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7:50 AM ET, July 29, 2015

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Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Rule Vote Retribution Continues; Chaffetz Takes Away Subcommittee Gavel  —  And the payback keeps on coming.  —  After three conservative House Republicans were kicked off the whip team as a result of voting against a rule for trade legislation on June 11, a new round of punishment is being meted out …
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Politico:
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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker  —  A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP's right flank.  —  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a …
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
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 …
Politico:
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.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Poll Commissioned by Planned Parenthood Says Planned Parenthood Is Popular
Austin Ruse / BREITBART.COM:
Planned Parenthood Investigation Reportedly Shows Doctors Discussing How to Maximize Revenue …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Donald Trump says he'd tap Sarah Palin for a Cabinet post  —  Donald Trump has succeeded in alienating many of his fellow Republicans with his personal attacks, but if he does win in November 2016 and is forced to assemble a cabinet of GOP allies, he knows exactly whom he would call on: Sarah Palin.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Trump: 'I'd love' to have Sarah Palin in my administration  —  Sarah Palin stood up for him after his recent controversial remarks about John McCain's war hero status sparked a firestorm of criticism, so now Donald Trump is returning the favor — by offering her a cabinet position in his future administration.
Fox4News.com:
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Mediaite
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 …
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:   Christie to Colorado: Pot party ends with me
Alexa Corse / The Daily Beast:
The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain  —  There is a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton's emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.  —  Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Tom Steyer unfazed by Hillary Clinton's silence on Keystone  —  “She isn't for Keystone,” the billionaire environmental activist says.  “She has no position.”  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Tom Steyer's hard green line is turning soft when it comes to Hillary Clinton.
Jessica Glenza / Guardian:
US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion ‘upset’ as hunter becomes hunted  —  As Zimbabwe police say he faces poaching charges, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer faces furious criticism on social media  —  Who shot Cecil?  First it was thought that a mystery Spaniard had the blood of one of Africa's most famous lions on his hands.
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Paul Walsh / Star Tribune:
Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Dems clash with Kerry over Iran deal  —  Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee joined with Republicans in pushing back on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday as Secretary of State John Kerry faced the panel.  —  Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said he was “troubled by” …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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William Saletan / Slate:   Please Stop Talking, John Kerry
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Limbaugh mystified: Republican behavior ‘too weird’  —  Joe Kovacs is an award-winning journalist and, since 1999, executive news editor of WND.  He is the author of two best-selling books: “Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told” and its 2012 sequel …
Discussion: BarbWire.com and PoliticusUSA
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Why pro-lifers shouldn't trust the GOP
Discussion: Washington Monthly
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Meet Donald Trump's Proud Bullies, Goons, And Thugs  —  Photo illustration by BuzzFeed News / Trump: Getty Images  —  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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
$15 minimum wage divides Dems  —  Democrats are divided on how much to lift the nation's minimum wage, an issue that has long united the party.  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is pushing to raise the federal wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15.
Discussion: Slantpoint and Instapundit
Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
Teen ‘Lured’ 8-Year-Old Santa Cruz Girl Into Apartment Before Killing Her, Dumping Body in Recycling Bin: Police  —  A teenage boy arrested in the death of an 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl who went missing over the weekend allegedly lured the child into his apartment before killing her and dumping …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
 
 
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Joan Vennochi / BostonGlobe.com:
No Boston Olympics activists are heroes
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Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
The Left's Contempt for America: Left-Right Differences, Part VI
CNN:
Obama: ‘I think if I ran again I could win’
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
15% of Americans don't use the internet. Who are they?
Discussion: The Atlantic and New York Times
Stevengoddard / Real Science:
Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud At NOAA
Kristin Toussaint / Boston Globe:
Cop caught on dash cam threatening to ‘blow a hole’ through driver's head
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Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Lena Dunham, Kate Winslet Face Off With Amnesty International Over Sex-Trade Debate
Discussion: Jezebel, ThinkProgress and Hit & Run
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension Is Upheld by Roger Goodell
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Rebecca Berg / Real Clear Politics:
Walker Tells Private Group He'll Skip Florida Primary
Justin Bachman / Bloomberg Business:
Delta Is About to Offer One of the Coolest Upgrades Yet—to Very Few Flyers
Discussion: NBC News, The Verge and Daily Mail