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GOP National Security Expert Freaks Out Over Trump and Nukes
Jeb Bush, Romney adviser floods Twitter with counterarguments

John Noonan, a former national security adviser to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and 2016 GOP contender Jeb Bush, Wednesday, broke down the many reasons current party standard-bearer Donald Trump should not be allowed anywhere near the nuclear arsenal.  

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough revealed that Trump had thrice asked during a high-level policy briefing several months ago why the U.S. couldn’t use nuclear weapons.  

Karen Bass Wants Mental Health Professionals to Evaluate Trump
Calif. Democrat suspects GOP nominee has Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Nurse cum three-term lawmaker Karen Bass has launched an online petition to have Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s head examined.  

“We deserve to have the greatest understanding of Mr. Trump’s mental health status before we head to the polls on November 4th, 2016,” the California Democrat writes in her #DiagnoseTrump campaign .  

Gamifying Election 2016: Run, Jump and Punch to the White House
Catharsis by the keystroke

It’s exhausting, incessantly trolling those with opposing political views across the social media sphere.  

Sometimes, even culture warriors need to take a little time off from humiliating pols hoping to survive a “Washington Journal” segment unscathed.  

Anti-Trump Republicans Begin Lining Up Behind Clinton
"This is about saving the Republican Party"

Republicans unable to countenance Donald Trump as the next commander in chief are increasingly lining up behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying they are putting patriotism above party.  

The roster of sudden converts ranges from retiring pols opposed to enabling a first-time candidate “deeply flawed in endless ways” to public officials who have championed conservative values since the early 1980s.  

Twitter Sees Red After Trump Flaunts Purple Heart
"Damn heel spurs," scoff online critics

Armchair pundits Tuesday went to war with Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee proudly displayed a newly acquired military decoration typically awarded to soldiers wounded or killed while engaging enemy forces.  

“I’ve always wanted to get the real Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump, who avoided serving in Vietnam via a combination of medical and educational deferments, told a crowd of supporters gathered in Ashburn, Virginia.

Lewandowski Claims Trump Would Have Kept Capt. Khan Alive
GOP nominee's anti-Iraq war stance remains unsubstantiated

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Monday added a new wrinkle to the Republican presidential nominee’s ongoing battle with the parents of the late Capt. Humayun Khan, asserting that the slain soldier wouldn't have been killed if Trump had been in charge a decade ago.  

“If Donald Trump were the president, Capt. Khan would still be alive today because we never would have entered the Iraq war in the first place,” Lewandowski said during a CNN segment focused on the burgeoning feud between his former boss and Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan.  

Anti-Clintonites Invade #ImWithHerNow
Haters have fun with updated rallying cry

Khan DNC Speech Drives Spike in Voter Registration Searches
Inquiring minds Googled registration, third party candidates

Trend watchers noticed a spike in online searches about voter registration even before Khizr Khan left the stage after his passionate rebuke of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during Thursday's last night of the Democratic National Convention.  

"Tonight we are honored to stand here as parents of Capt. Humayun Kahn and as patriotic American Muslims," the Pakistani immigrant said in a loving tribute to his son, an Army captain killed while serving in Iraq.  

Where Are They Now? Power Players in 1992 and 2016
Today’s leaders were still works in progress during Bill Clinton's inaugural run

Much has been made about the fact that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has remained in the public eye for a quarter century.  

Many of her closest allies — and a few of her fiercest antagonists — have followed similarly storied paths through modern political history.  

Chelsea Clinton Excited to Set Stage for History
'I think my heart will burst,' she says of introducing her mother at Democratic convention

Chelsea Clinton, the former first teen who has matured into a battle-tested campaign surrogate, on Thursday said she plans to eschew rhetoric and speak instead from a deeply personal place when introducing her mother, Hillary Clinton, at the Democratic National Convention.  

