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8:50 AM ET, August 31, 2016


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump to meet in Mexico with the country's president  —  Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy.
Jon Conradi / LifeZette:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump-Nieto Meeting Confirmed — It's On  —  LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  —  Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton camp blasts Trump's Mexico visit  —  Donald Trump's meeting in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of his immigration speech Wednesday night in Phoenix will not change anything about what he has previously said about the country or its people, a top aide for Hillary Clinton's campaign said.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Can Trump Be This Stupid? (Not a Trick Question)
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
Donald Trump mulling Mexico trip
New York Times:
Donald Trump to Visit Mexico After More Than a Year of Mocking It
FBI Recovers 30 Hillary Clinton Emails Involving Benghazi Attack  —  These emails were not previously provided by Clinton to the State Department  —  (WASHINGTON)— The State Department says about 30 emails involving the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya …
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
State finds 30 deleted Clinton emails on Benghazi
Daily Mail:
Now 30 BENGHAZI-related emails have been recovered from Hillary's server …
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Poll: Clinton Unpopularity at New High, on Par With Trump  —  Hillary Clinton's unpopularity reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, putting her on par with Donald Trump among registered voters.  —  The latest findings solidify their positions as the two most unpopular …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A record number of Americans now dislike Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton hit her stride after the Democratic National Convention, riding to a double-digit lead over Donald Trump in some national and swing-state polls — her highest of the year.  —  As of today, though, Americans' views of her just hit a record low.
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
How the Political Revolution Failed Tim Canova  —  The political revolution has let Tim Canova down.  Bernie Sanders hasn't shown up to campaign for his chosen primary challenger to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.
South Florida / Sun-Sentinel:
Wasserman Schultz prevails, beats back primary challenge from Tim Canova  —  Sun Sentinel … U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz triumphed over her political critics on Tuesday, as she fended off a challenge from within her own party, defeating Tim Canova in Tuesday's Democratic congressional primary.
David Brody /
Only On The Brody File: Michele Bachmann Says “God Raised Up” Trump To be GOP Presidential Nominee  —  Michele Bachmann, who is one of Donald Trump's close evangelical advisors tells The Brody File that, “God raised up” Trump to be the GOP presidential nominee.  Here's what she says:
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:   Michele Bachmann: God picked Trump to be the GOP nominee
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio challenges Murphy to six debates, including one on Spanish TV  —  Hours after a dominating primary win, Sen. Marco Rubio sent a Wednesday morning challenge to U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy: face off in six live televised debates, including one on Spanish-language TV.
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:   After Easy Win, Rubio Has Bigger Challenge to Keep Seat
Priscilla Alvarez / The Atlantic:
John McCain's Long Road Ahead  —  The effect of Donald Trump's candidacy on down-ballot races has concerned Republicans, worried his divisive rhetoric might alienate conservative voters.  But on Tuesday night, John McCain eased those fears with his victory in Arizona's Senate primary.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McCain braces for squeaker in today's primary
SETI Institute:
A SETI Signal?  —  A star system 94 light-years away is in the spotlight as a possible candidate for intelligent inhabitants, thanks to the discovery of a radio signal by a group of Russian astronomers.  —  HD 164595, a solar system a few billion years older than the Sun but centered on a star …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections  —  Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a “critical infrastructure,” giving it the same control …
Richard W. Painter / New York Times:
The Real Clinton Foundation Revelation  —  When I was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, I asked many prospective administration officials if they would sell stock in companies, give up stock options, step down from nonprofit boards or make other painful choices to enter public service.
Discussion: Politico
Rudy Giuliani / USA Today:
I'm performing a public service
Allen West /
“The Super-Secret Handshake of the Black Community”  —  Something is happening in this presidential election cycle that has some folks totally up in arms.  A white GOP presidential candidate is addressing the issues in the black community.  And, of course, Donald J. Trump has kicked …
PBS NewsHour:
The Trump campaign has a ground-game problem  —  As the presidential election marathon breaks into a final sprint, the Trump campaign faces a jaw-dropping gap in the ground game: Hillary Clinton currently has more than three times the number of campaign offices in critical states than does Donald Trump.
Kim Has Officials Killed by Anti-Aircraft Gun, Paper Says  —  North Korea officials were purged over graft, project, it says  —  Follows defection of high-level diplomat to South Korea  —  Two senior North Korean officials were executed with an anti-aircraft gun in early August on the orders …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago gangs no longer know or fear the police, and bodies pile up  —  Police officers emerge from the Robert Taylor Homes on Aug. 16, 1991, with weapons they confiscated while they searched for a sniper who shot and wounded a CHA officer.  —  The dead multiply in Chicago, the fruit of the gang wars ripening in August.
Discussion: VDARE and
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp thinks Trump fell for old trick  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign feels confident.  So confident that behind closed doors her team is taking some credit for forcing Donald Trump to seemingly defend territory that Republicans almost never lose.  —  After weeks of Brooklyn telegraphing …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Hannity rants against Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz, and the Never Trump movement: 'I'll blame you' if Clinton wins!  —  Sean Hannity on Tuesday laced into Glenn Beck, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and the so-called Never Trump movement at large, saying on his radio program that he will hold those who refused …
Lee Drutman / Vox:
How race and identity became the central dividing line in American politics  —  In 2016, race and identity has emerged as the central dividing line in American politics.  Though race has always lived close to the surface of politics in the US, it has rarely been so explicitly front and center in political campaigns.
Associated Press:
Clinton to Stress American Exceptionalism in Ohio  —  Hillary Clinton plans to stress her support for American exceptionalism during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, while arguing that Donald Trump has rejected the concept.  —  Clinton's midday address at the American Legion's annual convention …
Discussion: Politico
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign CEO Cited Mormon Missionary Service To Slam Romney Sons
Discussion: Daily Wire
David Dayen / The Huffington Post:
The Big Problem With The Trans-Pacific Partnership's Super Court That We're Not Talking About
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
Katie Pavlich /
John Kerry: You Media People Should Stop Reporting on Terrorism So People Don't Know What's Going On
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes's Lawyers Escalate His Vicious War Against Journalist Gabe Sherman
Erik Larson / Washington Post:
Trump loses latest bid to derail university fraud lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Kall / The Hill:
You're hired: Cuban best Trump stand-in for Clinton debate prep
Discussion: AOL, Business Insider and
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence dismisses concerns about Clinton's health, stokes fears of ‘rigged’ election
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Trump print pool rotation includes blacklisted outlets
Discussion: CNNMoney
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
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Los Angeles Times:
LAPD seeks search warrant for Chris Brown's home after 911 call
James West / Mother Jones:
Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally