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First Read's Morning Clips: More Clinton Email Questions

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in St. Petersburg, Florida, on August 8. 2016.Joe Raedle / Getty Images

OFF TO THE RACES: New Clinton email questions

From the New York Times: “A new batch of State Department emails released Tuesday showed the close and sometimes overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Mrs. Clinton has faced in the past and has always denied.”

Our story on Donald Trump’s “Second Amendment people” comment is here.

The Washington Post lays out the Trump-controversial-comment-timeline: “First come Trump’s attention-getting expressions. Then come the outraged reactions. The headlines follow. Finally, Trump, his aides and his supporters lash out at the media, accusing journalists of twisting his words or missing the joke… And with each new example, Trump’s rhetorical asides grow more alarming to many who hear them — and prompt condemnations from an ever-wider universe of critics.”

Here are our new battleground state polls in Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Trump is losing ground with Republican women.

And Clinton is expanding the map with a new push in Georgia and Arizona.

POLITICO reports on the RNC’s staff losses as some aides say they can’t stomach backing Trump.

Joe Scarborough in the Washington Post: “A bloody line has been crossed that cannot be ignored. At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.”

The Clinton campaign is outlining a new round of endorsements from Republicans and independents, including nods from former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carla Hills, Former Congresswoman Connie Morella, Former Congressman Chris Shays and Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

The Washington Post has a big look at what we can learn from Clinton confidante Diane Blair’s letters.

Leigh Ann Caldwell reports on Paul Ryan’s big victory in his GOP primary contest.

The National Review offers a good rundown of why Paul Ryan didn’t meet Eric Cantor’s fate.

Is Carly Fiorina angling to head the RNC? POLITICO reports

The New York Times takes a look at Clinton’s relationship with money, with friends noting her “practicality and the boom-and-bust cycles that have characterized her life with Bill Clinton."