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12:05 PM ET, August 6, 2015


 Top Items: 
How Jeb and the GOP Got Trumped  —  The establishment wanted a sweet '16, not a 17-candidate pileup.  Here's what happened.  —  SHARES  —  Jeb Bush, the man who would be frontrunner, was as surprised as anybody when Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 presidential race in June.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Fox News Moderators Look for Ways to Keep 10 Candidates on Their Toes
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Yahoo Politics:
Whether or not Biden runs, Clinton has a problem  —  Even to those who dismiss him, Vice President Joe Biden is as real and authentic as they come.  (Photo: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx via Getty Images)  —  I spent a few hours this week, in my service to all of you, trying to determine …
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 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Iran Deal is the New Obamacare  —  Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said a while ago that an Iran deal would be the health-care bill of President Barack Obama's second term, and he was right.  —  Like Obamacare, the Iran deal represents an ideological fixation of the president's …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
It's Either Iran Nuclear Deal or ‘Some Sort of War,’ Obama Warns
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama's Lowest Moment Yet?
Gary Levin / USA Today:
Jon Stewart is ending his ‘Daily’ routine  —  After 16-plus years and nearly 2,600 episodes as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has his final Moment of Zen Thursday.  —  He's been media critic, news provider, political scold, truth-teller and guiding spirit …
Ari Berman / New York Times:
Why the Voting Rights Act Is Once Again Under Threat  —  IN his opinion for the majority in the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County decision, which struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that “history did not end in 1965.”
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking and Analysis: 5th Circuit Affirms Texas Voter ID Violates Section 2, Remands on Question …
Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Patrick Leahy: Restore voting rights
Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump's Biggest Debate Challenge Is Donald Trump  —  The actual ideology of Donald Trump remains a topic of considerable debate—he was pro-choice and for an assault weapon ban, he's now pro-life and against all gun control, just for starters—but one thing remains clear: As a politician, he is a nihilist.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: GOP Debate Expectations
Discussion: Politico
John Hersey / New Yorker:
I—A NOISELESS FLASH  —  At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place …
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Verge
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?  —  Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an off-hand remark he made about Planned Parenthood.  He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
I've got news for Democrats. It's a baby!
Discussion: and Weekly Standard
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Election model predicts Dem will win  —  A Democrat will win the White House next year by the narrowest of margins, according to a well-known election forecaster.  —  Moody's Analytics is predicting that the Democratic presidential nominee will capture 270 electoral votes in 2016, edging out the Republican nominee's total of 268.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
If the American People Were Running the GOP Debate  —  If the American people were running the Republican debate Thursday night, here are the questions they would ask the candidates — based on our latest assessment of what the people say are the most important problems facing the country today.
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Police review video of Northern California officer pulling gun on man recording him  —  A Northern California police department is reviewing a video showing one of its officers pulling a gun on a man who was recording him on his cellphone.  —  The video, posted on YouTube …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Kevin Reece / KHOU-TV:
Dash cam video released of state rep's traffic stop  —  The Austin County Sheriff's Office released the dash camera video of a July 14 traffic stop of State  —  The Austin County Sheriff's Office released the dash camera video of a July 14 traffic stop of State Representative Garnet Coleman Tuesday …
Howard Schultz / New York Times:
America Deserves a Servant Leader  —  FROM the earliest days of Starbucks, I've been captivated by the art of leadership.  I was mentored over three decades by Warren G. Bennis, the eminent professor and scholar on leadership.  I've gathered insights from peers, and I've drawn inspiration from our 300,000 employees.
Discussion: Business Insider
NIH, FDA tied to fetal tissue firm  —  It's unknown whether Advanced Bioscience Resources got any fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood clinics.  —  Getty  —  One of the companies identified as a fetal tissue supplier in sting videos of Planned Parenthood counts two federal health agencies among …
Discussion: Fox News, and
Brendan O'Neill / Reason:
College Codes Make ‘Color Blindness’ a Microaggression  —  The worst thing about college speech codes is how they incite hyper racial consciousness.  —  There are many mad and worrying things about the speech codes spreading across campuses like a contagious brain funk.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
GOP suit: Florida redistricting law equals ‘thought policing’
Discussion: Raw Story
Pew Research Center / Pew Internet:
Teens, Technology and Friendships
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Walker: I'm Not The Target Of A Criminal Investigation
David French / National Review:
Wisconsin's Shame: the Left Attempts to Discredit a John Doe Victim, but New Audiotape Tells Different Story
Discussion: JSOnline
Shreveport police officer fatally shot
Hollywood Reporter:
Pope Francis Invites Oprah, Ari Emanuel to the Vatican
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Week
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Donald Trump's Debate Game Plan: Wing It
Top GOP donors back Walker, but many remain uncommitted
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July
Remarks by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
O'Malley: Dems tilting race toward Hillary Clinton
Discussion: NBC News and Hot Air
Adele M. Stan / American Prospect:
Why Jeb Bush's Pitch to the Koch Brothers Should Scare You
Discussion: Politico