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4:35 PM ET, August 5, 2015


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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
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
Donald Trump on GOP Debate: 'I'd Like It to Be Very Civil'
Discussion: The Hill, Politico, Daily Kos and The Week
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton's Mega-Donors Are Also Funding Jeb Bush
Discussion: RedState and Capital New York
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Jeb Bush says he ‘misspoke’ about women's health being overfunded
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton blasts Bush over women's health comment
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.”
Washington Post:
Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Business Insider
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Why I'm Not Ridin' With Biden  —  Like most liberals, I like our vice president.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Guardian
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 …
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The Republican Road Block Ahead  —  We head into the first presidential debate in Cleveland with Donald Trump leading the field and confounding the confident predictions of a slew of pundits that his collapse was at hand—whether after the Mexican-rapists comment, the slam at John McCain as no hero …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
My Question for the Republican Presidential Debate
Discussion: RedState
Chuck Morris / WSMV-TV:
Police: Active shooter reported dead at Nashville area theater  —  Metro Police report the shooter at the Carmike 8 Cinema is dead.  —  The Nashville Fire Department confirmed that shots were being fired at the Carmike 8 Cinemas on Bell Road at 1:55 p.m.  —  Police responded to a shots fired call about 1:15.
Jimmy Carter /
Police: Suspect in Antioch theater shooting dead … (Photo: John Partipilo / The Tennessean)  —  Metro police say a suspect who opened fire in a Antioch theater this afternoon also had a hatchet and may have injured one person with the hatchet.  —  Police said about 2:20 p.m. they were examining …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
There is No Pro-Life Case For Planned Parenthood  —  I'm hoping to do something broader about the abortion issue in this space soon, given the prominence that the debate over Planned Parenthood funding has suddenly assumed.  But for this week a word (well, a few words) on the argument …
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mashable and The Week
Julie Fancher / The Scoop Blog:
George W. Bush causes a stir at George Allen courthouse when called for jury duty  —  Being summoned for jury duty at the George L Allen Sr Courts Building in downtown Dallas was anything but dull for Sheri Coleman.  —  In fact, Coleman and other jurors were in for quite the surprise …
Discussion: KSNG-TV and Washington Free Beacon
U.S. Department of Justice:
THREE MEMBERS OF 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN STAFF CHARGED WITH CONCEALING PAYMENTS MADE TO STATE SENATOR  —  Three members of a 2012 presidential campaign committee were charged with offenses relating to the concealment of payments made to a former Iowa State Senator.
Head of pro-Rand Paul super PAC indicted in payment scheme
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.
Jon Herskovitz / New York Times:
Appeals Court Strikes Down ‘Discriminatory’ Texas Voter ID Law  —  AUSTIN, Texas — A U.S. appeals court struck down a Texas law on Wednesday requiring voters to show authorized identification before casting ballots, saying the measure violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act through its “discriminatory effects.”
Discussion: Election Law Blog and Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Voting Rights Act at 50
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Rowan County clerk sues Ky. governor; claims same-sex marriage order violates religious freedom  —  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is being sued for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her religious opposition to same-sex marriage, is now suing Gov. Steve Beshear for infringing on her religious freedom.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Americans, 4 to 1, choose religious freedom over gay rights
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
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.
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.
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
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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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
SEC finalizes contentious CEO pay ratio rule
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
FBI: Middle Eastern Men Intimidating U.S. Military Families In Colorado & Wyoming
Robert Wilonsky / Dallas Morning News:
Craig James sues over firing: ‘I will not let Fox Sports trample my religious liberty’
Matt Krantz / USA Today:
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
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Goodwell Nzou / New York Times:
In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions
Discussion: The Week and Balloon Juice