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1:20 AM ET, August 4, 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:
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.
Discussion: Fox News and Talking Points Memo
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: New high for Trump, new low for Clinton
Steven Shepard / Politico:
With debate looming, Trump has huge lead in new poll
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, Slate and Forbes
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal Cuts Off Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthoods In Louisiana
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Republican effort to strip Planned Parenthood funding stalls in Senate
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
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
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.
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.
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
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
5 Questions About Obama's Climate Change Plan  —  President Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his Clean Power Plan, a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that, if implemented, would represent the strongest action ever taken by the United States to combat climate change.
Discussion: The Hill, Slantpoint and New York Times
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.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama planning post-presidential snoozefest  —  President Obama is revealing his first priority when he leaves the White House: sleep.  —  The commander in chief said Monday that he intends to log some major zzz's when his term ends.  —  “The first thing I'm probably going to do is catch up on my sleep …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Indiana public school punishes 7-year-old with ‘banishment’ for not believing in God: lawsuit  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A lawsuit recently filed against a teacher at Forest Park Elementary School in Indiana alleged that a 7-year-old student was “banished” …
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 and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Why Biden Would Be a Serious Contender  —  The Times report that Vice-President Joe Biden is seriously considering entering the 2016 Presidential race isn't exactly news.  He's been mulling such a move for at least a couple of years.  “It's as likely I run as I don't run,” Biden said on the talk show “The View” in February, 2014.
Amy Schumer / USA Today:
Amy Schumer, Sen. Schumer tackle gun violence  —  After last month's tragic movie theater shooting at a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, the actress is teaming up with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer for a new public initiative tacking gun violence.  —  Yes, the two are related — Schumer and Schumer are cousins.
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.
Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report  —  In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world's worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn't improved in Malaysia and Cuba.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Slantpoint
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Debbie Meron / CBS Los Angeles:
Huntington Park Councilman To Appoint 2 Undocumented Immigrants As Commissioners
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Federal Aid's Role in Driving Up Tuitions Gains Credence
Discussion: American Spectator and Hit & Run
John Lippert / Bloomberg Business:
California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It
Discussion: Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
Austin American-Statesman:
Ken Paxton arrested, booked; indictment released
Discussion: Jezebel and Oliver Willis
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Un-Greek Tragedies in Puerto Rico and Appalachia
Discussion: Forbes
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men
Discussion: KOIN-TV, The Week and Jezebel
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP's anger turns in upon itself
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Steve Politi / New Jersey Online:
Christie booed mercilessly — twice — at the Haskell
Jake Halpern / New Yorker:
The Cop  —  Darren Wilson was not indicted for shooting Michael Brown.