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5:40 AM ET, August 1, 2015


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Why Jeb Bush played nice with Hillary Clinton in Florida  —  She ripped his ‘right to rise’ campaign slogan.  He thanked her for being there.  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Appearing Friday at the National Urban League Conference here in the country's most important swing state …
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
The astonishing weakness of Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Power Line
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Bush at Urban League: Obama was ‘speaking the truth’ after shooting
Marist Poll:
7/31: Trump as Independent Gives New Meaning to Name “Billary”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ABC News:
Bill and Hillary Clinton Made $140 Million Over Last 8 Years
Discussion: Associated Press and
S.V. Dáte / National Journal:   Can The Black Vote Win Jeb Bush The Presidency?
Janell Ross / Washington Post:   Disagree with Jeb Bush? So does his largest donor.
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions  —  Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said at a campaign stop on Thursday that he would consider sending federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortions.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Won't Rule Out Using Federal Troops To Stop Abortions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House threatens to veto bill blocking Planned Parenthood's funding  —  The White House on Friday threatened a veto on any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.  —  A budget measure that strips funding from the organization “is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Fetal Tissue Gives Hope for One of the Worst Diseases
Lauren Fox / National Journal:
Manchin and Collins Team Up for Alternative to Defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Killing Them  —  “The sick irony of President Barack Obama's …
‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper — Dies at 61 from Cardiac Arrest  —  Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned.  —  Piper — born Roderick George Toombs — died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night.  He was discovered on Friday.
Washington Post:
Top Clinton aide accused of receiving overpayments at State Department  —  State Department investigators concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton's closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure as an official in the department.
Discussion: Fox News and The Right Scoop
Chelsia Rose Marcius / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Gay Staten Island man says cops beat him outside of home, shouting homophobic slurs (VIDEO)  —  A gay Staten Island caterer says cops who were captured on video taking him down in his front yard, beat him while shouting homophobic slurs, the Daily News has learned.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Raw Story, Mediaite and Towleroad
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we're expecting a baby girl!  —  This will be a new chapter in our lives.  We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump Sues Chef Who Backed Out Of Restaurant Deal  —  Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a prominent chef to pay $10 million in damages after the food star bailed on plans to open a new restaurant inside Trump's latest project in the nation's capital.
Discussion: Politico
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian Best Bites Blog:
Donald Trump Sues José Andrés Over Old Post Office Hotel Restaurant
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anne Saker /
Tensing, through union, demands his UC job back  —  The union representing the University of Cincinnati police force has filed a grievance on behalf of Raymond Tensing demanding that he get his job back as an officer because the university fired him this week without due process, a union official said Friday.
Wall Street Journal:
Uber Valued at More Than $50 Billion  —  Ride-sharing app, which just closed a funding round, reaches mark faster than Facebook  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has closed a new round of funding valuing the five-year-old ride-hailing company at close to $51 billion, according to people familiar with the matter …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared  —  Dan Price, chief of Gravity Payments, raised the annual salary floor for his employees to $70,000.  Most responses were positive, but Mr. Price says that even the negative letters were valuable.  —  By ERICA BERENSTEIN and JESSEY DEARING on
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaires Put Their Stamp on 2016 Presidential Campaigns  —  Well-to-do backers are funding super PACs aligned with several candidates, campaign reports show  —  Billionaires are bankrolling the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign to an unprecedented degree …
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Award in Lead Paint Lawsuit Can't Be Tied to Ethnicity, Judge Rules  —  A federal judge in Brooklyn explained in a court memo released on Wednesday why he rejected a landlord's attempt to use a child's Hispanic ethnicity to argue for reduced damages in a lead poisoning case.
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info
Ananda Rochita / WSLS-TV:
Federal judge upholds ban on new Confederate flag plates, deciding what happens to existing plates  —  DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - A federal judge decided Friday to uphold Virginia's ban on issuing any new license plates with the Confederate flag.  —  U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser …
Discussion: Daily Mail
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Federal judge rules that Virginia may ban Confederate license plates
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Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Filing defends clerk in same-sex marriage fight
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Towleroad
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz says Bush, Romney afraid to talk tough over Iran, Benghazi
Will Isern / Pensacola News Journal:
Questions arise over gospel concert funding
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
California college asks students to choose from SIX genders when filling out admissions forms
Kerri Compton / KLTV-TV:
Cass County official: Man injured after bullet ricochets off armadillo
Scott Campbell / Daily Express:
Calais goes UP IN FLAMES: Migrants fight to get into UK as ferry workers block harbour
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