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2:55 AM ET, August 5, 2015


 Top Items: 
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 …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Twilight Zone: How The GOP Candidates Left Out Of The Big Debate Are Prepping For Theirs
Washington Post:
FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail setup  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that the private e-mail server she used as secretary of state “had numerous safeguards.  It was on property guarded by the Secret Service.  And there were no security breaches.”
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
FBI investigating security of Clinton's emails  —  The FBI is looking into the security of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email system, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday.  —  The agency reached out to the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate's lawyer last week …
Robert Conquest, historian - obituary  —  Historian who played a leading role in stiffening western resolve in the Cold War by chronicling the horrors of Soviet communism  —  Robert Conquest, the writer on Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was a polemicist and a serious, published poet …
Discussion: EconLog and Washington Free Beacon
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Obama channels John F. Kennedy to pitch Iran deal  —  The president plans to use speech at American University to argue for talking to enemies.  —  As he defends his nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama is honing a larger vision of foreign policy - one in which military power alone …
Discussion: Newsday and Slantpoint
Wall Street Journal:
Robert Conquest, Seminal Historian of Soviet Misrule, Dies at 98
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”
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CNN Asks Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Videos if He's a ‘Violent Extremist’
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump: I would shut down government over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Mail and Slantpoint
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
How the Public Views Planned Parenthood and the NRA
Adam Skolnick / New York Times:
Free Diver Natalia Molchanova Descends for Fun, Then Vanishes  —  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 …
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
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush: I ‘Misspoke’ On Women's Health Spending Comments  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) quickly walked back earlier comments that he was “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues.”  —  His presidential campaign posted online a statement Tuesday evening saying Bush “misspoke” with the remarks:
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.
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence  —  Secret recording played for local officials, in which police officer says resident ‘needs a god damn bullet’, resulted in $35,000 payout to prevent man from suing  —  A police officer in Alabama proposed murdering …
Discussion: NBC News, theGrio, Daily Mail and Mediaite
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell eyes fall talks to avert shutdown  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he would begin negotiations with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown in September.  —  The majority leader vowed there would not be another shutdown on his watch — but it could be difficult to avoid …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Friends of Joe Biden Worry a Run for President Could Bruise His Legacy  —  WASHINGTON — Later this month, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will escape for a family retreat to mourn his late son, Beau, but also to mull, as his dying son urged him to do, a campaign for president.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Weekly Standard
John Rogers / WFLA-TV:
Sarasota officer resigns after video of his interaction with homeless man goes viral  —  SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) - The Sarasota police officer at the center of a jailhouse controversy has resigned.  Surveillance video, shot on July 18 in the Sarasota County Jail, shows Officer Andrew Halpin tossing peanuts …
Lou Whitmire / Mansfield News Journal:
Prison drone dropped heroin, marijuana and tobacco  —  MANSFIELD - The package dropped by a drone at Mansfield Correctional Institution last week contained 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana, and 6.6 grams of heroin, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Chuck Schumer ‘loses it’ in meeting with Jewish leaders  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles Schumer was ready to discuss everything from gun control to drones during a press conference in his Midtown office Monday — except his position on the Iran nuclear deal.  —  “This is such an important decision …
Discussion: US News and Mondoweiss
Los Angeles Times:
4 Uber drivers cited at LAX have serious criminal records  —  At least four men ticketed by Los Angeles International Airport police while driving for Uber's low-cost car service have criminal convictions that would bar them from operating a taxi in Los Angeles, records show.
Discussion: The Week
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Woman claiming to be real-life Cookie Lyon is suing ‘Empire’ creators  —  Sophia Eggleston (left) is suing “Empire” creators, saying she is the real-life Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson, right).  —  Detroit woman Sophia Eggleston claims she is the real-life version of “Empire” …
Discussion: Jezebel and theGrio
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker, Clinton lead in Minnesota- General Looks Like 2004  —  Donald Trump may be running the table in national polls these days, but PPP's new Minnesota poll finds that Scott Walker is continuing to hold his own in the Midwest.  Walker narrowly leads the GOP field in the state with 19% to 18% for Trump …
Wall Street Journal:
Climate-Change Putsch  —  States should refuse to comply with Obama's lawless power rule.  —  Rarely do American Presidents display the raw willfulness that President Obama did Monday in rolling out his plan to reorganize the economy in the name of climate change.
Discussion: Power Line
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: Guardian
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 …
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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Scott Schwebke / Orange County Register:
Santa Ana police officers sue to quash video of pot shop raid
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Armand Valdes / Mashable:
Kevin Bacon demands more male nudity in Hollywood
Discussion: Mediaite and Jezebel
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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23,000 sign petition for Catholic teacher's reinstatement
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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New York Post:
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Discussion: theGrio and Daily Mail
Daniela Galarza / Eater:
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Discussion: Mashable and Althouse