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1:20 PM ET, July 29, 2015


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Dan Tuohy /
In one-on-one interview, Clinton talks issues, calls Planned Parenthood videos ‘disturbing’  —  New Hampshire Union Leader  —  Calling them “disturbing,” Hillary Clinton said undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue raise questions about the process nationwide.
The Hill:
Congress set to back short-term highway funding  —  The House will vote Wednesday on a three-month highway-spending bill, paving the way for Congress to leave for a six-week recess without a lapse in federal transportation funding.  —  Senate leaders signaled they will approve …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Senate majority whip: Cyber bill will have to wait until fall  —  Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Tuesday said the upper chamber is unlikely to move on a stalled cybersecurity bill before the August recess.  —  Senate Republican leaders, including Cornyn, had been angling to get the bill …
Discussion: Guardian and Techdirt
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell presses Dems on Planned Parenthood
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Poll: 63 percent oppose defunding Planned Parenthood
New York Times:
Under Oath, Donald Trump Shows His Raw Side  —  Donald J. Trump seemed irritated.  He had been grilled for two hours in a lawsuit over a failed Florida real estate project, and he told the lawyer that her questions were “very stupid.”  —  When the lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, asked for a medical break …
Lawyer: Trump called me ‘disgusting’ for request to pump breast milk  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)How would a future President Donald Trump handle the high stakes negotiating of an international treaty if he can't handle a mother's request to pump breast milk for her new born child?
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Clinton, Sanders And The Keys To Keystone
Discussion: New York Times
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump's rise hurts Rubio, Carson; helps Jeb Bush  —  Donald Trump's explosive rise in the polls has come at the expense of every other GOP presidential candidate except for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker — who arguably have been helped by the businessman's rise.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: The GOP Congress is set to run off the rails. That could help Hillary Clinton.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Joe Biden's Political Moment
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead, Afghan Officials Say  —  Death raises questions about who will lead movement  —  KABUL— Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban, is dead, according to Afghan officials and a person close to the group.  —  His death raises questions …
Taliban conflict: Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar ‘death’ claim  —  Mullah Omar, filmed in secret by a BBC crew in 1996, was rarely seen in public  —  The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said.
Ayaz Gul / Voice of America:
Taliban Denies Reported Death of Leader Mullah Omar
U.S. Department of Justice:
Congressman Chaka Fattah and Associates Charged with Participating in Racketeering Conspiracy  —  A member of Congress and four of his associates were indicted today for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving several schemes that were intended to further the political …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted, allegedly took illegal $1 million loan  —  U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering charges “involving several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests” of them all, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Discussion: NPR, RedState, Mediaite and The Week
Tom Brady / Facebook:
I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me.  I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.  —  Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Chris Christie doubles down on marijuana comments  —  In a Chris Christie administration, there would be no such thing as legal marijuana use.  —  “Marijuana is against the law in the states and it should be enforced in all 50 states,” the New Jersey governor said on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning.
David Daley / Salon:
Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders: “Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that's simply not true!”  —  Trump's a carnival barker, but funnier than Stewart.  Richard Dawkins is a joke.  Sanders and Drudge earn approval  —  In part one of our three …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Fox lowers threshold for early debate  —  The change serves to guarantee the presence of candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.  —  Getty  —  Fox News is opening its 5 p.m. debate to all the announced Republican candidates who fail to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time event …
FOX 4 reporter confronts woman accused of stealing his identity  —  An accused credit card thief picked the wrong guy when she used FOX 4 consumer reporter Steve Noviello's Visa account to check into a North Texas hotel.  —  Farah Parks is accused of stealing Noviello's credit card information …
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX31 Denver
Don Melvin / CNN:
Zimbabwean officials: American man wanted in killing of Cecil the lion  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)An American man is being sought in connection with a case that has drawn international attention — the killing of Cecil the lion — Zimbabwean officials said Tuesday.
Jessica Glenza / Guardian:
US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion ‘upset’ as hunter becomes hunted
The Kochs freeze out Donald Trump  —  Continued stiff-arming by the powerful Koch network could limit Trump's ability to build a professional campaign operation.  —  The Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation — denying him access to their state …
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Investigation Launched After Albuquerque Dispatcher Hangs Up on 911 Caller  —  An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher has been reassigned after he allegedly refused to help a distraught woman asking for assistance on a 911 call as her friend was dying after being shot, fire officials said.
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Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders' Southern Strategy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jill Drury / WDTN-TV:
Prayer vigil for victims of Indy church bus crash
Discussion: WISH-TV
Daily Mail:
Linda Tripp reveals why ‘Hillary Clinton must never be President’
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Right Scoop
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Closing Europe's Harbors
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Steven Nelson / US News:
New DEA Leader: Pot Probably Not as Bad as Heroin
Discussion: The Week
Linda M. LeFauve / Reason:
Campus Rape Expert Can't Answer Basic Questions About His Sources
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
At Least 5 Black Women Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July
Discussion: and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Sarah Palin serving in a Trump administration? 'I'd love that,' he says
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why the Iran deal's public support is plummeting
Discussion: Power Line
Roger Friedman / Showbiz411:
Michael Moore Surprises with New “Stealth” Film To Be Launched at Toronto Film Fest
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Limbaugh mystified: Republican behavior ‘too weird’
Discussion: and PoliticusUSA
Alexa Corse / The Daily Beast:
The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
House conservative seeks John Boehner's ouster