Here’s how Obama’s commutations stack up


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Here’s how Obama’s commutations stack up
President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 additional people on Wednesday, surpassing the past 9 presidents combined.

Trump biographer: Donald ‘creates his own reality’
Donald Trump has a “minimal relationship with the truth,” according to the GOP nominee’s biographer David Cay Johnston.

Clint Eastwood doesn’t endorse Trump, but praises him as anti-PC
Clint Eastwood is stopping short of endorsing Donald Trump but says the Republican presidential candidate is “on to something.”

Urban League CEO: Here’s why we say ‘Black Lives Matter’
The Black Lives Matter movement should not be misinterpreted, Urban League CEO Marc Morial says.

Tim Kaine brings Wall Street fundraising muscle to Clinton campaign
Sen. Tim Kaine may provide fundraising assistance to Hillary Clinton, especially when it comes to Wall Street.

Mike Pence endorses Paul Ryan, a day after Donald Trump declined to
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence endorses the House speaker’s re-election bid a day after Trump declined to.

‘Fear’ of Trump should not motivate your vote, Green Party’s Stein says
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein downplayed concerns that she could help Donald Trump win the White House.

Donald Trump raises $80 million in July, has $37 million war chest
Donald Trump announced a sharp uptick in fundraising for his campaign during the month of July.

GOP, Trump go from ‘unraveling’ to ‘break glass’ mode in 24 hours
The word “unraveling” seems like an understatement for the Trump campaign after the last 24 hours. NBC News reports.

Trump allies plot candidate intervention after disastrous 48 hours
Key Republicans close to Donald Trump’s orbit are plotting an intervention with the candidate. NBC News reports.

Trump reportedly asks why US can’t use nukes: MSNBC
Trump asked a foreign policy advisor why the U.S. can’t use nuclear weapons, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough says, citing an unnamed source.

‘Don’t boo — vote’: Both parties facing turnout hurdles
Based on the primary results, both parties have their work cut out for them to get voters to turn out in November.

Bias played no role in my analysis of Trump, Clinton policies: Economist Zandi
Mark Zandi says his personal views had no influence in his reports criticizing Trump’s economic plans and praising Clinton’s.

Former top Gingrich ally calls Trump nom ‘mistake of historic proportions’
Vin Weber, a key early lieutenant in the Newt Gingrich revolution, says he may not remain a Republican if Donald Trump is elected.

President and Congress failing to fight Zika in Florida: Gov Rick Scott
D.C. is failing to fund Zika virus measures amid the first cases of local transmission in Miami, Gov. Rick Scott says.

What happens if a candidate—say Donald Trump—drops out of the presidential race
There is no indication that Trump will drop out, but there is a procedure should he decide to withdraw before Election Day.

Trump refuses to endorse House Speaker Ryan; Ryan says he never asked
Donald Trump told The Washington Post that he is not ready to support Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Trump loses bid for pretrial win in Trump University lawsuit
A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected Donald Trump’s pretrial bid to win a lawsuit brought by Trump University students who said they were defrauded.

Ally of Trump staffer Paul Manafort: The staff is ‘suicidal,’ he’s mailing it in
Donald Trump’s behavior in recent days has strained the nerves of his campaign staff as he falls behind in the polls.

US sent $400 million to Iran as prisoners were freed: WSJ
The U.S. airlifted $400 million of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans held in Tehran, the WSJ reported.

Republican Meg Whitman: I’m with Clinton, can’t support ‘demagogue’ Trump
The Hewlett Packard CEO said Trump’s “uninformed” positions on key issues made it clear he lacks the “sound judgement” needed as a President.

Apple ‘disarms the iPhone,’ with gun emoji to go in iOS 10
When Apple releases new emojis later this year, fans of the gun emoji will be disappointed – it will be replaced with a green water pistol.

‘Makes you want to retch’: How worried are Europe’s leaders about Trump?
The prospect of the outspoken billionaire businessman Donald Trump becoming the next U.S. president sickens some European leaders.

