Donald Trump’s campaign staff is reportedly ‘frustrated’ and ‘suicidal.’ Trump says everything is great.

Donald Trump and his campaign staff seem to have two radically different ideas of how well things are going.

Per campaign insiders, staff morale has hit an all-time low:

But, per Trump, everything is going just swimmingly:

Perhaps what Trump had in mind when he mentioned unity is the old adage about how much misery loves company?

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The Olympics begin Wednesday with women’s soccer in Rio

Although the Rio Olympics’ Opening Ceremony isn’t until Friday, the Summer Games technically kick off Wednesday with the first round of the women’s soccer tournament. Sweden will play South Africa at noon ET, followed by Canada vs. Australia at 2 p.m. ET, Brazil vs. China at 3 p.m. ET, and reigning gold medal champions the United States vs. New Zealand at 6 p.m.

If the United States wins this tournament, it will represent the first time in women’s soccer that the same country has won the World Cup and the Olympics in consecutive years. It will also give the American women four straight Olympic gold medals.

Most significant, perhaps, it will add to the notion that the women are America’s most compelling national team. The roster includes several familiar faces — [Megan] Rapinoe, [Alex] Morgan, [Carli] Lloyd, [Hope] Solo, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brien, Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara, and Ali Krieger — and some significant new ones. [The New York Times]

All the games, including additional matchups between France and Colombia and Zimbabwe and Germany, will stream on the NBC Olympics website.

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David Letterman stars in new Clinton ad skewering Trump for outsourcing

Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign ad employs an old interview from The Late Show with David Letterman do the talking for her — and, consequently, the takedown.

The ad opens with Donald Trump claiming ignorance about where his products are made. “These were made, I don’t know where they were made, but they were made some place. But they’re great,” Trump says.

Turns out, Letterman notes, that the shirts are made in Bangladesh, and the ties are made in China. At first, Trump tries to defend the outsourcing by pointing out that people in Bangladesh “have to work too,” but by the ties he’s just shrugging.

Watch Letterman burn Trump for outsourcing, below.

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Bill O’Reilly is writing a children’s book with James Patterson about the magical word ‘please’

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly might be better known as a conservative commentator than he is for his side job writing books with the word “killing” in the title, but Page Six reports he will be joining forces with crime author James Patterson to publish a children’s book this fall.

Give Please a Chance, due out this November, will add some levity to O’Reilly’s bibliography, which includes works like Hitler’s Last Days.

“It’s a picture book … for little kids just beginning to read and has great illustrations from different artists,” O’Reilly explained to Page Six. “The message for children is that ‘please’ is a magical word. Like if you need a cookie or if you need a bedtime story, you also need to use the word ‘please.'”

Proceeds from the $12 book will go to charity.

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Clinton allies are reportedly frustrated with her ‘stubbornness’ about the emails

Hillary Clinton is prolonging her own misery where her email scandal is concerned, unnamed aides and allies with close ties to the Democratic candidate have told The Hill.

“I think there are a number of supporters who want her to give a different answer so that even if it doesn’t put it to bed, it sounds more sincere,” said one aide, who observed that in a time when it’s crucial to impress voters, Clinton is “not coming off well.” That aide called Clinton “stubborn” on the email issue, while another faulted her for being “careless,” particularly since the candidate must realize “that every utterance on the topic is going to be thrown into the crucible.”

Most recently, Clinton came under fire for claiming in an interview Sunday that when FBI Director James Comey concluded his agency’s investigation of her email habits, he “said [her] answers were truthful” when she spoke in public about her email habits. In reality, Comey explicitly said the opposite, leading multiple fact-checkers to rate Clinton’s account as an outright lie.

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IBM creates world’s first artificial phase-change neurons

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Yahoo investigating claimed breach and data dump of 200 million users

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Republican officials are reportedly preparing a backup plan in case Trump drops out

Senior officials in the Republican Party are “actively exploring what would happen if [Donald] Trump dropped out” and needed to be replaced on the ballot, ABC’s Jon Karl reported on Good Morning America Wednesday.

Top GOP party members have reportedly reached a state of panic as it becomes increasingly clear that Trump’s presidential pivot was a false promise. What’s more, after several turbulent weeks for the campaign, Trump has said he is not ready to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan for re-election, nor Arizona Sen. John McCain.

“He is so unpredictable right now, they are so unable to control his message… they clearly think it’s a possibility,” Karl said.

But a celebration from the Never Trump crowd would be premature. “They can’t force [Trump] out; he would have to go out voluntarily. And it would have to be the 167 members of the RNC through a complicated process to pick a new candidate. And it would have to happen by early September,” Karl said.

You can check out Karl’s full report in this video, via Mediaite.

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