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3:40 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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton's lead shrinks among Democrats  —  Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic field for 2016, but her lead has shrunk in recent months, according to a new Monmouth University poll out Wednesday, as independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to make steady gains despite trailing by a wide margin.
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and 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
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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Washington Post:
Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research
Planned Parenthood:
Statement from Planned Parenthood on New Undercover Video
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Planned Parenthood's PR Firm: Harvesting Organs of Aborted Babies a ‘Humanitarian Undertaking’
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Live Action Puts Out Another Titillating but Misleading Video About Planned Parenthood
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
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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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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
What to Watch in Presidential Campaigns' Quarterly Filings
Julie Bykowicz / Associated Press:
Presidential election already fueled by $377 million
Discussion: ABC News
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.”
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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
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.
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 …
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
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: Mediaite, abc7.com, LAist, Hit & Run, NPR and The Week
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Guardian and Raw Story
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Justice Scalia: Why he's a bad influence  —  Justice Antonin Scalia is setting a terrible example for young lawyers.  Ignore, for now, his jurisprudence, his famously strict originalism; it's his tone that's the problem.  —  I have taught argumentation for many years …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid threatens to block No Child Left Behind renewal  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Tuesday that Democrats would block a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law unless they are allowed to make further changes.  —  “We are not going to allow cloture to succeed unless …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and RedState
 
 
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Scott Thistle / Sun Journal:
Cartoonist's son accepts Paul LePage's apology, says he wasn't offended
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
How Democrats will pretend to fight the nuclear deal
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Eric Schwitzgebel / Aeon Magazine:
How often do ethics professors call their mothers?
Discussion: Unfogged
Alex Brill / RealClearMarkets:
How ObamaCare Overpays for Medicaid
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Emily Smith / Page Six:
George Lopez in talks to replace Trump on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
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Associated Press:
Emails: NC board member involved in disputed voting plan
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg Business:
Google to Offer Internet Service for Free in White House Program
Discussion: The Verge
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:
Why the Saudis Are Going Solar  —  Prince Turki bin Saud bin …
Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
TSA's response to criticism: Longer airport lines
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly charged with indecent exposure, trespassing
 

 
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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: comedian Dax Shepard signs an $80M podcasting deal with Amazon, shifting his Armchair Expert show to Amazon's Wondery service from Spotify

 
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