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12:20 PM ET, August 20, 2016

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Susanne Craig / New York Times:
Trump's Empire: a Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties  —  On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has sold himself as a businessman who has made billions of dollars and is beholden to no one.  —  But an investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump's Sickening attacks on Clinton's health  —  Donald Trump — he who likes to fly home at night in the comfort of his own plane to sleep in the comfort of his own bed — is at it again on the question of Hillary Clinton's stamina, or alleged lack thereof.
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:   Obama Announces Plans to Visit Louisiana After Donald Trump Leads the Way
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Clinton Foundation Already Set to Break Promise to Ban Foreign Donations
Bill Palmer / Daily News Bin:
Donald Trump goes to Louisiana flooding site, spends a minute handing out Play-Doh, leaves  —  The Governor of Louisiana warned Donald Trump not to visit the flooded disaster area of the state if he was only coming for a photo op, which would have created a traffic jam and diverted law enforcement away …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans prep ‘break glass’ emergency plan as Trump tumbles  —  Republicans, worried about preserving their House and Senate majorities in the face of fierce headwinds, are accelerating their plans to distance themselves from Donald Trump - and may soon concede, if only implicitly, his defeat.
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Clinton leads Trump by eight points: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Week
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Win or lose, Trumpism may be here to stay in the GOP  —  The latest shake-up in Donald Trump's presidential campaign has jolted the Republican establishment out of denial to a new realization: Whatever happens to their nominee in November, Trumpism may well endure as a source of foment in their party.
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The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
Trump hands his campaign to the ‘alt-right’ movement
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Vanderbilt News
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Manager On Manafort: “He Was Asked” To Resign
Discussion: Politico and Towleroad
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's New Chief Steve Bannon Called Republican Leaders ‘C**ts’
Discussion: Daily News Bin, Guardian and Mediaite
Joe Concha / The Hill:
A tale of two Louisiana disasters and media bias  —  If ever there was a contrast to make around “then-and-now” media coverage of a Republican and Democratic president put in similar situations and their respective reactions to it, this one definitely makes the Top 5.
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Daily Caller
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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Judge Orders Written Testimony From Hillary Clinton on Emails
Discussion: Liberal Values
Richard Yeselson / Vox:
The all-American Donald Trump: why Trump's rise could only happen here  —  Many smart analysts across the political spectrum have rightly situated Donald Trump's run for president in the international context of the ethno-nationalist parties found throughout Western Europe.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
Federal judge refers Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt  —  A federal judge said Friday that he will refer Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the U.S. Attorney's Office to be charged with criminal contempt of court.  —  The decision comes after U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow found …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
‘Idiocracy’ Director Mike Judge: Fox Killed Our Anti-Trump Camacho Ads  —  Back in February, screenwriter Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Cohen), who's written the celebrated comedy offerings King of the Hill, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder, fired off a tweet in reference …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump predicts he can win 95 percent of the black vote  —  Donald Trump promised Friday night that if elected president, he will win 95 percent of the African-American vote in his reelection bid.  —  Renewing his effort to reach out to black voters at a rally Friday evening …
Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters:
U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds  —  The United States Army's finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.  —  The Defense Department's Inspector General …
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:
Trump, Academia, and Hyperbole  —  I have written about 30 academic publications, and I guess there are 100s, if not 1000s, of citations to the Constitution in them.  It is possible that somewhere amongst them, I miscited the Constitution.  Mistakes happen.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Evan Perez / CNN:
First on CNN: Feds investigate Manafort firm as part of Ukraine probe  —  Washington (CNN)FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are conducting an investigation into possible US ties to alleged corruption of the former pro-Russian president of Ukraine, including the work of Paul Manafort's firm …
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Top Firms Lawyer Up In Ukraine-Manafort Lobbying Controversy
 
 
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Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Travel to Active Zika Zone in Miami Beach
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Teen Trump fan, ejected from Charlotte rally, says he was profiled
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Hillary Clinton talks more like a man than she used to
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Discussion: Mediaite
Phillip Ericksen / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Starr out as Baylor law professor
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