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First Read's Morning Clips: Inside Trump's Meltdown

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BB&T Center, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla.Evan Vucci / AP

OFF TO THE RACES: Inside Donald Trump’s Meltdown

Here's TIME's cover story on Donald Trump (“Inside Donald Trump’s Meltdown) and a transcript of the interview.

From the New York Times: " A Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic politicians was bigger than it first appeared and breached the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups, officials with knowledge of the case said Wednesday. The widening scope of the attack has prompted the F.B.I. to broaden its investigation, and agents have begun notifying a long list of Democratic officials that the Russians may have breached their personal accounts. The main targets appear to have been the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign officials and party operatives, along with a number of party organizations."

From NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald: "Hillary Clinton's campaign should be reeling from two unflattering news stories this week that play right in Donald Trump's hands. But instead, the GOP candidate missed an opportunity by diverting attention away from the Democrat with another unforced error about himself."

NBC's Ali Vitali on Trump's rally last night: "Donald Trump on Wednesday night admonished Hillary Clinton for having the father of the Orlando shooter seated behind her at a recent campaign rally. "Wasn't it terrible?" Trump asked, that Seddique Mateen was "sitting with a big smile on his face right behind Hillary Clinton ... When you get those seats, you sort of know the campaign." But as he said those words, disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley smiled up at him from behind the stage."

The Washington Post looks at the backlash Clinton is earning from liberals as she touts Republican endorsements.

POLITICO writes on Clinton's efforts to pull away in a stubborn purple state: Iowa.

A Marquette Law School poll shows Clinton up 15 points with likely voters.

Ronald Reagan's daughter is calling Trump's second amendment comments "horrifying."

The Wall Street Journal notes that Clinton is aiming at Trump's temperament while Trump is questioning Clinton's honesty.

The Washington Post has a revealing look at Trump's falsehoods and exaggerations in a 2007 deposition.

NBC's Jane Timm asks: Is there anything Trump can't say?

POLITICO asks what could happen to Mike Pence if Trump loses.

"The United States, the wealthiest nation on earth, also abides the deepest poverty of any developed nation, but you would not know it by listening to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee," writes the New York Times.

The New York Times also notes that the NRA is still firmly behind Donald Trump.

The Wall Street Journal has a good graphical look at the Senate races to watch in 2016.