[ 3 Things Clinton Must Do Tonight ]  

D.C.'s Union Station Briefly Evacuated for Suspicious Package
Firefighters radioed for help after encountering something unusual; commuter swarm outside

Washington's Union Station was evacuated for a brief period at the height of the evening rush on Wednesday over a suspicious package, officials said. ...
Larry Pressler’s Long, Strange Trip to the DNC
Former Republican can’t see Donald Trump as president

Retired Sen. Larry Pressler is so worried about the future of his former party under Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, he’s making the rounds in Philadelphia to help the other side retain the White House.  

“I’m just afraid Trump’s gonna win unless Hillary’s campaign wakes up,” the Republican-turned-independent said of his inaugural trip to the Democratic National Convention .  

Koch Brothers Commit $1 Million to Stopping Evan Bayh
New ad buy targets Senate veteran seeking a comeback

Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC propped up by conservative activists Charles and David Koch, Tuesday plunked down $1 million for a new 30-second ad denouncing former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in front of Indiana voters.  

The commercial, tagged “Bailout Bayh,” assails the two-term lawmaker — who recently launched a comeback bid  for his old seat — for supporting the 2008 bailout of financial institutions and later serving on the board of some of those same beneficiaries.

Democrats Angling to Have Sanders Nominate Clinton Tuesday Night
Campaigns reportedly in talks

Democratic operatives are looking to overcome Monday’s rocky start by having onetime presidential challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders formally nominate rival Hillary Clinton as part of Tuesday’s planned roll call vote.  

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat John Lewis, and Hillary for America contest winner Na’ilah Amaru are all currently scheduled to nominate Clinton as the first female presidential nominee put forth by a major political party.  

5 Times Foreign Governments Meddled in US Politics
Trafficking in secrets for political gain is nothing new

The cyberattack that cost embattled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job — just as her party piled into Philadelphia to formally nominate Hillary Clinton as its presidential nominee — is just the latest example of foreign interests meddling in U.S. politics.  

Per media reports, the FBI is investigating the dissemination of embarrassing communications by DNC aides that some maintain was perpetrated by Russian agents.  

Clinton, Kaine Paint Presidential Race as Stark Choice
Voters can choose “confidence and hope” or “bigotry and bluster”

ANNANDALE, Va. – Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine rolled out the welcome mat for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a rally in Northern Virginia, regaling supporters with her list of qualifications in not one, but two languages.  

“Are we ready for Hillary?” he asked a crowd that had endured sweltering temperatures and snaking lines for a chance to hear what the former first lady had to say. Well-wishers filled the surrounding risers, waving homemade signs reading “Clinton Country” and “HRC 45.”  

Former Giffords Staffer Plunges into Craft Distilling
Former chief of staff is co-founder of first woman-owned distillery in D.C. history

Gender politics and gun control issues are still critically important to congressional vet Pia Carusone.  

It just so happens that her bread and butter has shifted from how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill to quenching the insatiable thirst for adult beverages.  

Capitol Police Evacuate Ford Building
Suspicious package later found to be nonthreatening

Capitol Police evacuated staff on Tuesday from the Ford House Office Building over a suspicious package, later deemed nonhazardous.  

Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said an "object was found in a mechanical room." It was inspected and found not to be a threat. Staff was then allowed back in the building.  

Lead Problems Also Show up in Rayburn House Office Building
Latest testing identifies two restroom sinks with tainted water

Water from two bathroom sinks in the Rayburn House Office Building — located in the personal suites of House members — contains high levels of lead.  

The Rayburn building is the second congressional facility after the Cannon House Office Building where recent tests have detected elevated lead levels.  

DNC Staffer Killed in D.C.
Seth Rich, voter expansion data director, gunned down in own neighborhood

Seth Conrad Rich, a 27-year-old who worked for the Democratic National Committee, died of multiple gunshot wounds in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW.  

According to police reports, officers from the Fifth District patrolling the Bloomingdale neighborhood heard gunshots at around 4:20 a.m. Sunday and shortly thereafter encountered a “conscious and breathing” Rich.