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9:00 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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House threatens to veto bill blocking Planned Parenthood's funding  —  The White House on Friday threatened a veto on any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.  —  A budget measure that strips funding from the organization “is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto,” press secretary Josh Earnest said.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Fetal Tissue Gives Hope for One of the Worst Diseases  —  Planned Parenthood is right to supply it.  —  For five years, I watched my best friend die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrible disease that causes one's muscles to waste away.  First he struggled to walk, then to speak, then to breathe.
Lauren Fox / National Journal:
Manchin and Collins Team Up for Alternative to Defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Won't Rule Out Using Federal Troops To Stop Abortions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Killing Them  —  “The sick irony of President Barack Obama's …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we're expecting a baby girl!  —  This will be a new chapter in our lives.  We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy.
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Read the Clinton campaign's scathing letter in response to bungled New York Times story  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign sent a letter to New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet Tuesday asking him to fully address the paper's erroneous reporting in a story that claimed inspectors general …
Marist Poll:
7/31: Trump as Independent Gives New Meaning to Name “Billary”  —  If businessman Donald Trump runs for President as an independent, not a Republican, Trump's candidacy would benefit former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, widen her lead against former Florida Governor Jeb Bush …
S.V. Dáte / National Journal:
Can The Black Vote Win Jeb Bush The Presidency?
Janell Ross / Washington Post:   Disagree with Jeb Bush? So does his largest donor.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton whacks Jeb Bush at Urban League conference
Discussion: CNBC, Daily Kos, Guardian and The Week
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
The astonishing weakness of Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton is as unpopular as she ever has been.  Her favorability ratings have fallen to just 40 percent.  Her campaign is already heading south, even though she has serious advantages over everyone else in the campaign, both Democratic and Republican.
Discussion: Power Line
ABC News:
Bill and Hillary Clinton Made $140 Million Over Last 8 Years
Discussion: Associated Press and
New York Post:   Why Hillary Clinton keeps falling in the polls
Julie Bykowicz / Yahoo Politics:
Democrats far behind GOP in raising money for '16 super PACs
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper — Dies at 61 from Cardiac Arrest  —  Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned.  —  Piper — born Roderick George Toombs — died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night.  He was discovered on Friday.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump Sues Chef Who Backed Out Of Restaurant Deal  —  Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a prominent chef to pay $10 million in damages after the food star bailed on plans to open a new restaurant inside Trump's latest project in the nation's capital.
Discussion: Politico
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian Best Bites Blog:
Donald Trump Sues José Andrés Over Old Post Office Hotel Restaurant
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anne Saker /
Tensing, through union, demands his UC job back  —  The union representing the University of Cincinnati police force has filed a grievance on behalf of Raymond Tensing demanding that he get his job back as an officer because the university fired him this week without due process, a union official said Friday.
New York Times:
Glare of Video Is Shifting Public's View of Police
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC, WXIX-TV and Prairie Weather
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.
Chelsia Rose Marcius / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Gay Staten Island man says cops beat him outside of home, shouting homophobic slurs (VIDEO)  —  A gay Staten Island caterer says cops who were captured on video taking him down in his front yard, beat him while shouting homophobic slurs, the Daily News has learned.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Raw Story and Towleroad
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared  —  Dan Price, chief of Gravity Payments, raised the annual salary floor for his employees to $70,000.  Most responses were positive, but Mr. Price says that even the negative letters were valuable.  —  By ERICA BERENSTEIN and JESSEY DEARING on
Wall Street Journal:
Uber Valued at More Than $50 Billion  —  Ride-sharing app, which just closed a funding round, reaches mark faster than Facebook  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has closed a new round of funding valuing the five-year-old ride-hailing company at close to $51 billion, according to people familiar with the matter …
Ananda Rochita / WSLS-TV:
Federal judge upholds ban on new Confederate flag plates, deciding what happens to existing plates  —  DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - A federal judge decided Friday to uphold Virginia's ban on issuing any new license plates with the Confederate flag.  —  U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser …
Discussion: Daily Mail and WRIC-TV
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Federal judge rules that Virginia may ban Confederate license plates
Daily Mail:
California college asks students to choose from SIX genders when filling out admissions forms  —  One California college is asking students to define themselves from one of six genders on application forms.  —  Beginning this year, students applying to University of California Irvine will pick from male …
Kerri Compton / KLTV-TV:
Cass County official: Man injured after bullet ricochets off armadillo  —  Cass County Sheriff's officials are investigating an early morning shooting in the Marietta area.  —  According to officials with the sheriff's department, they are investigating a possible accidental shooting …
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Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Filing defends clerk in same-sex marriage fight
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Towleroad
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz says Bush, Romney afraid to talk tough over Iran, Benghazi
Will Isern / Pensacola News Journal:
Questions arise over gospel concert funding
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
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Exclusive — Palin: Trump Stumps Media Kingmakers
Discussion: Mediaite and Young Conservatives
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Campbell / Daily Express:
Calais goes UP IN FLAMES: Migrants fight to get into UK as ferry workers block harbour
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Koch Brothers Brave Spotlight to Try to Alter Their Image
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: ‘World would unite if I were the leader’
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Shakesville and Guardian