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3:55 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
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 …
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: 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Fiorina: Obama ‘pallid’ on Chattanooga shooting
Courtney Such / RealClearPolicy:
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Julia La Roche / Business Insider:
Goldman Sachs' newly minted billionaire CEO Lloyd Blankfein grew up in the projects of Brooklyn
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3,500-Acre North Fire in Cajon Pass Burns Homes and Vehicles, Shuts Down 15 Freeway
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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
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Appeal? G.O.P. Is Puzzled, but His Fans Aren't
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