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11:45 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.
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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 …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Unhappy Voters Shake Up Presidential Race  —  Unsettled electorate gives a lift to antiestablishment candidates, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds  —  Pollsters Fred Yang and Bill McInturff sit down with WSJ's Jerry Seib to break down the new poll numbers on the 2016 candidates …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: New high for Trump, new low for Clinton  —  Businessman Donald Trump continues to gain ground in the race for the Republican nomination.  What's more, the number of GOP primary voters saying they would at least consider backing Trump has more than doubled in the last two months.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Loses Ground With White Women — WSJ/NBC Poll
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Donald Trump leads GOP field in 2016 presidential race
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit
Discussion: NBC News
The Hill:
Senate GOP thwarted in effort to defund Planned Parenthood  —  A measure to defund Planned Parenthood failed in the Senate on Monday in a 53-46 vote, likely punting the issue into the fall debate over preventing a government shutdown.  —  Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Who Blocked Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Admit They Haven't Watched Undercover Videos  —  Senate Democrats blocked a bill on Monday night to defund Planned Parenthood without having watched the undercover videos documenting the organization's involvment in harvesting aborted baby organs …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
How the Public Views Planned Parenthood and the NRA  —  Planned Parenthood and the National Rifle Association may both be the targets of protests and heated rhetoric, but they are still viewed more favorably than the candidates running for president on both sides of the aisle.
The Hill:
Shutdown talk creeps into debate over Planned Parenthood funding  —  Republican senators are tiptoeing around talk of a government shutdown in October after a failed vote Monday on defunding Planned Parenthood.  —  A group of conservatives in the House have already pledged not to vote …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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.
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Biden challenge to Clinton would face high hurdles
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Donald Trump on Top
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Freakishness of Christianity  —  Evangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith.  Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it's “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really mean “conservative, Protestant, evangelical Christianity …
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: OnPolitics, Daily Kos and Jezebel
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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 …
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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 …
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
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Scott Walker just got punked at a New Hampshire pizza shop  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Maybe it should have been a tip-off that the two 20-somethings were so overly excited to meet Scott Walker.  Like dramatically excited.  The young woman was literally bouncing with excitement.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
New Hampshire Voters First Forum: 5 takeaways  —  For some GOP candidates, the desperation is beginning to show.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — The candidate forum that drew 14 Republican presidential candidates to New Hampshire Monday night served as a practice round ahead of the first official GOP primary debate …
Discussion: USA Today and Hot Air
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.
ACLU:
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For GOP ‘kids,’ no Trump could mean better debate  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Some political insiders have dismissed the upcoming debate for second-tier Republican presidential candidates as the “kids' table” debate.  But for the low-ranking hopefuls who take part …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
 
 
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Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Rare Red-State Accord for More Voter Access
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Associated Press:
Committee approves bill to take Alabama out of marriage biz
Discussion: Towleroad and Joe. My. God.
Joel Currier / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man claimed he rammed St. Louis police car ‘for the black people,’ charges say
Discussion: Mediaite, The Jawa Report and Twitchy
Hank Green / Medium:
Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video
Discussion: Forbes, Guardian, Re/code and The Week
Alberto Mingardi / EconLog:
Yanis Varoufakis as a media star
Discussion: Samizdata and Bloomberg View
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Clinton aide may have ‘delivered favors’ for friends, IG finds
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sen. Chuck Schumer enlists famous cousin Amy to pitch guns bill
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post, USA Today and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama planning post-presidential snoozefest
Reuters:
Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report
Discussion: Daily Kos and Slantpoint
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Declining Marginal Value of Crazy
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Scott Walker Is Paying 27.24 Percent Interest on $10,000-Plus in Credit-Card Debt