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6:50 AM ET, July 16, 2015


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Abe Greenwald / Commentary Magazine:
The Deal Wasn't About Iran's Nukes  —  If you think the United States just struck a poor nuclear deal with Iran, you're right; but if that's your key takeaway, you're missing the point.  Iran's nuclear program was last on the list of the Obama administration's priorities in talking to Tehran.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Power Line
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  —
Associated Press:
The Latest: Obama Thanks Putin for Russian Help in Nuke Deal
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   Iran nuclear deal: What does it mean for Americans held in Iran?
The Hill:
Sanders rains on Hillary's parade  —  Hillary Clinton took Capitol Hill by storm on Tuesday with a daylong series of friendly talks with congressional Democrats on the most pressing issues of the day.  But if it was Clinton's parade, no one told Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Discussion: Phantom Public and Common Dreams
USA Today:
Poll shows most say court decisions mean Obamacare, gay marriage settled  —  WASHINGTON — In the wake of last month's historic Supreme Court decisions, most Americans say it's time for opponents to end their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to block same-sex marriages, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds.
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Two Americas  —  Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker have utterly …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Planned Parenthood controversy over aborted fetus body parts, explained
Keith Koffler / Politico:
How Barack Obama created Donald Trump  —  The Donald's appeal is real—and his anger connects with conservatives.  —  SHARES  —  It is an unassailable doctrinal truth in the modern Republican Party that Ronald Reagan was a great president and that the United States can be restored to its former glory …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Clueless Reporters Question President Pinocchio: A Pathetic Press Conference  —  Today President Obama met the White House press corps at length to defend his Iran nuclear deal.  One could deconstruct his evasions line by line, but that would largely duplicate the content of many posts we have done over the past weeks and months.
Frederick Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
Why They're Cheering in Tehran
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
This Man Took On Fox News And Became A Hero To His City  —  Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, knew Fox News was lurking.  —  “They've been stalking various members of the board of supervisors for the last week.  They went to someone's home.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Laura J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking Uber should be suspended in California and fined $7.3 million, judge says  —  The ride-hailing giant Uber should be fined $7.3 million and suspended from operating in California because its parent company did not comply with state laws, a state administrative judge said Wednesday.
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday was a historic day.  The comprehensive, long-term deal that we achieved with our allies and partners to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon represents a powerful display of American leadership and diplomacy.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Who Will Pay the Political Price for Affordable Housing?  —  For generations, working- and middle-class opponents of anti-discrimination laws have argued that more affluent whites support such laws without having to bear any of the costs.  —  Now, the Democratic loyalty of better-off white liberals …
President George H.W. Bush in the hospital after fall -  —  Former President George H.W. Bush fell Wednesday while at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, breaking a vertebrae in his neck.
Discussion: Mediaite and Slantpoint
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
Human legs, arm found in downtown New Haven  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police confirm that they have located the remains of human legs near the train tracks at the corner of State and Court Streets, and an arm along the tracks near Chapel Street.
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: ABC News
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
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Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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Discussion: Hit & Run
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