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8:00 PM ET, July 23, 2015


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The Hill:
Exclusive: Trump threatens third-party run  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.  —  “The RNC has not been supportive.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Trump Card  —  When I opened my favorite news aggregator this morning, nine of the top ten items were about Donald Trump.  That's right: 90% of the top stories involved the bloviating real estate tycoon and reality TV star.  —  No, I'm not going to write 90% of my 12 posts today on The Donald …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:   Trump: 'I think I'll get the nomination'
Nick Gass / Politico:
Donald Trump threatens GOP with third-party run
Steve Benen /
Jeb Bush pushes to ‘phase out’ Medicare  —  Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appeared at a New Hampshire event last night sponsored by the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, and the former governor raised a few eyebrows with his comments on the future of Medicare.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush defends Medicare ‘phase out’ comment  —  GORHAM, N.H. - During a town hall meeting here Thursday afternoon, Jeb Bush was put on the defensive about his comments Wednesday night about “phasing out” Medicare by an elderly woman who said she was worried about losing benefits she's spent years paying for.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Quietly Suggests ‘Phasing Out’ Medicare
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Aarik Woods / WQAD-TV:
Mayflies force shutdown of Savanna - Sabula Bridge  —  Emergency crews were on scene over the weekend to clear a bridge after bugs took over.  —  On Saturday night, Teena Franzen recorded the incident while riding with her son in a Sabula police car.
Discussion: Fusion, Mashable and WNEP-TV
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
GOP's Favorability Rating Takes a Negative Turn  —  Republicans Less Positive About Their Party  —  The Republican Party's image has grown more negative over the first half of this year.  Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 60% have an unfavorable view.
Neil Vigdor / Connecticut Post:
Democrats drop Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson names from annual fundraising dinner  —  Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are history in Connecticut.  —  Under pressure from the NAACP, the state Democratic Party will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Bye Bye J-J!  —  Executive Office of the President/Wikimedia Commons …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
Democrats Change Name of Fundraising Dinner
Erin McClam / NBC News:
Sandra Bland Death Ruled a Suicide by Hanging, Texas Prosecutor Says  —  Medical examiners ruled the death of Sandra Bland a suicide by hanging, and the autopsy uncovered no evidence of a violent struggle, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday.  —  Warren Diepraam, the first assistant district attorney …
Discussion: Firedoglake, KFOR-TV and Raw Story
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House acknowledges ‘side’ deals between Iran, IAEA  —  National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the existence of so-called “side” agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  —  Rice said the deals involve Iran accounting for past military uses …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Tom Cotton compares John Kerry to Pontius Pilate
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
John Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal Before Skeptical Senate
Discussion: The Week
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Anthony Weiner got a job fixing PR messes — seriously  —  If you find yourself in a p.r. nightmare, there's a swashbuckling new hero you can turn to — Carlos Danger.  —  A top “crisis” public-relations firm with ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton has hired the last person in the world …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Anthony Weiner joins crisis PR firm
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Joe Concha / Mediaite:
Exclusive: More MSNBC Changes Coming with Three Shows Out, Hard News and Chuck Todd Back  —  A well-placed source tells me MSNBC will announce today major changes to its afternoon lineup...arguably the most significant revamp the network has made at one time in its 19-year history.
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Bison attacks woman who was trying to take selfie with it in Yellowstone Park  —  Yellowstone: Our first national park 9 photos  —  Yellowstone: Our first national park - Old Faithful Geyser may be the most-famous “resident” of Yellowstone National Park, but park ranger Dan Hottle …
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:   Bison selfies are a bad idea: tourist gored in Yellowstone as another photo goes awry
Chelsea Rarrick / WTVR-TV:
‘Just stay behind me’ Construction worker helps teen escape I-95 abduction  —  HENRICO COUNTY, Va — Kevin Huntington knows things can get hectic along Interstate 95, especially in Northern Virginia.  The construction worker said what he saw last week, was like nothing he's ever experienced.
Los Angeles Times:
A homeless woman picked up an LAPD nightstick during the skid row shooting — and could get life in prison  —  Millions of people viewed video of the fatal police shooting March 1 of an unarmed black man known as “Africa” outside his skid row tent.  —  Police said the man …
Discussion: The Week
Los Angeles Times:
Judge must decide sentence for LAPD cop who assaulted woman on video
Discussion: Fusion
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Gaping Hole in the Iran Debate  —  Iraqis peer through the window of an armored vehicle as the last American soldiers leave Iraq.  (Lucas Jackson / Reuters)  —  I have a fantasy.  It's that every politician and pundit who goes on TV to discuss the Iran deal is asked this question first …
Hector Garza / PO Box 2363 Laredo, TX 78044:
National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 statement  —  After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) at the National level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
New York Times Editor: Isn't It Awesome How Hillary's Stonewalling The Press?  —  In a podcast posted on the New York Times website earlier this week, the paper's editorial page editor openly praised Hillary Clinton's strategy of stonewalling the media and refusing to answer questions about her campaign.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Toxic Worldview of Ta-Nehisi Coates  —  Moses gave us the Ten Commandments.  Paul gave us the epistles.  And Ta-Nehisi gave us, Between the World and Me.  —  Get POLITICO Magazine in your feeds  —  The new book by Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the form of a letter to his son …
Discussion: American Power
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Ted Cruz Is More of a Spider-Man Guy  —  Your new book is called “A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America.”  A few months ago you were in the news for warning a little girl that “the world is on fire.”  Do you believe setting things on fire is good or bad?  Both.
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Gun production has doubled under Obama
Collin Levy / Wall Street Journal:
The Wisconsin Targets Tell Their Story
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Coal executive slams Obama as 'nation's greatest destroyer'
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Pelosi urges DOJ probe into group targeting Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Politico, and Daily Kos
Sean Langille / Washington Examiner:
Watch Ted Cruz confront protesters over Iran nuke deal
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Sandra Bland's ‘Heartbreaking’ Death Matters for Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Donald Trump's Birther Strategy
Discussion: Washington Post
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Obama's trip raises security concerns
Discussion: TVNewser and Poynter.
Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's Plan for 2016
J. Christian Adams / Rule of Law:
Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas: 611,234 Crimes, 2,993 Murders
Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman / The Trentonian:
Hamilton Councilman Ed Gore explains his ‘Muslim scum’ comment
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Hullabaloo