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10:45 PM ET, August 4, 2015

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Fox News:
Fox News announces candidate line-up for prime-time debate  —  Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here's who qualified:  —  Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Dominates Republican Field in Pre-Debate Bloomberg Poll  —  Billionaire Donald Trump is lapping the Republican field, a new Bloomberg Politics national poll shows, as two prominent governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio, rank in the top 10 ahead of the first presidential debate.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Twilight Zone: How The GOP Candidates Left Out Of The Big Debate Are Prepping For Theirs
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush's ad-lib offers Dems another gift  —  Another ill-advised ad lib from Jeb Bush, another opportunity for Democrats.  —  Looking to curry favor with religious conservatives at the outset of a competitive primary fight, Bush on Tuesday repeated his call to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood …
Discussion: The Week
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David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
“Intact Fetal Cadavers” At 20-Weeks “Just a Matter of Line Items” at Planned Parenthood TX Mega …
NBC News:
First Read: A Lousy Poll for Almost Every 2016 Candidate
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CNN Asks Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Videos if He's a ‘Violent Extremist’
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
Henrietta Wildsmith / Associated Press:
2 Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi  —  HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff in Mississippi says authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility.  No injuries were reported.
Discussion: Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
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Ryan Moore / WDAM-TV:
Two suspects sought after shots fired at Camp Shelby  —  Authorities responded to a call of shots being fired at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Tuesday afternoon.  —  Perry County deputies confirmed the shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. on a group of soldiers training in the area.
Telegraph:
Robert Conquest, historian - obituary  —  Historian who played a leading role in stiffening western resolve in the Cold War by chronicling the horrors of Soviet communism  —  Robert Conquest, the writer on Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was a polemicist and a serious, published poet …
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Wall Street Journal:
Robert Conquest, Seminal Historian of Soviet Misrule, Dies at 98  —  Anglo-American historian and poet who chronicled Stalin's excesses dies in Palo Alto, Calif.  —  Robert Conquest, an Anglo-American historian whose works on the terror and privation under Joseph Stalin …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Robert Conquest, RIP
Discussion: Instapundit
Adam Skolnick / New York Times:
Free Diver Natalia Molchanova Descends for Fun, Then Vanishes  —  Natalia Molchanova, widely regarded as the greatest free diver in history, wore her favorite purple wet suit Sunday on a chartered boat off the coast of Formentera, an island near Ibiza.  Only 1.5 millimeters thick …
Isis Anchalee / Medium:
You May Have Seen My Face on BART  —  Hi, my name is Isis.  I'm a full-stack engineer at OneLogin.  They asked me to be one of four others participating recruiting campaign that was hastily planned and executed in 1 day.  I was not personally ready for the amount of attention that it has brought me.
Discussion: Mashable and Washington Post
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence  —  Secret recording played for local officials, in which police officer says resident ‘needs a god damn bullet’, resulted in $35,000 payout to prevent man from suing  —  A police officer in Alabama proposed murdering …
Discussion: theGrio, Daily Mail and Mediaite
ABC News:
Hear Trump's Message on His Leaked Cellphone  —  Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker.  After the online site released one of Donald Trump's cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail this morning.  —  “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I'm running …
Antoine Sander / Politico:
Kosovo agrees to war crimes tribunal  —  Court will be funded by the EU to prevent witness intimidation and corruption.  —  After a lengthy political fight, Kosovo has agreed to a special tribunal in a foreign country to try ex-Kosovo Liberation Army members accused of war crimes during the war against Serbia in the late 1990s.
Jules Johnston / Politico:
Darker outlook for EU economy  —  S&P changes EU outlook to negative, blaming bailouts.  —  Standard & Poor's downgraded its outlook for the European Union to “negative” from “stable” on Tuesday as Greece's economic problems weigh on the region.  —  The U.S. ratings agency reaffirmed …
Lou Whitmire / Mansfield News Journal:
Prison drone dropped heroin, marijuana and tobacco  —  MANSFIELD - The package dropped by a drone at Mansfield Correctional Institution last week contained 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana, and 6.6 grams of heroin, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mashable
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker, Clinton lead in Minnesota- General Looks Like 2004  —  Donald Trump may be running the table in national polls these days, but PPP's new Minnesota poll finds that Scott Walker is continuing to hold his own in the Midwest.  Walker narrowly leads the GOP field in the state with 19% to 18% for Trump …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law's anniversary  —  President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said.  —  Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal …
Tyler Whetstone / The Jackson Sun:
Racial graffiti written on Haley grave  —  The tombstone of a relative of author Alex Haley was defaced in a cemetery in Savannah earlier this week, according to Savannah Police Chief Gary Will.  —  Will said Queen Haley, a black woman and grandmother of Alex Haley, author of “Roots,” had …
Discussion: Guardian
Daniela Galarza / Eater:
Whole Foods' $6 Asparagus Water Is Just Water With Three Stalks of Asparagus in It [Updated]  —  Is Whole Foods trolling its own employees?  —  Twitter user Layla Dhere (@dhere) expressed confusion in a recent tweet featuring the above image of a row of bottles of what is labeled “Asparagus Water” on a shelf.
Discussion: Mashable and Althouse
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Begins Campaign in Congress for Iran Nuclear Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is rolling out a multipronged campaign of private entreaties and public advocacy over the next several weeks to build support in Congress for the nuclear deal with Iran, an effort to counter …
Isabel Taft / Politico:
Chris Christie: 'I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method'  —  The Christie camp has been using the hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs to promote the New Jersey governor's campaign on Twitter.  And that's exactly what he was doing at a town hall meeting in Manchester …
Discussion: Hot Air, CBS Philly and CBS DC
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Anti-Iran Deal Site Accidentally Links To Big Photo Of Ass Instead Of Senator's Twitter Account  —  The site urges you to contact your senator to tell them to vote against the Iran nuclear agreement:  —  Via stoptheirandeal.com  —  If you click a link for Washington Democratic …
Discussion: Mediaite
Fox News:
Police dash-cam video debunks professor's racial profiling claims  —  A college professor who accused a Connecticut state trooper of racial profiling saw her claims fail when audiotape of the stop proved she was lying, police said.  —  According to Fox CT, Minati Roychoudhuri, 32 …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Woman claiming to be real-life Cookie Lyon is suing ‘Empire’ creators  —  Sophia Eggleston (left) is suing “Empire” creators, saying she is the real-life Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson, right).  —  Detroit woman Sophia Eggleston claims she is the real-life version of “Empire” …
Discussion: Jezebel and theGrio
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Crisis in Santorum campaign  —  The moves leave the winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses without a campaign manager and raise questions about whether he can last until Iowa votes on Feb. 1 next year.  —  Several top staffers have left Rick Santorum's campaign to create a new super PAC …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush: I ‘Misspoke’ On Women's Health Spending Comments  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) quickly walked back earlier comments that he was “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues.”  —  His presidential campaign posted online a statement Tuesday evening saying Bush “misspoke” with the remarks:
 
 
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Kmacinty / CDFW News:
Evidence of a Wolf in Siskiyou County
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Peace-brokering? Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch talked by phone
Armand Valdes / Mashable:
Kevin Bacon demands more male nudity in Hollywood
Discussion: Mediaite and Jezebel
Chris Brennan / Philly.com:
23,000 sign petition for Catholic teacher's reinstatement
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Gilbert / BostonGlobe.com:
Jon Stewart's game-changing legacy
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New York Post:
9/11 victim's kids grew up in poverty unaware of $1M payout
Discussion: theGrio and Daily Mail
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Freakishness of Christianity