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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump ramps up outreach to minority voters | Obama visits Louisiana today | Clinton staffers defend 'Fight Song' | How a reporter took on National Sponge Cake Day

PUBLISHED TODAY -- WHAT AN ADVERTISEMENT!: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE slammed the Washington Post reporters and researchers behind a new book about him, calling it a "hit job" made up of "inaccurate" stories. How much do you want to bet this Trump quote will end up on the cover of this book eventually? In four months, Trump spent more than 20 hours talking to Post reporters for the book. Here's an excerpt:

-- Reaction #1 from Trump's press secretary Hope Hicks, calling the decision to write the book "incredibly disingenuous": "You are profiteering off Mr. Trump. This isn't something we're participating in; you all are making money on this." Author Mark Fisher then pointed out that every election year, the Post publishes a similar series tracing candidates' lives.

-- Reaction #2 from Hope Hicks after the weekend when she called back, her tone now bright and friendly: "I told Mr. Trump about your project, and he loves it," she said. "He's happy to meet with you." 

Happy Tuesday and congratulations -- you've made it halfway through your workday. 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 happy thoughts to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

I'M COMIN' FOR YA: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Donald Trump is ramping up outreach to blacks and Hispanics as he seeks to close a massive gap with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump MORE among the minority voters who have shunned his campaign. How: Trump is directly appealing to African-Americans for the first time in his speeches. He is also reaching out to Hispanic voters by convening meetings with leaders in the Latino community. Those moves come as he mulls making changes to what has been a hard-line stance on immigration that has been focused on building a wall on the Mexican border and deporting illegal immigrants. 

OH YEAH, AND IN THAT PITCH...: Trump called inner cities "war zones" where blacks and Hispanics live in constant fear for their lives.

TEAM CLINTON CHOMPS AT THE BIT: "It could not be clearer how much African-Americans have to lose under Donald Trump," Marlon Marshall, Clinton's director of state campaigns and political engagement, said in a statement. "He is doubling down on insults, fear and stereotypes that set our community back and further divide our country." 

LET'S NOT RUSH THIS ONE: Trump is reportedly delaying a speech on immigration that was set for later this week amid new questions over his position on the issue. He's now attending a fundraiser in Colorado but just won't be making his previously scheduled immigration speech. Note: Trump also canceled two other upcoming campaign events. 

ONE MONTH AGO TODAY...: Based on RealClearPolitics, Donald Trump hasn't led in any national general election polls in the last month. The last poll he led: CNN/ORC general election match-up against Hillary Clinton directly following the Republican National Convention. 

JUST PUBLISHED -- JILL STEIN IN DA HILL: Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein published an op-ed in The Hill praising WikiLeaks. "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero. Like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and other whistleblowers facing government persecution, Assange has sacrificed his personal comfort and safety to bring us the truth." Full op-ed:

BUT, PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE: According to an Associated Press investigation, WikiLeaks has published data on the private lives of hundreds of people, often with no connection to nefarious or criminal activities, including sexual assault survivors, sick children and mentally ill individuals.

I SOMETIMES WAKE UP WITH THIS SONG ALREADY STUCK IN MY HEAD -- SEND HELP (AND THERAPY): Yahoo's Hunter Walker has written what everyone covering Hillary Clinton has been thinking for months: Too. Much. "Fight Song." 

-- "Anti-'Fight Song' tweets have been favorited by members of Clinton's team -- a gesture that could be seen as a silent, social-media scream from a campaign that has cracked down on leaks."

Tweet from The Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi comparing it to a song Donald Trump plays at his rallies: "I would rather be strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Tiny Dancer on a loop for 9 hours than hear Fight Song one more time." Later: "If I hear Fight Song one more time I am joining ISIS." Lol.

-- This reaction is peak Clinton campaign: "Yet other Clintonites insist they love 'Fight Song.' One aide referred requests for comment about the tune to the campaign's director of millennial media, Christopher Huntley, who suggested that it epitomizes Clinton's values. "I actually love 'Fight Song.' It represents how Hillary Clinton will never give up, and she will do everything she can to make sure families to get ahead and stay ahead," Huntley said.

RELEASED TODAY – QUITE THE LAWSUIT: Via BuzzFeed's Kyle Blaine, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed an explosive lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and other top-level executives for allegedly making unwanted advances. Others named in the lawsuit (but not as defendants): Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, former Sen. Scott Brown, Fox News correspondent John Roberts, on-air guest Ben Collins, and actor Dean Cain. In the lawsuit, Tantaros' attorney describes Fox News as a "a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny" and describes Ailes as a "sexual predator" who "did not act alone." Allegations and full complaint



Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFormer sheriff's deputy files lawsuit claiming he was fired for not wanting to be alone with a woman Iceland's prime minister will not be in town for Pence's visit Trump's latest plan to undermine Social Security MORE
Shoutout to Donald Trump. My mom and I also enjoy KFC on the plane. 

Throwback to Trump eating KFC on his plane with a fork. The Internet just about lost its cool.: 

IJ Review's Joe Perticone (Yeah, what??)



12:50 p.m. EDT: President Obama arrives in Baton Rouge, La., and tours neighborhoods affected by flooding.

1:55 p.m. EDT: President Obama delivers a statement to the press in Baton Rouge.

4 p.m. EDT: Mike Pence holds a rally in Pipersville, Pa.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Republican strategist Rick Wilson, who is doing work for independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, is speaking on the Sidewire app.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Austin, Texas.

1 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla.



7 p.m. EDT: The Comedy Cellar's "Underground Debate Series" discusses national security in the age of global terror. Featured speakers include Lawrence Wright, Malcolm Nance,Prof. Mia Bloom and Mubin Shaikh, and it's moderated by Karen J. Greenberg. C-SPAN will be covering it.



Today is National Sponge Cake Day!

A FUNNY ANECDOTE ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOD HOLIDAYS: Via The Tampa Bay Times's Christopher Spata, one writer in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area invented a fake food holiday for today, National Cuban Sandwich Day. Spata explained how he made it up and how it actually took off -- some restaurants now have Cuban sandwich specials today. "I picked Aug. 23 because it's National Sponge Cake Day, and who cares about that?" It's pretty funny. 

WHEN YOU OPEN THIS STORY, DON'T MAKE ANY OTHER IMMEDIATE PLANS: ...Because it is totally captivating. "Dee Dee Blancharde was a model parent: a tireless single mom taking care of her gravely ill child. But after Dee Dee was [murdered by her daughter], it turned out things weren't as they appeared -- and her daughter Gypsy had never been sick at all." 

SCIENCE, MAN.: Via The Washington Post's Rachel Feltman, NASA just found a spacecraft that had been lost for two years.

Tweet from The New York Times's Nick Confessore: "In the movies, this always ends badly. #ItsATrap" 

SO. MUCH. RED. HAIR.: Via CNN, thousands gathered in Cork, Ireland, last Saturday for the Irish Redhead Convention. The photos are pretty cool: 

And to briefly pull you away from work for a gratuitous reason, here's a giant cat that is bigger than most toddlers -- it's four feet long!?


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