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6:20 PM ET, July 31, 2015


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Topeka Capital-Journal:
Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate, won't rule out employing U.S. troops, FBI to stop abortion  —  Presidential candidate indicates defying Supreme Court not out of the question  — and
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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.
Lauren Fox / National Journal:
Manchin and Collins Team Up for Alternative to Defunding Planned Parenthood  —  Moderates on both sides of the aisle are working together to craft legislation that wouldn't just stop Planned Parenthood funding cold turkey.  —  Not every Republican is ready to flat-out defund 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  —  “I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this.”  —  Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is open to the idea of using federal troops and the FBI to stop women from having abortions.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton whacks Jeb Bush at Urban League conference
Discussion: CNBC, Guardian, Daily Kos and The Week
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.
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.
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
New York Post:   Why Hillary Clinton keeps falling in the polls
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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: Balloon Juice, Shakesville and Guardian
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.
Will Isern / Pensacola News Journal:
Questions arise over gospel concert funding  —  Questions are being raised about the legality of a decision by the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners to award thousands in tourism tax dollars to sponsor a gospel concert.  —  Commissioners voted June 25 to award $30,000 to sponsor …
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
Exclusive — Palin: Trump Stumps Media Kingmakers  —  What a hoot to watch pundits clutching their pearls and whimpering for smelling salts aghast over the latest “shocking” thing Donald Trump said, while The Donald ignores them and continues to soar.  Silly kingmakers just don't know what to make of this.
Discussion: Mediaite and Young Conservatives
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz says Bush, Romney afraid to talk tough over Iran, Benghazi  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday hit fellow Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, doubling down on his criticism of the nuclear deal with Iran.  —  Cruz maintained Thursday …
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.
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 …
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Des Moines Register:
No, Donald Trump can't land his helicopter at the Iowa State Fair
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Donald Trump Sues José Andrés Over Old Post Office Hotel Restaurant
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kerri Compton / KLTV-TV:
Cass County official: Man injured after bullet ricochets off armadillo
Discussion: Daily Mail and Talking Points Memo
Robert Windrem / NBC News:
Exclusive: Secret NSA Map Shows China Cyber Attacks on U.S. Targets
Discussion: Daily Mail and KFOR-TV
Associated Press:
Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Hate Crime Charges
Discussion: The Week
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