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11:40 AM 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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Donald Trump's lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife's claim: ‘You cannot rape your spouse’
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
NYT Publishes A Lengthy Editors' Note About Its Mistaken Clinton Email Story  —  The New York Times published a lengthy editor's note late Monday that went a step further toward owning up to its mistaken story about a criminal probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account.
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 …
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
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 and Mediaite
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: I could win a third term
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
Daily Mail:
Hillary boards private jet in Iowa after launching climate push  —  PLANETARY EMERGENCY: Clinton said reversing climate change ‘is one of the most urgent threats of our time, and we have no choice but to rise and meet it’ - and then was driven to her private jet in Des Moines, Iowa
David French / National Review:
Discussion: alicublog
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Reno mayor apologizes for LGBT flag over city hall  —  An LGBT flag was flown over Reno City Hall over the weekend instead of the American flag, sparking an apology from Mayor Hillary Schieve Monday morning.  —  Schieve was alerted Sunday night that the American flag was not flying over city hall, she said in a statement.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures  —  Margin debt on the Chinese stock market has reached $1.2 trillion.  'We suspect that it's a matter of time before banks may have to face the music,' Bank of America says  —  Chinese equities have suffered the sharpest …
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: Forbes and Guardian
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Trump Holds Big Lead in New Hampshire  —  A new Monmouth poll in New Hampshire finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race with 24%, followed by Jeb Bush at 12%, John Kasich at 7%, Scott Walker at 7%, Marco Rubio at 6%, Ben Carson at 5% and Rand Paul at 5%.  —  SHARES  —  TwitterFacebookLinkedin
Discussion: Progress Pond
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Robert Gavin / Albany Times Union:
Watervliet schools cop faces sodomy charges
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ABC News:
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Cody Derespina / Fox News:
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Brendan Williams / The Hill:
ObamaCare's revolving door
Bloomberg Business:
The Fed Is Closer to Hitting Its Inflation Target Than People Think
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare rates to rise 4% in California for 2016
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