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11:50 AM ET, July 22, 2015

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Ben Norton:
Dashcam Video of Violent Arrest of Sandra Bland Was Edited  —  The dashcam video released to the public of the violent arrest of Sandra Bland was edited.  —  Bland was a 28-year-old Black Lives Matter civil rights activist and vocal critic of police brutality who died in police custody …
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Richie Duchon / NBC News:
Sandra Bland Death: Texas to Look Into Alleged Edits of Dashcam Video  —  Texas Department of Public Safety authorities said late Tuesday they were looking into alleged edits to a 52-minute dashcam video of the traffic stop and arrest of Sandra Bland, who subsequently died in her jail cell three days after her arrest.
David Montgomery / New York Times:
Officer Threatened Sandra Bland With Taser, Police Video Shows
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
What happened to Sandra Bland in cell 95? Debate continues with video release
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Provision in Iran Accord Is Challenged by Some Nuclear Experts  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's claim that the Iran nuclear accord provides for airtight verification procedures is coming under challenge from nuclear experts with long experience in monitoring Tehran's program.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz threatens to tie Iran deal to highway bill  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is planning to use a highway funding bill to add sink a long-term Iran nuclear deal reached earlier this month.  —  The Texas Republican, who is running for president, will offer an amendment to the bipartisan …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Associated Press
Pompeo, Mike:   Pompeo, Cotton Urge Disclosure of Complete Iran Nuclear Deal
New York Times:
The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood  —  A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses.  It shows nothing of the sort.  But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood …
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Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Crush Planned Parenthood  —  Caught in stomach-turning video, all it can apologize for is the tone.  —  Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards apologized last week for the uncompassionate tone her senior director of medical research, Deborah Nucatola, used to explain the process …
Melissa Quinn / The Daily Signal:
Meet the 41 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Moe Lane
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump to visit Texas border  —  Donald Trump will visit the border between Texas and Mexico on Thursday.  —  The presidential candidate will arrive in Laredo to meet with a local border patrol union before traveling to the border to address the media.  He'll then speak at an event for law enforcement, his campaign said.
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Donald Trump to tour U.S.-Mexico border  —  What's next in the immigration crisis?  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's colorful presidential campaign heads to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, where the billionaire businessman is sure to expand on his controversial comments about immigrants.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: I gave out Lindsey Graham's phone number ‘for fun’  —  Donald Trump has no regrets about giving out Lindsey Graham's cellphone number on Tuesday.  —  In fact, Trump said Wednesday, he “did it for fun.”  —  Story Continued Below  —  Asked on “Fox and Friends” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and US News
Donald Trump / The Onion:
Admit It: You People Want To See How Far This Goes, Don't You?  —  The latest polls are out, and just as I predicted, I'm leading the Republican presidential race by a wide margin.  You might be wondering how that could be.  After all, it's hardly been a month since I entered the field …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:   Will GOP debate be the Trump show?
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump's success annoys GOP
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have ‘prevented’ ISIS rise  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Army's top officer told Fox News Tuesday it's “frustrating” to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding …
Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
‘No one remembers him’: Donald Trump's classmates from UPenn business school have ‘no memory of him whatsoever,’ doubt his claims of being top in class  —  Donald Trump styles himself a natural-born genius with the academic credentials and business savvy to save the nation.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Larter / Navy Times:
Sources: Navy officer, Marine fought to take out Chattanooga gunman  —  A Navy officer and a Marine fired their sidearms hoping to kill or subdue the gunman who murdered five service members last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to multiple military officials familiar with internal reporting on the tragedy.
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Washington Post:
Marine in Chattanooga shooting may have been armed, officials say
Art Swift / Gallup:
Pope Francis' Favorable Rating Drops in U.S.  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis' favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope.  It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014.  The pontiff's rating is similar to the 58% …
Al Whitaker / WHNT-TV:
Two fired from Decatur business, claim Confederate Battle Flag to blame  —  DECATUR, Ala. - The Confederate Battle Flag may have cost two men their jobs.  They claim they were fired from Turner Industries this week for refusing to remove the flag from their vehicles.
Lisa Kaylor / The Augusta Chronicle:
Entrance of pro-LGBT Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer defaced with graffiti  —  Vandals spray-painted Tuesday morning a Bible passage that condemns homosexual sex on a downtown church whose pastor was part of the first gay couple to receive a marriage license in Richmond County.
Discussion: Raw Story and LiberalAmerica.org
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Trump orders flags flown at half-staff for ‘soldiers’  —  Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all Trump properties in honor of four Marines and a sailor killed last week in Chattanooga, Tenn.  —  Trump also referred to the victims as “soldiers …
 
 
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Lauren Silverman / KERA News:
Texas Lawmaker Wants People To Be Able To Carry Guns In Hospitals
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Emmeline Zhao / RealClearEducation:
Common Core Politics and Elections: Where the Standards Stand Amid No Child Left Behind Rewrite …
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
Theodore Bikel, Master of Versatility in Songs, Roles and Activism, Dies at 91
Discussion: Liberaland and Guardian
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Two in three Americans say Supreme Court is split politically, poll finds
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's phone is still ringing. Now Kelly Ayotte's kids are answering.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Rand Paul puts tax code in woodchipper
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, msnbc.com and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Greeks Laugh As Bankers Implore Depositors To Return Money
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
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Discussion: Vox Popoli
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama defends IRS, says tea party targeting didn't happen
The Atlantic:
What Was the Most Significant Airplane Flight in History?
Discussion: LewRockwell
Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rules
Discussion: The Week