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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump looking to institute political tests for immigrants  —  JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump will declare an end to nation building if elected president, replacing it with what aides described as “foreign policy realism” focused on destroying the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations.
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Politico:
Full text: Donald Trump's speech on fighting terrorism  —  Donald Trump's remarks on terrorism on August 15, as prepared for delivery.  —  Thank you.  It is great to be with you this afternoon.  —  Story Continued Below  —  Today we begin a conversation about how to Make America Safe Again.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Trump promises to work with NATO in defeating Islamic State  —  Republican Donald Trump said on Monday he would work closely with NATO allies to defeat Islamic State militants if he wins the White House, reversing an earlier threat that the United States might not meet its NATO obligations.
Discussion: AOL and alan.com
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Self-Reckoning  —  The GOP nominee and his supporters face a moment of truth.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Biden on Trump: ‘He would have loved Stalin’
Discussion: ABC News
Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Clinton: Trump ‘All Over the Place on ISIS’
Discussion: Associated Press
Stephanie Petit / People.com:
Pals Ivanka Trump and Wendi Deng Murdoch Go Sightseeing in Croatia  —  Ivanka Trump is taking a break from the campaign trail to vacation with friends.  —  The daughter of GOP nominee Donald Trump shared a scenic snap with Wendi Deng Murdoch, the ex-wife of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, from Dubrovnik, Croatia.
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Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker:
Ivanka and Jared's Power Play
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ivanka Trump / New York Daily News:
Ivanka Trump spends day during Croatia family vacation with rumored Putin love interest Wendi Deng Murdoch
Discussion: Shakesville
NBC News:
Clinton Surges Past 270 Electoral Votes in NBC News Battleground Map  —  Biden: Clinton ‘Knows What It Means’ to Be First Woman President 0:43  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.
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New York Times:
Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief  —  KIEV, Ukraine — On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine's ruling political party.
Politico:
Manafort blasts NYT, denies he accepted Ukraine cash payments
Liz Clarke / Washington Post:
Gabby Douglas, her Olympics over, tearfully responds to social media critics  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — As younger U.S. teammates added to their medal haul Sunday, Gabby Douglas, the Virginia Beach native who captivated the gymnastics world in winning all-around gold at the 2012 Olympics …
Discussion: KFOR-TV, Refinery29 and Balloon Juice
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Pritha Sarkar / Reuters:
Gymnastics: Bullies are tormenting Douglas, says mother  —  Bullies are ruining U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas's Olympic adventure by attacking her appearance, accusing her of being unpatriotic, and by mocking her with a mean-spirited nickname, “Crabby Gabby”, on social media, her mother told Reuters.
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Trump Spokeswoman Katrina Pierson: We All Make Mistakes … WASHINGTON — Just about the only person on Donald Trump's presidential campaign who can overshadow the boss and keep her job is Katrina Pierson — the Texan and Trump spokeswoman who has made waves over a pair of embarrassing on-air flubs.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Katrina Pierson claims reporters ‘literally beat’ Trump's supporters
Simon Maloy / Salon:
The Trump vote: New data reveals hints as to who is most likely to pull the lever for Trump  —  A new Gallup analysis undermines some assumptions about Trump voters, and confirms that race plays a huge role  —  “Who are Donald Trump's supporters?”  It's a question that pundits …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Why I don't think it makes sense to attribute Trump's support to economic anxiety
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Nightly Show’ Canceled; Larry Wilmore “Saddened” By “Unblackening” at Comedy Central  —  The late-night talk show will end its run Thursday, with Chris Hardwick's ‘@Midnight’ serving as its temporary replacement.  —  It's the end of the road for Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central series The Nightly Show.
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Leads In Breitbart Poll Conducted As Rebuke To MSM Surveys  —  Aiming to address a recent slew of “mainstream media” polls showing Hillary Clinton holding a decisive lead over of Donald Trump, Breitbart News conducted its own survey.  But the conservative news site came up with similar results.
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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Giuliani Claims There Were No Terror Attacks On US Soil Before Obama (VIDEO)  —  Speaking in Youngstown, Ohio ahead of Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, who was the mayor of New York City on 9/11, declared that Islamic extremists hadn't carried out any terror attacks on American soil before Barack Obama's presidency.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump In 2008 Interview: “I Support Hillary, I Think She's Fantastic”  —  In a previously unreported exchange from 2008, Donald Trump threw his support behind then-Senator Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic nomination, calling her “fantastic.”  —  BuzzFeed News found a transcript …
Discussion: alan.com
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
CNN anchor to Manafort: 'These things, just because you say them, they're not true'
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
New York Daily News:
Suspected shooter in Queens slaying of Imam and friend taken into police custody, may have been settling score in Muslim-Hispanic feud  —  The killer who crept up behind an imam and his friend near a Queens mosque and shot both men in the head may have been settling a score in a feud between Muslims …
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
‘You have right to be believed’ edited out of Clinton website  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  's campaign reportedly made some edits to the campus sexual assault page on its website shortly after a viral tweet from Juanita Broaddrick, Buzzfeed News reported.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The State of the Clinton-Trump Race: Is It Over?  —  It has been three weeks since Democrats gathered for their convention, and Hillary Clinton still holds a large and consistent lead in national and battleground state polls.  —  Her national lead over Donald J. Trump of seven …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rachel Petty / New York Post:
New York is getting really trashy  —  New Yorkers are making a big stink about the city not picking up their trash.  —  They've called in 16,936 complaints of missed pickups to the city's 311 hotline from Jan. 1 to Aug. 1 — a surge of 26 percent from 13,489 over the same period last year …
Discussion: CBS New York and Instapundit
Peter Thiel / New York Times:
The Online Privacy Debate Won't End With Gawker  —  Last month, I spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because I believe our country is on the wrong track, and we need to solve real problems instead of fighting fake culture wars.  I'm glad that an arena full of Republicans stood …
 
 
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GUCCIFER 2.0:
DCCC Internal Docs on Primaries in Florida
Discussion: Politico and Naked Politics
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Troll So Hard: Harry Reid Demands That Trump Take The Naturalization Test
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Trump's Call For Election Monitors Could Mean Violence At The Polls
Mark Sanford / New York Times:
I Support You, Donald Trump. Now Release Your Tax Returns.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Reince Priebus mulling RNC re-election bid
Discussion: New York Magazine
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
John Oliver Takes on ‘Feeding Frenzy’ of Subprime Car Loans: ‘It Almost Feels Criminal’
Discussion: Towleroad
Bill McKibben / New Republic:
A World at War  —  We're under attack from climate change …
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Right now polls show Donald Trump losing every single swing state
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Heat Street:
HEALTH WATCH: Hillary Clinton's ‘Erratic’ Behavior Raises Eyebrows
Daniel Libit / CNBC:
Transcribers' agony: Frustrated not by what Trump says but how he says it
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Citing Clinton, sailor seeks leniency in submarine photos case
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Grist / Raw Story:
Chief NC scientist resigns, accuses GOP administration of misleading the public about water quality
Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
New August Electoral College Ratings
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Pollsters: Trump approaching zero hour
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Once more into the Supreme Court breach