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2:20 PM ET, July 15, 2015

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton's lead shrinks among Democrats
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Trump's Popularity Rises, Still 2-1 Negative, While Clinton Regains Positive Territory (POLL)
Discussion: FOX News Radio, Politico and Mediaite
USA Today:
Poll: Trump leads the GOP field but falters against Clinton
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to meet Wednesday in New York
Discussion: OnPolitics and Trail Blazers Blog
Tyler Miller / The Daily Beast:
Planned Parented Doesn't Sell Fetuses: The Real Story Behind That Shady Video  —  A pro-life group's viral video would have you believe an abortion doctor is hawking body parts.  —  Pro-lifers are already calling it the end of Planned Parenthood.  An undercover video released early Tuesday morning …
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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 …
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)
Steve Allen / National Review:
‘A Lot of People Want Liver’: Planned Parenthood's Bloody Business  —  lot of people want liver.  " So says Planned Parenthood's director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, between bites of what one must assume are fava beans and sips of a nice Chianti, Dr. Nucatola doing a fair impersonation of Dr. Lecter.
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Live Action Puts Out Another Titillating but Misleading Video About Planned Parenthood
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Planned Parenthood's PR Firm: Harvesting Organs of Aborted Babies a ‘Humanitarian Undertaking’
Nick Gass / Politico:
Republican senators warn Iran in open letter  —  Republican senators want to give Iranian leaders — and the president — a refresher on the constitutional balance of power.  —  In a highly unusual move, a group of 47 Republicans in the upper chamber has written to Iran's top leaders …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The next GOP president won't walk away from the Iran deal.  Here's why.  —  Now that we have a nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans are jostling each other to determine who can make the most angry and apocalyptic statements about it.  —  Scott Walker said it “will be remembered as one of America's worst diplomatic failures.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Sen. Mark Kirk On Iran Deal: Obama “Wants To Get Nukes To Iran,” Predicts Nuclear War In Middle East  —  “...tens of thousands of people in the Middle East are gonna lose their lives because of this decision by Barack Hussein Obama.”  —  Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com
Discussion: Political Wire and The PJ Tatler
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Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Far Worse Than Munich
Nick Gass / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Iran deal makes ‘actual use of nuclear weapons’ more likely
Discussion: Common Dreams and Scared Monkeys
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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Julie Bykowicz / Associated Press:
Presidential election already fueled by $377 million
Discussion: ABC News
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
How Democrats will pretend to fight the nuclear deal  —  Fifty-nine days and counting: That's where we are now when it comes to the Iran nuclear deal announced almost gleefully by President Obama on Tuesday morning.  —  Congress has 59 days to vote against it.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP crafts Iran deal attack plan
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
C-SPAN to preempt first GOP debate  —  C-SPAN is partnering with a handful of regional newspapers in early-voting states for a nationally televised forum with the Republican presidential candidates just days before Fox News Channel's first scheduled debate.  —  The network has invited all 17 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton … A few minutes before my meeting with Hillary Clinton on the Fourth of July, during my drive to the Mount Washington hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., where she was staying, I passed a moose near the side of the road.
Los Angeles Times:
This is the video Gardena police didn't want you to see  —  In the two years since Gardena police officers fatally shot an unarmed man, city officials fought to keep graphic video of the killing under wraps.  —  The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars …
Discussion: LAist, Hit & Run and The Week
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Dems: Benghazi panel has ‘abandoned’ its work to focus on Hillary  —  Democrats serving on the House Select Committee on Benghazi say the panel's GOP chairman has “abandoned” plans for hearings to shift the focus of the investigation to Hillary Clinton.  —  “At the beginning of this year …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Associated Press:
Emails: NC board member involved in disputed voting plan
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Google to Offer Internet Service for Free in White House Program
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Electa Draper / Denver Post:
10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Catholic sisters offering elder care in case over contraception mandate
Jeffrey Ball / The Atlantic:
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Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
TSA's response to criticism: Longer airport lines
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
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