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1:10 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.
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: Washington Post, USA Today and Hot Air
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump: Shut Down the Government to Defund Planned Parenthood  —  He gives exactly the answer many conservative activists wanted to hear.  —  The Republican Party's front-running presidential candidate wants congressional leaders to shut down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
New York Times:
Uneven Performances in Trump-less Republican Forum  —  Jeb Bush stumbled through a familiar question about his brother and father, struggling for the right words as he cracked a joke about duking it out with anyone who questioned the legacy of his aging dad.
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite and
Fox News:
Poll: New high for Trump, new low for Clinton
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Donald Trump leads GOP field in 2016 presidential race
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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
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 …
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.
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.
NBC News:
First Read: A Lousy Poll for Almost Every 2016 Candidate
Discussion: Political Wire and Booman Tribune
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:   Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: New high for Trump, new low for Clinton
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 …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump: Shut down government over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Politico, Horizons and
Brett LoGiurato / Yahoo Politics:
TRUMP: I think we have to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Business Insider
The Hill:
Shutdown talk creeps into debate over Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
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 …
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 …
John Dickerson / Slate:
Raw Emotion  —  Joe Biden's “end of summer” decision is near.
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Family of Sandra Bland filing federal lawsuit  —  HOUSTON - An attorney representing Sandra Bland's family will file a lawsuit at the federal courthouse in downtown Houston on Tuesday, the attorney's office says.  —  The lawsuit will be filed against Trooper Brian Encinia …
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Aliza Chasan / New York Daily News:
Couple, who were first gay men married at West Point, attacked in SoHo bodega: cops
Discussion: PinkNews, Raw Story and Towleroad
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Administration Urges States to Cut Health Insurers' Requests for Big Rate Increases
Discussion: Instapundit and Newsalert
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
 Earlier Items: 
Alberto Mingardi / EconLog:
Yanis Varoufakis as a media star
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Samizdata
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama planning post-presidential snoozefest