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9:05 PM ET, August 26, 2016


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Annie Karni / Politico:
GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton has managed to win support from Republicans without conceding any part of the progressive economic agenda she outlined during the Democratic primary.  —  But with fall approaching and momentum on Clinton's side …
Eric DuVall / UPI:
UPI/CVoter poll: Donald Trump maintains slim lead over Hillary Clinton  —  The UPI/CVoter daily presidential tracking poll released Friday shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percentage point.  —  The online poll shows Trump with 48.52 percent to Clinton's 47.73 percent …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Clinton leads Trump by 5 points in Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Friday.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Ben Carson to Donald Trump: Stop Calling Hillary Clinton a ‘Bigot’  —  Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate and adviser to Donald Trump, wants the GOP nominee to stop calling his opponent a racist.  —  “I don't generally get into the name-calling thing,” Carson said in a phone interview with The Daily Beast on Friday morning.
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Can President Hillary Survive the Media's Fake Scandals?  —  With Donald Trump's campaign continuing to careen into incoherence, it's becoming increasingly clear that barring some unforeseen circumstance (or low non-white voter turnout) Hillary Clinton will likely win the presidency.
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Hillary Clinton Hits Trump With New Ad on Race
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
Chris Francescani / NBC News:
Trump Doctor Wrote Health Letter in Just 5 Minutes as Limo Waited  —  Donald Trump's personal physician said he wrote a letter declaring Trump would be the healthiest president in history in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office.
Scott Thistle / The Portland Press Herald:
'Prove I'm a racist': LePage challenges Westbrook lawmaker in obscenity-laced voice mail  —  The governor later says he wishes he and Rep. Drew Gattine could have a duel and ‘I would point (my gun) right between his eyes.’  —  Gov. Paul LePage left a state lawmaker from Westbrook …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's ‘Apprentices’ Had to Agree to Go Nude  —  Appearing on The Apprentice with Donald Trump required agreeing to a series of odd and invasive demands regarding sex, nudity, and food consumption.  According to a copy of an NBC contract reviewed by The Daily Beast …
Discussion: Washington Times
Tré Goins-Phillips /
Gowdy: Clinton Erased Emails So Meticulously 'Even God Can't Read Them'
Boston Herald:
Cozying up to Clintons
Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon is registered voter at vacant Florida home  —  Exclusive: Bannon's enrollment is apparent violation of crucial swing state's election law requiring voters to be legal residents of county they register in  —  Donald Trump's new presidential campaign chief …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Eric Trump Claims Dad Running Because Of Nonexistent National ‘Holiday’ Tree  —  The War on Christmas is back, and it's more strained than ever!  —  While listing the reasons why his father ran for president in an interview published Thursday, Eric Trump pointed to the tree on the White House lawn …
Discussion: and Drudge Retort
Spiegel Online:
Bush Advisor Wolfowitz Says He'll Likely Vote for Clinton  —  In an interview, Paul Wolfowitz, 72, an advisor to former President Bush, discusses the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency, why he will likely vote for the Democrat's candidate this year and mistakes made during the Iraq war.
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Former Bush adviser Wolfowitz to vote for Clinton: Spiegel
Discussion: AOL and Talking Points Memo
France burkini: Highest court suspends ban  —  France's highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast.  —  The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms”, it found.
Joyce Lupiani / KTNV:
Las Vegas man facing charges after posting threatening YouTube video  —  LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A 24-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged for making terrorist threats in a video that was posted on YouTube.  —  Las Vegas police say they were notified on July 2 by Interpol via Google about a suspicious/threatening YouTube video.
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
President Obama Broke Promise for Charity Donation, ISIS Hostage Family Says  —  As President Barack Obama tried to console the parents of Kayla Mueller after she was killed in ISIS captivity last year, they say he offered to make a contribution to a foundation they had established in her name.
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Donald Trump broke the conservative media  —  Sean Hannity, sitting comfortably in his air-conditioned New York studios on a hot August afternoon, was on a fiery rant.  —  “Honestly, I am tempted to just say I don't support any of you people ever,” he barked.
