Obama’s birthday wish list

What The Beltway is Talking About:

Republican panic and a trio of state polls, in Michigan, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, that show Trump at least 9% behind Clinton.

What America is Talking About:

Britney Spears, who announced yesterday her ninth studio album Glory will be released August 26.

Trump’s Finally Fundraising:

Trump’s campaign said it and the RNC had raised $82 million in July. That figure trails Clinton’s $90 million, but represents a major improvement. Rather than just rely on online store sales of shirts, gear, and MAGA hats, the campaign is now soliciting donations online and through mail.

There was the recent promotion asking voters to donate for a chance to see their name on the RNC stage, for example. And a new fundraising effort offers donors a signed copy of “The Art of The Deal” for $184:

It’s actually a good deal, if you’re in the market for signed copies of the 1987 book. Although there are a few copies currently on Ebay with lower starting bids, the rest are anywhere from $375 to $5,500.

Tony Schwartz, the book’s co-author, says even $184 isn’t worth it.

Twitter: @tonyschwartz

Could Trump Be Replaced?:

On “Good Morning America” yesterday, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl said senior Republicans were looking into what would happen if Trump drops out, setting off a new round of fevered speculation from anti-Trump Republicans still in denial he’s their nominee.

But Trump communications advisor Jason Miller told Fox News today it was “absolute pure fiction.”

Why Voter Turnout Could Be Yuge This Year:

Gallup predicts 10 million more Americans could vote in November compared to 2012, in large part because elections without an incumbent tend to have larger turnout. But high unfavorable ratings for Clinton and Trump could also drive turnout up, because “almost every voter has a reason to come out and vote ‘against’ a candidate, even if they are not eager to vote ‘for’ another.”

Both nominee’s unfavorable ratings have been high for the past year:

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What The White House is Talking About:

President Obama and Vice President Biden will go to the Pentagon for a meeting with the National Security Council regarding ISIS. (It’s also the president’s 55th birthday!)

What the White House Press Corps is Talking About:

President Obama’s op-ed in Glamour Magazine. He wrote, “Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged based on their gender or race — or when they notice that happening to someone else. … it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.”

Obama’s Birthday Wish List:

1. Your email address
2. Your zip code

The DNC would like you to sign this birthday card, paid for by Hillary Victory Fund, but your actual name is not a required filed:

There’s also an OFA card:


Yesterday President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people in federal prison, totaling 562 over the course of his presidency. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner notes that this is “the most commutations issued by a president in a single day since at least 1900.”

It’s Official:

The Obama Presidential Center will be built in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago:

Twitter: @MaryAnnAhernNBC

Sasha Gets a Job:

The Boston Herald reports that the first daughter is working at the takeout section of a seafood restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard. On Saturday, the rest of the Obama family will join her for two weeks on their vacation.

Your Daily Melania:

Remember those nude photographs of Mrs. Trump that came out in the New York Post? Well, now Politico suspects that she may have been working in the United States illegally when those photos were taken.

Melania said this morning on Twitter she has “at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period.”

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