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9:55 AM ET, July 29, 2015


 Top Items: 
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 …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Donald Trump says he'd tap Sarah Palin for a Cabinet post
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Trump: 'I'd love' to have Sarah Palin in my administration
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell to fast-track bill to defund Planned Parenthood  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is fast-tracking a bill to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, after senators huddled in his office Tuesday to work out the details of a bill.
Planned Parenthood hires crisis communications firm
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Poll Commissioned by Planned Parenthood Says Planned Parenthood Is Popular
Discussion: and The Federalist
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's ridiculous hedge on Keystone XL  —  Here's Hillary Clinton's “answer” to a question about whether she supports or opposes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline at a townhall in New Hampshire today.  —  “If it's undecided when I become president, I will answer your question,” Clinton said.
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.
Paul Walsh / Star Tribune:
Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally
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
Roger Friedman / Showbiz411:
Michael Moore Surprises with New “Stealth” Film To Be Launched at Toronto Film Fest  —  In the pack of titles announced today for the Toronto Film Festival: a “stealth” film by Michael Moore called “Where to Invade Next.”  So far there is no distributor.  The whole thing is being handled …
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why the Iran deal's public support is plummeting  —  It's been two weeks since the Iran deal was announced, and the American public's discomfort with its terms is deepening.  American Jews don't like it, despite efforts by Obama's court Jews to make it seem as though they're far more supportive of it than Americans in general.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:   Christie to Colorado: Pot party ends with me
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: and PoliticusUSA
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
Peter Hasson / Campus Reform:
Bias-Free Language Guide claims the word ‘American’ is ‘problematic’  — The University of New Hampshire has a “Bias-Free Language Guide” on its website, which “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.”  — Terms such as “American,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien …
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Ian Duncan / Baltimore Sun:
Rihanna wanted to play free concert in Baltimore, walk with protesters
Discussion: Raw Story, Guardian and Mediaite
Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council bans large-capacity ammunition magazines
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
$15 minimum wage divides Dems
Joan Vennochi /
No Boston Olympics activists are heroes
Discussion: Boston Magazine and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
Teen ‘Lured’ 8-Year-Old Santa Cruz Girl Into Apartment Before Killing Her, Dumping Body in Recycling Bin: Police
Discussion: USA Today and KFOR-TV
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Dems clash with Kerry over Iran deal
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Lena Dunham, Kate Winslet Face Off With Amnesty International Over Sex-Trade Debate
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Jezebel and Hit & Run
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