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1:45 PM 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 …
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.
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: Daily Mail and Hot Air
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 …
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: Washington Post, USA Today and Hot Air
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton's Popularity Drops Sharply in NBC/WSJ Poll  —  The bad news for Hillary Clinton in the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll: More Americans view her negatively than they did a month ago, revealing potential vulnerabilities for a general-election presidential contest more than a year away.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump: Shut Down the Government to Defund Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
NBC News:
First Read: A Lousy Poll for Almost Every 2016 Candidate
Discussion: Political Wire and Booman Tribune
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump: Shut down government over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Politico, Horizons and LifeNews.com
New York Times:
Uneven Performances in Trump-less Republican Forum
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite and UnionLeader.com
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:   Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit
Brett LoGiurato / Yahoo Politics:
TRUMP: I think we have to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Business Insider
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Donald Trump leads GOP field in 2016 presidential race
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 …
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 …
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: KTLA and ImmigrationProf Blog
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism  —  Montgomery County has erected a wooden box around a Confederate monument recently spray-painted with the words “Black Lives Matter,” in hopes of shielding the statue from further vandalism as officials seek to move it out of downtown Rockville.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Daniela Galarza / Eater:
Whole Foods' $6 Asparagus Water Is Just Water With Three Stalks of Asparagus in It [Updated]  —  Is Whole Foods trolling its own employees?  —  Twitter user Layla Dhere (@dhere) expressed confusion in a recent tweet featuring the above image of a row of bottles of what is labeled “Asparagus Water” on a shelf.
Discussion: Mashable and Althouse
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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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.
Associated Press:
Committee approves bill to take Alabama out of marriage biz  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved a bill to take Alabama probate judges out of the wedding license business following the U.S Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Administration Urges States to Cut Health Insurers' Requests for Big Rate Increases  —  WASHINGTON — Hoping to avoid another political uproar over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is trying to persuade states to cut back big rate increases requested by many health insurance companies for 2016.
Discussion: Instapundit and Newsalert
Dave Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Sandy Hook Families Settle Lawsuits Against Lanza Estate For $1.5M  —  The families of 16 victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting will receive about $94,000 each to settle two lawsuits against the estate of the shooter's mother, Nancy Lanza.  —  Documents filed Monday in Probate Court show …
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
 
 
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Todd Starnes / Fox News:
TCU student punished for criticizing Islam, Baltimore riots
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For GOP ‘kids,’ no Trump could mean better debate
Discussion: Hot Air
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Rare Red-State Accord for More Voter Access
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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Alberto Mingardi / EconLog:
Yanis Varoufakis as a media star
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Samizdata
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Biden challenge to Clinton would face high hurdles
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama planning post-presidential snoozefest