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7:40 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.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Meet Donald Trump's Proud Bullies, Goons, And Thugs  —  When Donald Trump's longtime political adviser and attorney was asked by the Daily Beast Monday to comment on a potentially explosive story about his boss, he could have stonewalled or sweet-talked, bartered or begged …
Adam Edelman / New York Daily News:
Ivana Trump rejects rape allegations, says she and Donald Trump are ‘the best of friends’
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
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.
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.
Austin Ruse / BREITBART.COM:
Planned Parenthood Investigation Reportedly Shows Doctors Discussing How to Maximize Revenue …
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 …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Poll: Trump has twice the support of Bush in New Hampshire
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 …
Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg Business:
Smoke That Pot Now, Chris Christie Tells Users in States That Allow It  —  Residents in U.S. states that have legalized marijuana should toke up while they still can, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said.  —  “If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mediaite
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 …
Stevengoddard / Real Science:
Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud At NOAA  —  The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend.  But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend. … They accomplish this through a spectacular hockey stick of data tampering …
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, The Verge and Daily Mail
Obama: ‘I think if I ran again I could win’  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he could win a third term in office if he ran again, but is barred by the Constitution.  —  “I think if I ran again I could win.  But I can't!”  Obama said.  —  Barack Obama's presidency 52 photos
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama: ‘I think if I ran, I would win’
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Shakesville
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
15% of Americans don't use the internet.  Who are they?  —  For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information.  Yet today, 15% of U.S. adults do not use the internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data.
Discussion: The Atlantic and New York Times
House conservative seeks John Boehner's ouster  —  The move by Rep. Mark Meadows represents a new level of opposition to GOP leadership from House's right wing.  —  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has filed a motion to try to force Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Lena Dunham, Kate Winslet Face Off With Amnesty International Over Sex-Trade Debate  —  They join a chorus of stars opposing a proposal that calls for the decriminalization of prostitution.  —  In the past, celebrities like Jon Stewart, Madonna and Kristen Wiig have not hesitated …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Jezebel and Hit & Run
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.
Kristin Toussaint / Boston Globe:
Cop caught on dash cam threatening to ‘blow a hole’ through driver's head  —  A Medford police detective has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video threatening to “blow a hole through your f—ing head” while pulling over a driver who drove the wrong way at a traffic circle.
Discussion: PINAC, Mediaite and Mashable
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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Jonathan Pollard, Spy for Israel, to Be Released on Parole in November  —  WASHINGTON — Jonathan J. Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing classified documents to the Israeli government, will be released on parole in November after 30 years in prison, a government panel decided on Tuesday.
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Joe Trippi / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed GOP and Latinos: On immigration, history shows the way
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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The Left's Contempt for America: Left-Right Differences, Part VI
Darren Urban / Arizona Cardinals:
Cardinals Add First Female Coach
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Why pro-lifers shouldn't trust the GOP
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension Is Upheld by Roger Goodell
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Scott Walker: GOP nominee might not be known until close to convention
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
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