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Nick Gass / Politico:
State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules  —  A State Department watchdog concluded that Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the agency's policies on records while using a personal email server that was not — and, officials say, would never have been — approved by agency officials …
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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department's inspector general sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had.
Associated Press:
Clinton faulted on emails by State Department audit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found.
Nick Gass / Politico:
The 9 biggest revelations in the State IG report on Clinton's emails  —  The State Department's inspector general report on Wednesday offered little absolution for Hillary Clinton or several of her top aides who refused to cooperate with the investigation into the former secretary of state's exclusive use of a private email server.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's email problems just got much worse  —  One of the two big dominoes in the Hillary Clinton email controversy toppled today: The State Department's Inspector General released its report on the email practices of Clinton and a number of other past secretaries of state.
Discussion: Politico
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
What does the new Inspector General report actually tell us about Hillary Clinton's emails?
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
State Dept. inspector general report sharply criticizes Clinton's email practices
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists  —  The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren just absolutely shredded Donald Trump.  There's a lot more like this to come.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Early in the 2012 campaign, when top Democratic strategists were debating how to target Mitt Romney, they worked to hone their message about him down to a single, tight, pithy phrase.
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Bloomberg:
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to Speak by Phone Tonight  —  The House speaker and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will try again to erase the rift between the two men.  —  michaelcbender  —  Donald Trump and Paul Ryan will talk by telephone on Wednesday night …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Big-name Democrats won't defend Wasserman Schultz
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump plans to target Clinton over Whitewater  —  Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal, POLITICO has learned.
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Camp Accidentally Emails Politico Its Plan To Hit Clinton On Whitewater
Discussion: The Atlantic and AOL
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump accuses New Mexico's Republican governor of not doing her job  —  ALBUQUERQUE — Despite his promise to unite the Republican Party, Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez — the chairwoman of the Republican Governor's Association — on Tuesday night and accused her of “not doing the job.”
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: Romney ‘walks like a penguin’  —  cut into a handful of prominent Republican figures during a Wednesday rally, even lightly chiding those who ultimately came around to endorsing him for president.  —  The presumptive GOP nominee lashed out at 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, saying he “walks like a penguin.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump returns to campaign trail with new taunts, big promises
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Brianna Gurciullo / Politico:
Trump: Jeb will get ‘burst of energy’ and endorse me
Discussion: Political Wire
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump fires top aide  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Wednesday night announced it had parted ways with its national political director, Rick Wiley — a move that appears to stem in part from an ongoing turf war atop the campaign.  —  Wiley was the first high-profile hire by Paul Manafort …
Nell Frizzell / Guardian:
The men who live as dogs: 'We're just the same as any person on the high street'  —  Ahead of a new documentary, Spot, Bootbrush and Kaz open up about their community  —  t's easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy.  Maybe too easy, in fact …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Eleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom directive  —  Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging he Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to provide transgender students with facilities that match their gender identities.
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Jeannie Suk / New Yorker:
The Transgender Bathroom Debate and the Looming Title IX Crisis
Eliana Dockterman / TIME:
A Marvel Editor Explains How Captain America Was a Hydra Agent All Along  —  In a shocking twist, Steve Rogers always has been and will continue to be a member of the evil group  —  Sure, he wears red white and blue on the outside, but on the inside?  It turns out Steve Rogers …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Bill Clinton Gets Into 30-Minute Debate With A 24-Year-Old Bernie Fan  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — Five different times, aides tried to drag him away from the booth where Josh Brody, a 24-year-old supporter of Bernie Sanders, was holding forth about all that had gone wrong in the 1990s: welfare, NAFTA, Wall Street.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Adams / KCEN-TV:
Gay Student Told to Change Pro-LGBT Shirt  —  COPPERAS COVE, Texas - An eighth grade student in Copperas Cove, Texas, was told to change her pro-LGBT shirt because school officials said it violated the dress code.  —  Ali Chaney, 13, wore the t-shirt, which had rainbow text that said “Some people are gay.
Discussion: PinkNews, Raw Story and Towleroad
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Green Party could be election spoiler  —  The Green Party suddenly has a chance to make an impact in the presidential election, with polls showing that Donald Trump  —  are set to be the most unpopular nominees in modern times.  —  The possibility of disaffected liberals …
Discussion: Washington Post
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Why so many Sanders supporters don't want to be Democrats
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
The Republican Party Got the Voters It Deserved  —  My View colleague Megan McArdle thinks people are exaggerating the Republican Party's responsibility for Donald Trump.  Blaming the party, she concludes, “is like blaming the weatherman because it's raining, or an economist for a recession.”
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Donald Trump executive defends Republican candidate amid nationwide criticism
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