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5:30 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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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
Andrew Husband / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Ignores Draft Deferment Questions After Criticizing McCain, Vietnam  —  In case you hadn't noticed, Donald Trump is not having a very good day.  During a talk at the Family Leadership Summit, the 2016 GOP hopeful launched a tirade of verbal garbage at Arizona Sen. John McCain …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam; other Republicans quickly condemn him  —  AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Trump on John McCain: 'I Like People That Weren't Captured, Okay?'  —  Donald Trump went where nobody could have expected even Donald Trump to go.  —  The real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate, who's leading the field in several recent polls, lit into Senator John McCain …
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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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: Washington Monthly and US News
KHOU-TV:
10lb.  baby boy born on Beltway 8 en route to birthing center  —  HOUSTON - A baby boy was born in the family car on Beltway 8 while on the way to the birthing center - and it was all captured on video.  —  The video shows a mom in the last stages of labor.
BBC:
Greece debt crisis: Reforms ‘will fail’ - Varoufakis  —  Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has told the BBC that economic reforms imposed on his country by creditors are “going to fail”, ahead of talks on a huge bailout.  —  Mr Varoufakis said Greece was subject to a programme that will …
New York Times:
At a Mosque, Grief Mixes With Fear of Revenge  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Just beyond a massive strip mall, with its Best Buy and Hobby Lobby, Abdul Baasit, the imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, found himself preaching on Friday about a nightmare.
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Ta-Nehisi Coates's ‘Visceral’ Take on Being Black in America  —  BALTIMORE — “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates's meditation on being a black man in America, has had an almost frictionless glide straight to the heart of the national conversation.  —  A blurb from Toni Morrison declared …
 
 
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Reuters:
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