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6:10 PM ET, July 30, 2015


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Quinnipiac University:
Trump Tops Republican Pack By Wide Margin, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Dems Trump Trump In General Election  —  With 20 percent of Republican voters, Donald Trump is the clear leader in the crowded Republican presidential primary field, but he trails any of three leading …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul attributes Trump's rise to a ‘loss of sanity’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) is attributing GOP rival Donald Trump's rise in the polls to a momentary “loss of sanity.”  —  “I think this is a temporary sort of loss of sanity, but we're going to come back to our senses and look …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump lowers expectations for debate  —  GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday he has “no idea” how he will perform in next week's Republican 2016 debate.  —  Trump argued that he is a man of action rather than words during a news conference in Turnberry, Scotland, that afternoon.
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Jon WardSenior / Yahoo Politics:
Donald Trump offered access to the Republican National Committee's voter file  —  The Republican National Committee has offered to share its voter file with Donald Trump's presidential campaign and is waiting to hear back from the businessman's still assembling operation.  —  Trump announced his candidacy on June 16.
David Daley / Salon:
“Ted Cruz gives me the willies”: Camille Paglia analyzes the GOP field — and takes on Hillary Clinton
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen  —  #PPSellsBabyParts PLANNED PARENTHOOD VP SAYS FETUSES MAY COME OUT INTACT, AGREES PAYMENTS SPECIFIC TO THE SPECIMEN  —  Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains VP & Medical Director Savita Ginde …
The Daily Beast:
Why Dems Don't Want to Talk About Planned Parenthood
Lauren French / Politico:
Pelosi: Dems ‘overwhelmingly’ against defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion:, Daily Kos and Hit & Run
Ken Goldstein / Bloomberg Business:
Many Republican Polls Are Measuring a Unicorn Electorate  —  Recent elections around the world have not been kind to pollsters.  In contests in Israel and Britain, and in a referendum in Scotland, pre-election polls all showed tight races that ended up being, well, not so tight.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Fox News GOP Debate Could Draw the Biggest Audience in Cable News History — and Roger Ailes Is Making All the Rules  —  “Crazy stuff!  You have a TV executive deciding who is in — and out — of a presidential debate!  ”  —  Shares
Discussion: Poynter. and Raw Story
New York Times:
Stakes for Donald Trump in First G.O.P. Debate (in a Word): Huge
Discussion: Eschaton
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
New Hampshire Voters Explain the Appeal of Donald Trump  —  A Bloomberg Politics focus group of Donald Trump supporters in the Granite State helps illuminate the billionaire's rise in the polls.  —  t writerknowles  —  Donald Trump is a brand, and his New Hampshire supporters are itching to buy it.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Facts in Clinton's ‘secret’ emails came from five intelligence agencies  —  Revelations put Clinton in the cross-hairs of a broadening inquiry into whether she mishandled classified information  —  Officials reviewed five classified emails and determined that they included information from five intelligence agencies
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Judge explodes over Hillary email delays  —  An irritated federal judge Thursday put the Hillary Clinton email scandal into stark terms, grilling the State Department on a pattern of delayed document releases that has turned a possible bureaucratic logjam into a major problem for the leading Democratic presidential contender.
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Jon Stewart opens up on ‘secret’ White House visits  —  “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart is opening up about his “secret” White House meetings with President Obama, revealing that they were far more sinister than initially reported.  —  “It was a roundtable meeting with the president …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Sun-Times National
Ray Rahman /
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Sun-Times National
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A tale of two Hillarys  —  Charles Dickens could have been writing about the American economy, national politics or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign when he began A Tale of Two Cities with this:  —  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom …
ABC News:
Canary in Coal Mine: Trouble Ahead for Poll Leaders Trump and Clinton
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
The Worst Expansion Since World War II Was Even Weaker … The economic expansion—already the worst on record since World War II—is weaker than previously thought, according to newly revised data.  —  From 2012 through 2014, the economy grew at an all-too-familiar rate of 2% annually …
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. GDP Rises 2.3% in Second Quarter; First Quarter Revised Upward
Discussion: Reuters, BizzyBlog, Hot Air and The Week
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
James Woods Sues Twitter User for $10 Million Over “Cocaine Addict” Accusation  —  The actor files a defamation lawsuit against an individual who replied to his tweets about Barack Obama and Caitlyn Jenner.  —  Incivility on social media seems to be a regular occurrence …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
After Firedoglake  —  As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery.  During that time I've been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website.  After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Obama gives Dems hard sell on ‘odious’ Iran  —  President Obama gave a personal presentation on Wednesday outlining the merits of the nuclear deal with Iran, in the latest hands-on sales pitch to Congress.  —  The meeting, which went for around 30 minutes, was billed by the White House as a …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Macdonald Dzirutwe / Reuters:
‘What lion?’  Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus  —  As social media exploded with outrage this week at the killing of Cecil the lion, the untimely passing of the celebrated predator at the hands of an American dentist went largely unnoticed in the animal's native Zimbabwe.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Campaign Manager: We'll Release Specific Policies When We Want To  —  “We will not be dictated to of how best to run the campaign or how best to move forward with our plan to make America great again.”  —  Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images  —  Donald Trump's campaign manager says Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth  —  24 photos  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games …
Wall Street Journal:
UBS Deal Shows Clinton's Complicated Ties  —  Donations to family foundation increased after secretary of state's involvement in tax case  —  A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in early 2009, she was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss an urgent matter.
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Donald Trump Appeals for the Sarah Palin Vote
Discussion: Political Wire
Jibran Ahmad / Reuters:
Afghan Taliban names a new leader, but peace talks delayed
Discussion: The Long War Journal, US News and NPR
The New / New York Times:
Today in Politics: Polls Keep Bolstering a Trump Seemingly Impervious to Scrubbing
Steve Mistler / The Portland Press Herald:
Maine House Speaker to file suit against LePage
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Can Florida Dems Squash Alan Grayson?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
J.D. Gordon / The Hill:
What Obama doesn't want us to know on Gitmo closure
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: 'I'd Get Along Very Well With Vladimir Putin' (VIDEO)
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Alabama's governor makes surprising — and scary — education appointment
Kaily Cunningham /
1-year-old girl found dead in Medina apartment; father charged with abuse of a corpse
Discussion: WQAD-TV, FOX31 Denver and KTLA
Alana Semuels / The Atlantic:
White Flight Never Ended