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12:10 PM ET, August 7, 2015


 Top Items: 
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Fox News Couldn't Kill Trump's Momentum and May Have Only Made It Stronger  —  Judging by Thursday's electric debate, he may have sensed his true opponent before anyone else had a clue: the network.  —  t joshuagreen  —  A few hours before Thursday's Fox News debate, a friend of Donald Trump's confided to me that Trump was nervous.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Foxy, Rowdy Republican Debate  —  The first question to Chris Christie was about the nine credit downgrades that New Jersey had suffered since he became its governor.  —  Ben Carson was reminded of his domestic-policy blunders, of his foreign-policy blunders, of a whole raft of loopy statements …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The GOP debate: 7 takeaways  —  The first Republican debate of 2016 turned out to be an empty-calorie joy ride.  —  Takeaway 1: Jeb Bush was meh.  Getty  —  That was fun.  Now what?  —  The first Republican debate of 2016 was an empty-calorie joy ride, thanks to Donald Trump …
The Debate's Biggest Winners-And Losers  —  22 political experts give their snap reactions.  —  Getty.  —  SHARES  —  ‘The best two performances came from John Kasich and Marco Rubio.’  —  Get POLITICO Magazine in your feeds  —  By John Hudak, Brookings fellow in Governance Studies and author of the GovFix blog.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)The top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination only had a few minutes each on Thursday to capture the attention of voters tuning in to the first big-league Republican presidential debate.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Trump Alters the Way the Rest of the Field Is Perceived
Washington Post:
Trump roils first debate among GOP contenders
Chuck Schumer / Medium:
My Position on the Iran Deal  —  Every several years or so a legislator is called upon to cast a momentous vote in which the stakes are high and both sides of the issue are vociferous in their views.  —  Over the years, I have learned that the best way to treat such decisions is to study …
New York Times:
Chuck Schumer Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal, Shaking Democratic Firewall  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer, the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, said Thursday night that he would oppose President Obama's deal to limit Iran's nuclear program.  —  “Advocates on both sides …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
GOP candidates take turns bashing Obama's Iran deal
Discussion: Washington Post and
Julian Hattem / The Hill:   MoveOn rips Schumer on Iran, says Dems should find ‘a new leader’
Chuck Schumer to vote against Iran nuclear deal
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Donald Trump: Megyn Kelly ‘behaved very nasty to me’  —  CLEVELAND — Donald Trump says he didn't get a fair shake.  —  Speaking in the spin room behind the debate stage, Trump said the questions he received from the moderators Thursday night “were far tougher” than those asked of the other candidates.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
GOP debate: Early numbers suggest record audience  —  Early overnight Nielsen ratings suggest that Thursday's Republican debate was not just the most-watched primary debate in history — it may have been twice as big as the previous record-holder.  —  The debate on Fox News …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Trump: Fox News Questions “Not Nice,” “Inappropriate”  —  CLEVELAND — Donald Trump criticized the questions asked by Fox News in the opening presidential primary debate on Thursday, calling them “inappropriate” and saying that Megyn Kelly “behaved very badly.”
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump makes it clear that he plays by his own rules
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Donald Trump lunched with Fox's Roger Ailes
Discussion: The Hill and BuzzFeed
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:   The Best, Classiest Debate Ever
Transcript: Read the Full Text of the Primetime Republican Debate  —  Ten Republican presidential candidates met in Cleveland for a primetime debate on Fox News.  —  At the debate, real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio …
John Althouse Cohen / Jaltcoh:
Live-blogging the first major Republican debate of the 2016 presidential race
Discussion: Defense One, Mediaite, The Week and Althouse
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Recordings: State rep asked aide to hide relationship  —  Lansing — State Rep. Todd Courser planned the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, according to audio recordings obtained by The Detroit News.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton dismisses debate, rips GOP on voting rights  —  Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton dismissed the first GOP-sanctioned debate Thursday before ripping into the Republican presidential field over voting rights.  —  During an interview on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio program …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Bloomberg Business:
Oops: Jeb's Website Publishes, Then Deletes, Attacks on Walker, Rubio  —  The former Florida governor's campaign describes the attacks as “draft pages.”  —  Jeb Bush's official campaign website on Thursday briefly featured two separate sections attacking two top Republican rivals …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Democrats tweet sexist attack on Carly Fiorina  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  During Thursday's undercard debate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina noted her business experience, which during her tenure saw the tech company's revenue double to $90 billion.
Discussion: Althouse, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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New York Post:
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Discussion: Daily Mail and Joanne Jacobs
Keith Laing / The Hill:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
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Dan Herbeck / Buffalo News:
Sources: Patrick Kane target of rape investigation
Discussion: Slantpoint
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rick Santorum complains about Fox News moderators
Discussion: Mediaite
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Socialism Crumbles In Venezuela, But Democrats Think It's a Great Idea
Discussion: Reuters
ABC News:
GOP Debate: Rick Perry's Campaign Denies He Said ‘Ronald Raven’
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo