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10:10 AM ET, July 22, 2015

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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: I gave out Lindsey Graham's phone number ‘for fun’  —  Donald Trump has no regrets about giving out Lindsey Graham's cellphone number on Tuesday.  —  In fact, Trump said Wednesday, he “did it for fun.”  —  Story Continued Below  —  Asked on “Fox and Friends” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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Donald Trump / The Onion:
Admit It: You People Want To See How Far This Goes, Don't You?  —  The latest polls are out, and just as I predicted, I'm leading the Republican presidential race by a wide margin.  You might be wondering how that could be.  After all, it's hardly been a month since I entered the field …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump's success annoys GOP  —  Republican insiders are reconciling themselves to the idea that Donald Trump won't be exiting the stage anytime soon — and their main concern now is limiting his damage to their party.  —  The GOP establishment is almost universally hostile to Trump …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's phone is still ringing.  Now Kelly Ayotte's kids are answering.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham's cellphone is still ringing hours after Donald Trump shared the number on national television.  And he's still picking up.  But he's not the only one: he's got another senator's kids on phone duty too.
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Will GOP debate be the Trump show?
Politico:
Donald Trump gives out Lindsey Graham's cell phone number
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
What Al Sharpton learned from James Brown that Donald Trump hasn't
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Ben Norton:
Dashcam Video of Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland Was Edited  —  The dashcam video released to the public of the violent arrest of Sandra Bland was edited.  —  Bland was a 28-year-old Black Lives Matter civil rights activist and vocal critic of police brutality who died in police custody …
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Jaeah Lee / Mother Jones:
New Video Shows Aggressive Arrest of Sandra Bland Prior to Her Death in a Texas Jail  —  The county prosecutor says the 28-year-old black woman's case is “being treated just as it would be a murder investigation.”  —  On Tuesday, Texas officials released a police dash cam video showing …
Richie Duchon / NBC News:
Sandra Bland Death: Texas to Look Into Alleged Edits of Dashcam Video  —  Texas Department of Public Safety authorities said late Tuesday they were looking into alleged edits to a 52-minute dashcam video of the traffic stop and arrest of Sandra Bland, who subsequently died in her jail cell three days after her arrest.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
What happened to Sandra Bland in cell 95? Debate continues with video release
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Crush Planned Parenthood  —  Caught in stomach-turning video, all it can apologize for is the tone.  —  Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards apologized last week for the uncompassionate tone her senior director of medical research, Deborah Nucatola, used to explain the process …
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Melissa Quinn / The Daily Signal:
Meet the 41 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Moe Lane
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Trump orders flags flown at half-staff for ‘soldiers’  —  Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all Trump properties in honor of four Marines and a sailor killed last week in Chattanooga, Tenn.  —  Trump also referred to the victims as “soldiers …
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Fred Fleitz / National Review:
IAEA Tells Congressmen of Two Secret Side Deals to Iran Agreement That Won't Be Shared with Congress  —  Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Rand Paul puts tax code in woodchipper  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) knows what he wants to do the tax code if he becomes president: put it through a wood chipper.  —  Paul's campaign released a video Tuesday that shows the GOP presidential candidate bashing the complexities of the tax code and finding various ways to “kill it.”
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, msnbc.com and Politico
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Chainsaw-wielding Rand Paul wants voters to care about tax cuts again
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have ‘prevented’ ISIS rise  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Army's top officer told Fox News Tuesday it's “frustrating” to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Daily Mail
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
E. L. Doctorow, Literary Time Traveler Who Stirred the Past Into Fiction, Dies at 84  —  E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” …
Art Swift / Gallup:
Pope Francis' Favorable Rating Drops in U.S.  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis' favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope.  It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014.  The pontiff's rating is similar to the 58% …
Discussion: Politico and Religion News Service
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Congratulations, ‘Dishonest Fascists’ — #GamerGate Destroys Max Read  —  “Never underestimate your enemy,” is a maxim of military strategy.  Before you decide to go to war on the Internet, first consider the fate of Max Read, who was riding high as editor of Gawker until he decided that insulting #GamerGate was a smart move.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama defends IRS, says tea party targeting didn't happen  —  President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party targeting scandal was actually Congress's fault for passing “a crummy law” and that the real problem is the agency doesn't have enough money.
David Larter / Navy Times:
Sources: Navy officer, Marine fought to take out Chattanooga gunman  —  A Navy officer and a Marine fired their sidearms hoping to kill or subdue the gunman who murdered five service members last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to multiple military officials familiar with internal reporting on the tragedy.
Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rules  —  Facebook Inc cannot challenge search warrants New York prosecutors used to get information from its site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, a state appeals court said on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Two in three Americans say Supreme Court is split politically, poll finds
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