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3:05 PM ET, August 19, 2016


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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Paul Manafort resigns from Trump campaign  —  Donald Trump's campaign is still trembling from its shakeup this week.  —  Trump on Friday announced that campaign Chairman Paul Manafort had resigned, two days after the Republican nominee put in place a new leadership structure that appeared to minimize Manafort's role.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns  —  Trump campaign chairman and chief strategist Paul Manafort resigned on Friday, following a staff shake-up this week that reduced his role in the campaign.  —  GOP nominee Donald Trump confirmed the resignation in a statement Friday morning …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Paul Manafort Quits Donald Trump's Campaign After Tumultuous Run  —  Paul Manafort, installed as the chief strategist for Donald J. Trump's campaign after the firing of his original campaign manager, handed in his resignation on Friday morning.  —  Mr. Manafort left after a major shake …
Associated Press:
Trump advisers waged covert influence campaign  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A firm run by Donald Trump's campaign chairman directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump blasts ‘rigged’ Clinton system in first general election TV ad  —  Donald Trump's campaign rolled out its first general election ad Friday, part of a buy totaling nearly $5 million in battleground states where he is currently trailing Hillary Clinton.  Its message: Trump will keep …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Paul Manafort Thrown From Trump Crazy Train  —  In the end, a 48 hour period in August may be remembered as the moment that Donald Trump stopped trying to win the presidency.  —  On Wednesday, Trump announced that he had hired as the “CEO” of his campaign Steve Bannon …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Told F.B.I. Colin Powell Advised Her to Use Private Email  —  Pressed by the F.B.I. about her email practices at the State Department, Hillary Clinton told investigators that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account
Ethan Barton / The Daily Caller:
Clinton's State Department Blew $6 Billion In Contracts, And We're About To Learn Why  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may soon have to answer questions about an estimated $6 billion in contract mismanagement, fraud and incompetence that happened under her watch at the Department of State.
Andrea Mitchell / NBC News:
Clinton Told FBI Colin Powell Recommended Private Email: Sources
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Michael Patrick Leahy / Breitbart:
Trump Visits Louisiana Flood Victims as Hillary Rests and Obama Vacations  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence are going to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday to meet victims of the flooding that has killed 13 and forced 30,000 Louisianans to leave their homes.
The Advocate:
Louisiana's Republican delegation casts votes at GOP Convention
USA Today:
Louisiana flooding is worst disaster since Sandy, but people aren't talking about it
ABC News:
Former Breitbart Staffer to Powerhouse Politics: Bannon Ran Meetings That Sounded Like White Supremacists Talking  —  A former Breitbart News spokesman slammed Donald Trump's new campaign chief executive, Stephen Bannon, for allegedly using racist rhetoric during editorial meetings at Breitbart …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Shake-Up Reflects Hedge-Fund Manager's Growing Influence
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
How One Family's Deep Pockets Helped Reshape Donald Trump's Campaign
Discussion: ThinkProgress and WNYC News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ugly and dishonest new TV ad shows he isn't changing a thing  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Last night, Donald Trump delivered a speech in which he spoke in soothing tones about the need to unify the country and expressed “regret” about any remarks that have caused “personal pain,” …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Politico
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Worry a Falling Donald Trump Tide Will Lower All Boats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Mike Vaccaro / New York Post:
Ryan Lochte is everything the world hates about Americans  —  MORE FROM:  —  This was late one night — actually, early one morning — in the summer of 2004, at a bustling tavern in Plaka, the social heart of Athens during the Olympics.  We could see the Parthenon from our table …
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
USOC Apologizes for ‘Distracting Ordeal’ from US Swimmers Who Claimed Robbery
The Daily Beast:
Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Takes $100,000 for Charity, Gives $0  —  The alt-right icon promised to give scholarships to white men, but almost a year later he still hasn't filed with the IRS or handed out a penny.  —  Months after he was supposed to give away more than $100,000 …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Half-Indian man escorted out of Trump rally  —  Charlotte (CNN)A man who identified himself as half-Indian was escorted out of a Donald Trump rally on Thursday out of concern that he was a protester, but the man insisted he was a Trump supporter and said he feels that he was racially profiled.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kai Reed / WBALTV:
Dog dies after shielding infant from fire  —  Firefighters rescue child from second floor of home  —  An 8-month-old infant is in serious condition after a fire late Sunday in Baltimore.  —  The girl is alive today thanks to an act of heroism and a heart-breaking loss for her family.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm  —  On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA.  Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Forbes, The Verge and Mashable
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Smoking Gun Memo Could Bolster Voting Rights Case Against North Carolina  —  North Carolina's Republican Party has had an interesting response to a recent appeals court ruling that said a number of voting restrictions passed by the state's GOP legislature were enacted with the intent …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GOP preps tough perjury case against Clinton  —  House Republicans are doubling down in their effort to bring perjury charges against Hillary Clinton  —  over her testimony last year to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  —  GOP lawmakers have claimed that the Democratic presidential nominee broke …
Discussion: Infowars, Political Wire and AFF
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Trump supporters far less confident than Clinton backers that votes will be counted accurately  —  In a campaign marked by skepticism toward the political process, only about half of all registered voters (49%) are “very confident” that their vote will be accurately counted in the upcoming election.
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
The Justice Department Is Done With Private Prisons.  Will ICE Drop Them Too?  —  The Justice Department's announcement on Thursday that it would seek to end the use of private contractors to run its federal prisons was a monumental one that quickly sent private prison stocks plunging …
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David Nierenberg / CNBC:
I've been a Republican since 1980 but I'm voting for Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Media Matters for America:
Joe Scarborough Tries To Convince His Panel That The “Screaming, Racially Insensitive” …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Politicus USA
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Two Fox News senior vice presidents leaving the company
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Cruz's Image Among Republicans Tanks After GOP Convention
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
I don't need air conditioning, and neither do you
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
D.C. post office allegedly doubled as weed distribution center
Discussion: The Daily Caller
US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon, Infowars and RT
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
As Gawker Learned, Media Corporations Aren't Above the Law
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Althea Legaspi / Rolling Stone:
Frank Ocean Unveils Contemplative ‘Endless’ Visual Album Stream
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Naked Donald Trump statues pop up in several cities
Peter D. Hart / Wall Street Journal:
Behind the Polls: The Message in a Longtime Conservative Tilting Away From Trump, Toward Clinton