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3:50 PM ET, August 1, 2015


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Washington Post:
Top Clinton aide accused of receiving overpayments at State Department  —  State Department investigators concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton's closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure as an official in the department.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Clinton aide and confidante was overpaid at State Dept.  —  State Department investigators have concluded that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 while working at the State Department, the Washington Post reports.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Federal Judge Orders State Department to Ask Hillary Clinton to Account …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
Judge Orders Hillary Clinton to Answer for ‘Home-Brew’ Server
William Saletan / Slate:
The Iran hearings have shown how the Republican Party can no longer be trusted with the presidency.  —  If Republicans win the White House next year, they'll almost certainly control the entire federal government.  Many of them, running for president or aspiring to leadership roles in Congress …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving  —  Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era.  —  The vast majority of the $388 million …
Wall Street Journal:   Billionaires Put Their Stamp on 2016 Presidential Campaigns
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Bush at Urban League: Obama was ‘speaking the truth’ after shooting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wills Robinson For / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Cecil the lion's brother Jericho shot dead by poachers in Zimbabwean park  —  Cecil the lion's brother Jericho has been shot dead in a park in Zimbabwe.  —  Johnny Rodrigues, Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said in a statement: 'It is with great sadness and regret …
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
The FBI has subpoenaed lewd text messages between Subway's Jared Fogle and a former Subway franchisee  —  The FBI has subpoenaed an affidavit containing alleged texts between former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle and a former female Subway franchisee in which Fogle says he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl …
Allen West / Allen B. West:
What's happening to this heroic Navy officer from the Chattanooga shooting will make your blood BOIL  —  I never like to be reactionary and follow anything that may just be hyperbole or conspiracy theory.  That's why I held off on addressing this issue until I got confirmation — which came Friday afternoon via text message.
Jessica McMaster / KSHB-TV:
Video of Lenexa PD arrest goes viral, sparks concerns  —  LENEXA, Kan. - A video that shows two Lenexa police officers making an arrest has gone viral and sparked concerns on social media.  —  John Sherman said he was at the Winstead's restaurant, located near 95th Street and Quivira …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?  —  WASHINGTON — A PATTERN of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this.  —  Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investigations while acting all innocent about wiping out sensitive material.
Discussion: Liberaland, Politico and Political Wire
Robby Soave / The Daily Beast:
The College That Hates ‘Americans’  —  A University of New Hampshire speech guide explains why just about every adjective—including “American”—is somehow problematic.  —  The administrator who added a confusing, tin-eared Bias-Free Language Guide—a 4,500-word assault on the English language …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting  —  A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers.  The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress …
Roxane Gay / New York Times:
Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion  —  LIKE many others, I was stunned by the story of the Minnesota dentist who hunted and killed a 13-year-old lion, Cecil, in Zimbabwe.  It was a brutal, senseless thing.  —  The story has gone viral because it offers a strange alchemy …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Exclusive: Donald Trump's companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers  —  Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs.  But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Turns out Obamacare is a government takeover  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  During the legislative debate over the passage of President Obama's healthcare law, supporters of the program were sensitive to any suggestion that it represented a government takeover of the healthcare system.
Discussion: Newsalert and Bloomberg View
Olivia / Right Wing Watch:
As Trump's Homeland Security Secretary, Ann Coulter Pledges Protestant-Only Holidays  —  Ann Coulter shared her love for Donald Trump last week at Eagle Forum's Collegian Summit, where she told the crowd of young conservatives that Trump is “more likely to be the next president than Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio” …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
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Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Rivals of ISIS Attack U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebel Group
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Economics 101: Wal-Mart Hikes Minimum Wages, Prepares To Fire 1000
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Top Trump adviser has a history of provocative and racial Facebook posts
Washington Post:
Cecil the lion's killer may have trouble avoiding extradition, experts say
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox
Discussion: New York Times, The Verge and Guardian
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
We're Making Life Too Hard for Millennials
 Earlier Items: 
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
Dem: Obama Ready To Ignore Congress If Veto On Iran Deal Is Overridden
Discussion: Freedom Outpost and Hot Air
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Trump GOP Favorable Image Drops, but Still Positive
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Award in Lead Paint Lawsuit Can't Be Tied to Ethnicity, Judge Rules
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump Sues Chef Who Backed Out Of Restaurant Deal
Discussion: Politico