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Morning Reads: DNC Hacks Worse Than Thought; Clinton Reaches Out to the Right

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Morning Reads: DNC Hacks Worse Than Thought

A attendee wears an American flag themed tie and a campaign button for Hillary Clinton during a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Party hacks –> Russia has hacked into far more than the DNC, Eric Lichtblau and Eric Schmitt report for The New York Times. In fact, cyberattackers got into the private email accounts of more than 100 people associated with the party. “The main targets appear to have been the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign officials and party operatives, along with a number of party organizations… Democrats say they are bracing for the possibility that another batch of damaging or embarrassing internal material could become public before the November presidential election.”

Republican outreach –> Hillary Clinton has launched a group, Together for America, to welcome “Republican and independent leaders who have stepped forward to support Hillary Clinton for President.” That growing list includes Michael Bloomberg, Reagan and Bush advisor John Negroponte and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

Among the endorsers are two former GOP-appointed EPA heads. William Ruckelshaus, appointed by Nixon and Reagan, and William Reilly, appointed by George H. W. Bush, wrote in a statement on Tuesday: “Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws.”

Progressives aren’t thrilled about it. (Here’s Charlie Pierce on John Negroponte, for example.) Dave Weigel notes at The Washington Post that many liberals reacted with dismay and disgust to the news that Clinton was courting former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “These progressives opposed the national security decisions Clinton made in the Senate and the State Department. They already felt that their questions about her were not answered in the primaries, which is why so many of them backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). With his campaign in the rearview mirror, they see Clinton courting the sorts of Republicans they have worked against for decades — and it angers them.”

Wisconsin voter ID will stand –> A federal appeals panel has blocked a court ruling last month that would have allowed Wisconsinites without a photo ID to vote after signing an affidavit. “The decision by the 7th Circuit panel guarantees the disenfranchisement of vulnerable Wisconsin citizens in November,” the ACLU’s Wisconsin legal director Larry Dupuis said. This isn’t the final word, however — other legal challenges are still working their way through courts. Jason Stein and Patrick Marley write for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “voters should keep following the news — the rules could change again between now and the Nov. 8 presidential election.”

Clinton’s economic agenda –> Days after Trump discussed the economy in Detroit, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to discuss her own economic agenda in — where else? — Detroit. “Our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems, our sewer systems — they are in desperate need of being either repaired and maintained or built,” Clinton said earlier this week in Florida. “Those are millions of jobs, good, middle-class jobs. And I am sick and tired of people who watch roads get potholed; who watch water systems poison children; who don’t stand up and say, we’re going to put America to work building the infrastructure we need for the 21st century.”

Fully renewable –> A gusty day in Scotland last weekend meant that wind turbines were able to meet the entire country’s electricity needs for the day. “While it’s not impossible that this has happened in the past, it’s certainly the first time since we began monitoring the data in 2015 that we’ve had all the relevant information to be able to confirm it,” said Lang Banks, the Scotland director of the World Wildlife Federation, which has been tracking Scotland’s wind energy production. “However, on the path to a fully renewable future, this certainly marks a significant milestone.”

Morning Reads was compiled by John Light and edited by Theresa Riley. See a story that you think should be included in Morning Reads? Tell us in the comments!


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