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8:55 AM ET, July 29, 2015

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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.
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Politico:
Planned Parenthood hires crisis communications firm
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 …
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 …
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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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.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Tom Steyer unfazed by Hillary Clinton's silence on Keystone
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's ridiculous hedge on Keystone XL
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 …
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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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council bans large-capacity ammunition magazines  —  Defying sharp warnings from gun rights groups, Los Angeles thrust itself into the national debate over gun control Tuesday, as city lawmakers voted unanimously to ban the possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
$15 minimum wage divides Dems
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Limbaugh mystified: Republican behavior ‘too weird’
Discussion: BarbWire.com and PoliticusUSA
Joan Vennochi / BostonGlobe.com:
No Boston Olympics activists are heroes
Discussion: Boston Magazine and New York Times
Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
Teen ‘Lured’ 8-Year-Old Santa Cruz Girl Into Apartment Before Killing Her, Dumping Body in Recycling Bin: Police
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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
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Kristin Toussaint / Boston Globe:
Cop caught on dash cam threatening to ‘blow a hole’ through driver's head
Discussion: The Atlantic, PINAC, Mediaite and Mashable
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Lena Dunham, Kate Winslet Face Off With Amnesty International Over Sex-Trade Debate
Discussion: Jezebel, ThinkProgress 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