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8:05 PM ET, August 5, 2015


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Washington Post:
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, according to associates of both men.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Executive Council rejects Planned Parenthood funding  —  Debate comes amid national scrutiy over Planned Parenthood policies  —  The Republican-led Executive Council has rejected roughly $650,000 in state funding for Planned Parenthood to provide health services such as contraception, STD testing and counseling.
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Thanks To Media Blackout, Most Americans Are In The Dark About Planned Parenthood Videos
Discussion: Hot Air
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton's Mega-Donors Are Also Funding Jeb Bush
Discussion: RedState and Capital New York
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
After video releases, opinion of Planned Parenthood little changed
Discussion: Hot Air and
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
New Hampshire defunds Planned Parenthood facilities
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Washington Post:
FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail setup
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 …
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 …
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
Rep. Lloyd Doggett / The Hill:
The Hill's Whip List: House Dems divided on Iran deal  —  President Obama is counting on House Democrats to help save the Iran nuclear deal, but many are still on the fence about the controversial accord.  —  Republicans appear unified against the deal, which lifts sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
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.
Jon Herskovitz / New York Times:
Appeals Court Strikes Down ‘Discriminatory’ Texas Voter ID Law
Discussion: Election Law Blog and Daily Kos
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Americans, 4 to 1, choose religious freedom over gay rights  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Americans reacting to the Supreme Court's approval of same sex marriage desire a truce between religious freedom and gay rights, but if pushed, overwhelmingly side with protecting …
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.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Rule Implements Dodd-Frank Mandate While Providing Companies with Flexibility to Calculate Pay Ratio  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2015-160  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted a final rule that requires a public company to disclose the ratio of the compensation …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
SEC finalizes contentious CEO pay ratio rule
Discussion: Booman Tribune
DeAnn Smith / KCTV:
Police: Plea for help with rent payment saves woman from captivity, rape  —  A 34-year-old Lenexa man is accused of holding a woman captive for four months and raping her at least twice during the ordeal.  —  Tuesday afternoon, Anthony Darryl Allen appeared before a Johnson County judge who set Allen's bond at $500,000.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton adds another Hamptons fundraiser
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site, Intel Warns
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
UNREAL! How Utterly Offensive! Barack Obama Compares “Iranian Hardliners” to REPUBLICANS (VIDEO)
Discussion: protein wisdom
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Steve King Says It's Legal, So I Tried To Marry My Lawnmower
ABC News:
MH370: Part Found On Reunion Island Is From Missing Plane
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why is Marco Rubio sliding in the polls?
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
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
FBI: Middle Eastern Men Intimidating U.S. Military Families In Colorado & Wyoming
Goodwell Nzou / New York Times:
In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week