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11:15 AM ET, August 11, 2016

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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
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
New York Times:
One Ally Remains Firmly Behind Donald Trump: The N.R.A.
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.
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Clinton to Take on Trump on the Economy
CNN:
Secret Service spoke to Trump campaign about 2nd Amendment comment
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Donald Trump calls Obama the ‘founder of Isis’
Discussion: Politico, CNN, RedState and Daily Wire
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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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.
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New York Times:
Obama Administration Set to Remove Barrier to Marijuana Research
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
U.S. will affirm its prohibition on medical marijuana
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.
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Too good to check: Sean Hannity's tale of a Trump rescue  —  “The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com 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 …
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 …
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 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.
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
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.
Discussion: Politico and AOL
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
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon won't reveal how many troops are fighting ISIS  —  The Pentagon has declined to say how many U.S. troops are actually on the ground in Iraq and Syria more than two years after the first deployments to fight the Islamic State.  —  The military only shares the number of full-time troops deployed …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Valeant Under Criminal Investigation  —  Federal prosecutors probe whether drugmaker defrauded insurers by shrouding ties to mail-order pharmacy  —  Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. defrauded insurers by shrouding its ties …
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.
 
 
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Adam Behsudi / Politico:
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Musicians in a Refugee Camp in France Record ‘The Calais Sessions’
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and CityLab
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence apologizes to GOP lawmaker after alleged Trump camp seating snub
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
I Used Facebook To Buy A Gun
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Democrat Xavier Becerra Sees House Control Within Reach
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Why Georgia Is Turning Purple
Brian Ellsworth / Reuters:
Venezuelans flood Brazil border in 36-hour grocery run
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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
Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Physician: Mainstream Media ‘Strangely Silent’ About Hillary Clinton's Health
Discussion: WND and No More Mister Nice Blog
CBS New York:
Social Media Outraged After Gabby Douglas Doesn't Put Hand Over Heart During National Anthem