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2:55 PM ET, July 16, 2015


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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
John McCain Has a Few Things to Say About Donald Trump  —  Over the weekend, Donald Trump held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that attracted several thousand people.  He shared the stage with the father of a man who was killed by an undocumented immigrant—and Trump continued his rant …
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.
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: Hot Air, Taylor Marsh and Politico
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Univision poll: Trump in trouble with Hispanics  —  Hispanic voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump's controversial comments on illegal immigration, according to a new Univision poll.  —  Seventy nine percent of Hispanic voters polled find Trump's comments offensive, and 71 percent hold an unfavorable view of Trump.
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Presidential Fundraising: See Who's Spending, Who's Lagging, Who's Raising and Where  —  Financial disclosure forms filed by most of the major presidential candidates on Wednesday have brought the race into sharper focus, revealing stark differences in the 2016 competitors' base of support, both demographically and geographically.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Wisconsin Supreme Court ends John Doe probe into Scott Walker's campaign  —  The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election.
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
PHOTOS: Protesters Welcome Obama To Oklahoma With Confederate Flags  —  Supporters of the Confederate flag rallied Wednesday in Oklahoma as President Barack Obama arrived in the state for a series of events, including the first ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting President.
The Duggar Family:
Duggar Family Statement Regarding TLC's Announcement  —  Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.  —  Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity …
Discussion: WWBT-TV, Mashable, WGN-TV and Guardian
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: TLC cancels ‘19 Kids and Counting’
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%.
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Senate approves financing deal for Bucks arena, 21-10  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — After two days of backroom talks, state senators struck a bipartisan deal Wednesday and approved $250 million in public subsidies for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Michael Tracey / The New Republic:
The Bernie Sanders Archive Is Bustling With Mysterious Young Men  —  Campaign interns have been tasked with digitizing every document—and keeping quiet about it  —  July is a sleepy time on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, and ordinarily the basement of the Bailey/Howe Library would be sleepier still.
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: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Tom Phillips / Guardian:
Uniqlo sex video: film shot in Beijing store goes viral and angers government  —  Police investigate and China's internet watchdog condemns ‘unsocialist’ behaviour after millions watch x-rated film online  —  A viral sex video that set the Chinese internet alight this week struck a severe blow …
Discussion: The Verge, and Althouse
Chicago Tribune:
Woman from Chicago area found dead in Texas jail cell  —  A woman with ties to the Chicago suburbs was found dead this week in a Texas jail cell, days before she was to start a new job.  —  Authorities in Waller County said Sandra Bland, 28, appears to have committed suicide in her cell …
Discussion: Slantpoint, Shakesville and Raw Story
Jonathan Tilove / Dallas Morning News:
Traveler bumped from flight after accosting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for opposing gay marriage  —  AUSTIN — As he was waiting with family and staff to board a flight back to Austin on Tuesday night after two days promoting Texas in New York City, Gov. Greg Abbott was approached by another passenger …
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: ABC News and Hot Air
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Senate rejects climate change education measure  —  Republican senators rejected an amendment to a No Child Left Behind reform bill Wednesday that looked to establish a federal climate change education program.  —  The measure, from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would have created a grant program …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
USA Today:
S.F. ‘sanctuary’ policy violates common sense: Our view  —  Killing of Kathryn Steinle reflects costs of lack of cooperation with immigration authorities.  —  A little bit of common sense and discretion might have prevented the killing this month in San Francisco of Kathryn Steinle …
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
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: Fox News and RedState
Leo Hohmann / WND:
Mayor brags: Our white population plummets  —  Credits La Raza, U.N. refugee program for growing ‘diversity’  —  Leo Hohmann is a news editor for WND.  He has been a reporter and editor at several suburban newspapers in the Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, areas and also served …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Ellen Pao / Washington Post:
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Takes Big Step Forward On Commerce, Builds Shops Into Pages
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Al Gore criticizes Obama on climate change and ‘insane’ Arctic drilling
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Daily Mail:
It's not us, it's the Chinese! …
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Only 3 Percent of Jeb Bush's Campaign Cash Came From Small Donors
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
University policy suggests disabled people can't consent to sex
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
Christie Blatchford / National Post:
Ruling in Twitter harassment trial could have enormous fallout for free speech
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Emily Greenhouse / Bloomberg Business:
Why Aren't More Women's Groups Fighting to Get Carly Fiorina Into the GOP Debate?
Discussion: Washington Post and US News
Steven Lubet / The New Republic:
Ethnography on Trial  —  Alice Goffman's acclaimed book …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
Sweet Home Alabama
Discussion: Ordinary Times
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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