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2:15 PM ET, July 31, 2015


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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pope Erick Speaks: Shut Down the Government!  —  The fury of antichoicers that their long-planned video stings aimed at Planned Parenthood did not instantly shut down the “abortion industry” (and more importantly, all that birth control and health services dispensing that is actually Planned …
Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews:
Jeb Bush was director of philanthropy that gave tens of millions to Planned Parenthood  —  Burkina Faso , Jeb Bush , Michael Bloomberg , Nicaragua , Planned Parenthood Global , Senegal , Tanzania , Uganda  —  Until the eve of his presidential campaign, Jeb Bush was director of a philanthropy …
Lauren Fox / National Journal:
Manchin and Collins Team Up for Alternative to Defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Daily Kos
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Why aren't libertarians rejecting Rand Paul's fight against Planned Parenthood?
Dean Baquet /
Letter to the New York Times' Dean Baquet  —  Dear Mr. Baquet:  —  I am writing to officially register our campaign's grave concern with the Times' publication of an inaccurate report related to Hillary Clinton and her email use.  —  I appreciate the fact that both you and the Public Editor …
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
State Department to Release Next Load of Hillary Clinton E-Mails
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Stuart Stevens / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Crowded Stage  —  ANYBODY not running for president?  —  It seems as if every Republican politician and some who aren't really politicians or even Republicans — that's Donald J. Trump, for one — are gleefully jumping into the most expensive, demanding and demeaning process available without an indictment.
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Insiders warn Jeb: Don't engage with Trump
Politico:   Jeb crams, Donald scrams
Scott Campbell / Daily Express:
Calais goes UP IN FLAMES: Migrants fight to get into UK as ferry workers block harbour  —  FLAMES filled the air in Calais after striking French ferry workers blocked roads with burning tyres leaving the port now resembling a WARZONE.  —  PHILIPPEHUGUEN/GETTY
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Douglas Ernst / Washington Times:
Ky. man arrested after shooting down $1800 drone hovering over sunbathing daughter  —  A Kentucky man shot down an $1800 drone hovering over his sunbathing daughter and was then arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment.
Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:
Windows 10 - The First 24 Hours  —  It has been an incredible 24 hours for Windows and our fans.  We're humbled and grateful to see the response to Windows 10.  We have seen unprecedented demand for Windows 10, with reviews and customer feedback overwhelmingly positive around the globe.
New York Post:
Why Hillary Clinton keeps falling in the polls  —  Why does Hillary Clinton keep dropping in the polls?  —  In the latest Quinnipiac survey, she's down across the board — on leadership, on caring about regular folks, on trustworthiness.  Her net favorability is minus 11 percent.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
The movie Hillary Clinton should be very, very worried about
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Rachel Yonkunas / WCDC-TV:
Vet finds hateful note on car at local shopping center  —  QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A simple trip to the store ended with a veteran getting a hateful letter left on his car.  —  When a local Iraq War veteran went shopping Thursday morning, he did not expect to find an anonymous note with ugly language left on his car.
ABC News:
MH370: US Intel Assessment Suggested That Plane Deliberately Taken Off Course, Source Says  —  U.S. intelligence agencies put together an assessment in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 indicating that the plane was deliberately taken off course, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army faces recruit deficit, may miss '15 goal  —  WASHINGTON — The Army is nearly 14% short of the recruits it will need to fill its ranks, marking the first time in six years — and only the third in the last 20 — that it may fall short of its recruiting goal for the year.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Weekly Standard
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton whacks Jeb Bush at Urban League conference  —  FORT LAUDERDALE — She had the advantage of taking the stage first, and Hillary Clinton used it to slam one of the speakers set to follow her, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, charging that his positions on issues critical …
Discussion: The Week
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
1973 |  Meet Donald Trump  —  David W. Dunlap is a Metro reporter, and writes the Building Blocks column.  He has worked at The Times for 40 years.  —  Some Americans are just getting to know Donald Trump.  Readers of The Times have known him for 42 years.
Discussion: The Week
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Koch Brothers Brave Spotlight to Try to Alter Their Image  —  Once known for grim letters to fellow wealthy Americans warning of socialist apocalypse, Charles G. Koch now promotes research on the link between freedom and everyday happiness.  Turn on “The Big Bang Theory” or “Morning Joe,” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Baltimore Sun:
Defense says prosecutors withholding evidence Freddie Gray ‘attempted to injure himself’ in previous arrest  —  Prosecutors have information indicating that Freddie Gray “attempted to injure himself” during a previous arrest, but have intentionally withheld it from their criminal case …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: ‘World would unite if I were the leader’  —  Donald Trump said Thursday that he would unite the world should he become president, downplaying his penchant for controversy during a trip to Scotland.  —  “I think that I would be a great uniter.  I think that I would have great diplomatic skills …
Discussion: Guardian and ABC News
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Exorcism to Air on Live TV  —  Destination America will air it on Oct. 30, just in time for Halloween.  —  Destination America is set to make what it's calling “TV history” this Halloween.  —  The Discovery-owned cable network will air what it's deeming the first live televised exorcism in U.S. history on Friday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m.
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Hate Crime Charges  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he wouldn't do so until prosecutors …
Discussion: The Week
Ron Barnett / Greenville News:
Family's attorney says Seneca teen shot from behind  —  A lawyer representing the family of a Seneca teenager who was shot by police Sunday night said the autopsy shows that Zachary Hammond was shot from behind and his car was not moving, contrary to police reports that the car veered toward the officer during a drug sting.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Julie Bykowicz / Yahoo Politics:
Democrats far behind GOP in raising money for '16 super PACs
Discussion: Politico
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:
In Money Race, Rick Perry's Campaign Shows the Power of Few
Bob Costner / TWC News:
Closing Arguments Delayed in NC Elections Trial
Discussion: Washington Post
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New York Times:
Bailout Money Goes to Greece, Only to Flow Out Again
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Sam Borden / New York Times:
Beijing Defeats Almaty in Bid to Host 2022 Winter Olympics
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hillary hints at support for $12 minimum wage
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders vows no third-party run in 2016
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
With Debate and Convention, G.O.P. Looks to Reclaim Ohio in 2016
Daily Mail:
Donald Trump: Number one with Hispanics and expecting to win