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12:25 PM ET, July 18, 2015

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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.
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 …
Bad Journalist:
Goodbye to All That Gawking  —  To steal a tired line from an old dead writer: Gawker in 2013 was a very special time and place to be a part of.  I think - hope - that I still have some good years of writing and reporting and editing ahead of me, but whatever form that future takes …
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Nick Denton:
Taking a post down  —  Yesterday evening, Gawker.com published …
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 and Hot Air
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.
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
WKYC-TV:
Chattanooga shooter worked at Perry Nuclear Power Plant; Medra Marketing  —  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez may have recently lived and worked in Cleveland suburbs  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The man who opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, killing four Marines and injuring three others, is Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
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Melissa Pamer / KTLA:
3,500-Acre North Fire in Cajon Pass Burns Homes and Vehicles, Shuts Down 15 Freeway  —  A dangerous, fast-moving wildfire spread through the Cajon Pass on Friday afternoon, damaging several homes and threatening about 50 others after jumping the 15 Freeway and destroying some 20 vehicles stopped on the pavement.
Discussion: WTVR-TV and WGN-TV
St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Waller County authorities release more details in jail suicide  —  The Texas Department of Public Safety has asked the FBI to assist in the investigation into the death of the 28-year-old woman who apparently hanged herself in a jail cell in Waller County on Monday.
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New York Post:
Minivan likely carrying paintball guns, not assault rifles, cops say  —  A group in Staten Island photographed toting what appeared to be assault rifles Friday morning were likely carrying paintball guns and not the lethal weapons, cops said.  —  The four young men and a woman wearing …
 
 
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Courtney Such / RealClearPolicy:
The Rise of Concealed Carry
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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
Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. deputies union ties pier killing to sheriff's order
Discussion: Fox News and Liberty Unyielding
John M. Annese / Staten Island Advance:
Michael Grimm gets 8 months in prison at sentencing
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and 7online.com
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
White House Hosts 110-Year-Old World War II Veteran Emma Didlake
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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
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Greece and Europe: Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain?
Discussion: Forbes, Slantpoint and New York Times
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Rand Paul may hold up highway bill over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Daily Kos
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Winners and Losers in the First Big Cash Grab of the 2016 Presidential Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly