Wiretap: Putin knows a chump when he sees one

How bad are things getting for Donald Trump within his own party? The New York Times cites Republican sources saying that the Khan controversy “may trigger drastic defections within the party, and Republican lawmakers and strategists have begun to entertain abandoning him en masse.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/donald-trump-gop.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

The transcript of The Washington Post interview with Trump: On the Khans, rigged elections, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton and the secret-state strategy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-transcript-the-republican-nominee-in-his-own-words/2016/08/02/77e9fa68-58eb-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trump-440pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

 

Politico surveys GOP candidates in competitive elections on whether they would campaign with Trump. Not surprisingly, Mike Coffman’s campaign says he won’t. And you don’t have to read too far between the lines to guess that Coffman is working up the courage to dump Trump altogether.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-transcript-the-republican-nominee-in-his-own-words/2016/08/02/77e9fa68-58eb-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trump-440pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

 

After Ivanka Trump gets dragged into the sexual harassment issue by her father and brother, she tries to say as little as possible while still making clear where she stands (which is not with dad and bro). Via The New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/ivanka-trump-responds-after-being-dragged-into-debate-on-sexual-harassment.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=politics&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&pgtype=article

 

Could Donald Trump be the man’s man that America is waiting for? Via The Atlantic.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/trump-may-be-the-man-america-wants/494009/

 

Black Republicans matter. The New Republic went to Cleveland to find the black Republicans who support Trump and to find out why.

https://newrepublic.com/article/135625/black-republicans-matter

 

It’s not just Republicans who are in turmoil. Heads continue to roll at the DNC after the Bernie leaks. Via Politico.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/dnc-ceo-resigns-amid-turmoil-226570

 

Trump and the crying baby. If you haven’t seen the video … Via The Los Angeles Times.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-donald-trump-likes-baby-crying-until-he-1470158628-htmlstory.html

 

David Remnick: Trump and Putin: A love story (or how Putin knows a chump when he sees one). Via The New Yorker.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump-and-putin-a-love-story

Flickr photo by DonkeyHotey

 

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