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3:15 PM ET, July 29, 2015


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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 …
Hannah Hess / Roll Call:
Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment (Updated)
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Rep. Chaka Fattah indicted in racketeering case
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Taliban conflict: Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar ‘death’ claim  —  Mullah Omar, filmed in secret by a BBC crew in 1996, was rarely seen in public  —  The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said.
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 …
The Express TribuneThe Express Tribune:
Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in a Karachi hospital, says Afghanistan  —  Supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Omar died suffering from tuberculosis two years ago in a Karachi hospital, Afghanistan's top intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed on Wednesday.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Hillary's haircut: $600?  —  Hillary Clinton reportedly went to great lengths to keep a $600 haircut private and away from prying eyes.  —  The Democratic presidential candidate went to New York's ultra-exclusive John Barrett Salon on Friday for a snip session of her oft-photographed blonde locks, according to the New York Post.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daily Mail:
Linda Tripp reveals why ‘Hillary Clinton must never be President’
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Right Scoop
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Joe Biden's Political Moment
Dan Tuohy /
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Clinton, Sanders And The Keys To Keystone
Discussion: New York Times
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Cecil the lion's killer donated to Romney  —  The Minnesota dentist who authorities say killed a beloved Zimbabwe lion named Cecil donated to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.  —  Federal Elections Commission (FEC) forms show Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minn., donated $5,000 to the Romney campaign in 2012.
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 …
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
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Senate majority whip: Cyber bill will have to wait until fall
Discussion: Techdirt and Guardian
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell presses Dems on Planned Parenthood
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 …
Debris in Indian Ocean checked for MH370 ties  —  (CNN)Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French Air Force in Reunion said Wednesday.
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.
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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Bernie Sanders' Southern Strategy
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Trump's rise hurts Rubio, Carson; helps Jeb Bush
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Closing Europe's Harbors
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