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5:40 PM ET, August 23, 2016


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Nick Gass / Politico:
Carville: ‘Somebody is going to hell’ over Clinton Foundation attacks  —  “Somebody is going to hell” over the political attacks on the Clinton Foundation, longtime Clinton confidant James Carville declared Tuesday, denouncing the recent scrutiny and criticism of the charitable organization.
Heidi M Przybyla / USA Today:
Experts: New Clinton State Dept. emails show donor ‘access,’ not ‘favors’  —  Although a conservative group investigating Hillary Clinton's relationship with donors to the Clinton Foundation maintains that newly released emails prove she granted special “access” and “favors,” …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Emails reveal how foundation donors got access to Clinton and her close aides at State Dept.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Andrea Tantaros of Fox News Claims Retaliation for Sex Harassment Complaints  —  Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News host, charged in a lawsuit filed Monday that top executives at the network, including the man who replaced Roger Ailes, punished her for complaining about sexual harassment by Mr. Ailes.
New York Daily News:
Andrea Tantaros, former Fox News host, sues Roger Ailes and network
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Missouri  —  Neck and Neck for Prez; Blunt Has Small Senate Lead  —  Democrat leads in governor's race  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The presidential race in Missouri couldn't be closer according to the Monmouth University Poll …
The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign's Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It  —  Office rent soared in July after Trump's campaign began accepting donor contributions.  —  S.V. Date  —  WASHINGTON After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign …
Board: Student Assistants Covered by the NLRA  —  3-1 Columbia Decision Overrules Brown University  —  Washington, D.C. — The National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-1 decision in Columbia University that student assistants working at private colleges and universities are statutory employees covered …
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
NLRB: Graduate Students at Private Universities May Unionize
Discussion: The Atlantic and Common Dreams
Associated Press:
Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets  —  CAIRO (AP) — WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Did Donald Trump make donations for flood relief in Louisiana?  Here's what we know.  —  Last week, Donald Trump toured areas of Louisiana that had been devastated by flooding.  During his visit, news outlets reported that he had made at least two donations to flood-relief efforts there.
New York Times:
Think the Clinton-Trump Race Will Be a Landslide?  Hold Your Horses  —  Donald J. Trump, after weeks of self-inflicted damage, has seen support for his candidacy in national polls dip into the 30s — Barry Goldwater and Walter F. Mondale territory — while Hillary Clinton has extended her lead …
FBI investigating Russian hack of New York Times reporters, others  —  Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Hillary Clinton's ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts  —  It's Hillary Clinton's fight song, but some listeners don't have a lot of fight left in them.  —  Before and after the Democratic nominee takes the stage at rallies, her campaign inevitably plays the 2015 pop hit “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Appears To Embrace Obama's Deportation Policy  —  During a series of interviews Monday evening, Donald Trump appeared to reverse his mass deportation policy, saying that he will do the “same thing” as President Obama regarding deportation but “perhaps with a lot more energy.”
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
'I wasn't crazy.' A homeless woman's long war to prove the feds owe her $100,000.  —  If you've spent any time in downtown Washington, you've probably seen 80-year-old Wanda Witter.  —  Shock white hair, a determined, unsmiling set to her mouth, jeans.  She may have asked you for some change …
Andrew Bradford /
Trump Lawyers Said Melania Didn't F**k For Money, Forced Us To Apologize, So Here It Is  —  Just so we're being completely transparent here, you should know this:  —  This is being written under duress because I don't have enough money to fight a legal battle against the Trump machine.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Grills Top Trump Aide About Personal Attacks On ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts (VIDEO)  —  Donald Trump's newly-minted campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, made clear Monday night that while she doesn't support personal attacks, she thinks her boss was only hitting back when he accused the hosts of MSNBC's …
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
The Fake $400 Million Iran ‘Ransom’ Story  —  The first thing to know about the latest controversy over the Iran nuclear deal is that the Obama administration did not pay $400 million in “ransom” to secure the release of three American detainees.  Yet that's the story critics are peddling …
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Bill Nye Calls Out CNN ‘Climate Change Denier’ Meteorologist Live On-Air: ‘Knock Yourselves Out’  —  The Science Guy himself Bill Nye was brought in to CNN's New Day this morning to examine some of the devastating effects of the flooding in Louisiana that has left over 60,000 homes badly damaged.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and US Uncut
NBC News:
Clinton Continues to Hold Big Lead Over Donald Trump  —  Hillary Clinton continues to hold a large national lead over Donald Trump, 50 percent to 42 percent, weeks after the Democratic National Convention.  —  Clinton's 8-point advantage is virtually unchanged from her 9-point lead last week …
Jeremy B. Merrill / New York Times:
Liberal, Moderate or Conservative?  See How Facebook Labels You  —  You may think you are discreet about your political views.  But Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has come up with its own determination of your political leanings, based on your activity on the site.
Discussion: RedState and Mashable
Vic Ryckaert / Indianapolis Star:
IMPD officers shoot homeowner in robbery confusion  —  Metropolitan police officers shot and wounded an armed homeowner trying to protect his wife during a robbery on the far east side early Tuesday, IMPD officials said.  —  Police were sent to 3600 block of Foxtail Drive about 4:34 a.m …
Discussion: Raw Story and Bearing Arms
Angered over Sap, Man Cuts Down Tree, Sending It onto His Own Apartment House … PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A man in Luzerne County cut down his neighbor's tree over the weekend because he thought it was ruining his car.  The tree ended up hitting his own apartment house.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What Are the Chances That Democrats Retake the House?  —  With less than three months to go until the presidential election, there's still time for Donald J. Trump to make it a closer race.  —  But suppose that he doesn't, and that Hillary Clinton enters the final stretch with a clear and consistent lead?
Discussion: Washington Post and Booman Tribune
Natalie Robehmed / Forbes:
The World's Highest-Paid Actresses 2016: Jennifer Lawrence Banks $46 Million Payday Ahead Of Melissa McCarthy  —  For the second year in a row, the odds are in her favor: Jennifer Lawrence is once again the world's highest-paid actress, notching $46 million pretax over 12 months-$13 million …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Unpopular, But Still Heavily Favored in Utah  —  In a year where much has been made of voters not liking their choices for President, there's probably nowhere that's truer than Utah.  Donald Trump has a 31/61 favorability rating in the state.  That makes him the popular candidate there …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Anti-Trump operatives targeted in online ‘catfishing’ scheme  —  Steven Wessel is a convicted con man with a Big Apple flair, feigning connections to Ronald Reagan and pretending to be an Oxford man while bilking rich Manhattanites of $750,000.  But his last scam before heading to prison …
Discussion: RedState
The Sun:
NEW WORLD REVEALED ‘Secret second Earth’ that could be home to ALIENS will be exposed tomorrow  —  Astronomers expected to announce discovery of potentially habitable planet orbiting nearby star  —  Astronomers are preparing to announce the discovery of a potentially habitable second Earth orbiting a nearby star, it has been claimed.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Russian meddling in U.S. election backfiring on Putin, hurting Trump
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump gets more serious about battleground states
Discussion: Political Wire
Ronald Kessler / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Missing: FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the ‘suicide’ …
Discussion: The Point
Holly Fletcher /
Tennessee insurance commissioner: Obamacare exchange ‘very near collapse’
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Politico
Anita Gates / New York Times:
Steven Hill, Who Starred on ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 94
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Tracey Kaplan / Mercury News:
Brock Turner: Judge kicks himself off first sex-crime ruling since Stanford assault case
Discussion: Raw Story and LawNewz
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
How the first liberal Supreme Court in a generation could reshape America
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton to give speech linking Trump to ‘alt-right’
Discussion: Guardian and Vox Popoli
Joe Concha / The Hill:
CNN headline makes blacks and felons synonymous
Discussion: Politico and Instapundit
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Nine Lives of Donald J. Trump
Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI Investigating Possible ISIS-Inspired Knife Attack in Virginia