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9:30 AM ET, July 16, 2015


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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump crowds out second-tier GOP presidential candidates  —  Donald Trump's rise in the polls has caused heartburn for many people in the Republican Party, but it is the second-tier candidates in the presidential field who have been hurt most of all.  —  Candidates who have years …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Jeb Bush girds for debate smackdown with Donald Trump  —  The former Florida governor is bracing for the possibility of a presidential debate pile-on.  —  Since announcing his presidential bid last month, Donald Trump has thrown haymakers at a variety of candidates, but he's gone after Jeb Bush with particular zeal.
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 …
MJ Lee / CNN:   Donald Trump: I'm worth $10 billion
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Why is the media picking sides on polling?  —  On June 25, the results of two polls of likely New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary voters were published by their sponsors: CNN-WMUR and Bloomberg/Saint Anselm College.  The polls were conducted during the same time period(the prior week) …
Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Clinton's standing falls among Democrats  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Bernie Sanders' official haul: $15.2 million
The Hill:
Sanders rains on Hillary's parade
Discussion: Phantom Public and Common Dreams
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Reporter scolded by Obama: ‘Clearly it struck a nerve’  —  CBS correspondent Major Garrett said that his question during a televised White House press conference Wednesday that prompted a scolding from President Obama “struck a nerve.”  —  Garrett said the essence of his question concerned …
Discussion: Hot Air
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:   How President Obama Wants to Change the Way Americans Go to Prison
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama, in Oklahoma, Will Focus on Overhaul of Criminal Justice System
Discussion: Washington Post
Remarks by the President at the NAACP Conference
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans' Approval of Supreme Court Sinks to 18%  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — After a historic Supreme Court session that included rulings on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, Democrats' approval of the high court has surged to 76% and Republicans' approval has plummeted to a record-low 18%.
Discussion: Politico
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Two Americas  —  Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker have utterly …
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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ted Cruz makes New York Times' list  —  Five days after accusing The New York Times of bias, secrecy and foul play, Ted Cruz is finally getting what he wanted: a highly coveted spot on the paper's bestseller list.  —  Cruz's memoir, “A Time For Truth,” will appear at No. 7 on the Times' list …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ted Cruz challenges Fox debate standards
Discussion: Mediaite
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Mainstream Media Refuses To Give Planned Parenthood Scandal Legs.  The Question Is: Why?  —  Whenever abortion pops into the picture, emotions run high.  —  But where do mainstream newspapers get off simply not reporting the news?  —  This is what happened Tuesday when a video …
Leslie Rangel / KFOR-TV:
“We don't believe it's a symbol of racism,” Confederate flags fly downtown as President drives in  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — The President's visit has sparked controversy all over the state.  —  Supporters of the confederate flag have their own message to send to President Obama.
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 …
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.
GOP lawmaker: No cash for campaign arm because it backs gays  —  New Jersey Republican Scott Garrett challenges his party's leadership.  —  Rep. Jeb Hensarling message seems aimed at Rep. Scott Garrett, who has angered some in the party.  Getty  —  Closed committee meetings are typically wonkish, routine affairs.
Discussion: Mediaite
Annie Karni / Politico:
Unions seethe over early Clinton endorsement  —  Labor leaders said there was a clear understanding that no national unions would make an endorsement before July 30.  But the American Federation of Teachers jumped the gun.  —  There was never any question that the powerful American Federation …
Discussion: RedState
Sarah Zagorski /
Company Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts From Planned Parenthood Takes Down Web Site  —  Planned Parenthood has a dilemma on their hands: the Center for Medical Progress has released a video of their top doctor, Deborah Nucatola, discussing their negotiations with a business called Stem Express …
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Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
In Texas, a Military Exercise Is Met by Some With Suspicion
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Discussion: Mediaite and Slantpoint
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
This Man Took On Fox News And Became A Hero To His City
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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Chris Morris / Fortune:
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