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9:55 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.
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
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
Steven Shepard / Politico:
New polls suggest Rick Perry out of debate
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 …
Discussion: The Federalist and Politico
Chris Grillot / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
NOFD investigating car fire at Planned Parenthood construction site  —  The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating an Aug. 1 car fire at the South Claiborne Planned Parenthood construction site.  (DINAH ROGERS)  —  The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating a car fire Saturday …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Campaign Against Planned Parenthood Is Causing a Headache for Republicans
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Republican effort to strip Planned Parenthood funding stalls in Senate
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Donald Trump on Top  —  NOTABLES  —TRUMP TAKES TOP HONORS (AGAIN): Fresh Bloomberg News and CBS News polls out this morning are the third and fourth major surveys in the last 24 hours to show Donald Trump leading GOP rivals, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, by at least 11 points, ABC's RYAN STRUYK notes.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Why Biden Would Be a Serious Contender
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air, Fox News and The Atlantic
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 …
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Why Obama's epic climate plan isn't such a big deal
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.
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 and WREG-TV
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
Debbie Meron / CBS Los Angeles:
Huntington Park Councilman To Appoint 2 Undocumented Immigrants As Commissioners
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.
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.
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 …
Alberto Mingardi / EconLog:
Yanis Varoufakis as a media star  —  I suspect that one of the most enduring legacies of the Greek crisis may be the making of Yanis Varoufakis into a global opinion leader.  —  It is a curious phenomenon.  Varoufakis was the leading Greek negotiator in a round of talks with the European Union …
Discussion: Samizdata and Bloomberg View
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 …
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Freakishness of Christianity
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Paid $1 to $3 a day, unauthorized immigrants keep family detention centers running
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberaland
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, USA Today, Washington Post and The Week
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's scandal deepens
Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun:
Federal agents to embed with Baltimore homicide cops to quell unprecedented violence
Arizona beheading suspect tried ‘to get evil’ out of victim
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report
Discussion: Daily Kos and Slantpoint
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Federal Aid's Role in Driving Up Tuitions Gains Credence
Discussion: Hit & Run and American Spectator