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11:20 AM ET, August 4, 2015

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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
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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.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Biden challenge to Clinton would face high hurdles
Discussion: Political Wire
John Dickerson / Slate:
Raw Emotion  —  Joe Biden's “end of summer” decision is near.
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit
Discussion: NBC News
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Donald Trump on Top
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 …
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
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Donald Trump leads GOP field in 2016 presidential race
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 …
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
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 …
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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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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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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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Joel Currier / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man claimed he rammed St. Louis police car ‘for the black people,’ charges say
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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
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's scandal deepens
KPNX:
Arizona beheading suspect tried ‘to get evil’ out of victim
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 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