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4:05 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.
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Exclusive: The Republican Party's Chairman's Warning to Donald Trump  —  Turn around his flailing campaign, or else...  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Donald Trump in a phone call last week that if he doesn't turn his flailing campaign around …
“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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
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  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Thursday that he meant exactly what he said when he called President Barack Obama the “founder of ISIS” and objected when a conservative radio show host tried to clarify the GOP nominee's position.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump: 'Everyone's liking' my Obama, ISIS remarks
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:   Donald Trump, Insisting He Won't Change His Style, Repeats Claim Obama Founded ISIS
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Donald Trump calls Obama the ‘founder of Isis’
Discussion: CNN, whorunsGov, Daily Wire and RedState
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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.
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Lawsuit: Trump campaign failed to act after staffer pulled gun  —  A lawsuit filed by a former staffer on Donald J. Trump's campaign for president claims the campaign's then-North Carolina State Director pulled a gun on him and senior campaign officials refused to do anything about it.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid Calls Trump 'Bigot Who's Clearly Unfit For Office'
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton's agenda would flounder in Congress.  Here are seven reasons why.  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  Hillary Clinton is trying to win a mandate to enact an ambitious economic agenda.  During a rally in Des Moines yesterday afternoon, the Democratic nominee said she could create 10.4 million new jobs as president.
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 …
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.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Bob Woodward: ‘Excessive Rhetoric’ From Clinton Backers Is ‘Feeding’ Trump  —  Famed investigative reporter Bob Woodward suggested Thursday morning that “excessive rhetoric” from Donald Trump's opponents was feeding the bombastic billionaire's increasingly controversial remarks.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Gathering Storm  —  In turbulent and interesting times such as these, as Donald Trump rumbles on from outrage to outrage, we're all on the look out for people who take some courageous or moral stand.  Is this or that Republican taking a stand against Trump and saying they can't support him?
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Steve King: Clinton ‘is somebody I can work with’  —  Make no mistake: U.S. Rep. Steve King is voting for Donald Trump in November.  —  But the outspoken conservative congressman from northwest Iowa on Thursday suggested he could work with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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.
Suffolk University:
Suffolk University Iowa Poll Shows Trump Leading Clinton by 1 Point, 41-40 Percent  —  With fewer than 13 weeks to go before the November election, a new Suffolk University poll shows the race in Iowa a statistical dead heat with Republican Donald Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton 41 percent …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hannity Angrily Rants Against Republicans ‘Sabotaging’ Trump, Names Names  —  An angry Sean Hannity kicked off his show tonight with a rant against #NeverTrump Republicans and named names.  —  Hannity specifically called out Bill Kristol, Mitt Romney, Senator Susan Collins, Jeb Bush …
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.
Fox News:
Officer who accidentally shot 73-year-old woman ‘was going to kill somebody,’ lawyer claims  —  The lawyer for a man who lodged an excessive force complaint against the Florida cop who mistakenly shot and killed a 73-year-old woman Tuesday said he'd warned people the officer “was going to kill somebody.”
Discussion: Bearing Arms
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: BizPac Review, Pamela Geller and WND
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Major Changes in States' Photo ID Laws Ahead of Election  —  Two key court decisions handed down Wednesday in two states had opposite effects on the ability of voters to cast their ballots in the fall.  —  In Texas, a state considered by civil rights activists to have some of the most …
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Patrick Lion / Daily Mail:
Police shoot and arrest knifeman screaming ‘Allah Akbar’ at shoppers in Dutch town
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Macy's is closing another 100 stores
Discussion: WND, CNBC and The Week
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Saving Mike Pence
Discussion: Gallup, Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Baby dies of Zika in Texas
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Clinton's Fiscal Prudence Runs Counter to Krugman's Call to Borrow
Discussion: New York Magazine
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House Update: Handful of Races Move Toward Democrats
Patrick Caldwell / Mother Jones:
A Look at the Numbers: How the Rich Get Richer
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
SoCal hit with worst smog in years as hot, stagnant weather brings surge in hospital visits
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Holmes / Daily Mail:
Woman tells police she was RAPED by a Pokemon Go character after she felt an ‘assault’ …
Discussion: and Vox Popoli
The Hill:
Gloom sets in for GOP
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Trump successfully baits media into hysteria. Again.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is Trump Wrecking Both Parties?
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Trump Hits Clinton on Mateen Father's Seating — as Disgraced Congressman Foley Sits Behind Him
New York Times:
Hack of Democrats' Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say