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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Top Republicans condemn Trump's remarks about Khan family | Poll shows Clinton leading after conventions | GOP confident about fight for Senate | Trump in hot water over Ukraine | National Sandwich Month

THAT "POST-CONVENTION POLL BUMP" LYFE: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity' Trump mounts Rust Belt defense MORE pulled ahead of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE by 7 points in a new CBS News poll conducted after the Democratic National Convention. Clinton has 46 percent support among voters nationwide, while Trump has 39 percent support.

Happy Monday. We are officially in the double-digits of the campaign countdown -- the election is 99 days away! Nervous laugh. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

STORY OF THE WEEKEND -- SLOWLY BACKING UP WHILE CONTINUING TO MAKE EYE CONTACT: Donald Trump started a firestorm after he criticized Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq. The Khans have said they are private people but have felt compelled to call out Trump, making the rounds on TV.

If you've been out on the news this weekend, here's a quick video to catch you up:

TRUMP UPDATE: Trump this morning said the country needed to focus on radical Islamic terrorism. "Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same -- Nice!" Trump tweeted Monday. "This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!"

-- Republican vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhy do so many Democrats embrace hate speech? Overnight Health Care: Trump officials sued over Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire | Analysis contradicts HHS claims on Arkansas Medicaid changes | Azar signals HHS won't back down on e-cigs Trump health chief backs needle exchanges in anti-HIV strategy MORE on Sunday night defended his running mate, while trying to move beyond the controversy, blaming President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the "disastrous decisions" that led to the death of Capt. Humayun Khan in Iraq.

REACTIONS -- especially note the Republican responses (!):

-- Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R-Wis.), without mentioning Trump by name (!): "Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military ... Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice--and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan--should always be honored. Period."

Tweet from Darth: "missing from this statement to be honest":

-- Hillary Clinton: "Mr. Khan paid the ultimate sacrifice in his family, didn't he? And what has he heard from Donald Trump? Nothing but insults and degrading comments about Muslims..."


-- Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhat should Democrats do next, after Mueller's report? Tom Daschle: McCain was a model to be emulated, not criticized Former astronaut running for Senate in Arizona returns money from paid speech in UAE MORE (R-Ariz.): "I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates." Full statement:

-- MSNBC's "Morning Joe" anchor Mika Brzezinski: "Melania Trump doesn't speak often. She is often very quiet next to her husband. I think she is great ... I would never criticize that."

-- Jeb Bush: "This is so incredibly disrespectful of a family that endured the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

-- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is wearing a black wristband to remind himself of the young American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. "I would never, I don't care what they say, you'll never hear me question anything about a Gold Star family."

-- HBO's John Oliver: He's "a damaged, sociopathic narcissist." Ouch. Full clip:

AND JUST IN CASE THE KHAN STORY WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN: The other major story in Trumpland is Donald Trump's attempt to correct his recent comments on Ukraine. Trump had claimed that Russia would not intervene in Ukraine. Clarification: Following pushback from Team Clinton, Trump said he was referring to a future in which he were president. "I am saying if I am President. Already in Crimea!" he tweeted, acknowledging that Russia has already seized Ukrainian territory.

ZIKA UPDATE – 10 NEW CASES IN FLORIDA: A total of 14 people in Florida have contracted the Zika virus locally – and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is asking the federal government for emergency help to fight the virus.

ANYONE HAVE A 10-FOOT POLE WE COULD BORROW...?: Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, Republicans are growing much more optimistic about their chances of saving their Senate majority. Difference in strategy: Democrats hope to nationalize elections by tying Trump to every Republican running for office. Republicans hope to localize races by focusing on issues specific to their constituents. Here's what we're looking at in each of the battleground states:

BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF THE WHITE HOUSE: The White House released a special tour of the West Wing with receptionist Leah Katz-Hernandez

IN INTERNATIONAL NEWS: A Russian helicopter was shot down in Syria on Monday, killing all five people on board. Context: It is the deadliest incident since Russia's intervention in Syria began last summer.

THIS WILL MAKE YOU DO A DOUBLE-TAKE: Via The Hill's David McCabe, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a ban on sex offenders playing Pokemon Go and similar augmented reality games. Why: Authorities need to "ensure these advances don't become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims." 



Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski
Still my favorite Trump-Russia tidbit:

The Hill's Scott Wong
Speaker Ryan's not-so-subtle message to Donald Trump this morning 

NYT Opinion's Emma Roller
I'm skeptical this is real, but still... 



1:35 p.m. EDT: President Obama delivers remarks at the 95th National Convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta.

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Obama participates in a Democratic National Committee roundtable.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Omaha, Neb. Note: Warren Buffet is scheduled to introduce her.

5 p.m. EDT: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWhy do so many Democrats embrace hate speech? Dem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration MORE campaigns in Richmond, Va.

6 p.m. EDT: Mike Pence campaigns in Carson City, Nev.

10 p.m. EDT: Mike Pence campaigns in Reno, Nev.

11 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Former President George W. Bush campaigns with Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump faces political risks in fight over GM plant GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (R-Ohio) in Cincinnati.



7 p.m. EDT: Khizir and Ghazala Khan will appear on MSNBC's "Hardball."

9 p.m. EDT Wednesday: CNN's Anderson Cooper will host a Libertarian presidential town hall with Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonPotential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge MORE and Bill Weld.



Today kicks off National Sandwich Month!

BECAUSE MAPS ARE FUN: Via The Washington Post's Rick Noack, here's a fascinating map of what parts in Europe are the most and least innovative.

And to leave you on a positive note, here are the 14 best cookies in D.C.


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