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6:25 PM ET, August 4, 2015

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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Dominates Republican Field in Pre-Debate Bloomberg Poll  —  Billionaire Donald Trump is lapping the Republican field, a new Bloomberg Politics national poll shows, as two prominent governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio, rank in the top 10 ahead of the first presidential debate.
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
How the Public Views Planned Parenthood and the NRA  —  Planned Parenthood and the National Rifle Association may both be the targets of protests and heated rhetoric, but they are still viewed more favorably than the candidates running for president on both sides of the aisle.
Isabel Taft / Politico:
Chris Christie: 'I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method'  —  The Christie camp has been using the hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs to promote the New Jersey governor's campaign on Twitter.  And that's exactly what he was doing at a town hall meeting in Manchester …
Discussion: Hot Air, CBS Philly and CBS DC
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Loses Ground With White Women — WSJ/NBC Poll  —  Many Democrats have long hoped that Hillary Clinton might expand Barack Obama's electoral coalition by drawing in more white women voters.  —  A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests she may have a tough time pulling it off.
NBC News:
First Read: A Lousy Poll for Almost Every 2016 Candidate  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  A rough poll for almost the entire 2016 field
John DiStaso / WMUR:
WMUR poll: Donald Trump surges to top of GOP primary field in NH
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Christie: 'I've Used Birth Control And Not Just the Rhythm Method' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Jezebel
Henrietta Wildsmith / Associated Press:
2 Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi  —  HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff in Mississippi says authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility.  No injuries were reported.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Raw Story
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Ryan Moore / WDAM-TV:
Two suspects sought after shots fired at Camp Shelby  —  Authorities responded to a call of shots being fired at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Tuesday afternoon.  —  Perry County deputies confirmed the shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. on a group of soldiers training in the area.
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
“Intact Fetal Cadavers” At 20-Weeks “Just a Matter of Line Items” at Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center: Abortion Docs Can “Make it Happen”  —  #PPSellsBabyParts “INTACT FETAL CADAVERS” AT 20-WEEKS “JUST A MATTER OF LINE ITEMS” AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD TX MEGA-CENTER: ABORTION DOCS CAN “MAKE IT HAPPEN”
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Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CNN Asks Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Videos if He's a ‘Violent Extremist’
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump: Shut down government over Planned Parenthood
Wall Street Journal:
Robert Conquest, Seminal Historian of Soviet Misrule, Dies at 98  —  Anglo-American historian and poet who chronicled Stalin's excesses dies in Palo Alto, Calif.  —  Robert Conquest, an Anglo-American historian whose works on the terror and privation under Joseph Stalin …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Robert Conquest, RIP
Discussion: Instapundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law's anniversary  —  President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said.  —  Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ACS Blog
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Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Rare Red-State Accord for More Voter Access
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Daniela Galarza / Eater:
Whole Foods' $6 Asparagus Water Is Just Water With Three Stalks of Asparagus in It [Updated]  —  Is Whole Foods trolling its own employees?  —  Twitter user Layla Dhere (@dhere) expressed confusion in a recent tweet featuring the above image of a row of bottles of what is labeled “Asparagus Water” on a shelf.
Discussion: Mashable and Althouse
ABC News:
Hear Trump's Message on His Leaked Cellphone  —  Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker.  After the online site released one of Donald Trump's cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail this morning.  —  “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I'm running …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Freakishness of Christianity  —  Evangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith.  Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it's “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really mean “conservative, Protestant, evangelical Christianity …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Anti-Iran Deal Site Accidentally Links To Big Photo Of Ass Instead Of Senator's Twitter Account  —  The site urges you to contact your senator to tell them to vote against the Iran nuclear agreement:  —  Via stoptheirandeal.com  —  If you click a link for Washington Democratic …
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Uneven Performances in Trump-less Republican Forum  —  Jeb Bush stumbled through a familiar question about his brother and father, struggling for the right words as he cracked a joke about duking it out with anyone who questioned the legacy of his aging dad.
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Tyler Whetstone / The Jackson Sun:
Racial graffiti written on Haley grave  —  The tombstone of a relative of author Alex Haley was defaced in a cemetery in Savannah earlier this week, according to Savannah Police Chief Gary Will.  —  Will said Queen Haley, a black woman and grandmother of Alex Haley, author of “Roots,” had …
Discussion: Guardian
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Crisis in Santorum campaign  —  The moves leave the winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses without a campaign manager and raise questions about whether he can last until Iowa votes on Feb. 1 next year.  —  Several top staffers have left Rick Santorum's campaign to create a new super PAC …
Fox News:
Police dash-cam video debunks professor's racial profiling claims  —  A college professor who accused a Connecticut state trooper of racial profiling saw her claims fail when audiotape of the stop proved she was lying, police said.  —  According to Fox CT, Minati Roychoudhuri, 32 …
Scott Schwebke / Orange County Register:
Santa Ana police officers sue to quash video of pot shop raid  —  SANTA ANA - Three Santa Ana police officers want to quash a surveillance video that shows officers making derogatory comments about a disabled woman and possibly snacking on pot edibles during a recent raid of a medical marijuana dispensary.
Discussion: Mediaite, PINAC and Hit & Run
Dave Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Sandy Hook Families Settle Lawsuits Against Lanza Estate For $1.5M  —  The families of 16 victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting will receive about $94,000 each to settle two lawsuits against the estate of the shooter's mother, Nancy Lanza.  —  Documents filed Monday in Probate Court show …
Discussion: Associated Press and 89.3 KPCC
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Idaho's ban on undercover animal abuse videos struck down by federal judge  —  A federal judge struck down Idaho's ban on undercover videos at factory farms Monday, saying state legislators wrongly criminalized free speech to protect powerful agricultural groups.
Melissa Chan / New York Daily News:
110-year-old New Jersey woman credits longevity to Miller High Life, whiskey  —  The secret to long life is High Life — or basically just drinking water.  —  A New Jersey woman who turned 110 on Saturday credits her longevity to two things: believing in God and popping the “champagne of beers” daily.
Adam Skolnick / New York Times:
Natalia Molchanova, Champion Free Diver, Is Feared Dead After Dive  —  Natalia Molchanova, widely regarded as the greatest free diver in history, wore her favorite purple wet suit Sunday on a chartered boat off the coast of Formentera, an island near Ibiza.  Only 1.5 millimeters thick …
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Post and Mashable
 
 
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Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism
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