Correction Appended August 15, 2016
If you only read one thing: After a miserable three weeks for his campaign, Donald Trump lashed out at the press Sunday in a series of tweets blaming perceived media bias for his struggles in the polls. In one instance, Trump claimed he’d be leading Hillary Clinton by 20 points if “if the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say.” Meanwhile, senior aides did the round of Sunday morning shows to drive home the theme. Trump’s blame-the-press tactic is hardly new, especially for him, but it marks his latest attempt to delegitimize public institutions, who in this case, have committed the deadly sin of directly quoting him. As Trump searches for easy targets to offload the blame for his foundering campaign, the true responsibility lies squarely with the candidate, who has stepped on his own message time and again.
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is facing renewed scrutiny over his work for pro-Russian former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who was pushed from power in February 2014. A New York Times report alleges that handwritten ledgers found in Ukraine detail millions in cash payoffs said to have been delivered to Manafort, whose ties to the corrupt former leader remain murky. In a statement Monday, Manafort denied the latest allegations, but the controversy stands to be a sideshow to Trump’s foreign policy speech Monday. Trump is expected to announce a revision of his controversial Muslim ban, replacing it instead with an ideological test for entry to the U.S., while rejecting the Bush administration’s foreign policy.
Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Scranton, Pa. with Vice President Joe Biden Monday, as she seeks to shore up support in the white, working-class, part of the key swing state.
Obama releases a summer playlist. Young voters flee Trump. And how ScamPACs killed the tea party.
Here are your must reads:
Trump campaign boss under renewed scrutiny for ties to Putin ally [New York Times]
Facing a pivotal moment in his campaign, Trump blames the press [CNN]
With 85 days remaining, the campaign organizes an advisory board, TIME’s Elizabeth Dias reports
Trump to reject Bush doctrine and revise Muslim ban [Associated Press]
“It is not “freedom of the press” when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!” —Donald Trump in a tweet Sunday.
“How dare we cover what he says” —CNN’s Jake Tapper to Trump surrogate and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s complaints about the press
Bits and Bites
President Obama’s Emotional Spotify Playlist Is a Hit [New York Times]
The Bidens bump into the Bushes in the Hamptons [New York Post]
How Donald Trump Brought House Conservatives to Heel [National Review]
How We Killed the Tea Party [Politico]
Correction: The original version of this post misstated the nickname for the period of time that lead to the removal from power of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.