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11:25 PM ET, August 19, 2015

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Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account  —  In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Act Two of the Trump Epic  —  We've gone far enough now with the Trump political phenomenon to know that it is no mere or momentary matter of name recognition which has placed him as the top contender for the Republican nomination, as bizarre an eventuality as that might appear.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz ‘absolutely’ backs ending birthright citizenship  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he “absolutely” supports ending birthright citizenship, suggesting that has been his position for years.  —  “Absolutely.  We should end granting automatic birthright citizenship to the children …
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
Did Black Lives Matter Organizer Shaun King Mislead Oprah Winfrey By Pretending To Be Biracial?  —  An investigative blogger has accused Shaun King, a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, of misleading media icon Oprah Winfrey by pretending to be biracial in order to qualify for an …
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Candace Amos / New York Daily News:
Rachel Dolezal 2.0?  Shaun King, activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, outed as a white man  —  It's the second coming of Rachel Dolezal.  —  Shaun King, a prominent leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, may have just been outed as a white man.
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Black Lives Matter organizer and Oprah scholarship recipient who was ‘revealed to be white’ refuses …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Rush Limbaugh
George Jahn / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site  —  1 photo  —  VIENNA (AP) — Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work …
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Donald Trump now competitive in general election  —  Washington (CNN)Since announcing his campaign in late June, Donald Trump has quickly leapt to the top of the Republican field, leading recent polls nationally, in Iowa and in New Hampshire.  And now, for the first time in CNN/ORC polling …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
There Goes the Electability Argument!
Michael Ausiello / TVLine:
Good Wife to Pit Peter vs. Hillary in Season 7 Presidential Showdown
Discussion: UPROXX and Guardian
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Donald Trump upstages, attacks Jeb Bush in New Hampshire  —  For Donald Trump, it wasn't enough to upstage Jeb Bush by booking a town hall meeting at the same time as the former Florida governor.  Trump had to attack him, too.  —  In a 30-minute press conference in Derry, New Hampshire …
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Julie Bykowicz / Associated Press:
Bush Family Donors Gave Half of Jeb Bush's Presidential Cash
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Aide Palmieri on E-Mail: 'She Didn't Really Think It Through'  —  “I've encountered this a lot in politics where people think that the answer is a lot more complicated than it really is,” the Democratic front-runner's spokeswoman says.  —  Hillary Clinton's communications director …
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Mike Huckabee blunders his way through Israel press conference  —  Republican presidential candidate calls Russia ‘the Soviet Union’ and implies that the West Bank borders a hostile state rather than Jordan  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee delivered a confused …
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Cory Bennett / The Hill:
15,000 government emails revealed in Ashley Madison leak  —  Thousands of clients using the affair-oriented Ashley Madison website listed email addresses registered to the White House, top federal agencies and military branches, a data dump by hackers revealed.
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John Herrman / The Awl:
Early Notes on the Ashley Madison Hack
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Presidential Sensation Deez Nuts Does Not Exist  —  The candidate polling at 9 percent in North Carolina against Trump and Clinton isn't a real person.  But 15-year-old Brady Olson, who lives on a farm in Iowa and gamed the FEC filing system, certainly is.  —  Deez Nuts, the Independent candidate …
Janice Min / Hollywood Reporter:
The Donald Trump Conversation: Murdoch, Ailes, NBC and the Rush of Being TV's “Ratings Machine”  —  In his first magazine cover interview and photo shoot as the leading Republican, the reality TV presidential candidate lets loose on Hillary's email scandal ("Watergate on steroids"), Bill Cosby …
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Classified emails from Clinton aides kick-started FBI probe, candidate downplays controversy  —  EXCLUSIVE: An email from a top Clinton adviser containing classified military intelligence information, and one from a top aide containing classified information about the Benghazi terror attack …
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Hillary's Problem: The Government Classifies Everything
Discussion: Hot Air and Viking Pundit
Jonah Bromwich / New York Times:
Sorority Video Generates Charges of Discrimination  —  A video promoting the University of Alabama's chapter of a largely white sorority has been taken down after being widely criticized online for its portrayal of women and for its lack of diversity.  —  The highly produced video …
Leon H. Wolf / Washington Post:
BlackLivesMatter is wasting its time with Democrats  —  The movement would be better off if it engaged with Republican candidates. … As a conservative who has advocated for criminal justice reform, I have a lot of admiration for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which has been remarkably effective …
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
7th Shocking Video Catches Planned Parenthood Harvesting Brain of Aborted Baby Who Was Still Alive  —  The organization that has released six videos exposing the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts has released a new undercover video today with another shocking discovery.
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Peter Gosselin / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Has Republican ‘Reformicons’ Worried  —  A group of conservative policy wonks does not like the way the GOP primary is shaping up.  —  As the curtain rose on this presidential election cycle, Republicans promised a deep bench of candidates and a new generation of policy proposals.
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Clinton aides' BlackBerrys likely destroyed  —  State Department BlackBerry devices issued to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin have likely been destroyed or sold off, the department said in a court filing on Wednesday.
Maggie Vespa / KGW-TV:
Fed up owner closes iconic ‘Goonies’ house to visitors  —  Owner closes ‘The Goonies’ house to tourists  —  ASTORIA, Ore. — For a group known to never say die, a few blue tarps and homemade signs are quick to stop them dead in their tracks.  —  They are the latest fixtures donning the front …
Discussion: Telegraph and Mashable
 
 
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Md. Rep. Cummings hires Senate fundraiser
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Senators: Obama Admin Hiding Secret Iran Deal Letters
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Billionaire George Soros warms up to coal as stock prices hit bottom
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Iowa kid nailed by Rubio's football speaks out
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-Virginia Cop Charged With Murder Collapses In Court After He's Denied Bail
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Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Tennessee courts reverse ban on ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama's Nuclear Deal Tests Lawmakers' Loyalty
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