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3:20 PM ET, July 24, 2015


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New York Times:
Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account  —  WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times alters Clinton email story  —  The New York Times made small but significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's State Department email account late Thursday night, but provided no notification of or explanation for of the changes.
Wall Street Journal:
Criminal Investigation Sought Into Hillary Clinton's Emails  —  Justice Department asked to consider a criminal investigation due to concerns about mishandling of classified information  —  WASHINGTON—An internal government review of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email archive …
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Top Dem denies criminal probe of Clinton's emails  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is rebutting reports that the State Department has formally requested a federal criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Hillary Rodham Clinton Emails Wanted for Justice Probe, Sources Say
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Hulk's N Word Racist Rants Caught On Tape — Foul, Disgusting Tirade Leaks … PICS OF  —  HULK HOGAN  —  Hulk Hogan has been captured on tape spewing foul-mouthed racial slurs — including the N-word.  —  In a shocking world exclusive, and The National ENQUIRER …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz calls Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor  —  Firebrand Republican senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday rushed across a line rarely crossed on the Senate floor: He called the leader of his party, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a liar.
Manu Raju / Politico:   Ted Cruz accuses Mitch McConnell of telling a ‘flat-out lie’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell sets up vote to repeal ObamaCare
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Full transcript of BBC interview with President Barack Obama  —  Barack Obama spoke with the BBC ahead of his trip to East Africa.  Here is the full transcript of North America Editor Jon Sopel's conversation with the US president.  —  Going to Kenya  —  JON SOPEL: Mr President, you're about to fly to Kenya, to your ancestral home.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama's father towers over trip to Kenya
Discussion: ABC News, ThinkProgress and Guardian
Associated Press:
The Latest: TV host says theater gunman advocated violence  —  10 photos  —  LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater (times are local):  —  A former local television host in Georgia says the man who killed two people in a Louisiana movie theater appeared …
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and The Week
Claire Taylor / The Advertiser:
Shooter opens fire at Grand Theatre, injures 6, kills self
Saeed Ahmed / CNN:
Gunman kills 2, then himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Boehner wants ‘facts first’ before defunding Planned Parenthood  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is throwing cold water on several House Republicans' efforts to immediately defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of the group's undercover video controversy.  —  Boehner said Thursday …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The price of fetal parts
Jay Knoll / KARE-TV:
State patrol: Don't stop for ducks  —  Cars Swerve for Ducks Crossing I-35 KARE  —  MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol asks that motorists do not stop for ducks, or any animal, regardless of how the situation may end.  This after a video, showing a family of ducks narrowly escaping injury, went viral.
Discussion: WNEP-TV and WQAD-TV
Julian Zelizer / CNN:
Donald Trump in the public eye 21 photos  —  Trump and his wife, Ivana, arrive at a social engagement on December 4, 1989, in New York.  —  Hide Caption  —  21 of 21  —  Story highlights  —  Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
People Are Speculating That Sandra Bland Was Already Dead When Authorities Took Her Mugshot  —  Texas officials are investigating the jail cell death of Sandra Bland as they would a murder, the local district attorney said Monday.  —  Waller County Sheriff officials said they believe Bland died …
New York Post:
Car company blames Bob Simon for his limo-crash death  —  Bob Simon (inset) was responsible for his own death when the limo he was riding in crashed with another car, the car service that owns the limo claims.  —  “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was responsible for his own death …
Discussion: TVNewser, Daily Mail and The PJ Tatler
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Jefferson, Jackson and the Territory Between Hagiography and Demonology  —  So along with the Democratic Party of Connecticut, I'm getting some attention as the Savanarola of the Left, determined to seek out and burn any extant images of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Jefferson, Jackson jettisoned by Connecticut Democrats
Nick Gass / Politico:
Bowe Bergdahl caught up in California pot raid  —  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was seen at a Northern California marijuana farm during a raid last weekend, where the former captive of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Afghanistan was reportedly visiting friends.
Oliver Sacks / New York Times:
My Periodic Table  —  I LOOK forward eagerly, almost greedily, to the weekly arrival of journals like Nature and Science, and turn at once to articles on the physical sciences — not, as perhaps I should, to articles on biology and medicine.  It was the physical sciences that provided my first enchantment as a boy.
The Atlantic:
A World Without Work … 1. Youngstown, U.S.A.  —  The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977.
Manitou Springs woman arrested on suspicion of arson for burning Confederate flag  —  Updated:  —  A Manitou Springs woman who organized a Confederate flag burning was arrested late Wednesday night on suspicion of arson, the Manitou Springs Police Department said in a press release issued Thursday.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
GAO: Too much bias risk in IRS audit system … The IRS could easily be auditing tax-exempt groups for biased reasons because of flawed procedures and staff work, according to a new report from the top federal watchdog.  —  The Government Accountability Office found that the IRS kept shoddy records detailing …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kevin Wuzzardo / WWAY-TV:
$188M lottery winner cited for drug possession  —  BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman who won a $188 million lottery jackpot earlier this year found herself in trouble with the law last night.  —  Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies cited Marie Holmes, 26 …
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Rejects Drug Court Plan In Criminal Justice Bill
Discussion: Hit & Run
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Inside the war on coal
Discussion: Slantpoint
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
Prosecutors Urge Life Sentence For Peanut Exec In Food-Poisoning Case
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
Court docs: Brittney Griner claims Glory Johnson cheated, had ‘sexual relations with man’
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
House passes bill blocking states from requiring GMO labels on food
Discussion: The Atlantic
Seth Mandel / New York Post:
How Obama is using Schumer to nuke the US-Israel alliance
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Partisan in Chief  —  Obama's besetting sin.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: Donald Trump has peaked
Discussion: RedState

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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Three US senators introduce the COPIED Act, which aims to give journalists, songwriters, and artists tools to fight AI models using their work without consent

Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

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