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"Maybe it's time to go back to typewriters," suggests Scott Travis with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, after news broke that the FBI is investigating a potential Russian hack of the New York Times and others. "Surprised? That makes one of us," shrugs The Street's Keith Griffith. "U.S. officials believe that hackers working for Russia 'are targeting news orgs' along with Dem party groups," details CNN's Brian Stelter. But allow us to clarify, here: although the NYT's Moscow bureau does appear to have been targeted by hackers, there's no evidence (yet) they were successful. "So Russia tried, but failed, to hack NYT's Russia bureau ... Not as sexy as CNN's headline," muses independent journalist Marcy Wheeler.
Onward to politics. In a big bombshell from the Associated Press, we learn many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her while she was secretary of state. "55% OF HILLARY NON-GOVT STATE MEETINGS WERE WITH DONORS!" tweet shouts The Drudge Report. Specifically, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million total. "Pay to play via @ap ... as my Clinton sources warned 17 MONTHS AGO ... Will get worse," warns Ron Fournier at Crain's Detroit Business. On the other hand, some of the donors named by the AP was cause for some heads-scratching. "I oppose pay-for-play in govt, but I don't think HRC meeting with Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus 3x is an example," points out MSNBC and NBC's Elise Jordan.
Also related to the 2016 election:
- Hillary leads Donald Trump by 12 points in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, although even there detractors can find some room for criticism of Clinton. "And she STILL can't crack 50per," observes Fox correspondent Charlie Gasparino.
- Meanwhile, Trump signals he's open to a so-called "softening" in immigration laws. "How is this not what conservatives call 'amnesty'?" reacts David Knowles at Bloomberg Politics.
- Semi-relatedly, the Washington Post gives us a look inside Trump’s new strategy to shed the "racist" label. "At onset of race, Trump was confident he'd do well with blacks. Why? Old Trump Org brand research showed affinity," reports WaPo's Philip Rucker. Also at the Post, Chris Cillizza reacts, "The election is in 77 days. And Donald Trump's 'new' strategy is to say he is not a racist. Um..."
- While raising money for Clinton, singer Cher sounds off (and not just about Trump). "We always knew eventually this election would lead to @jmartNYT writing about @cher," posits Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere.
- Oh, and by the way -- Hillary Clinton’s "Fight Song" theme is driving some people absolutely nuts. "Literally nothing summarizes the Clinton campaign better than this," tweets HuffPost's Eliot Nelson.
Filed under generally weird: we're told that secret cameras are recording Baltimore’s every move from above. "Everything is bonkers in 2016 I need a new word," realizes freelance journalist Lawrence Lanahan.