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2:40 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 …
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.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton National Lead Steady
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and AOL
New York Post:
Texts reveal Anthony Weiner knew his marriage was ‘busted’  —  In her statement, released through Clinton's campaign Monday morning, Abedin, 41, announced that she had reached her breaking point “after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage.”
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James West / Mother Jones:
Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign.  He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are “taking our jobs” and “taking our money,” …
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD seeks search warrant for Chris Brown's home after 911 call  —  Singer Chris Brown in court for a probation hearing in 2012.  (David McNew / Getty Images)  —  Los Angeles police are seeking a search warrant for singer Chris Brown's Tarzana home to look for a weapon he allegedly used …
Discussion: TMZ.com, Raw Story, Mashable, KTLA and AOL
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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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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 …
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
The Media Are Doing an Abysmal Job of Covering Donald Trump's Racism  —  Too many outlets have equated Hillary Clinton's speech documenting Trump's racism with his baseless accusation that she is a bigot.  —  By ,  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (left) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Discussion: Scripting News
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Hillary Clinton Celebrated Confederate Flag Day Every Year as Arkansas First Lady  —  Who's the racist?  —  Last week Hillary Clinton delivered her KKK-white supremacist speech in Reno, Nevada to a small group of supporters.  —  Even With Union Attendance, Very Small Crowd for Hillary in Reno …
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Bloomberg.com:
Kellyanne Conway on Why Donald Trump's Calling Hillary Clinton a Bigot
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Mike TriplettESPN / ESPN:
Drew Brees ‘wholeheartedly’ disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's method of protest  —  METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees said he felt compelled to speak out against Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem and said Monday that it was “bothering me all day long.”
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Tim McManusESPN / ESPN:
Myke Tavarres plans to sit out national anthem Thursday
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.
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.
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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
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Grassley hints at Supreme Court confirmation hearing in lame duck  —  Senate Republicans could relent on their hard-line stance in opposition to granting Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Monday.
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Bret Hayworth / Mason City Globe Gazette:
Grassley says surprising Trump victory can happen
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ed Martin says Muslims ‘blow things up’  —  Ed Martin, who ran for Missouri attorney general four years ago and now is the chief spokesman and ally to conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, said at a Tea Party rally in the St. Louis area Sunday:  —  “You're not racist if you don't like Mexicans.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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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Caleb Howe / RedState:
LIMBAUGH: I Never Took Trump Seriously on Immigration Anyway
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
Alexanderrusso / Washington Monthly:
Washington Post Journo Reflects On 20 Years Covering Education  —  Twenty years ago, way back when education wasn't nearly the hot beat that it has become, longtime Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews decided he wanted to cover education.  Local education.
Discussion: Mother Jones
 
 
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Carla Field / WYFF-TV:
Clowns in woods try to lure children with money, residents say
Liam Stack / New York Times:
White Lives Matter Has Been Declared a Hate Group
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Root
Guardian:
Sri Lankan teenager hacks president's website to try to get exams delayed
Discussion: The Verge and AOL
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Post:
How President Clinton's welfare reform failed millennials
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
The Trump Hotel Lost Two Celebrity Restaurants. Here's the Behind-the-Scenes Drama to Replace Them
Abby Broyles / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC: Oklahoma City mother accused of killing daughter by forcing crucifix down her throat
Discussion: Raw Story, Associated Press and WWLP-TV
 Earlier Items: 
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
Stuart Rothenberg / Washington Post:
Trump said he could put several blue states in play. It's clear he can't.
Philiana Ng / Entertainment Tonight:
Derek Hough Confirms ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Return, Cheryl Burke Also Set for Season 23