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12:50 PM ET, August 6, 2015


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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
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules
Discussion: Political Wire and Slantpoint
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Are Biden-for-President Supporters All Sexist?
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Texas ID Law Called Breach of Voting Rights Act  —  A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — a decision that election experts called an important step toward defining the reach of the landmark law.
Ari Berman / New York Times:   Why the Voting Rights Act Is Once Again Under Threat
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
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
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 …
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  —  NOTABLES  —  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEBATE NIGHT.  The anticipation is high and the stakes are even higher.  That's the buzz surrounding the first presidential primary debate of the 2016 election cycle today, where the current top 10 …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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
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.
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 …
Dave Hutchinson / New Jersey Online:
Hillsborough man pleads guilty to murder of co-worker, setting her body on fire  —  Juan Jimenez-Olivera, 30, of Hillsborough, left, and Sviatlana Dranko, 30, of Hillsborough.  (Photo courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office) (Somerset County Prosecutor's Office)
Pew Research Center / Pew Internet:
Teens, Technology and Friendships  —  This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age.  It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified.
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux — HUGE House Party That Smells Like a Wedding (PHOTOS)  —  JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX  —  HUGE House Party ...  THAT SMELLS LIKE A WEDDING  —  8/6/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux …
Discussion: Hollywood Life, Jezebel and The Week
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.
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 …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
GOP strategists: Don't underrate the undercard
Tom Angell / Marijuana:
Exclusive: Justice Department Admits Misleading Congress on Marijuana Vote
Discussion: US News, Washington Post and Hit & Run
Marc Caputo / Politico:
GOP suit: Florida redistricting law equals ‘thought policing’
Discussion: Raw Story
Frank Newport / Gallup:
If the American People Were Running the GOP Debate
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NPR
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
 Earlier Items:
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
Brendan O'Neill / Reason:
College Codes Make ‘Color Blindness’ a Microaggression
Top GOP donors back Walker, but many remain uncommitted
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?
USA Today:
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July