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7:40 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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Can Trump Be This Stupid?  (Not a Trick Question)  —  We have news tonight that tomorrow, in advance of his big immigration speech in Arizona, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  This is such an outlandish idea it is not easy to make sense of it or predict its outcome.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
New York Times:
Donald Trump to Visit Mexico After More Than a Year of Mocking It
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
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  —  State Department attorneys said Tuesday the agency had discovered 30 Benghazi-related emails among the records recovered from Hillary Clinton's private server.  —  A judge asked the agency to hasten its review of the documents in preparation …
Daily Mail:
Now 30 BENGHAZI-related emails have been recovered from Hillary's server …
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  —  's evangelical adviser Michele Bachmann  —  said that Donald Trump was “raised up” by God to win in the general election.  —  “This is one thing I know from the Book of Daniel: the bottom line of the Book of Daniel is this …
German Lopez / Vox:
A new poll shows most Republicans appear to regret nominating Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Times
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
Republican Voters Wish They'd Picked A Different Nominee
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Caller
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 …
Sasha Savitsky / Fox News:
Chris Brown posts Instagram rant from inside his house as police wait outside
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
ABC News:
After Easy Win, Rubio Has Bigger Challenge to Keep Seat  —  Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations and insistence that he was done with the Senate didn't hurt him with GOP voters, now it's time to see if the rest of Florida will be as forgiving as he seeks a second term.
Discussion: Politico
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,” …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes's Lawyers Escalate His Vicious War Against Journalist Gabe Sherman  —  Facing multiple allegations of sexually harassing female employees along with lawsuits from two of his accusers, to say nothing of advising Donald Trump on presidential debate prep, ousted Fox News Chairman …
Erik Larson / Washington Post:
Trump loses latest bid to derail university fraud lawsuit  —  Donald Trump, left, listens as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University on May 23, 2005.  —  Donald J. Trump and his now-defunct real-estate university …
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Pavlich /
John Kerry: You Media People Should Stop Reporting on Terrorism So People Don't Know What's Going On  —  Speaking from Bangladesh Tuesday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested members of the media stop covering (Islamic) terrorism so people won't “know what's going on.”
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Teen births are plummeting — and the reason is incredibly simple  —  The teen birthrate has plummeted rapidly since the mid-2000s — and a new study suggests better use of birth control is entirely responsible.  —  There are 42 percent fewer teen births now than just seven years ago.
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