Discussion: Guardian
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Black 15-year-old was unarmed and surrendering when cops shot at him 16 times in Brooklyn  —  It may not have been a justified shooting after all.  —  The police shooting of a Brooklyn teen nearly three years ago is now being compared with that of Tamir Rice …
Discussion: Raw Story and Bearing Arms
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
No, Donald Trump, America Isn't a Hellhole  —  Donald Trump has taken a strange turn lately.  O.K., he has taken a lot of strange turns — that's what happens when you nominate a short-attention-span candidate who knows nothing about policy and refuses to sit still for more than three minutes.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Breaking: Trump Has No Campaign Manager  —  This is far from the biggest problem plaguing Donald Trump's campaign.  But as we get into the thick of the fall campaign, it's worth noting.  Kellyanne Conway now carries the label campaign manager.  But that does not appear to be what she's doing.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
‘Dr. Drew’ show canceled days after host's negative speculation about Hillary Clinton's health  —  Drew Pinsky's six-year-old HLN show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22.  —  In a statement, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said he and Pinsky …
CBS Boston:
McDonald's Worker With Down Syndrome Retiring After 32 Years  —  NEEDHAM - A woman with Down syndrome who has worked at the same McDonald's for over three decades is retiring.  —  Freia David has spent 32 years working at the french fry station at the McDonald's on Chestnut Street in Needham.
Discussion: WTVR-TV and KTLA
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Revealed: Fox News' 400-page oppo file on Gabriel Sherman  —  The memo is dated January 5, 2012.  “To: Interested Parties.”  “Re: Gabriel Sherman.”  —  Two full years before Sherman published a book about Roger Ailes, this book-length memo made the rounds inside Fox News.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Orders UNC Not To Enforce “Bathroom Bill” Provision Of Anti-LGBT Law  —  A unisex sign and the ‘We Are Not This’ slogan are outside a bathroom at Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  —  Sara D. Davis / Getty Images
Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
GEORGIA: Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims “Got What They Deserved” Arrested For Child Molestation  —  From Jacksonsville's ABC affiliate:  —  A Georgia pastor and and conservative political activist was arrested Friday morning on charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Wounded Boy's Silence, and the Candidates'  —  ‘I hate war,’ FDR declared 80 years ago.  Why can't today's politicians say so?  —  With the campaign proper about to begin, on Labor Day, a last August thought, a very simple one: War is terrible.  It is my impression our candidates for president don't really know this.
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
Trump's big immigration reversal shaped by Christie, Giuliani says  —  TRENTON — Donald Trump's apparent pivot away from his calls for mass deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants is partially the result of prodding by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Libertarian candidate Johnson focuses on battleground states in ad blitz  —  Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's campaign is spending nearly $1 million on advertising in four battleground states, plus Oregon, Utah and his home state of New Mexico, as part of a new advertising blitz.
Discussion: Hit & Run
New York Daily News:
Father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker rips NRA, vows to continue fight for gun reform on one-year anniversary of daughter's death  —  It's a parent's worst nightmare to get that call that your child has been killed.  —  That's what happened a year ago when my daughter Alison was murdered on live television.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Chicago Tribune:
92 deaths, 2,623 bullets: Tracking every Chicago police shooting over 6 years
Discussion: NOLA River and
Charleston Gazette-Mail:
WV attorney general fires aide who recited white supremacist slogans in video
Discussion: Above the Law and Daily Wire
Media Matters for America:
Hannity Defends Alex Jones From Hillary Clinton: “Really, She Doesn't Believe In Freedom Of Speech?”
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Assange: WikiLeaks's Trump info no worse than him
Discussion: RedState
Bill Allison /
Millions From Maxed-Out Clinton Donors Flowed Through Loophole
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
DOJ asks Supreme Court to let NC voter ID ruling stand
Discussion: NBC News and RedState
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Denounces the ‘Alt-Right,’ and the Alt-Right Is Thrilled
CBS Sacramento:
Ken Doll Cake Orders Flooding Freeport Bakery After Photo Goes Viral
Discussion: CBS Chicago, Consumerist and WCMH-TV
CBS Boston:
New Concerns Arise About Mental Health Of College Students
Discussion: National Review and JustOneMinute