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9:55 AM ET, July 15, 2015

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Nick Gass / Politico:
Donald Trump: I don't know why I'm meeting Ted Cruz  —  Donald Trump is meeting with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Manhattan on Wednesday, though he claimed in an interview on MSNBC that he does not know why.  —  “Ted Cruz called me.  And I don't know why I'm meeting him, to be honest …
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Washington Post:
Trump's popularity spikes among Republicans  —  Donald Trump's popularity has surged among Republicans after dominating several news cycles with his anti-illegal immigration rhetoric, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Nearly six in 10 — 57 percent …
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Trump's Popularity Rises, Still 2-1 Negative, While Clinton Regains Positive Territory (POLL)  —  Positive views of Donald Trump have doubled since his controversial comments on immigration, although many more Americans still dislike rather than like him, now by nearly a 2-1 margin …
Discussion: Politico
USA Today:
Poll: Trump leads the GOP field but falters against Clinton
Washington Post:
Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research  —  Editor's note: Contains graphic language.  The Center for Medical Progress released a video that allegedly shows a Planned Parenthood executive talking about selling fetal organs.  (The Center for Medical Progress)
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Planned Parenthood:
Statement from Planned Parenthood on New Undercover Video  —  Statement from Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:  —  “In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs …
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Live Action Puts Out Another Titillating but Misleading Video About Planned Parenthood  —  The conservative media is a-flutter thinking they have a “gotcha” against Planned Parenthood: a video supposedly exposing the organization for “selling” fetal body parts, which is against the law.
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
Undercover Footage Captures Stunning Claim About Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Addicting Info and LifeNews.com
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
Planned Parenthood's Top Doctor, Praised by CEO, Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Planned Parenthood Defends Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies, Calls Body Parts “Tissue”
Matthew Duss / The New Republic:
The Iran Deal Is a Victory for Obama Diplomacy Over Bush Warmongering  —  don't want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place.  " That was Senator Barack Obama, speaking about Iraq in a 2008 primary debate.  For a candidate who had seen …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Why the Iran Deal Makes Obama's Critics So Angry
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McConnell: No timeline for ObamaCare repeal  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he does not have a timeline for using reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare, but indicated that Republicans would look to roll back as much of the law as they can.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP senators challenge Ted Cruz book claims
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly charged with indecent exposure, trespassing  —  A 39-year-old state lawmaker from Bethesda was arrested in late June and charged with indecent exposure and trespassing after a dispute at the home of her ex-husband, according to court records.
Politico:
Revenge of Citizens United  —  Republicans could barely contain their glee when the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision cleared the way for unlimited spending in political campaigns.  —  But now — headed into a crowded presidential primary that promises to be longer …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP crafts Iran deal attack plan  —  Republican leaders in Congress are crafting their attack plan against the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.  —  Lawmakers will have 60 days to review the deal after the White House delivers the text of the historic agreement to Capitol Hill.
Discussion: New York Times
Nick Gass / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Iran deal makes ‘actual use of nuclear weapons’ more likely  —  Not since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki nearly 70 years ago has the world been closer to the use of nuclear weapons, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.
Discussion: Political Wire
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Catholic sisters offering elder care in case over contraception mandate  —  The Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, who sued to avoid complying with the Obamacare contraception mandate, lost Tuesday in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals …
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Becket Fund:
Court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal  —  In an exclusive interview with Thomas L. Friedman, the president explains why he has no second thoughts about the accord with Iran.  —  Watch in Times Video »  —  Only hours after the conclusion of an agreement with Iran to lift oil …
Jeffrey Ball / The Atlantic:
Why the Saudis Are Going Solar  —  Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud belongs to the family that rules Saudi Arabia.  He wears a white thawb and ghutra, the traditional robe and headdress of Arab men, and he has a cavernous office hung with portraits of three Saudi royals.
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed:
Lena Dunham Is Launching A Newsletter For Young Women  —  On Sunday morning, Lena Dunham — on a break between days of shooting the fifth season of Girls and escorting her young cousin to a Taylor Swift concert — was sitting in a Brooklyn Heights restaurant, talking about Lenny …
Discussion: CNNMoney, Guardian, Mediaite and Mashable
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Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Far Worse Than Munich  —  I checked in with Sean Hannity on Fox News to share my thoughts on both the Iran “deal” and illegal immigration.  You can see the full interview here.  —  Sean started by cross-cutting Barack Obama on Tuesday with Neville Chamberlain in 1938.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Fox News Insider
 
 
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Reuters:
Mexico shows security footage of Guzman moments before he disappeared into tunnel
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Top GOP Donors Form New Mystery PAC Focused on 2016
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Plump cartoon characters provoke indulgent eating in kids, says CU-Boulder-led study
Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
TSA's response to criticism: Longer airport lines
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Daily Mail:
Knifeman shouting ‘Allah is great’ …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Los Angeles Times:
Videos of Gardena police shooting of unarmed men are made public
Discussion: Guardian
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Obama calls for criminal justice system reform
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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Warren calls for return of Glass-Steagall
Discussion: Slantpoint, Reuters and Washington Post
Catherine Lucey / Des Moines Register:
Behind in the polls, Martin O'Malley looks to Iowa
Discussion: Phantom Public
Baltimore Sun:
Pluto flyby: an unmatched American accomplishment
Discussion: NBC News, WCBD News 2 and The Week
Ben Dreyfuss / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Just Tweeted a Campaign Ad Featuring What Look Like Nazi Soldiers
Discussion: Mediaite, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Camille Paglia / TIME:
What a Woman President Should Be Like  —  Paglia is the author …
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur and Althouse
Kellan Howell / Washington Times:
Murder rates drop as concealed carry permits soar: report
 

 
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