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2:45 PM ET, August 7, 2015


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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 …
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.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
7 things Trump said that would have destroyed any other GOP candidate  —  Donald Trump has said things publicly that seemingly no other candidate could have gotten away with.  Criticize Sen. John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War?  Check.  Call women he doesn't like fat pigs?
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
From Trump on Down, the Republicans Can't Be Serious  —  This was, according to many commentators, going to be the election cycle Republicans got to show off their “deep bench.”  The race for the nomination would include experienced governors like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker …
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.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Graham: Trump questions were an ‘inquisition’ not a debate  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is criticizing Fox News, saying the moderators of Thursday night's debate were too harsh with GOP rival Donald Trump.  —  “This was more of an inquisition than it was a debate,” Graham said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Friday morning.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Instapundit
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Winners and losers from the first Republican presidential debate  —  The top 10 Republicans running for their party's presidential nomination debated for the first time Thursday night in Cleveland.  It was amazing in every sense of the word and I loved every minute of it.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Trump: Fox News Questions “Not Nice,” “Inappropriate”
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Donald Trump lunched with Fox's Roger Ailes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and BuzzFeed
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump makes it clear that he plays by his own rules
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
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
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
MoveOn rips Schumer on Iran, says Dems should find ‘a new leader’
Discussion: National Review
Charles Schumer / New York Post:
Why I'm opposing the Iran nuclear deal
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Schumer comes out against Iran deal
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 …
The Debate's Biggest Winners-And Losers
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder
Discussion: The Week
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
Liz Kennedy / American Prospect:
The Voting Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need It — All of It
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 …
Judge sentences East Texas man to get married or face jail time  —  An East Texas couple says their choice to marry when they wanted to was taken away by a criminal court judge.  —  In July, a Smith County judge sentenced Josten Bundy to get married to his 19-year-old girlfriend as part of his probation …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
18-Year-Old Sentenced to Five Years for Robbing Man, 84, She Met on Dating Site  —  A teenager who with her twin sister robbed an octogenarian they met on an Internet dating site was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison.  —  The woman, Shaina Foster, 18, had pleaded guilty to one count …
Discussion: Jezebel and New York's PIX11
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Sara Pelissero / KARE-TV:
University of Minnesota athletics director abruptly resigns
Discussion: WWBT-TV
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Big Dog That Didn't Bark in the Republican Debate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julie Wurth / News-Gazette:
Updated: Phyllis Wise to resign as UI chancellor, effective next week
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg Business:
Wary on Trade, Iowa Unions Aren't Ready for Hillary Clinton
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Jon Stewart Cements His Legacy in ‘Daily Show’ Finale
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Tara Copp /
Navy: No Charges Against Officer for Weapons Violations in Attack
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Senate bill would nearly double the gas tax
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Job Growth Steady in July, Possibly Easing Path for Fed Action
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Democrats tweet sexist attack on Carly Fiorina
Discussion: Althouse, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Judge asked to seize USB flash drive containing Hillary Clinton's email
Dan Herbeck / Buffalo News:
Sources: Patrick Kane target of rape investigation
Discussion: Slantpoint and CBS New York