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5:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian, Washington Post and Mediaite
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.
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell to fast-track bill to defund Planned Parenthood
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: Daily Kos and Shakesville
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: Donald Trump has peaked  —  The majority of Republican insiders say The Donald has hit his ceiling, while gleeful Democrats say he's not going anywhere.  —  Politico Illustration / Getty Images  —  About three quarters of Republican early-state insiders say they believe Donald Trump …
Discussion: Daily Kos, RedState and The Hill
National Journal:
With Donald Trump dominating the headlines and cable-news shows, it's easy to get caught …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Julian Zelizer / CNN:
Donald Trump in the public eye 21 photos
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 …
Jen Gunter / The New Republic:
The Many Manipulations of the Planned Parenthood Attack Videos
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.”
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 …
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 …
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: WQAD-TV and WNEP-TV
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
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.
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.
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: Daily Mail, TVNewser and The PJ Tatler
Lisa Fickenscher / New York Post:
Walmart sells baby car seat that prevents hot-car deaths  —  Walmart isn't kidding around when it comes to protecting babies.  —  The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it has inked an exclusive one-year deal with Evenflo to sell a $149 car seat that sounds an alarm when a car ignition …
Discussion: WIVB-TV
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why Scott Walker is so dangerous  —  SAN DIEGO — “First off,” Scott Walker proclaimed, “we took on the unions, and we won.  We won!”  —  Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate.  It is the very rationale for his candidacy.
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Indiana woman who refused to process same-sex marriage applications files lawsuit
Discussion: Advocate, WHAS-TV and Raw Story
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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Peggy Fikac / Houston Chronicle:
Appeals court rejects one criminal count against Rick Perry, still facing second
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Obama Administration Rejects Drug Court Plan In Criminal Justice Bill
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
Court docs: Brittney Griner claims Glory Johnson cheated, had ‘sexual relations with man’
Seth Mandel / New York Post:
How Obama is using Schumer to nuke the US-Israel alliance
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The Atlantic:
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