Trump jokes that he ‘always wanted’ a Purple Heart
Donald Trump joked he “always wanted” a Purple Heart and said it was easier to get the military decoration from supporter.

Shake up at the DNC: CEO and top staffers resign
The CEO of the Democratic National Committee has resigned, along with two other top staffers.

The battle of the billionaires: Buffett, Cuban and Bloomberg vs. Trump
The race for the White House has turned into a battle between billionaires.

Trump’s debate bashing ‘helped us’: Organizers
Donald Trump’s claim that the debate schedule is “rigged” might actually have been helpful, a top debate organizer said.

Candidates, but especially Donald Trump, hurting economy even before the election
Some economists fear the election will worsen an already-high level of uncertainty.

Obama: Trump ‘keeps on proving’ he’s unfit, slams GOP for endorsing him
Obama says Trump “doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge on critical issues.”

NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton will resign
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is resigning his post atop the nation’s largest police force.

Trump: Hispanics and Latinos ‘really want the wall’
Donald Trump said Latinos and Hispanics want a border wall built between the U.S. and Mexico.

Clinton raises nearly $90 million in July, has $58 million war chest on hand
Clinton’s acceptance speech helped her raise about $90 million in July, its best monthly fundraising total.

Buffett hammers Trump: A monkey would’ve delivered better returns than you
Legendary investor Warren Buffett hits Donald Trump where it hurts: the GOP nominee’s record as a businessman.

Trump campaign asks Capitol Hill to back him in Khan controversy
Donald Trump has appealed to Capitol Hill for support as his attacks on a Gold Star family drew rebukes from fellow party members.

Trump fires senior campaign advisor, link to RNC: Reuters
Trump has fired senior adviser Ed Brookover, the campaign’s liaison to the RNC, according to sources close to his campaign.

Obama signs controversial GMO food label law
Obama has signed a law that would require all food labels to declare whether the item contains GMO’s, NBC News reported.

John McCain slams Trump, defends Khan family
John McCain rebuked Donald Trump for his comments about the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier. NBC News reports.

Moody’s: Clinton will make economy ‘stronger’ vs. Trump ‘recession’
Clinton’s proposals call for $2.2 trillion in new spending over a 10-year period.

‘Repugnant’: Families of war dead demand an apology from Donald Trump
The families of 11 service members who died fighting for the U.S. demanded an apology from Donald Trump on Monday.

Clinton gets 4-point convention bounce in latest poll
Hillary Clinton got a 4-point bounce in the latest polling after the Democratic convention.

A Clinton bounce, a Trumpian weekend: How the race looks now
Trump’s campaign is not in a position to capture the 8 percent of undecided voters, Politico’s Ben White says.

Koch donor retreat convenes in Colorado under Trump’s shadow
GOP donors are descending on Colorado Springs this weekend, where the cloud of Donald Trump hovers over them, NBC News reports.

Trump warns Clinton: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’, hits back at dead soldier’s father
Donald Trump said he was taking the gloves off in his battle against Hillary Clinton.

He’s with her: Mark Cuban backs Clinton, insults Trump at Pittsburgh rally
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban used a Saturday rally for Hillary Clinton to lay into Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Trump boasts July fundraising haul as ‘best yet’ amid spat with Koch brothers
The GOP nominee pointedly rejected the support of two very influential donors on the same day he said fundraising “crushed” expectations.

Trump says ‘no relationship’ with Putin, at odds with 2013 remarks
Donald Trump is walking back comments made in 2013 that he knew Vladimir Putin, NBC News reports.

Ron Paul is ‘still looking’ for a candidate, and the economy is the reason why
Former U.S. Representative Ron Paul says neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump offers what the U.S. economy needs right now.

Presidential debates to compete with NFL, an idea Trump’s ‘not thrilled’ about
Two out of 3 2016 presidential debates will go up against NFL games, a prospect that has Donald Trump upset over the format.

Kudlow: Trump knows you can’t tax your way into prosperity

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