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11:40 AM ET, August 30, 2016


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Eric Russell / The Portland Press Herald:
LePage says he is considering resignation, apologizes  —  The governor says he doesn't know whether he will finish his second term because of the impact of his recent statements on race and drugs, and his attack on Rep. Drew Gattine.  —  Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility Tuesday …
NBC News:
Is Donald Trump Gaining on Hillary Clinton?  —  Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump has narrowed slightly to 6 points, according to the latest NBC News|  SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll  —  Clinton now enjoys 48 percent support, while Trump holds steady with 42 percent.
The Hill:
Trump's popularity with African-American voters polling at zero  —  Public Policy Polling released a preview of a new poll on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Monday night that showed Donald Trump  —  's favorability rating among African-American voters at 0 percent.  —  New PPP poll released on @maddow right now —
Keith Koffler / LifeZette:
Note to MSM: This Race Isn't Over
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Colin Powell's foundation and Hillary Clinton's are treated very differently by the media  —  In 1997, after a distinguished career in military service that culminated with stints as national security adviser under Ronald Reagan and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Blames Hillary Clinton for Anthony Weiner's Sexts  —  If you were a presidential candidate who polled low among women, who was on your third wife, who had a reputation for womanizing and a professional relationship with a man who'd recently been axed from his job for sexual harassment …
Donald Trump on Colin Kaepernick: He should find another country
Associated Press:
Longtime Aide Huma Abedin Like ‘Second Daughter’ to Clinton
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research in Bid to Needle Donald Trump at First Debate  —  Hillary Clinton's advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump's ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” seeking insights about Mr. Trump's deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine …
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
VIDEO - Bill Clinton: Rebuild Detroit with Syrian Refugees  —  In a previously little-noticed video from February at the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton suggested that the U.S. use Syrian refugees to rebuild Detroit.  —  “The truth is that the big loser in this over the long run is going to be Syria.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   White House defends vetting process for Syrian refugees
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The disastrous nonintervention in Syria
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Rubio won't commit to serving 6-year term  —  Marco Rubio on Monday refused to commit to serving a full six-year term in the Senate should he win reelection.  And the former Republican presidential candidate subtly suggested that if he ran for the White House again, he would be prepared to leave politics behind if he lost.
Discussion: Political Wire
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: A Preview of the Down-Ballot Trump Effect
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Cutting Ties to the Clinton Foundation  —  Does the new batch of previously undisclosed State Department emails prove that big-money donors to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation got special favors from Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of state?
Fox News:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to appear on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, report says  —  Former Texas governor and two-time Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry reportedly will join the cast of ABC's “Dancing With The Stars” for the upcoming season.  —  The full cast list for Season 23 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and AOL
Philiana Ng / Entertainment Tonight:
Derek Hough Confirms ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Return, Cheryl Burke Also Set for Season 23
EU Press Room:
State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion  —  The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple.  This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses.
Apple Ordered to Pay Up to $14.5 Billion in EU Tax Crackdown
Stuart Rothenberg / Washington Post:
Trump said he could put several blue states in play.  It's clear he can't.  —  For months, Donald Trump and members of his political team promised to put reliably Democratic states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Oregon into play.  But now, with only two months until Election Day …
Scott Bland / Politico:
George Soros' quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system  —  While America's political kingmakers inject their millions into high-profile presidential and congressional contests, Democratic mega-donor George Soros has directed his wealth into an under-the-radar 2016 campaign to advance …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in U.S. Vote, and Seeks F.B.I. Inquiry  —  The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, asked the F.B.I. on Monday to investigate evidence suggesting that Russia may try to manipulate voting results in November.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McCain braces for squeaker in today's primary  —  PHOENIX — John McCain is hoping for a blowout in his Senate primary on Tuesday.  He's bracing for a squeaker.  —  McCain says people in his state are angry, the economic recovery is uneven and the atmosphere is volatile.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Craig Calcaterra /
Jackie Robinson: “I cannot stand and sing the anthem.  I cannot salute the flag”  —  In 1972 Jackie Robinson wrote his autobiography.  In it he reflected on how he felt about his historical legacy as a baseball player, a businessman and as a political activist.
Discussion:, The Root and Mediaite
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
House Conservatives Plot Coup Against Speaker Paul Ryan  —  Gulp.  Here they go again.  —  Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON House Speaker Paul Ryan's re-election to his leadership post in January is fast turning into a potential showdown between establishment Republicans …
Discussion: RedState
Sheldra Brigham / KFOR-TV:
Oklahoma mom arrested after shooting 31-year-old man she found in 16-year-old daughter's bedroom  —  PAOLI, Okla. - An Oklahoma mom was arrested Monday morning, after police said she shot a man she found in her 16-year-old daughter's bedroom.  —  Police arrested 34-year-old Valerie Fowler for assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Discussion: WGN-TV, KTLA, FOX40 and WCMH-TV
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats delay ad spending on Ohio Senate race  —  The Democratic Party's national Senate campaign arm has canceled more than a week of television ads that were set to run next month in the key battleground of Ohio, where former governor Ted Strickland (D) has struggled to gain traction against incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R).
Kellyanne Conway on Why Donald Trump's Calling Hillary Clinton a Bigot  —  On “With All Due Respect,” Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway discusses the GOP nominee's new campaign ad, his immigration plan, why he has referred to Hillary Clinton a bigot, and preps for the presidential debates.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chicago Tribune:
August most violent month in Chicago in 20 years  —  August is on pace to record more homicides in one month than has happened in 20 years.  —  In the weeks since he was shot in the back, 10-year-old Tavon Tanner has undergone several operations to repair the damage from the bullet …
Discussion: WGN-TV
Rush Limbaugh:
The Primaries Are Over — And Now We Must Stop Hillary to Save the Country  —  RUSH: I'm well aware that our first caller touched a nerve out there.  I know that there are many of you Republicans that really don't want to vote for Trump and you hate Hillary and you're frosted.  You don't know what to do.
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Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
There's a Way to See How Much Donald Trump's Nomination Has Cost the G.O.P.
New York Daily News:
KING: White man runs red light, causes accident, shoots and kills black woman with her hands up
Discussion: The Root
Zhang Pengfei / CCTV News:
G20 Summit to deal with rising anti-globalization sentiment
Associated Press:
IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump team: There has always been, will always be a physical wall
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: Russia-Backed DNC Hackers Strike Washington Think Tanks
Rachel Lu / The Federalist:
Why Is White Pride Creepy When Black Pride Isn't?
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump surrogate apologizes for tweeting cartoon of Clinton in blackface
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Gallup Poll: Donald Trump Currently Holds 32% of National Hispanic Vote...
Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Dispatch News:
U.S. Rep. Don Young's ownership in his family's farm, with gas leases, wasn't disclosed for years
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Department of Transportation:
2015 Traffic Fatalities Data Has Just Been Released: A Call to Action to Download and Analyze
John Santucci / ABC News:
Fired Manager Corey Lewandowski Still Involved in Donald Trump Campaign