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8:40 AM ET, August 12, 2016


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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump team, RNC to meet at pivotal moment  —  Donald Trump's campaign and top Republican Party officials plan what one person called a “come to Jesus” meeting on Friday in Orlando to discuss the Republican nominee's struggling campaign, according to multiple sources familiar with the scheduled sit-down.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump On Election Strategy: 'I Don't Know That We Need To Get Out The Vote'  —  Donald Trump trumpeted a confident assessment of his campaign on Thursday night, saying there was no need for him to encourage voters to head to the polls on election day.  —  Asked by Fox News' Eric Bolling …
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.
Jeremy Fugleberg /
Email: Trump campaign scrambling in SW Ohio
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Calling Obama ISIS founder was ‘sarcasm’  —  For the second time in less than a month, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  is writing off a statement many found offensive — this time, that President Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — as “sarcasm.”
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally
Tegna / KUSA-TV:
Pence defends Trump's false ‘founder of ISIS’ claim
Patricia Mazzei / miamiherald:
Trump: Americans could be tried in Guantánamo  —  A President Donald Trump might push for Americans accused of terrorism to be tried in military tribunal at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the Republican nominee told the Miami Herald on Thursday.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump says he'd try U.S. citizens in Gitmo military tribunals
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
This Daily Beast Grindr Stunt Is Sleazy, Dangerous, and Wildly Unethical
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump predicts winning the presidency will get him into heaven  —  Donald Trump called on evangelical pastors to help him win the presidency this November, which he said is “maybe the only way I'm going to get to heaven.”  —  “For evangelicals, for the Christians, for the everybody …
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McConnell: GOP chances to keep Senate are ‘very dicey’  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that GOP prospects for keeping control of the Senate after the November elections are “very dicey,” sounding an alarm amid mounting Republican concerns about presidential nominee Donald Trump,
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Reid Expects Clinton to Renominate Obama Supreme Court Pick Garland
Discussion: Lambda Legal and The Hill
CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
Cruz's Popularity Takes A Hit In KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll  —  DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican presidential primary in Texas with nearly 44 percent of the vote.  But most voters now do not think very highly of the U.S. lawmaker, according to the latest KTVT-CBS …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jack Fink / CBS Dallas:   Trump Leads Texas In KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll
Associated Press:
Trump touts child care programs, but they're for guests only  —  NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump vowed this week to make child care more accessible and affordable, it was just the second time during his White House campaign that he's talked about an issue that affects millions of working Americans with young children.
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones
Steven Shepard / Politico:
GOP insiders: Trump can't win  —  Republican insiders are more convinced than Democrats that Donald Trump is so far behind Hillary Clinton that he can't win in November.  —  Roughly half of Republican members of The POLITICO Caucus — activists, strategists and operatives in 11 swing states …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Clinton's press problem  —  Think Donald Trump is the only candidate sidelining the press?  Think again.  —  The Republican's media blacklist, complaints about unbalanced coverage, and accusations that veteran reporters are simply fabricators have drawn the most vocal condemnation from the Washington press corps.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GOP rep: Obama responsible for manipulated intel about ISIS  —  President Obama and other senior administration officials created a political climate that led intelligence officials to create warped reports about the United States's fight against Islamic extremists, a leader …
Discussion: Infowars
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WIKILEAKS Proves TRUMP IS RIGHT: Hacked Emails Include Info On Hillary's Arming of Jihadists, Including ISIS  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke to the National Association of Home Builders on Thursday morning.  —  Trump repeated his line that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama created ISIS.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Fred Trump Taught His Son the Essentials of Showboating Self-Promotion  —  The throngs of New Yorkers who poured into Coney Island on a sweltering Sunday in July 1939 — shuffling past the rides, hot-dog stands and freak shows — confronted one last spectacle blaring just beyond the surf.
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Senior Justice Official Raised Objections to Iran Cash Payment  —  Head of national security division argued Iranian officials were likely to view $400 million payment as ransom  —  The head of the national security division at the Justice Department was among the agency's senior officials …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton/Trump Race Tight in South Carolina  —  PPP's newest South Carolina poll* finds that the state is trending toward being competitive in the Presidential race this year, just like in neighboring Georgia.  Donald Trump has only a 2 point lead with 41% to 39% for Hillary Clinton, 5% for Gary Johnson, and 2% for Jill Stein.
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute
Discussion: WND and Political Wire
Top Clinton State Department aide helped Clinton Foundation  —  (CNN)A top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department traveled to New York to interview job candidates for a top job at the Clinton Foundation, a CNN investigation has found.  —  The fact that the aide, Cheryl Mills …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown  —  The next president could be dealing with an ObamaCare insurer meltdown in his or her very first month.  —  The incoming administration will take office just as the latest ObamaCare enrollment tally comes in, delivering a potentially crucial verdict …
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Anthony Weiner still sexting other women, says Sydney Leathers  —  More On:  —  Sydney Leathers — the woman who horndog Anthony Weiner sexted as “Carlos Danger,” torpedoing his mayoral campaign in 2013 — has accused the pervy former pol of being up to his old tricks again, with yet another woman.
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Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Breitbart/Gravis Poll: Virtual Tie in Georgia, Trump 45% to Clinton 44%
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Discussion: Jihad Watch
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Obama's Worst Mistake
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders strategists exit Canova campaign against Wasserman Schultz
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Military court punishes Marine over Bible verses
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Rob Lever / Agence France-Presse:
Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
How Much Does Donald Trump Pay in Taxes? It Could Be Zero
Discussion: CNBC
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Donald Trump interview that should terrify national Republicans, annotated