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12:55 PM 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 …
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 …
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.
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Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Blames Hillary Clinton for Anthony Weiner's Sexts
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?
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Emma Roller / New York Times:
When Is a Scandal Really a Scandal?  —  The crown prince of Bahrain gives millions of dollars to a charitable organization that is run by the family foundation of the secretary of state.  Later, he asks for a meeting with the secretary of state, through both formal and informal channels.  He gets it.
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 —
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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump surrogate apologizes for tweeting cartoon of Clinton in blackface
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI to release report on Hillary Clinton email investigation as soon as Wednesday  —  The FBI expects to publicly release as soon as Wednesday the report the bureau sent to the Justice Department in July recommending no charges in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, according to multiple law enforcement officials.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Hillary Clinton Celebrated Confederate Flag Day Every Year as Arkansas First Lady
Bloomberg.com:
Kellyanne Conway on Why Donald Trump's Calling Hillary Clinton a Bigot
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 and Raw Story
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.
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Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: Russia-Backed DNC Hackers Strike Washington Think Tanks
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian hackers targeted Arizona election system
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Associated Press:
Longtime Aide Huma Abedin Like ‘Second Daughter’ to Clinton
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The disastrous nonintervention in Syria  —  Physical, human and political damage on an unprecedented scale.  —  I do not know what would have happened if, three years ago Monday, David Cameron, the British prime minister, had not foolishly held and lost a vote on intervention in Syria in the House of Commons.
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Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
VIDEO - Bill Clinton: Rebuild Detroit with Syrian Refugees
Discussion: Pamela Geller and The Daily Caller
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   White House defends vetting process for Syrian refugees
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
Philiana Ng / Entertainment Tonight:
Derek Hough Confirms ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Return, Cheryl Burke Also Set for Season 23  —  Derek Hough is ready to return to the dance floor!  —  The six-time Dancing With the Stars champion took to Instagram on Monday to officially announce his season 23 return to ABC's reality competition series …
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Fox News:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to appear on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, report says
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite, RedState and AOL
Abby Broyles / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC: Oklahoma City mother accused of killing daughter by forcing crucifix down her throat  —  OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro mother is accused of murdering her own daughter, because she thought she was possessed by the devil.  —  The woman is accused of killing her daughter with a crucifix.
Discussion: Raw Story, Associated Press and WWLP-TV
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
How Much Is Donald Trump Hurting the G.O.P.?  Here's a Way to See  —  There is no reason to speculate about whether nominating Donald J. Trump has cost the Republican Party support in this presidential election.  There is plenty of data to demonstrate that it has.
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 …
Robert Capps / Wired:
President Barack Obama Will Guest-Edit WIRED's November Issue  —  WIRED has had some amazing guest editors over the years.  J.J. Abrams on magic, mysteries, and puzzles; Bill Gates on solving the world's biggest problems; Christopher Nolan on space, time, and multiple dimensions; and …
 
 
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Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
The Trump Hotel Lost Two Celebrity Restaurants. Here's the Behind-the-Scenes Drama to Replace Them
Bret Hayworth / Mason City Globe Gazette:
Grassley says surprising Trump victory can happen
Discussion: Politico and electionlawblog.org
New York Daily News:
KING: White man runs red light, causes accident, shoots and kills black woman with her hands up
Discussion: The Root
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McCain braces for squeaker in today's primary
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
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Chicago Tribune:
August most violent month in Chicago in 20 years
Discussion: WGN-TV
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Gallup Poll: Donald Trump Currently Holds 32% of National Hispanic Vote...
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats delay ad spending on Ohio Senate race
Department of Transportation:
2015 Traffic Fatalities Data Has Just Been Released: A Call to Action to Download and Analyze