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7:20 PM ET, July 15, 2015


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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.”
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   How Democrats will pretend to fight the nuclear deal
Keith Koffler / Politico:
How Barack Obama Created Donald Trump  —  The Donald's appeal is real—and his anger connects with conservatives.  —  AP Photo.  —  SHARES  —  It is an unassailable doctrinal truth in the modern Republican Party that Ronald Reagan was a great president and that the United States …
MJ Lee / CNN:
Donald Trump: I'm worth $10 billion
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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  —
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ted Cruz challenges Fox debate standards  —  Ted Cruz's campaign is leading a charge to pressure Fox News into raising its standards for the national polls that will decide who gets into the first Republican presidential debate.  —  In a memo sent to fellow GOP campaigns on Wednesday …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton's lead shrinks among Democrats
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and The PJ Tatler
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  —  The day after the release of videos showing Gardena police officers shooting two unarmed men, one fatally, the survivor and the deceased victim's brother called for a deeper investigation into the Gardena Police Department.
Frederick Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
Why They're Cheering in Tehran  —  The nuclear deal is an opaque 159 pages, offering sanctions relief and vague promises of inspections.  —  The nuclear agreement with Iran announced Tuesday is an astoundingly good deal, far surpassing the hopes of anyone . . . in Tehran.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
This Parody Perfectly Nails Every Jade Helm Conspiracy Theory Video  —  What's more sinister than FEMA death camps?  Some black tarps and a chain-link fence.  —  Just in time for the Wednesday kickoff of “Jade Helm 15,” a YouTube user under the handle Get Right America posted an amazing parody …
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Guardian
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Walker: I Meant The Scouts Ban On Gay Leaders ‘Protected’ Kids From Politics  —  Presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said on Wednesday that when he described the Boy Scouts ban on gay leaders as having “protected children” he meant that it had protected them from political debate.
Jennifer Wright /
Before Ben became Bibi, he played soccer at Cheltenham HS  —  THE ISRAELI prime minister recently got a blast from the past courtesy of a few former classmates from Cheltenham High School.  —  Alums from the 1973 class sent Benjamin Netanyahu, a 1967 graduate, his class yearbook.
Discussion: Washington Times
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
Israeli Special Forces Assassinated Senior Syrian Official  —  On Aug. 1, 2008, a small team of Israeli commandos entered the waters near Tartus, Syria, and shot and killed a Syrian general as he was holding a dinner party at his seaside weekend home.  Muhammad Suleiman, a top aide to the Syrian president …
Dustin Volz / National Journal:
How Much Damage Can the OPM Hackers Do With a Million Fingerprints?  —  The pilfering of 1.1 million fingerprints is “probably the biggest counterintelligence threat in my lifetime,” one former NSA official said.  —  The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that the personal data for 21.5 million people had been stolen.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slantpoint
Alex Davies / Wired:
Self-Driving Cars May End the Fines That Fill City Coffers  —  Before long, self-driving cars will deliver a lot of benefits.  First and foremost, they'll increase safety.  Accidents won't be eliminated, but surely will produce better results than humans, who play an outsized role in the 30,000 fatalities in US roads.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and RedState
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
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Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway