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2:40 PM ET, July 18, 2015

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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Trump Attacks McCain for Being Prisoner of War: 'I Like People That Weren't Captured'  —  Speaking today in Iowa, Donald Trump attacked John McCain for being a former prisoner of war.  Watch here:  —  “He's not a war hero,” Trump, a Republican running for president, said of McCain.
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Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Surge Leaves All but Jeb Bush in Donald's Dust  —  Something strange has happened to the Republican presidential field since Donald Trump joined it a month ago: Mr. Trump and Jeb Bush are rising.  Everyone else is falling in the polls, or seems stuck in place.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump attacks McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured'  —  Donald Trump might finally have crossed the line.  —  Appearing on Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, the real estate mogul took his running feud with Arizona Sen. John McCain to a new level.  —  Story Continued Below
Discussion: JSOnline and Outside the Beltway
WANE-TV:
Sailor from Paulding one of Chattanooga shooting victims  —  Darlene Proxmire, the step-grandmother of Randall Smith, called NewsChannel 15 Saturday morning and said he passed away around 4 a.m.  —  This is an update to the previously published story:  —  PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) …
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Fox News:
Sailor in Chattanooga shooting has died, death toll now 5  —  BREAKING NEWS: The Navy said Saturday the sailor shot in Thursday's attack at a military support center in Chattanooga, Tenn. has died.  —  Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith was one of three people injured when a gunman opened fire …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Forecasters Expect a Strong Economy for the 2016 Presidential Election  —  When it comes to elections, fundamentals matter.  A lot.  —  A wide range of political science research suggests that if you want to know who will win the presidency, the state of the economy …
Discussion: US News
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Setting Sights on Same-Sex Marriage Law  —  WASHINGTON — Days after a showdown over the Confederate flag, House Republicans are barreling toward a new confrontation on another contentious issue: How should Congress respond to the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage?
African-American Conservatives:
Obama, the Great Negotiator  —  It is not often that I feel compelled to defend President Obama.  But in this case I will.  The recent nuclear deal with Iran reveals that he is not a poor negotiator but rather an excellent one.  —  The President has been mocked for his negotiation skills throughout …
Reuters:
Iran leader withholds verdict on nuclear deal, vows anti-U.S. policies  —  Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei withheld his verdict on Iran's nuclear deal on Saturday but in a fiery address vowed enduring opposition to the United States and its Middle East policies, saying Washington sought Iran's ‘surrender’.
Discussion: Fox News, neo-neocon and Hot Air
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Scott Walker Inquiry Shows the Danger of Secrecy  —  In 2010, Wisconsin convened a “John Doe” investigation into the misuse of funds in the Milwaukee county executive's office.  In the state, a judge can allow prosecutors to carry out a John Doe investigation, requiring secrecy from everyone involved.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Fiorina: Obama ‘pallid’ on Chattanooga shooting  —  GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has been underwhelmed so far by President Obama's response to Thursday's mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn.  —  Fiorina argued Friday that Obama is not treating the attack with the dignity it deserves.
CNN:
Who was Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez?  —  Deadly shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee 7 photos  —  A police car blocks the entrances to the Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, July 16.  Authorities say Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24 …
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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Stars And Bars Fanatic Is Now Behind Bars
Discussion: myfox8.com and Daily Mail
Courtney Such / RealClearPolicy:
The Rise of Concealed Carry
Discussion: whorunsGov and Real Clear Politics
Julia La Roche / Business Insider:
Goldman Sachs' newly minted billionaire CEO Lloyd Blankfein grew up in the projects of Brooklyn
Discussion: Daily Mail and Bloomberg Business
Melissa Pamer / KTLA:
3,500-Acre North Fire in Cajon Pass Burns Homes and Vehicles, Shuts Down 15 Freeway
Discussion: WTVR-TV and WGN-TV
John M. Annese / Staten Island Advance:
Michael Grimm gets 8 months in prison at sentencing
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
White House Hosts 110-Year-Old World War II Veteran Emma Didlake
Discussion: WKRN-TV
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Appeal? G.O.P. Is Puzzled, but His Fans Aren't
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and Hot Air