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8:30 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 …
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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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
DOJ: No, We Weren't Asked To Launch A Criminal Probe Into Clinton's Emails  —  The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that, contrary to media reports, it did not receive a request to open a criminal investigation into how sensitive information was handled in Hillary Clinton's private emails.
Wall Street Journal:
Criminal Investigation Sought Into Hillary Clinton's Emails
Medium:
Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of Hitler, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies  —  One day after John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., a picture is emerging online of a man caught up with a number of far right-wing ideas and fascinated about “the power of the lone wolf.”
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Associated Press:
The Latest: TV host says theater gunman advocated violence
Saeed Ahmed / CNN:
Gunman kills 2, then himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater
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.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Ted Cruz accuses Mitch McConnell of telling a ‘flat-out lie’
Discussion: The Hill and ACASignups.net
RADAR:
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, RadarOnline.com and The National ENQUIRER …
Politico:
Chamber gearing up to take out GOP incumbents  —  The move would be a major tactical shift for the group, which isn't naming names yet.  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to challenge some House Republicans in primary elections, frustrated after much of its agenda has been stymied …
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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 …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The price of fetal parts
Discussion: Power Line, The Week and RedState
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Preparing to Release Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard, Officials Say  —  Some administration officials hope freeing spy may smooth relations with Israel after Iran nuclear deal  —  The Obama administration is preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard …
BBC:
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama's father towers over trip to Kenya
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress, NPR and Guardian
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
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Trump barring Des Moines Register from campaign event  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign has denied The Des Moines Register press credentials to gain access to a candidate event scheduled for Saturday in Oskaloosa.  —  The reason: an editorial published by the newspaper last Tuesday calling on Trump to quit the Republican race.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Right Scoop
Houston Chronicle:
Texas Supreme Court says city must repeal HERO or put it on ballot  —  The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Houston City Council must repeal the city's equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot.  —  The ruling comes three months after a state district judge ruled …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' favorable rating among Americans has doubled since Gallup's initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12% as he has become better known.  Hillary Clinton's rating has slipped to 43% from 48% in April.
German Lopez / Vox:
2 things to know about America's mass shooting epidemic  —  A gunman on Thursday night opened fire at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater, reportedly killing three, including himself, and wounding nine others.  The shooting came three days after the third anniversary of the spree shooting in an Aurora …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Friendly Atheist
William Tucker / RealClearEnergy:
Vermont Struggles With Renewables  —  When the Green Mountain power company, Vermont's largest utility, announced earlier this year it will be buying nuclear power from New Hampshire's Seabrook reactor, many environmentalists felt betrayed.  —  “This is exactly why we closed Vermont Yankee …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Real Clear Politics
Gazette:
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.
Seth Stoughton / Talking Points Memo:
Cop Expert: Why Sandra Bland's Arrest Was Legal But Not Good Policing  —  As the video of Sandra Bland's arrest makes its way into homes and offices around the country, people are aghast that the failure to use a turn signal led to a woman's arrest and, ultimately, her death by what officials have identified as suicide.
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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Kristine Guerra / Indianapolis Star:
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