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2:50 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.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Mike Huckabee Steals The Spotlight From Trump
Roger Simon / Politico:
Donald Trump and the high priests of the press
Discussion: Instapundit
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Memo To Donald Trump: Here's What The Law Actually Says About Raping Your Spouse
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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)  —  Jon Stewart was stunned into silence Monday night on “The Daily Show” by Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) comments comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says ‘I Could Win’ 3rd Term as President
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: I could win a third term
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
Human Capital - Episode 1: Planned Parenthood's Black Market in Baby Parts
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.
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 …
NBC News:
First Read: The First GOP Debate is the New Ames Straw Poll
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and NBC News
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Anna Brand /
Jewish groups react to Mike Huckabee's ‘oven’ remarks
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 …
ABC News:
Thousands of Students Perform Haka Dance for Beloved Teacher  —  Thousands of high school students in New Zealand performed a traditional haka dance as a send-off for a beloved teacher who died.  —  Video shows at least 1,700 students from Palmerston North Boys' High School …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Manager Thinks The Huffington Post Is A Print Newspaper With Subscriptions
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Lee drops ObamaCare push in highway bill
David French / National Review:
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Discussion: alicublog
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Discussion: Mashable, Forbes and Guardian