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1:40 AM ET, July 25, 2015

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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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Ace of Spades HQ:
Ted Cruz: Mitch McConnell Is, Straight-Up, Lying to Everyone  —  Drew referenced Cruz' floor speech earlier.  Thanks to J Christian Adams, the video is below.  —  He's calling McConnell a liar.  He's not hinting at it.  He says it.  Multiple times.  —  “He brought up his Obamacare amendment …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell to fast-track bill to defund Planned Parenthood  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started a fast-track process Friday on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding in the wake of two controversial videos showing officials discussing delivery of fetal parts.
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’
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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David Weigel / Washington Post:
TV hosts remember alleged Lafayette gunman as anti-tax, anti-feminist ‘gadfly’  —  John Russell Houser, the man police say opened fire inside a Lafayette, La., movie theater on Thursday night, had boasted in an online profile that he made dozens of appearances on television talk shows.
New York Times:
Lafayette Shooting Adds Another Angry Face in the Gunmen's Gallery
Discussion: Guardian, Slantpoint and The Frisky
Saeed Ahmed / CNN:
Gunman kills 2, then himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times alters Clinton email story
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Top Dem denies criminal probe of Clinton's emails
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.
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National Journal:
With Donald Trump dominating the headlines and cable-news shows, it's easy to get caught …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Jen Gunter / The New Republic:
The Many Manipulations of the Planned Parenthood Attack Videos  —  An OB/GYN explains how medically incorrect language is used to distort the facts  —  The anti-choice organization Center for Medical Progress—which, in 2013, claimed tax-exempt status as a biomedical charity …
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Says Israel May Deepen Its Isolation by Opposing Iran Nuclear Accord  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the nuclear accord he negotiated with Iran was in Israel's interest and that the Israeli government's decision to oppose it could further its isolation.
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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: Real Clear Politics and Moe Lane
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 …
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 KFOR-TV
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.
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Donald Trump's support remains high following John McCain controversy  —  Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential field again this week, though controversial remarks about Sen. John McCain may have dented his popularity among Republicans  —  Donald Trump's rise in the Republican contest …
Kristine Guerra / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana woman who refused to process same-sex marriage applications files lawsuit  —  A Southern Indiana woman is suing the county and the county clerk for firing her after she refused to process same-sex couples' application for marriage licenses because doing so goes against her “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
 
 
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