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8:40 PM ET, August 7, 2015


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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Is Trump a Clinton plant?  —  Tongues are wagging throughout the world of political insiders with news that former president and potential future first gentleman Bill Clinton had a great chat with Donald Trump shortly before the real estate magnate announced his candidacy for president.
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.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
24 Million Watch GOP Debate on Fox News; Most-Watched Cable News Program Ever  —  In the estimation of many reporters who cover the political and media beats, Fox News was the winner of the first GOP debate.  And with the just-released ratings we can confirm that.
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?
Alex Weprin / POLITICO New York:
Fox News GOP primary debate smashes ratings records
Fox News wins the debate
Discussion: Vox and TVNewser
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:   Whose Party Is It, Anyway?
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 …
Irin Carmon /
GOP candidates: Ban abortion, no exceptions  —  At the first debate among candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination, the question was not whether or not to ban abortion or to defund Planned Parenthood.  It was about whether exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or a woman's life endangerment are legitimate.
Bloomberg Business:
Oops: Jeb's Website Publishes, Then Deletes, Attacks on Walker, Rubio
One America / PR Newswire:
Ben Carson Scores Big Win at the First GOP Debate followed by Marco Rubio
Discussion: Hot Air and The Pulse 2016
Debate coach: Why Kasich was fantastic
Discussion: Refinery29 and Kasich for America
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and 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.
Daniel Veditz / Mozilla Security Blog:
Firefox exploit found in the wild  —  Yesterday morning, August 5, a Firefox user informed us that an advertisement on a news site in Russia was serving a Firefox exploit that searched for sensitive files and uploaded them to a server that appears to be in Ukraine.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Schumer, White House at war over Iran  —  Senator's opposition to Iran deal riles Obama allies, as both sides quarrel over timing.  —  The White House lit into Sen. Chuck Schumer on Friday for his decision to vote no on the Iran deal and suggested that he's put his clear path to be the next Democratic leader in doubt.
New York Times:
Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Chuck Schumer Rattles Democratic Firewall
Discussion: The Right Pundit
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 …
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 …
Don't disrespect our president, black lawmakers tell Netanyahu  —  The audience for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on March 3 is shaping up to be largely Republican — and almost completely white.  —  Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Dave Byknish / KXAN-TV:
Baby dies after being rescued from car at Austin Waffle House  —  Related Coverage  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police are investigating the death of a baby boy at a Waffle House location in Southeast Austin.  —  Police were called out to 7809 E Ben White Blvd. around 2:45 p.m. after receiving …
Discussion: KFOR-TV, KTLA and WIAT-TV
Police investigating child's death in car in SE Austin
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and WTKR-TV
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Big Dog That Didn't Bark in the Republican Debate  —  Pop quiz: what's the biggest strategic decision facing the Republican Party over the next two months?  If you answered “whether to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood, climate change regs, immigration, Obamacare …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Life Sentence for James Holmes, Aurora Theater Gunman  —  CENTENNIAL, Colo., — In a decision that surprised many in this community, a jury sentenced James E. Holmes to life in prison with no chance of parole on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the man who carried out a 2012 shooting rampage …
Discussion: The Week
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Voting Rights Act is 50 years old. In North Carolina, its legacy hangs in the balance.
Yahoo Politics:
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Discussion: Yahoo News Photos
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Writers at Vice Media Vote to Unionize
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The President Defends His Iran Plan
Discussion: Slate and Hullabaloo
David Brooks / New York Times:
3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran
Jordan Robertson Michael Riley / Bloomberg Business:
American Airlines, Sabre Said to Be Hit in Hacks Backed by China
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Mail and Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer S. Mann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fired Ferguson court clerk now working in another nearby court
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Sarah Sell / Detroit Free Press:
GRPD arrests 5 suspects in assault seen on video
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Denver Post:
EPA accidently releases water; Durango residents warned to cut back on water use as health officials evaluate river
Sara Pelissero / KARE-TV:
University of Minnesota athletics director abruptly resigns
Discussion: WWBT-TV
Julie Wurth / News-Gazette:
Updated: Phyllis Wise to resign as UI chancellor, effective next week
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Democrats tweet sexist attack on Carly Fiorina
Discussion: Althouse, Hot Air and The Daily Caller