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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 …
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Hannah Hess / Roll Call:
Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged in 29-Count Indictment (Updated)
Discussion: Booman Tribune
6abc.com:
Rep. Chaka Fattah indicted in racketeering case
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
BBC:
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.
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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
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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 / 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.
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
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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 …
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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
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 …
CNN:
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.
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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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Lisa Cornwall / Associated Press:
U of Cincinnati Officer Indicted For Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Motorist
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Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
Cancer connection? Guantánamo lawyers anxious about ill colleagues, 3 deaths
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Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders' Southern Strategy
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump's rise hurts Rubio, Carson; helps Jeb Bush
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Closing Europe's Harbors
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Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
At Least 5 Black Women Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why the Iran deal's public support is plummeting
Discussion: Power Line
Alexa Corse / The Daily Beast:
The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain
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FOX 4 reporter confronts woman accused of stealing his identity
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