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10:20 AM ET, August 2, 2015

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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Joe Biden Said to Be Taking New Look at Presidential Run  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Associated Press:
Biden Associates Resume Discussion About Presidential Run  —  Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year.
Discussion: Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Who Was Maureen Dowd's Source?
WFAA-TV:
Sources: Grand jury indicts Attorney General Ken Paxton  —  McKINNEY — A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on multiple felony charges, according to several sources who are familiar with the complaints.  —  The charges will be unsealed in McKinney on Monday about noon …
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges  —  HOUSTON — Ken Paxton, the Republican attorney general of Texas and a former longtime lawmaker, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of securities fraud and of failing to register with the state securities board …
Richard A. Serrano / Chicago Tribune:
Assailant in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation  —  Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Trump builds his political machine  —  Donald Trump is assembling a team of political strategists and campaign staffers charged with sustaining his lead in the Republican presidential polls.  —  While strategists say Trump still got a ways to go to catch up to his rivals for the White House …
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
The Unbearable Nuttiness of Mike Huckabee  —  Oh go home, you old fundamentalist fool, before you embarrass the Republicans any more.  —  “Playing the Hitler card” is an infallible sign that a politician has run out of intelligent, substantive and plausible ways to criticize an opponent.
Politico:
Congress balks at lifeline for Puerto Rico  —  Puerto Rico is suffocating under a mountain of $73 billion in debt — and everyone from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama is urging Congress to throw the U.S. territory a bankruptcy lifeline.  —  Capitol Hill's response?  A slow shrug.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
Texas Already Defunded Planned Parenthood — Here's What Congress Can Learn From It  —  As Congress seeks to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, lawmakers and health care professionals in the state of Texas, who took similar action in recent years, have some advice on how to make that transition …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Questions raised about Planned Parenthood cuts
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:30 minutes ago
Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan With His Legacy in Mind  —  WASHINGTON — In the strongest action ever taken in the United States to combat climate change, President Obama will unveil on Monday a set of environmental regulations devised to sharply cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions …
Sebastian Robertson / WFAA-TV:
Man dies after Dallas jail scuffle  —  Witnesses of the incident say a deputy used excessive force on a man who ran into the jail.  Sebastian Robertson reports.  —  CONNECT  —  DALLAS — Dallas County officials said a man died after a Saturday morning scuffle with a deputy at the county jail.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:20 minutes ago
Charles Koch: ‘Life or death struggle for our country’  —  Kicking off a donor seminar, the billionaire casts reckless foreign policy and overspending as bipartisan problems.  —  DANA POINT, Calif. - Charles Koch, in a Saturday evening speech welcoming major donors and leading Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Post and Slantpoint
New York Post:
Crime wave grips Central Park  —  A violent beggar choked a West Side man into unconsciousness in Central Park's Ramble in a hellish mugging that underscores the famed park's skyrocketing robbery stats.  —  “If you scream I'll kill you,” were the last words the 53-year-old victim heard Thursday night …
Discussion: Daily Mail
Ryan Carey-Mahoney / USA Today:
Jericho, Cecil the lion's brother, killed  —  The brother of Cecil the lion, whose death sparked widespread outrage this week, was killed by a hunter Saturday afternoon in Zimbabwe, a local conservation group said.  —  “I'm very disappointed.  I'm heartbroken,” Zimbabwe Conservation Task …
Discussion: CNN, Slantpoint and KSNG-TV
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Texas sheriff refuses to turn over jailhouse video after 32-year-old gay man dies of ‘natural causes’
Discussion: theGrio and LiberalAmerica.org
Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
Desert Storm, the Last Classic War
Discussion: CFR.org
Kristen Green / The Atlantic:
Prince Edward County's Long Shadow of Segregation
ABC News:
Watch Military Dad Surprise Son at Baseball Game After 6 Months in Kuwait
Discussion: fox8.com
Jenise Fernandez / WPLG-TV:
South Florida woman first to receive bionic eye in Florida
Discussion: Slantpoint, ABC News and abc13.com
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Christie: Elizabeth Warren is ‘taking over’ Democratic Party
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan James / International Business Times:
Salon.com Recognizes Union, Ending Monthlong Standoff With Editorial Staff
New York Times:
Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hullabaloo
Reuters:
Exclusive: Donald Trump's companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers
Jessica McMaster / KSHB-TV:
Video of Lenexa PD arrest goes viral, sparks concerns
Discussion: BizPac Review, Mediaite and Raw Story
William Saletan / Slate:
The Iran hearings have shown how the Republican Party can no longer be trusted with the presidency.