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8:45 PM ET, August 4, 2015

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Fox News:
Fox News announces candidate line-up for prime-time debate  —  Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here's who qualified:  —  Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
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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.
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.
Isabel Taft / Politico:
Chris Christie: 'I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method'  —  The Christie camp has been using the hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs to promote the New Jersey governor's campaign on Twitter.  And that's exactly what he was doing at a town hall meeting in Manchester …
Discussion: Hot Air, CBS Philly and CBS DC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker, Clinton lead in Minnesota- General Looks Like 2004
NBC News:
First Read: A Lousy Poll for Almost Every 2016 Candidate
John DiStaso / WMUR:
WMUR poll: Donald Trump surges to top of GOP primary field in NH
Henrietta Wildsmith / Associated Press:
2 Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi  —  HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff in Mississippi says authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility.  No injuries were reported.
Discussion: Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
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Ryan Moore / WDAM-TV:
Two suspects sought after shots fired at Camp Shelby  —  Authorities responded to a call of shots being fired at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Tuesday afternoon.  —  Perry County deputies confirmed the shots were fired around 12:10 p.m. on a group of soldiers training in the area.
Wall Street Journal:
Robert Conquest, Seminal Historian of Soviet Misrule, Dies at 98  —  Anglo-American historian and poet who chronicled Stalin's excesses dies in Palo Alto, Calif.  —  Robert Conquest, an Anglo-American historian whose works on the terror and privation under Joseph Stalin …
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Telegraph:
Robert Conquest, historian - obituary
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Robert Conquest, RIP
Discussion: Instapundit
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
“Intact Fetal Cadavers” At 20-Weeks “Just a Matter of Line Items” at Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center: Abortion Docs Can “Make it Happen”  —  #PPSellsBabyParts “INTACT FETAL CADAVERS” AT 20-WEEKS “JUST A MATTER OF LINE ITEMS” AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD TX MEGA-CENTER: ABORTION DOCS CAN “MAKE IT HAPPEN”
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Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CNN Asks Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Videos if He's a ‘Violent Extremist’
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
Adam Skolnick / New York Times:
Natalia Molchanova, Champion Free Diver, Is Feared Dead After Dive  —  Natalia Molchanova, widely regarded as the greatest free diver in history, wore her favorite purple wet suit Sunday on a chartered boat off the coast of Formentera, an island near Ibiza.  Only 1.5 millimeters thick …
Discussion: Guardian, NPR, Washington Post and Mashable
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush's ad-lib offers Dems another gift  —  Another ill-advised ad lib from Jeb Bush, another opportunity for Democrats.  —  Looking to curry favor with religious conservatives at the outset of a competitive primary fight, Bush on Tuesday repeated his call to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood …
Discussion: The Week
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law's anniversary  —  President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said.  —  Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal …
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Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Rare Red-State Accord for More Voter Access
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
ABC News:
Hear Trump's Message on His Leaked Cellphone  —  Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker.  After the online site released one of Donald Trump's cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail this morning.  —  “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I'm running …
Isis Anchalee / Medium:
You May Have Seen My Face on BART  —  Hi, my name is Isis.  I'm a full-stack engineer at OneLogin.  They asked me to be one of four others participating recruiting campaign that was hastily planned and executed in 1 day.  I was not personally ready for the amount of attention that it has brought me.
Discussion: Mashable and Washington Post
Tyler Whetstone / The Jackson Sun:
Racial graffiti written on Haley grave  —  The tombstone of a relative of author Alex Haley was defaced in a cemetery in Savannah earlier this week, according to Savannah Police Chief Gary Will.  —  Will said Queen Haley, a black woman and grandmother of Alex Haley, author of “Roots,” had …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Guardian
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Anti-Iran Deal Site Accidentally Links To Big Photo Of Ass Instead Of Senator's Twitter Account  —  The site urges you to contact your senator to tell them to vote against the Iran nuclear agreement:  —  Via stoptheirandeal.com  —  If you click a link for Washington Democratic …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Fox News:
Police dash-cam video debunks professor's racial profiling claims  —  A college professor who accused a Connecticut state trooper of racial profiling saw her claims fail when audiotape of the stop proved she was lying, police said.  —  According to Fox CT, Minati Roychoudhuri, 32 …
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 …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Idaho's ban on undercover animal abuse videos struck down by federal judge  —  A federal judge struck down Idaho's ban on undercover videos at factory farms Monday, saying state legislators wrongly criminalized free speech to protect powerful agricultural groups.
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.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Netanyahu Appeals to American Jews to Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel intensified his campaign against the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers on Tuesday, denouncing it as a fatally flawed and dangerous accord and charging …
Armand Valdes / Mashable:
Kevin Bacon demands more male nudity in Hollywood  —  Hey, Hollywood, Kevin Bacon has a bone to pick with you.  There is so much gratuitous female nudity in films and television, and that's not fair because male actors want to be naked too.  —  In a very serious PSA, the actor demands …
Discussion: Mediaite and Jezebel
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Twilight Zone: How The GOP Candidates Left Out Of The Big Debate Are Prepping For Theirs  —  WASHINGTON — Hours before the first official Republican debate begins on Thursday in Cleveland, the several other candidates who didn't make the big debate will take the stage hoping to rescue their slim poll numbers.
 
 
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Peace-brokering? Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch talked by phone
Chris Brennan / Philly.com:
23,000 sign petition for Catholic teacher's reinstatement
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Gilbert / BostonGlobe.com:
Jon Stewart's game-changing legacy
Discussion: Poynter.
Jules Johnston / Politico:
In the words of young Germans, just ‘merkeln’
New York Post:
9/11 victim's kids grew up in poverty unaware of $1M payout
Discussion: theGrio and Daily Mail
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Sandy Hook Families Settle Lawsuits Against Lanza Estate For $1.5M
Discussion: Associated Press and 89.3 KPCC
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Committee approves bill to take Alabama out of marriage biz