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1:40 PM ET, August 26, 2016


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Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon is registered voter at vacant Florida home  —  Exclusive: Bannon's enrollment is apparent violation of crucial swing state's election law requiring voters to be legal residents of county they register in  —  Donald Trump's new presidential campaign chief …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump campaign CEO once charged in domestic violence case  —  Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996, though the case was ultimately dismissed …
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Campaign Chief, Stephen Bannon, Faced Domestic Violence Charges in 1996
Discussion: Politico
Scott Thistle / The Portland Press Herald:
'Prove I'm a racist': LePage challenges Westbrook lawmaker in obscenity-laced voice mail  —  The governor later says he wishes he and Rep. Drew Gattine could have a duel and ‘I would point (my gun) right between his eyes.’  —  Gov. Paul LePage left a state lawmaker from Westbrook …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump When Asked About Alt-Right: ‘Nobody Even Knows What It Is’  —  Donald Trump on Thursday night claimed that he doesn't know what the alt-right is when asked about Hillary Clinton's charges in a Thursday speech that Trump has embraced those who push white nationalist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim beliefs.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Denounces the ‘Alt-Right,’ and the Alt-Right Is Thrilled
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
6 Things You Need To Know About Hillary's Speech Slamming The Alt-Right
Discussion: Instapundit
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Trumpocrats Say Clinton ‘Alt-Right’ Speech Backfires, Turns Democrats Toward Donald …
Cassandra Fairbanks / We Are Change:
4Chan Poster Gloriously Interrupts Clinton Alt-Right Speech
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
Trump's big immigration reversal shaped by Christie, Giuliani says  —  TRENTON — Donald Trump's apparent pivot away from his calls for mass deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants is partially the result of prodding by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Mixed Signals on Immigration Roil Campaign  —  Some backers say they would welcome a change; others say easing his plan to deport all illegal immigrants would cost him the election  —  Donald Trump's mixed signals about easing his plan to deport all illegal immigrants …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Rejects Donald Trump's ‘Bigot’ Comments  —  After being called a “bigot” by her White House rival earlier in the week, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton refused to directly return the insult when prompted in an interview today, instead reiterating her charge …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump resurrects 2008 primary to brand Clinton as racist
Discussion: Hot Air
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Top Aide: Trump Better At Talking To Black Voters Than Most GOPers
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
ABC News:
The Note: Clinton, Trump Tangle Over Racism
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
CBS Sacramento:
Ken Doll Cake Orders Flooding Freeport Bakery After Photo Goes Viral  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Overwhelming support is pouring in for a Sacramento bakery after it set off a firestorm of Facebook comments over a picture of a custom cake.  Freeport Bakery's Ken Doll cake has garnered national attention …
Discussion: WFLA-TV and Consumerist
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here are the leading Republicans who rushed to defend Donald Trump on race: ______  —  On Dec. 29, 2014, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) admitted that he'd attended an event hosted by white supremacist leaders a decade earlier.  The timing was awkward for Republicans, since Scalise had recently moved …
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
After Ailes, Fox News Has a New Crisis: Can It Keep Megyn Kelly?  —  Within its subterranean newsroom, staffers and executives have a new fear: Will they be able to convince Megyn Kelly to re-sign with the network and stave off a potential post-Ailes ratings decline?  And does that mean the end of Bill O'Reilly?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
No, Donald Trump, America Isn't a Hellhole  —  Donald Trump has taken a strange turn lately.  O.K., he has taken a lot of strange turns — that's what happens when you nominate a short-attention-span candidate who knows nothing about policy and refuses to sit still for more than three minutes.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Demko / Politico:
Obamacare sticker shock hits key Senate races  —  As insurers push large premium increases for 2017 Obamacare plans, some of the steepest hikes have been requested by insurers in crucial swing states that could determine control of the Senate.  —  In nine of 11 states with competitive Senate races …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: President Obama to Create the World's Largest Marine Protected Area  —  On Friday, President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Assange: ‘Unexpected’ Clinton campaign leaks coming  —  WikiLeaks expects to release information with some “unexpected angles” regarding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  's campaign ahead of the general election, the organization's founder, Julian Assange, said Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Yahoo
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Man Jailed For Oral Activity On Boardwalk  —  Police: Floridian, 50, serviced woman in front of beachgoers  —  A man spotted yesterday afternoon performing oral sex on a woman lying down on a Florida beach boardwalk told cops that he was an “emergency responder and had to assist the female …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats' Weak Bench Undermines Hope of Taking Back Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, aware of the dead weight that Donald J. Trump has placed on their vulnerable Republican colleagues, can taste a reclaimed majority.  —  But just as Senate Republicans blew their chances in 2010 …
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Economy in U.S. Grew at 1.1% Rate, Slower Than First Estimated
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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter Said to Work on Anti-Harassment Keyword Filtering Tool
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
The Alt-Right Has Its Own Comedy TV Show On A Time Warner Network
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Hillary Clinton Deleted Emails Using Program Intended To ‘Prevent Recovery’
James McAuley / Washington Post:
France's top administrative court overturns burkini ban
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
A bleak choice between a ‘liar’ and your ‘drunk uncle’ for one Wisconsin focus group
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
CBS Boston:
New Concerns Arise About Mental Health Of College Students
Discussion: National Review and JustOneMinute
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Police surprise kids on first day of school after their officer father dies
Discussion: Fox News Insider, WNEP-TV and KTLA
Lifelike baby dolls designed to deter teenage pregnancies actually have opposite effect, scientists find
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump's mob-linked ex-associate gives $5,400 to campaign
Discussion: RedState and The Week