billed as an opportunity to put politics aside in the spirit of international camaraderie …
Discussion: Pamela Geller and WND
Simon Holmes / Daily Mail:
Woman tells police she was RAPED by a Pokemon Go character after she felt an ‘assault’... and the virtual reality game detected the creature in her bedroom  —  Police say a young woman has lodged a formal complaint that she has been raped - by a Pokemon.  —  She told officers …
Discussion: and Vox Popoli
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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Showered Clintons With Love In 2008 British Interview
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
Christians Forced to Hide Bibles Amid Migrant Muslim Death Threats
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Mitchell Byars / Daily Camera:
Former CU student convicted of Boulder rape spared prison sentence
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL and Guardian
Henry J. Gomez / Plain Dealer:
Ted Strickland steps into controversy by cheering the timing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Cher to headline LGBT fundraiser for Clinton in Miami Beach
Discussion: Naked Politics
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
The summer of TPP tour
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon won't reveal how many troops are fighting ISIS
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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence apologizes to GOP lawmaker after alleged Trump camp seating snub
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Discussion: Althouse
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Liberals Are Neidermeyer and That Team the Bad News Bears Played
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Xavier Becerra Sees House Control Within Reach
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Why Georgia Is Turning Purple
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Has Collected $19,966,110,000,000 in Taxes; Incurred $8,795,689,333,049 in Debt