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12:30 AM ET, August 6, 2015


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Washington Post:
Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid  —  Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
I've got news for Democrats.  It's a baby!  —  Democrats on wrong side of history when it comes to Planned Parenthood's crimes against innocent unborn.  —  Democrats like to talk about the importance of being on the “right side of history.”  This phrase was invoked frequently during the same-sex marriage debate.
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 …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Thanks To Media Blackout, Most Americans Are In The Dark About Planned Parenthood Videos
Discussion: Hot Air
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
After video releases, opinion of Planned Parenthood little changed
Discussion: and Hot Air
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood
Discussion:, The Atlantic and Mashable
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
New Hampshire defunds Planned Parenthood facilities
Discussion: The Right Scoop
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama's Lowest Moment Yet?  —  Today President Obama gave a speech at American University, urging acceptance of his nuclear deal with Iran.  It was the usual exercise in deception and demagoguery, and he skated up to the edge of accusing opponents of the deal-a majority of Americans, apparently-of treason.
Agence France-Presse:
Obama admits some unfrozen Iran cash will fund terror
Discussion: RedState and Weekly Standard
Rep. Lloyd Doggett / The Hill:
The Hill's Whip List: House Dems divided on Iran deal
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
UNREAL! How Utterly Offensive! Barack Obama Compares “Iranian Hardliners” to REPUBLICANS (VIDEO)
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Cybersecurity Bill Is Latest to Be Delayed in Senate
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
The GOP Is About to Become the Party of Trump
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
Bobby Blanchard / Trail Blazers Blog:
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act  —  A “Vote” sign points to sample ballots and the voting station at the Lamar County Services Building, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in Paris, Texas.  Early voting for Texas' March primary election …
Discussion: RH Reality Check, NPR and Joe. My. God.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Appeals Court Rules That Texas Voter ID Law Violates Federal Voting Rights Act
Jon Herskovitz / New York Times:
Appeals Court Strikes Down ‘Discriminatory’ Texas Voter ID Law
Discussion: Election Law Blog and Daily Kos
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Laments The Fact That Despite The Headlines, He Didn't Actually ‘Eviscerate’ Anyone  —  The Daily Show's Jon Stewart opened his second to last show by having some fun with all of the overblown headlines that have been written about him over the years.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
“He's a brilliant comedian. …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Adele M. Stan / American Prospect:
Why Jeb Bush's Pitch to the Koch Brothers Should Scare You  —  Jeb Bush speaks at a small business town hll meeting in Longwood, Florida, on July 27.  —  At the Koch brothers' big California confabulation last weekend, each of the invited candidates who submitted to questioning on the main stage …
Discussion: Politico and Mock Paper Scissors
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Jeb Bush: Not Ready for Prime Time [Updated]
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 Wednesday morning …
Remarks by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Thank you very much.  I apologize for the slight delay.  Even Presidents have problems with toner.  (Laughter.)
Hollywood Reporter:
TMZ About to Get Taste of Own Bitter Medicine ... From The New Yorker  —  The magazine is finalizing a year-in-the-making story on the Warner Bros.-owned celebrity news site and its hyper-aggressive honcho Harvey Levin, and he — and WB — are very nervous.
Discussion: Jezebel
Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility  —  Special report: Guardian lawsuit reveals overwhelming racial disparity at Homan Square, where detainees are still held for minor crimes with little access to the outside word, despite police denials that site is an anomaly
Discussion: Hit & Run, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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.
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site, Intel Warns  —  The U.S. intelligence community has informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers.
New York Post:
FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is ‘criminal probe’  —  The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsecured e-mail account is not just a fact-finding venture — it's a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.
Joe Kovacs / WND:
Video: Is this a ‘demon’ racing in front of Obama?  —  Bizarre mystery caught on camera has some guessing  —  Joe Kovacs is an award-winning journalist and, since 1999, executive news editor of WND.  He is the author of two best-selling books: “Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never …
Kathleen Hogan / The Official Microsoft Blog:
The employee experience at Microsoft: Aligning benefits to our culture  —  When I look at how rapidly the traditional workplace is changing, not just at Microsoft, but throughout business in general, I see a tremendous opportunity for companies to put a stake in the ground around what they believe …
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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
O'Malley: Dems tilting race toward Hillary Clinton
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton adds another Hamptons fundraiser
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
DeAnn Smith / KCTV:
Police: Plea for help with rent payment saves woman from captivity, rape
Discussion: Raw Story
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Steve King Says It's Legal, So I Tried To Marry My Lawnmower
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Americans, 4 to 1, choose religious freedom over gay rights
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
My Question for the Republican Presidential Debate
Discussion: RedState
Dany Mitzman / BBC:
The day I ordered pizza that 'doesn't exist'
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is Marco Rubio sliding in the polls?
Discussion: Washington Monthly