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11:55 AM ET, July 18, 2015

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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 …
Nick Denton:
Taking a post down  —  Yesterday evening, Gawker.com published a story about the CFO of Conde Nast texting an escort.  It was an editorial call, a close call around which there were more internal disagreements than usual.  And it is a decision I regret.  —  The story involves extortion …
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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 …
Gawker:
A Statement From the Gawker Media Editorial Staff  —  Our union drive has expressed at every stage of the process that one of our core goals is to protect the editorial independence of Gawker Media sites from the influence of business-side concerns.  Today's unprecedented breach of the firewall …
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.
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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.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Trump: McCain will lose his primary
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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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?
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
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 …
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 …
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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Heather Caygle / Politico:
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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
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