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7:50 PM ET, August 24, 2016


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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The AP's big exposé on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess  —  Tuesday afternoon, Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan of the Associated Press released the results of a review of State Department appointment data that they used to make some striking claims about Hillary Clinton's schedule as secretary of state.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Yes, Politics Is Sort of a Grubby Business  —  I've been genuinely confused about the whole Foundationgate thing.  Did big donors to the Clinton Foundation get extra special access to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State?  By all the evidence, no. They may have tried to get access, but for the most part they didn't.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Clinton Campaign Says AP Refused To Delete Factually Inaccurate Tweet About Clinton Foundation  —  Their headline and social media teases are detached from reality, and their own reporting.  —  The Associated Press blasted out a 114-character breaking news alert on Tuesday afternoon with a hot scoop …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's run-out-the-clock strategy  —  She is not planning on sitting for another televised armchair confessional to rehash regrets about a private email server.  Nor is the campaign setting up the kind of war room employed last year to discredit a book that aimed to expose …
Fox News:
Watchdog: Clinton finance director was ‘middle’ man between foundation, State
USA Today:
Mothball the Clinton Foundation: Our view
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Trump Campaign Manager: We're Actually Winning Right Now, Because of ‘Undercover Trump Voters’  —  Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the UK's Channel 4 that Donald Trump is actually winning the election, but every poll is wrong because Trump voters are undercover.
Jorge Ramos / TIME:
Judgment Day Is Coming For Those Who Stay Silent on Donald Trump  —  Jorge Ramos, a TIME 100 honoree, is the author of the upcoming book Take A Stand and a news anchor for Univision and Fusion.  —  It doesn't matter who you are—a journalist, a politician or a voter—we'll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump.
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Donald Trump Hanging on to Slim Lead in Arizona, New Poll Shows
Discussion: Politico
Nude Photos Released  —  Leslie Jones has been horribly violated by a hacker who got into her website and posted all of her identification, including driver's license and passport ... and naked photos.  —  Jones has been dogged by haters since “Ghostbusters” was released and she was the target of a slew of racist comments.
Discussion: Mashable and Guardian
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Trump To Campaign With Notorious British Xenophobe  —  Nigel Farage's Brexit effort emphasized anti-immigrant fear mongering.  Sound familiar?  —  Nigel Farage, the former leader of the right-wing UK Independence Party, is set to appear at a campaign event with Donald Trump on Wednesday night in Jackson, Mississippi.
Ben Quinn / Guardian:
French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban  —  Authorities in 15 towns have banned burkinis, citing public concern following recent terrorist attacks in the country  —  Photographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making …
S.P. / The Economist explains:
Why the French keep trying to ban Islamic body wear
Discussion: Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Used Campaign Donations to Buy $55,000 of His Own Book  —  Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures.
Fox News:
Four Iranian vessels ‘harass’ US Navy ship in Strait of Hormuz, official says  —  Four ships belonging to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “harassed” an American destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday, a U.S. Navy official confirmed to Fox News.
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jason Howerton /
Trump Supporter Issues Threatening Message to GOP Nominee Live on the Air  —  A self-described Donald Trump supporter called into Glenn Beck's radio program on Wednesday and issued a threatening message to the Republican nominee.  —  The radio call turned “spooky” after “Nate” …
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
In North Carolina, Republicans Try To Fend Off Political “Tsunami”
Discussion: Raw Story
Touching Video of WWII Veteran Being Honored at L.A.-Area Home Goes Viral … Emotional video of a World War II veteran “having one of the best days of his life” after being honored by chief selects in front of his Gardena home recently has touched many people after being widely viewed and shared online.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Obama Let Iran's Green Revolution Fail  —  One of the great hypotheticals of Barack Obama's presidency involves the Iranian uprising that began on June 12, 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced the winner of contested presidential elections.  What if the president had done …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Clinton on ‘Kimmel’ beaten in ratings by ‘Teen Mom,’ ‘Friends’ reruns  —  was not the ratings draw ABC and Jimmy Kimmel were hoping for.  —  The Democratic presidential nominee's Monday night appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” registered just a 0.4 rating in the key 18-49 demographic advertisers covet most.
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Description of Black America Is Offending Those Living in It  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Campaigning over the past week, Donald J. Trump has painted a bleak and dire picture of black America.  —  African-Americans live in neighborhoods that resemble “war zones” more than cities, he has said.
Discussion: Eschaton and Politicus USA
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Is Obamacare failing?  —  Three years ago, health economists believed Obamacare's soon-to-launch marketplaces would grow to replace much of America's fractured, complex, employer-based health insurance system.  —  Predictions for the employer-sponsored insurance system's collapse ran rampant.
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Brad Esposito / BuzzFeed:
People Are Pissed With This Dad Who Let His Daughter Bite The “Warm, Quivering Heart” Of A Deer  —  A New Zealand hunter has come under fire after submitting photos to a hunting community of his 8-year-old daughter eating the heart of her first kill.  —  WARNING  —  This image is graphic
The Senator's Daughter Who Raised Prices on Anti-Allergy EpiPen  —  Mylan CEO Heather Bresch faces calls to explain 400% increase  —  Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is Bresch's father  —  Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation …
Michael Boren /
A fight over food, then fatal blows to a crying 2-year-old  —  Jamil Baskerville Jr. was sitting on a bed crying when his mother's boyfriend punched him in the chest Saturday night, causing Jamil to fall backward and his head to hit the wall, authorities said.
Discussion: KFOR-TV and FOX31 Denver
Carlo Allegri / National Review:
Trump Is Losing Pennsylvania and Closing His Path to the White House  —  The chance was there, but he has squandered it.  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogs on, but he has effectively blown his chances at getting into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  By failing to pivot through his convention …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McCain rips major Trump donor, warns of future campaign finance scandals  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A billionaire supporting Sen. John McCain's underdog primary opponent may be doing so as payback, McCain said Wednesday.  —  Robert Mercer, co-CEO of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies …
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity Has Given Donald Trump $31 Million In Free Publicity  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has been informally advising Donald Trump's presidential campaign while serving as its primary media cheerleader, has effectively turned his nightly prime-time show into Trump's second campaign headquarters.
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Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Trump's Lawyers Had a Very Good Summer
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kate Klonick / Slate:
You'll Never Guess This One Crazy Thing Governs Online Speech
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Henry J. Gomez / Plain Dealer:
Gary Johnson qualifies for Ohio ballot
Local Bakery Facing Backlash Over Ken Doll Birthday Cake
Discussion: Raw Story and WGN-TV
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton still has no good answer on why she hasn't held a press conference in 263 days
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Free Beacon
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Trump's staff says it's ‘full steam ahead’ in New York
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Super PAC Chair: Trump Would “Lose Badly” If Election Was Today
Foreign Policy:
U.S. and Europe Say Assad May Have Kept Some Chemical Weapons
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
What ‘regret’? Donald Trump just proved he still doesn't get it on Judge Curiel and Khizr Khan
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
At Fox News, Election Year's Big Ratings Mask Many Wrinkles
Julian Routh / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Trump: It Would Be ‘Foolish’ for Donald Trump to Release Tax Returns
Media Matters for America:
Citing InfoWars, Fox News Complains Google Is Covering Up “Clinton Body Count” Stories