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2:45 PM 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.
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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 …
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 and The Daily Beast
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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
As early voting looms, Donald Trump is running out of time
Discussion: 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.
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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.
Discussion: RedState, alan.com, Mediaite and YouTube
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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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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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House report fuels new campaign brawl over Obama and ISIL  —  The early findings of a Republican congressional probe that faults the Pentagon for overly optimistic intelligence reports about the war against the Islamic State is providing new fodder for the growing partisan fight …
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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?
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Week
Patrick Caldwell / Mother Jones:
A Look at the Numbers: How the Rich Get Richer  —  How the rich get richer.  —  IN 1985, THE FORBES 400 were worth $221 billion combined.  Today, they're worth $1.13 trillion—more than the GDP of Canada.  —  THERE'VE BEEN FEW new additions to the Forbes 400.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
SoCal hit with worst smog in years as hot, stagnant weather brings surge in hospital visits  —  Smog descends on downtown Los Angeles during a November afternoon in 2015.  —  Southern California is experiencing its worst smog in years this summer as heat and stagnant weather increase …
 
 
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Washington Times:
Israeli athletes in Rio endure ‘shocking’ hostility, taunting by Muslim nations
Discussion: Pamela Geller and WND
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Showered Clintons With Love In 2008 British Interview
Simon Holmes / Daily Mail:
Woman tells police she was RAPED by a Pokemon Go character after she felt an ‘assault’ …
Discussion: mrctv.org/videos and Vox Popoli
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
Christians Forced to Hide Bibles Amid Migrant Muslim Death Threats
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Daily Mail
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Henry J. Gomez / Plain Dealer:
Ted Strickland steps into controversy by cheering the timing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death
Sunny Oh / Bloomberg:
More Old Than Young: A Population Plague Spreads Around the Globe
Discussion: Althouse
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Trump successfully baits media into hysteria. Again.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is Trump Wrecking Both Parties?
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Are Neidermeyer and That Team the Bad News Bears Played
Discussion: alicublog
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: I want to do debates if there's a ‘fair moderator’