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6:35 PM ET, August 3, 2015


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Steven Shepard / Politico:
With debate looming, Trump has huge lead in new poll  —  The identities of the 10 Republicans likely to be on stage at Thursday's presidential debate are coming into focus after another poll on Monday shows Donald Trump running away from the rest of the field and Rick Perry lagging behind his competitors for the final spot.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Here Are the Polls Fox News Will Use to Select the Candidates for the First GOP Debate  —  Fox's team of election analysts is currently crunching numbers to set the field.  —  Shares … Tomorrow around 5 p.m., Fox News executives are scheduled to gather in Roger Ailes's second-floor conference room …
Paul Singer / USA Today:
Everson to file complaint over first GOP debate
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
Who Gets Into the Republican Debate: Rounding Could Decide
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   GOP field gets ready to rumble
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Call Donald Trump's Cell Phone and Ask Him About His Important Ideas  —  Last month, American reality show entertainer turned American political system entertainer Donald Trump publicized presidential rival Sen. Lindsey Graham's cell number, urging his supporters to “try it.”
Jake Halpern / New Yorker:
The Cop  —  Darren Wilson was not indicted for shooting Michael Brown.  Many people in Ferguson question whether justice was done. … “I know it's late, but you wanna come up for a coconut or something?”  —  BUY THE PRINT » … BUY THE PRINT » … “Once you learn, though, you'll never forget.”
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal Cuts Off Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthoods In Louisiana  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) announced he had ended the state's Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in response to an anti-abortion “sting” video campaign against the reproductive health service.
Discussion: The Week
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
D.L. Hughley: Trump's popularity is tied to his racism — 'If he said n****r he'd be elected tomorrow'  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Stopped by a photographer from TMZ at LAX, comedian and actor D.L. Hughley had a few things to say about GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump …
Discussion: and
Politico:   Donald Trump is cash cow for GOP state parties
Steve Politi / New Jersey Online:
Christie booed mercilessly — twice — at the Haskell  —  OCEANPORT — It was one long happy celebration at Monmouth Park for the great American Pharoah's latest victory.  At least, that is, until Gov. Chris Christie stepped into the Winner's Circle to present the trophy.  —  And then, the record crowd of 60,983 booed.
Discussion: Business Insider and Progress Pond
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie Gets Booed ‘Loudly’ During Actual Horse Race In New Jersey
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Makes Disgusting Bacon Using ‘Machine Gun’ (VIDEO)  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is hoping for a viral hit (in the vein of Sen. Lindsey Graham) when he teamed up with Independent Journal Review on Monday to cook bacon with a “machine gun.”  —  Spoiler: It's disgusting.
Philip Elliott / TIME:
Ted Cruz Says Climate-Change Fears Falsified by Scientists and Politicians
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP's anger turns in upon itself  —  With the first GOP primary debate this week, the Republican Party will be at the center of the nation's political attention.  —  This should be a high time for Republicans.  —  The party won control of the Senate last year while holding its majority in the House.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
WATCH: Clueless Klansman at Confederate flag rally confronted for wearing FUBU shoes  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A man with a Ku Klux Klan tattoo and hat was caught wearing FUBU shoes — an iconic brand associated with hip hop — at a rally in support of the Confederate flag at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia.
John Lippert / Bloomberg Business:
California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It  —  Mary Nichols, the California regulator who showed the world how to clean up smog, is pushing for all cars to be electric.  —  Sergio Marchionne had a funny thing to say about the $32,500 battery-powered Fiat 500e that his company markets in California as “eco-chic.”
Discussion: Forbes
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Federal Aid's Role in Driving Up Tuitions Gains Credence  —  View long held by conservatives is being adopted by more mainstream economists; New York Fed study faults government aid for letting colleges boost prices  —  Imagine a scenario in which the federal government helps households pursue …
Discussion: American Spectator and Hit & Run
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Un-Greek Tragedies in Puerto Rico and Appalachia  —  On Friday the government of Puerto Rico announced that it was about to miss a bond payment.  It claimed that for technical legal reasons this wouldn't be a default, but that's a distinction without a difference.  —  So is Puerto Rico America's Greece?
Discussion: Forbes
Austin American-Statesman:
Ken Paxton arrested, booked; indictment released  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  The indictment listing three felony charges also expected to be made available to the public.  —  Attorney general scheduled to get fingerprinted, and mugshot taken, Monday morning.
Discussion: Jezebel and Oliver Willis
Stanley Greenberg / Washington Monthly:
The Average Joe's Proviso  —  Democrats cannot win big or consistently enough, deep enough down the ticket or broadly enough in the states, unless they run much stronger with white working-class and downscale voters.  That includes running better with white working-class swing voters, of course.
John Heilemann / Bloomberg Business:
Where Joe Biden Is Coming From  —  Three years ago, in mid-August 2012, I spent several days in close quarters with Joe Biden for a magazine profile I was writing.  In an interview in his cabin aboard Air Force Two, I asked Biden about a topic much discussed back then, and even more so …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Threatens To Unilaterally Cut Members Of Congress' Pay If They Don't Do What He Wants  —  Late last month, Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush cast the Constitution's model for separation of powers to the winds with a 15 second video centered around one proposal …
Philip Elliott / TIME:
Jeb Bush on His Campaign Cash: Tough Luck if Critics Don't Like It
Discussion: Progress Pond
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Bobby Jindal: Mayors Of Sanctuary Cities Should Be Arrested  —  “I would hold them as an accomplice.  Make them criminally culpable.”  —  Stacy Revere / Getty Images  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told Boston Herald Radio on Monday morning that mayors of sanctuary cities should be arrested.
James Cook / Business Insider:
Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages  —  Apple employees are testing a voicemail service that uses Siri to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.  Apple's iCloud service will then send you the text of the transcribed voicemail …
Discussion: US News, Mashable and The Week
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Chilly at Work?  Office Formula Was Devised for Men  —  Summers are hot in Omaha, where heat indexes can top 100 degrees.  But Molly Mahannah is prepared.  —  At the office, she bundles up in cardigans or an oversized sweatshirt from her file drawer.  Then, she says, “I have a huge blanket …
Discussion: KOIN-TV, The Week and Jezebel
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
RNC chief to GOP field: ‘Stop the name-calling’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Aaron Short / New York Post:
De Blasio eyes new council plan to limit Uber's pricing
Exclusive — USA to Issue More Green Cards Than Populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina Combined
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Question of the Day  —  National Review's Jay Nordlinger wins …
Discussion: National Review
Casey Nolen / KSDK-TV:
‘Ambushed’ officer: God told me to put on ballistics vest
Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
Why Republicans Shouldn't Fear a Third-Party Trump
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Now 60% Chance Of A Government Shutdown
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Sen. Graham moved up in Air Force Reserve ranks despite light duties