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9:35 AM ET, August 4, 2015


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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.
John DiStaso / WMUR:
WMUR poll: Donald Trump surges to top of GOP primary field in NH  —  Outspoken business exec leads Jeb Bush, 24 percent to 12 percent  —  For the first time in the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign, there is a clear Granite State frontrunner.  Business executive Donald Trump's …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Donald Trump on Top  —  NOTABLES  —TRUMP TAKES TOP HONORS (AGAIN): Fresh Bloomberg News and CBS News polls out this morning are the third and fourth major surveys in the last 24 hours to show Donald Trump leading GOP rivals, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, by at least 11 points, ABC's RYAN STRUYK notes.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: New high for Trump, new low for Clinton
Eli Stokols / Politico:
New Hampshire Voters First Forum: 5 takeaways
Discussion: Washington Post, USA Today and Hot Air
Chris Grillot / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
NOFD investigating car fire at Planned Parenthood construction site  —  The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating an Aug. 1 car fire at the South Claiborne Planned Parenthood construction site.  (DINAH ROGERS)  —  The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating a car fire Saturday …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Campaign Against Planned Parenthood Is Causing a Headache for Republicans
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Republican effort to strip Planned Parenthood funding stalls in Senate
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Biden challenge to Clinton would face high hurdles  —  Vice President Biden would have to clear high hurdles to defeat Hillary Clinton if he launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  The biggest one?  Carving out a niche — and a reason for his candidacy …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Dickerson / Slate:
Raw Emotion  —  Joe Biden's “end of summer” decision is near.  —  A discussion about whether Vice President Joe Biden should run for president gets deep pretty fast.  Any talk about ambition, a life's purpose, and the end of a career must take into account of all the woe Biden has had to face in his life.
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and Liberal Values
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Harvard Lampoon tricks Trump with fake endorsement  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears to be the latest victim in the longstanding rivalry between storied humor publication The Harvard Lampoon and its more staid alter ego, The Harvard Crimson.
Mariel A. Klein / Harvard News:
'Poonsters Prank the Crimson—and Dupe Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
Philip Eliott / TIME:
Charles Koch Mocks Common Measure of Prosperity  —  Calls “monstrous” the notion that GDP values bombs as much as medicine  —  Conservative billionaire Charles Koch is predicting average American incomes of $100,000 annually in roughly a decade if government is scaled back and regulations are scrapped.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Instapundit
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Charles Koch's focus on ‘injustices’ is fueled by an unlikely partnership  —  DANA POINT, Calif. — Last month, billionaire industrialist and conservative donor Charles Koch was meeting in his Wichita office with Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Jezebel
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:
New polls suggest Rick Perry out of debate  —  It appears increasingly unlikely that Rick Perry will get a chance to atone for his disastrous 2012 debate performance — or attack his 2016 nemesis, Donald Trump — when Republicans spar for the first time Thursday in Cleveland.
New York Times:
President Obama's Tough, Achievable Climate Plan  —  President Obama's Clean Power Plan, announced on Monday, is unquestionably the most important step the administration has taken in the fight against climate change.  —  It imposes the first nationwide limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants …
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Loses Ground With White Women — WSJ/NBC Poll  —  Many Democrats have long hoped that Hillary Clinton might expand Barack Obama's electoral coalition by drawing in more white women voters.  —  A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests she may have a tough time pulling it off.
Discussion: Hot Air
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Unhappy Voters Shake Up Presidential Race
Los Angeles Times:
2 immigrants in U.S. illegally are named to Huntington Park commissions  —  Julian Zatarain always assumed the doors of City Hall were closed to him because he is here illegally, arriving from Sinaloa in 2007 when he was 13.  —  The 21-year-old college student found other outlets for service …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Debbie Meron / CBS Los Angeles:
Huntington Park Councilman To Appoint 2 Undocumented Immigrants As Commissioners
KC Downey / WMUR:
2 killed in tent collapse at Lancaster fairgrounds, initial reports say  —  Approximately 15 people injured in accident  —  Initial reports said two people were killed when a circus tent collapsed at the Lancaster fairgrounds as severe weather moved through the area Monday evening.
Discussion: Associated Press and WREG-TV
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sen. Chuck Schumer enlists famous cousin Amy to pitch guns bill  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer teamed up with another Schumer — actress and comedian Amy — on Monday to push for stricter gun-control laws.  —  The two Schumers held a news conference in New York to unveil a new proposal drafted …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post, Raw Story and Guardian
Gwen Stefani Files For Divorce from Gavin Rossdale  —  FILES FOR DIVORCE  —  From Gavin Rossdale  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from her husband Gavin Rossdale, TMZ has learned.  —  Gwen cites irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition, which seeks to end their 13-year-marriage.
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
S.R. v. Kenton County Sheriff's Office  —  UNPUBLISHED  —  The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were so small that the school resource officer, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner in Covington, Kentucky, locked the handcuffs around the children's biceps and forced …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Declining Marginal Value of Crazy  —  Several days ago, perennial presidential candidate Mike Huckabee charged that President Obama was ready to lead Israeli Jews “to the ovens.”  A few days later, he said he might use not only the FBI but even the US military to prevent abortions.
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Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Paid $1 to $3 a day, unauthorized immigrants keep family detention centers running
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberaland
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Clinton aide may have ‘delivered favors’ for friends, IG finds
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's scandal deepens
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Scott Walker just got punked at a New Hampshire pizza shop
Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun:
Federal agents to embed with Baltimore homicide cops to quell unprecedented violence
Arizona beheading suspect tried ‘to get evil’ out of victim
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama planning post-presidential snoozefest
Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report
Discussion: Daily Kos and Slantpoint
 Earlier Items: 
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Scott Walker Is Paying 27.24 Percent Interest on $10,000-Plus in Credit-Card Debt
Discussion: Business Insider
John Lippert / Bloomberg Business:
California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It
Discussion: Forbes