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5:10 PM ET, July 28, 2015


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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.
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Memo To Donald Trump: Here's What The Law Actually Says About Raping Your Spouse
Discussion:, Guardian, Hullabaloo and Mediaite
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Mike Huckabee Steals The Spotlight From Trump
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 …
Paul Walsh / Star Tribune:
Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally  —  A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did and believed that his guides were leading him on a legal hunt.
Discussion: KFOR-TV, Joe. My. God. and Mashable
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 …
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Jon Stewart Stunned Into Silence By Huckabee's Holocaust Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Planned Parenthood hires crisis communications firm  —  Planned Parenthood has hired high-profile Washington public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker as it scrambles to deal with the ongoing scandal and release of a third undercover video Tuesday showing a clinic's staff handling fetal tissue after an abortion.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Why pro-lifers shouldn't trust the GOP
Austin Ruse / BREITBART.COM:
Planned Parenthood Investigation Reportedly Shows Doctors Discussing How to Maximize Revenue …
Eun Kyung Kim /
Mike Huckabee on Holocaust remark: The Jewish response has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’  —  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says if he was president, he would use the same language when referring to potential deals with Iran — and that the response from Jewish people …
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Who Will Make the Debate Cut?  —  Only the top 10 GOP candidates …
Discussion: Progress Pond
NBC News:
First Read: The First GOP Debate is the New Ames Straw Poll
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Daley / Salon:
Camille Paglia: How Bill Clinton is like Bill Cosby  —  In exclusive Salon interview, the cultural critic finds parallels between Cosby and Clinton, takes down modern p.c.  —  Camille Paglia, the political and cultural critic, has been a brave and brilliant provocateur on Salon for almost 20 years now.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Inside Rand Paul's downward spiral  —  He was once a serious contender for the White House.  Now, his campaign is fighting over what went wrong.  —  Rand Paul, once seen as a top-tier contender, finds his presidential hopes fading fast as he grapples with deep fundraising and organizational problems …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Vox conversation  —  When Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign, few treated it as a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton.  Sanders, after all, isn't even a Democrat: He's an “democratic socialist.”  But his campaign struck a chord.  He's raised more than $15 million …
Rebecca Berg / Real Clear Politics:
Walker Tells Private Group He'll Skip Florida Primary  —  Scott Walker has insisted he will be able to “compete anywhere in the country” as a candidate for president — but, at a private event in St. Louis on Sunday, Walker said he does not plan to compete in Florida, contradicting …
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Poll: Trump has twice the support of Bush in New Hampshire
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says ‘I Could Win’ 3rd Term as President  —  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Obama asserted on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the Constitution, but said he was looking forward to life after the presidency, when he will be able to take a walk and spend more time with his family.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama: ‘I think if I ran, I would win’
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Shakesville
Justin Bachman / Bloomberg Business:
Delta Is About to Offer One of the Coolest Upgrades Yet—to Very Few Flyers  —  Exclusive: Inside the company's innovative plan to get its best customers off the airline and into private jets  —  Delta Air Lines is cooking up what may be one of the most appealing flight upgrades yet …
Discussion: NBC News, Daily Mail and The Verge
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Manager Thinks The Huffington Post Is A Print Newspaper With Subscriptions  —  “That's okay but it is also a clear indication why nobody pays for a subscription to that paper anymore because no one can take it seriously.  It's a glorified blog is all it is.”  —  Scott Olson / Getty Images
Discussion: Mediaite
Roger Simon / Politico:
Donald Trump and the high priests of the press
Discussion: Instapundit
William Saletan / Slate:
Please Stop Talking, John Kerry  —  America's chief diplomat is saying way too much about the Iran deal.  —  John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, is a thoughtful, honest man.  He's remarkably adept at seeing conflicts and issues from the perspectives of other people.
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.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Scott Walker: GOP nominee might not be known until close to convention  —  PHILADELPHIA — When he launched his presidential bid earlier this month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made clear that his emphasis was overwhelmingly on Iowa, the early-voting Midwestern neighbor state with the power …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension Is Upheld by Roger Goodell
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Ben White / Politico:
Jeb Bush's eye-popping event: $100K per ticket
Police: Pastor shoots intruder at Baytown church
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WTVR-TV
USA Today:
Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke ‘end of the world’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Lee drops ObamaCare push in highway bill
ABC News:
Thousands of Students Perform Haka Dance for Beloved Teacher
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and WTVR-TV
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Drinking Highest Among Educated, Upper-Income Americans
Discussion: Mashable, Forbes and Guardian