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4:40 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.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Trump Campaign Has Descended Into Civil War — Even Ivanka Has Gotten Involved  —  Left unchecked, the dysfunction threatens to undermine the Donald's core message: his management acumen.  —  Shares … No matter what happens when Donald Trump takes center stage at the prime …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules  —  On Thursday, August 6th, in Cleveland, Fox is hosting the first of many debates between candidates for the Republican Party presidential nomination.  —  Actually there will be two debates.  One is for the top 10 poll performers …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux — Surprise, We're Married!!!  (PHOTOS)  —  JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX  —  SURPRISE ... WE'RE HITCHED!!  —  8/6/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had a surprise wedding at their Bel Air mansion last night …
Stephanie Webber / Us Weekly:
Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux Marry in Top-Secret Wedding: Details!  —  J&J forever!  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have at last tied the knot, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.  The couple married in a top-secret wedding at their L.A. home on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Discussion:,, The Week and Guardian
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Fox News Moderators Look for Ways to Keep 10 Candidates on Their Toes  —  CLEVELAND — Just over 24 hours before the first Republican primary debate here, more than a dozen Fox News executives and producers gathered Wednesday with their debate moderators — Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
No apology from GOP, Santorum says  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said on Thursday that he has not received an apology from the Republican National Committee (RNC) for its rules keeping him off of Fox News's main debate stage.  —  “I haven't heard anything yet and I don't anticipate …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Emily L. Mahoney / Arizona Republic:
Bounty hunters mistakenly target Phoenix police chief's house  —  Raw video: Bounty hunters mistakenly target Phoenix police chief's house  —  It was a case of mistaken identity worthy of reality television.  And it could have had deadly consequences.  —  Eleven bounty hunters looking …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Bounty Hunters Mistakenly Target Phoenix Police Chief's House (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Democrats set debate schedule  —  Democrats have got themselves a primary.  —  The first debate for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential contenders will take place October 13 in Nevada and be hosted by CNN, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday, just hours …
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 …
James Miklaszewski / CNBC:
Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources  —  NBC News is reporting Russia has hacked computers at the Pentagon, with CNBC's Sue Herera.  —  U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a “sophisticated cyberattack” against the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system …
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 …
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: Shakesville
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: Yahoo Politics, Politico and Hot Air
Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump's Biggest Debate Challenge Is Donald Trump
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.
Alan M. Dershowitz / USA Today:
Mr. Obama, your Iran deal will fall apart: Alan Dershowitz  —  President Obama urged support for the Iran nuclear deal while speaking at American University in Washington.  He outlined the deal and denounced critics' claims that the deal would open a pathway for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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.
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top GOP senator blocking State nominees over Clinton probe  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is blocking State Department officials' nominations, citing a slow response over his inquiries on Hillary Clinton's emails and a former top aide.  —  The chairman of the Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jason Whitely / WFAA-TV:
Paxton ordered to contempt hearing over same-sex marriage  —  DALLAS - Legally, this has not been a good week for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  —  Two days after Collin County unsealed indictments against him for securities fraud, a federal judge ordered him to court for a contempt hearing …
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)
Gregory Korte / OnPolitics:
Senate report: IRS' Lerner also targeted Bristol Palin  —  Bristol Palin in 2011.  Laura Segall, Getty Images)  —  Lois Lerner, the key figure in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for added scrutiny, once considered opening up an audit …
New York Daily News:
Brooklyn NYPD sergeant charged with raping teen  —  An NYPD sergeant was arrested Wednesday and charged with raping a 15 year-old-girl.  —  In a 40-count indictment, a Brooklyn grand jury said Joel Doseau, 43, who is assigned to the Brooklyn South command, had an ongoing sexual relationship with the girl …
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 …
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Evgenia Peretz / Vanity Fair:
How Chelsea Clinton Took Charge of Clintonworld
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
The Fast Rise And Fall Of Jesse Benton, Rand Paul's Most Loyal Lieutenant
Wall Street Journal:
Inspectors So Far Denied Access to Iran's Scientists
Discussion: Hot Air, Defense One and
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
FBI to Seek Counseling, Not Handcuffs, for Some Islamic State Suspects
Jeremy Rogalski / KHOU-TV:
Judge ends Adrian Peterson's probation early amid controversy
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and Daily Mail
Daily Mail:
ISIS executes 19 girls for refusing to have sex with fighters as UN envoy reveals how sex slaves …
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
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Tom Angell / Marijuana:
Exclusive: Justice Department Admits Misleading Congress on Marijuana Vote
Discussion: US News, Hit & Run and Washington Post
Pew Research Center / Pew Internet:
Teens, Technology and Friendships
Frank Newport / Gallup:
If the American People Were Running the GOP Debate
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NPR
David French / National Review:
Wisconsin's Shame: the Left Attempts to Discredit a John Doe Victim, but New Audiotape Tells Different Story
Discussion: JSOnline and Althouse
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Election model predicts Dem will win
Brendan O'Neill / Reason:
College Codes Make ‘Color Blindness’ a Microaggression