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1:50 PM ET, July 29, 2015

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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 …
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Clinton, Sanders And The Keys To Keystone
Discussion: New York Times
U.S. Department of Justice:
Congressman Chaka Fattah and Associates Charged with Participating in Racketeering Conspiracy  —  A member of Congress and four of his associates were indicted today for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving several schemes that were intended to further the political …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
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6abc.com:
Rep. Chaka Fattah indicted in racketeering case  —  Longtime Philadelphia congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was indicted Wednesday in a racketeering case stemming from the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, charitable and campaign funds after his failed 2007 run for mayor.
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Philly.com:
U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted, allegedly took illegal $1 million loan  —  U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering charges “involving several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests” of them all, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Discussion: NPR, Mediaite, The Week and Philebrity.com
Hannah Hess / Roll Call:
Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment (Updated)
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dan Tuohy / UnionLeader.com:
In one-on-one interview, Clinton talks issues, calls Planned Parenthood videos ‘disturbing’  —  New Hampshire Union Leader  —  Calling them “disturbing,” Hillary Clinton said undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue raise questions about the process nationwide.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: The GOP Congress is set to run off the rails.  That could help Hillary Clinton.  —  Hillary Clinton has signaled that she hopes to run for president in part by painting the GOP-controlled Congress — and, by extension, the Republican Party — as a divisive, destructive, hidebound, reactionary force.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Poll: 63 percent oppose defunding Planned Parenthood
The Hill:
Congress set to back short-term highway funding  —  The House will vote Wednesday on a three-month highway-spending bill, paving the way for Congress to leave for a six-week recess without a lapse in federal transportation funding.  —  Senate leaders signaled they will approve …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Senate majority whip: Cyber bill will have to wait until fall  —  Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Tuesday said the upper chamber is unlikely to move on a stalled cybersecurity bill before the August recess.  —  Senate Republican leaders, including Cornyn, had been angling to get the bill …
Discussion: Guardian and Techdirt
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell presses Dems on Planned Parenthood
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead, Afghan Officials Say  —  Death raises questions about who will lead movement  —  KABUL— Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban, is dead, according to Afghan officials and a person close to the group.  —  His death raises questions …
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Ayaz Gul / Voice of America:
Taliban Denies Reported Death of Leader Mullah Omar
Tom Brady / Facebook:
I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me.  I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.  —  Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld …
David Daley / Salon:
Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders: “Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that's simply not true!”  —  Trump's a carnival barker, but funnier than Stewart.  Richard Dawkins is a joke.  Sanders and Drudge earn approval  —  In part one of our three …
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Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Jon Stewart's secret Obama meetings reveal he's a partisan hack  —  Jon Stewart — the man who loves to be called a nonpartisan, a scourge of cant, an honest soul who follows the truth wherever it leads — has been secretly taking trips to the White House to receive intense one-on-one lobbying from President Obama.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Chris Christie doubles down on marijuana comments  —  In a Chris Christie administration, there would be no such thing as legal marijuana use.  —  “Marijuana is against the law in the states and it should be enforced in all 50 states,” the New Jersey governor said on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning.
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Joe Biden's Political Moment  —  For the first time, the vice president looks like a more electable Democrat than Hillary Clinton.  —  For Democratic leaders, the political logic of having Hillary Clinton as the party's standard bearer in 2016 was, at least for a while, undeniable.
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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 …
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
Don Melvin / CNN:
Zimbabwean officials: American man wanted in killing of Cecil the lion  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)An American man is being sought in connection with a case that has drawn international attention — the killing of Cecil the lion — Zimbabwean officials said Tuesday.
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Jessica Glenza / Guardian:
US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion ‘upset’ as hunter becomes hunted
Robert J. S. Ross / American Prospect:
Bringing Labor Rights Back to Bangladesh  —  After a horrific factory collapse in 2013, pressure from global unions, human rights groups, and reputational damage to big fashion brands led to a groundbreaking accord to improve labor conditions.  What has it achieved?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Politico:
The Kochs freeze out Donald Trump  —  Continued stiff-arming by the powerful Koch network could limit Trump's ability to build a professional campaign operation.  —  The Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation — denying him access to their state …
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Investigation Launched After Albuquerque Dispatcher Hangs Up on 911 Caller  —  An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher has been reassigned after he allegedly refused to help a distraught woman asking for assistance on a 911 call as her friend was dying after being shot, fire officials said.
 
 
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