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2:55 PM ET, August 5, 2015


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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.”
Paulette Cohn / Fox News:
‘Last Man Standing’ star Tim Allen: 'We're going to drill Hillary'  —  LOS ANGELES - Season 5 of “Last Man Standing” is going to get political with the presidential race upon us, and neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is going to be safe from the wisecracking Mike Baxter, played by Tim Allen.
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
Donald Trump on GOP Debate: 'I'd Like It to Be Very Civil'  —  When the top 10 Republican candidates for president take the stage Thursday night in Cleveland for the first debate of this election cycle, all eyes will be on Donald Trump, the candidate who is leading the polls and appears to be winning the media war.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico, Daily Kos and The Week
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Hillary Clinton Attacks Jeb Bush During Colorado Trip  —  In what could be a preview of the general election, Hillary Clinton went on the attack against potential Republican rival Jeb Bush during a trip to the swing state of Colorado designed to spur Democratic organizing.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Jeb Bush: Not Ready for Prime Time [Updated]  —  It's not my biggest problem with Jeb Bush, but one of the issues with his candidacy is that he is badly out of shape as a candidate.  He last ran a campaign in 2002, thirteen years ago.  As a result, he isn't sharp, and keeps making mistakes.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Debate Stage Is Set  —  NOTABLES  —TEN CANDIDATES, TWO HOURS, ONE GOAL: Survive the first Republican presidential debate.  A slate of governors, senators and other presidential contenders is set to gather in Cleveland to debate each other for the first time this election cycle.
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and The Hill
Jennifer Oldham / Bloomberg Business:   Hillary Clinton Faults Jeb Bush on Comments About Women's Health Funding
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton blasts Bush over women's health comment
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Jeb Bush says he ‘misspoke’ about women's health being overfunded
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Fox News ‘Nerve Factor’  —  Baier, Kelly and Wallace talk of sleepless nights prepping for the first GOP debate.  —  Baier, center, Kelly, right, and Wallace, left, represent the hard news side of a network better known for its outspoken conservative pundits.  Getty
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air, Mediaite and Raw Story
Fox News:
Fox News announces candidate line-up for prime-time debate
the Numbers / Bloomberg Business:
The Selzer Score: Does Rick Perry Deserve a Spot on the Debate Stage?
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
John Kerry on the Risk of Congress ‘Screwing’ the Ayatollah  —  When I met with Secretary of State John Kerry in his office this past Friday, it was apparent that he was in an exceedingly feisty mood, and it's not easy to display feistiness when you're trapped, as he was, in a recliner.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
The GOP Is About to Become the Party of Trump  —  When Donald Trump takes center stage at Thursday's Fox News debate in Cleveland, it will be a critical moment for the Republican Party.  Until recently, Americans mentally categorized Trump as a celebrity entertainer and interpreted …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
My Question for the Republican Presidential Debate
Discussion: RedState
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Why I'm Not Ridin' With Biden  —  Like most liberals, I like our vice president.  But this idea that he's some kind of white knight savior for Dems is more than a little far fetched.  —  Several weeks before Maureen Dowd was feeding us dialogue from Beau Biden's deathbed …
Discussion: Guardian and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Shoshana Weissmann / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Clinton Put on Southern Accent for South Carolina Democratic Chairman
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Princess Chelsea  —  My apologies to Jessica Contrera.  A few minutes ago as I settled in on the Acela and looked at Twitter, I saw all of these tweets about Contrera's Washington Post profile of Chelsea Clinton, in particular the line “Chelsea Clinton is the closest thing America has to a princess.”
Discussion: alicublog and Mock Paper Scissors
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Chelsea Clinton steps into the spotlight — on her own terms
Discussion: National Review
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
What's the cost of avoiding the Planned Parenthood videos?  —  John_Kass@beckyyerak @PPact thanks Becky
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood
Discussion: The Atlantic and Mashable
Dany Mitzman / BBC:
The day I ordered pizza that 'doesn't exist'  —  One of my favourite things about living in Italy is the pizza, and it's recently given me an insight into how our brains are wired differently.  —  Pizza has taught me that logic can be subjective and that subjective logic can be cultural.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
What if Trump wins?  —  Sometimes voters do break the rules.  —  SHARES  —  Every political analyst, every political observer, every politician is absolutely sure that Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.  And we're all absolutely sure that Donald Trump …
Goodwell Nzou / New York Times:
In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions  —  Winston-Salem, N.C. — MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me.  —  So sorry about Cecil.  —  Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?  —  Cecil who?  I wondered.
Discussion: The Week and Balloon Juice
Head of pro-Rand Paul super PAC indicted in payment scheme  —  Rand Paul walks down a hallway in his 2010 campaign headquarters with Jesse Benton, left.  Benton faces charges of conspiracy, obstructing an investigation, submitting false campaign finance reports to the FEC, and making false statements to the FBI.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
SEC finalizes contentious CEO pay ratio rule  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission narrowly adopted rules Wednesday implementing a contentious provision requiring companies to detail for the public the pay gap between top executives and average employees.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Highest-ranking Jewish House Democrat opposes Iran deal  —  The highest-ranking Jewish Democrat in the House announced his opposition to the nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, in a blow to the Obama administration's lobbying efforts.  —  “I'm going to vote against the Iran deal,” …
ABC News:
MH370: Part Found On Reunion Island Is From Missing Plane  —  The plane part that was found on a beach in the Indian Ocean was determined to be part of MH370, the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago, Malaysia's prime minister said.  —  The debris is the first piece …
Discussion: The Week and Associated Press
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is Marco Rubio sliding in the polls?  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  The verdict was clear when Marco Rubio announced his presidential run with a well-received speech in Miami last April: There was a new member of the top tier in the Republican race.
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Sandra Bland's Mother Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
The cable networks company ended the TLC show amid the Josh Duggar scandal.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Push-Ups And Politics: Gov. Bobby Jindal Vs. The Issues
Discussion: Gothamist
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Shots Fired For 2nd Day In A Row At Jade Helm Site In Mississippi
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Robert Wilonsky / Dallas Morning News:
Craig James sues over firing: ‘I will not let Fox Sports trample my religious liberty’
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Apple stock implosion shreds $113.4B
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
How the Obama White House runs foreign policy
Discussion: The Week
What if your hometown were hit by the Hiroshima atomic bomb?
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week