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12:45 PM ET, July 28, 2015


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Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex  —  Ivana Trump once accused the real estate tycoon of ‘rape,’ although she later clarified: not in the ‘criminal sense.’  —  Donald Trump introduced his presidential campaign to the world with a slur against Mexican immigrants …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump adviser Michael Cohen apologizes for rape comment  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)A top adviser to Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for comments he made in an explosive interview while defending the Republican presidential candidate from a decades-old rape accusation.
Roger Simon / Politico:
Donald Trump and the high priests of the press  —  Having decided that Donald Trump is unworthy of his popularity, the grandees of journalism are hard-pressed to explain why he is so popular.  —  “It came slightly ahead of schedule,” The Wall Street Journal gleefully wrote last week …
Discussion: Instapundit
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Mike Huckabee Steals The Spotlight From Trump  —  NOTABLES  —WHAT HUCKABEE IS SAYING: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee evoked imagery of Nazi death camps when discussing the deal over Iran's nuclear program over the weekend, saying President Barack Obama …
Ben Jacobs / Guardian:   Donald Trump's lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife's claim: ‘You cannot rape your spouse’
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Jon Stewart's secret White House visits  —  Obama, aides took unusual steps to cultivate ‘Daily Show’ comic  —  Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Israeli envoy: Huckabee words on Iran deal inappropriate  —  WASHINGTON — The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., now lobbying intensively against the Iran nuclear accord, on Monday rejected as inappropriate the harsh language that Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee used likening it to the Holocaust.
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Jon Stewart Stunned Into Silence By Huckabee's Holocaust Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama: ‘I think if I ran, I would win’  —  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Four more years?  —  President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he's confident he could win a third term, if only the Constitution would let him run.  —  Story Continued Below  —  “I actually think I'm a pretty good president.
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Shakesville
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: I could win a third term
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Trump: The Case for Despairing — About America  —  No sense pretending: Donald Trump is the only news of the 2016 race, and this fact says something very troubling about the Republican party, the conservative electorate, the mass media culture, and the United States in general.
Discussion: Power Line, Twitchy and Progress Pond
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Lee drops ObamaCare push in highway bill
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Why does the Republican Party exist?  What is its purpose …
Discussion: The Week and Washington Examiner
New York Times:
Editors' Note: Clinton Email Coverage  —  The Times's coverage last week of Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account as secretary of state involved several corrections and changes that may have left readers with a confused picture.  —  The Times reported online Thursday night …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church  —  The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its nationwide ban on openly gay adult leaders.  But despite a compromise allowing conservative church-sponsored units to pick their own volunteer leaders, the Mormon Church …
Scouting Newsroom:
Boy Scouts of America Amends Adult Leadership Policy
Discussion: Mashable, NPR, Mediaite, Slantpoint and NBC News
Lydia O'Connor / The Huffington Post:
Boy Scouts End Ban On Gay Adults
Harriet Alexander / Telegraph:
Cecil the lion's killer revealed as American dentist  —  EXCLUSIVE: A Minnesota father of two is discovered to be the hunter who shot dead Cecil - one of Zimbabwe's most loved lions  —  Cecil the lion - the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks - was killed by an American hunter …
CNN/ORC poll: Majority wants Congress to reject Iran deal  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)A majority of Americans want Congress to reject the recently-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran, even as President Barack Obama's approval rating continues to stand in net-positive territory …
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg Business:
Here's Our Tally of Donald Trump's Wealth  —  The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion.  —  An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses.
Wall Street Journal:
The Stonewall at the Top of the IRS  —  If the president doesn't tell Commissioner Koskinen to go, then we in Congress should impeach him.  —  Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen needs to go.  —  When it was revealed in 2013 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups …
USA Today:
Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke ‘end of the world’  —  An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan's lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Drinking Highest Among Educated, Upper-Income Americans  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Upper-income and highly educated Americans are more likely than other Americans to say they drink alcohol.  Whereas eight in 10 adults in these socio-economic status groups say they drink …
Discussion: Mashable, Forbes and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Pell Grants to Be Restored for Prisoners  —  Obama administration plans a 3- to 5-year test to see if college classes help reduce prison recidivism  —  The Obama administration plans to restore federal funding for prison inmates to take college courses, a potentially controversial move …
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Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Manager Thinks The Huffington Post Is A Print Newspaper With Subscriptions
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Gavin / Albany Times Union:
Watervliet schools cop faces sodomy charges
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
Human Capital - Episode 1: Planned Parenthood's Black Market in Baby Parts
ABC News:
Thousands of Students Perform Haka Dance for Beloved Teacher
Discussion: WTVR-TV
David French / National Review:
Are Encounters with the Police Really More Dangerous for Black Men?
Discussion: alicublog
 Earlier Items: 
Cody Derespina / Fox News:
Satanic Temple unveils goat-headed statue in Detroit
Discussion: and CBS Detroit
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Trump Holds Big Lead in New Hampshire
Discussion: Progress Pond
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures
Brendan Williams / The Hill:
ObamaCare's revolving door
Libya trial: Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes
Discussion: The Week and NPR