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8:30 PM ET, August 3, 2015


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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 …
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.
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
Who Gets Into the Republican Debate: Rounding Could Decide
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP field gets ready to rumble
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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.”
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Hackers Hit Trump Website To Post Tribute To Jon Stewart
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Campaign Against Planned Parenthood Is Causing a Headache for Republicans  —  For two weeks now, an anti-abortion advocacy group has been disclosing footage of Planned Parenthood officials breezily discussing the medical and bureaucratic processes by which they provide aborted fetal tissue to biomedical researchers.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and Slate
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 Hill and The Week
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.”
Delta News Hub:
Delta bans shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo trophies  —  Delta issued the following statement today:  —  Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.
Adam H. Graham / New York Times:
After Killing of Cecil the Lion, Delta Joins Airline Ban on Game Trophies
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Scott Walker Is Paying 27.24 Percent Interest on $10,000-Plus in Credit-Card Debt  —  Newly published financial disclosures show that the presidential hopeful has some major debt.  —  Gov. Scott Walker has two credit-card debts of more than $10,000 apiece on separate cards and is paying …
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
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: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Joanna Chadwick / Wichita Eagle:
NBC World Series suspends use of bat boys after death of Kaiser Carlile … Following the death of Kaiser Carlile, the Liberal Bee Jays' 9-year-old bat boy, the National Baseball Congress will not have bat boys or ball boys during the remainder of World Series games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
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
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.
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
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
Gov. Jeb Bush /
Here are the participants in tonight's 2016 Voters First Presidential Forum  —  Here is a capsule look at the 14 participants in tonight's Voters First Presidential Forum.  —  Gov. Jeb Bush served as the 43rd governor of Florida from 1999-2007.  —  During his tenure, Bush implemented …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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: Daily Mail, US News, Mashable and The Week
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
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 …
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.
Fox News:
Navy official: Not ruling out charging service member who fired on Chattanooga shooter  —  A Navy official told Fox News that punishing a lieutenant commander who used an unauthorized weapon to fire back at the Chattanooga gunman who shot and killed five service members could not be …
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David Catanese / US News:
Ads Seek to Soften Clinton's Image
Stanley Greenberg / Washington Monthly:
The Average Joe's Proviso
Discussion: Progress Pond
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
 Earlier Items: 
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men
Discussion: KOIN-TV, The Week and Jezebel
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Threatens To Unilaterally Cut Members Of Congress' Pay If They Don't Do What He Wants
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