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11:55 AM ET, August 5, 2015


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Washington Post:
FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail setup  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that the private e-mail server she used as secretary of state “had numerous safeguards.  It was on property guarded by the Secret Service.  And there were no security breaches.”
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Debate Stage Is Set  —  NOTABLES  —TEN CANDIDATES, TWO HOURS, ONE GOAL: Survive the first Republican presidential debate.  A slate of governors, senators and other presidential contenders is set to gather in Cleveland to debate each other for the first time this election cycle.
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and The Hill
NBC News:
First Read: Who to Watch at the GOP Debate?  Try Jeb Bush.  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  The most important person to watch at Thursday's debate?  Try Jeb Bush
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
Donald Trump on GOP Debate: 'I'd Like It to Be Very Civil'
Discussion: Politico
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Why I'm Not Ridin' With Biden  —  Like most liberals, I like our vice president.
Discussion: Guardian and American Spectator
Shoshana Weissmann / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Clinton Put on Southern Accent for South Carolina Democratic Chairman
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Fox News ‘Nerve Factor’  —  Baier, Kelly and Wallace talk of sleepless nights prepping for the first GOP debate.  —  Baier, center, Kelly, right, and Wallace, left, represent the hard news side of a network better known for its outspoken conservative pundits.  Getty
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Fox announces debate roster, Perry left out  —  Lineup for first GOP presidential debate announced 02:12  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)The wait is over to find out who will grace Fox News' prime-time debate stage on Thursday — but for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the outcome wasn't what he'd hoped.
the Numbers / Bloomberg Business:
The Selzer Score: Does Rick Perry Deserve a Spot on the Debate Stage?
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Many top Republican candidates are spending less time in New Hampshire
Discussion: Political Wire
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Twilight Zone: How The GOP Candidates Left Out Of The Big Debate Are Prepping For Theirs
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Kerry Warns Congress About Risk of ‘Screwing’ the Ayatollah  —  When I met with Secretary of State John Kerry in his office this past Friday, it was apparent that he was in an exceedingly feisty mood, and it's not easy to display feistiness when you're trapped, as he was, in a recliner.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Highest-ranking Jewish House Democrat opposes Iran deal  —  The highest-ranking Jewish Democrat in the House announced his opposition to the nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, in a blow to the Obama administration's lobbying efforts.  —  “I'm going to vote against the Iran deal,” …
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Rep. Steve Israel opposes Iran deal
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Hill
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
What if Trump wins?  —  Sometimes voters do break the rules.  —  SHARES  —  Every political analyst, every political observer, every politician is absolutely sure that Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.  And we're all absolutely sure that Donald Trump …
New York Times:
Friends of Joe Biden Worry a Run for President Could Bruise His Legacy  —  WASHINGTON — Later this month, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will escape for a family retreat to mourn his late son, Beau, but also to mull, as his dying son urged him to do, a campaign for president.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Shots Fired For 2nd Day In A Row At Jade Helm Site In Mississippi  —  For the second day in a row, shots were reportedly fired Wednesday near a Mississippi military facility where part of the “Jade Helm 15” training exercise was expected to take place.  —  Soldiers training at Camp Shelby …
Angela Williams / WAPT:
Camp Shelby soldiers report shots fired near training post
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
FBI: Middle Eastern Men Intimidating U.S. Military Families In Colorado & Wyoming  —  DENVER (CBS4) - An alert has been issued by the FBI to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Wyoming involving U.S. military families and concerns about who may be watching them.
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
Apple stock implosion shreds $113.4B  —  Apple (AAPL) stock officially enters correction territory.  The shares dropped Monday and are correcting by at least 10% for the first time in 7 1/2 years.  Apple stock is down nearly 11% from the record high reached February 23rd of $133.  Newslook
John DiStaso / WMUR:
WMUR poll: Clinton leads by 6 percentage points as Sanders edges closer  —  Vermont senator nearly within poll's 5.9 percent margin of error  —  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is chipping away at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lead in the 2016 New Hampshire primary campaign, WMUR's latest poll shows.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
The GOP Is About to Become the Party of Trump  —  When Donald Trump takes center stage at Thursday's Fox News debate in Cleveland, it will be a critical moment for the Republican Party.  Until recently, Americans mentally categorized Trump as a celebrity entertainer and interpreted …
Goodwell Nzou / New York Times:
In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions  —  Winston-Salem, N.C. — MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me.  —  So sorry about Cecil.  —  Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?  —  Cecil who?  I wondered.
Discussion: The Week
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: ABC News and The Week
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Chelsea Clinton steps into the spotlight — on her own terms  —  Why do people care about Chelsea Clinton?  Five years ago, all she wanted was a quiet wedding (of about 500 people).  It required police barricades and a no-fly zone.  Reporters chased her guests through the streets …
Discussion: National Review and alicublog
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