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What Beach-Blanket Voters Tuned Out in August
A lopsided race when it comes to credentials and governing style

Love her or loathe her, Hillary Clinton is a known commodity, writes Walter Shapiro. If elected in November, she would become only the sixth president since the dawn of the 20th century to have spent four years in a prior administration. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sometime this week, summer-dazed voters will be reminded that moving trucks will soon be pulling up at the White House for the first time since 2009. The departure of Barack Obama will disappoint many since the president's approval ratings are hovering on the good side of 50 percent.

What political reporters often forget is that not every voter is a partisan fanatic riveted by campaign memes and themes while breathlessly cherry-picking the latest polls for good news. In fact (warning: stunning revelation ahead), some voters actually tuned out the presidential race during their August vacations.

Manafort Resigns From Trump Campaign
Campaign chairman reportedly marginalized in shakeup earlier this week

Paul Manafort resigned as Donald Trump's campaign chairman Friday. His role was already seen as diminishing after a campaign shake-up earlier this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, has resigned, the campaign announced in a statement Friday.

"This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign," Trump said. "I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success." 

Shakeup at Top of Trump Campaign
New team takes over as candidate loses ground in Republican strongholds

Sources say the role of Paul Manafort, background, has been diminished in Donald Trump's campaign because he and Trump disagreed about the Republican presidential candidate's tone. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump's campaign is making its second major staff change as the Republican presidential candidate continues to struggle in key states ahead of November's election.

Kellyanne Conway, a veteran Republican pollster who has been an adviser to the campaign, will take over as campaign manager.

Big Donor Offers Big Money to Trump If He Releases Taxes
Clinton backer says he'll donate $1 million to charity of Trump's choice

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he will release his tax returns if an IRS audit is completed before the election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Calls for Donald Trump to release his tax returns have been gaining steam and now, they're being fueled by a million dollar bounty.  

Moishe Mana, a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, has offered to donate $1 million dollars to the charity of Donald Trump's choice if he releases his tax returns, according to The Associated Press .   

Trump Camp Playing Russian Roulette by Embracing Putin
Candidate's fondness for Russia raises concerns about U.S. interests

Donald Trump's recent comments about NATO could embolden Russian officials with expansionist ideas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Long before Donald Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination, he had a singular admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brand of leadership.  

As the casino magnate got closer to sweeping the GOP primaries, he began to surround himself with advisers such as campaign manager Paul Manafort, a former lobbyist whose clients included Russian oligarchs and the deposed Ukrainian president who fled to Russia, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who once appeared at a dinner banquet with Putin.  

GOP Civil War Gets More Uncivil
Four-letter words tossed around in wake of Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pumps — or shakes — his fist as he arrives at the 2016 Republican National Convention Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Donald Trump in his speech Wednesday night is hijacking the final day of the Republican National Convention and causing a war of words between Republicans.  

Trump responded to Cruz's nonendorsement Wednesday night by tweeting that he knew the content of the speech beforehand and said it was "no big deal."

Donald Trump, Jr. Unplugged
 

Speech Scandal Revealed a Great Lesson for the Media
Trump surrogates who keep lying shouldn't get airtime or ink

Paul Manafort was the first, but hardly the last Trump surrogate to lie about the plagiarism accusations against Melania Trump's speech, writes Jonathan Allen. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — It’s hard to avoid reporting what a candidate says — especially the nominee of a major political party — even when he or she is lying.  

That’s the great advantage of a soapbox, a convention podium or a 30-second ad: The candidate paid for the right to say anything.