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5:25 PM ET, August 11, 2015

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Rasmussen Reports:
Has ‘The Donald’ Peaked?  —  Donald Trump remains the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but his support has fallen by a third over the past week-and-a-half.  Carly Fiorina is now near the front of the pack.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Trump …
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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Bristol Palin: Erickson Wasn't Worried About Sexism When It Came To My Mom  —  Bristol Palin hammered RedState editor Erick Erickson on Monday for criticizing Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's sexism despite engaging in his own sexism when it came to her mother.
Discussion: Refinery29
Susan Page / USA Today:
Iowa poll: Trump leads the field, but his standing in GOP dented by debate  —  Businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican field in Iowa, a new Suffolk University Poll finds, but his performance in last week's opening debate has dented his standing among GOP partisans and cost …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ted Cruz: ‘Foolish’ for GOP to criticize Trump
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
How Roger Ailes Picked Trump, and Fox News' Audience, Over Megyn Kelly  —  Ailes had to mute his defense of his star anchor after the GOP debate.  —  Shares  —  In the fallout since the first GOP debate, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has found himself caught between Donald Trump …
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Donald the Whiner  —  Donald Trump is given to superlatives, so let's do him the honor of pronouncing him the most fabulous whiner in all of American politics.  —  By Trump's own account, he's the baddest, smartest thing going, except if you ask him a challenging question …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: ‘I am the most fabulous whiner’  —  Businessman Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that he is a whiner.  —  Trump said he agreed with conservative author Rich Lowry that the celebrity real estate tycoon-turned GOP presidential candidate is “the most fabulous whiner in all of American politics.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Donald Trump and Fox strike a truce
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig exploring White House bid  —  Another Democrat is stepping into the presidential ring.  —  Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig is exploring a bid for the White House, according to a website announcing the plan.  He aims to crowdsource enough money …
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First Draft / New York Times:
Lawrence Lessig to Explore a Run for President as a Democrat
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Lawrence Lessig wants to run for president — in a most unconventional way
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Common Dreams
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Larry Lessig Believes Democracy Is Screwed. So He's Running For President To Save It.
Discussion: Mediaite and Slantpoint
Cassandra Vinograd / NBC News:
Armed ‘Patriot’ Group Roams Ferguson With Assault Rifles  —  Heavily-armed members of a controversial right-wing “patriot” group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday.  —  The Oath Keepers organization says its members — all former military …
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Scott Malone / Reuters:
Heavily armed ‘Oath Keepers’ inject new unease to riot-hit Ferguson
Abbas Milani / The Atlantic:
What the Iran-Deal Debate Is Like in Iran  —  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote as a candidate during the 2013 election.  (Yalda Moayeri / Reuters)  —  The nuclear deal with Iran has sparked a vigorous debate not only in the United States, but in Iran as well.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Bill / The Hill:   Bill Press: Schumer proves unworthy to lead Democrats
Kathryn Jeffries / WJXX-TV:
Lost dog from Texas travels 900 miles, found in Orange Park  —  Lost dog from Texas found in Orange Park  —  ORANGE PARK, Fla. — The last week has been an incredible journey for a miniature Australian Shepherd named Bell.  —  The 11-month-old pup is from a home just North of Houston, but went missing last week.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Nancy Reagan invites 16 candidates to CNN debate  —  Washington (CNN)Former First Lady Nancy Reagan is inviting 16 Republican presidential candidates to participate in the CNN/Reagan Library presidential debate on September 16.  —  Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who participated in the debate …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Talking Points Memo
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Nihilistic Populism of Donald Trump  —  Is The Donald a populist candidate?  Our friend Glenn Reynolds argued in Sunday's USA Today that the rise of Donald Trump is best understood as a populist event—"an indictment of the GOP establishment and, for that matter, of the American political establishment …
Greg Lukianoff / The Atlantic:
The Coddling of the American Mind  —  Something strange is happening at America's colleges and universities.  A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.
New York Times:
After 2 Killers Fled, New York Prisoners Say, Beatings Were Next  —  Night had fallen at the Clinton Correctional Facility when the prison guards came for Patrick Alexander.  They handcuffed him, took him into a broom closet for questioning, and then, Mr. Alexander said in an interview last week, the beatings began.
Discussion: Mediaite, Gothamist and The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders pulls crowd of 27,500 in LA  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attracted another huge crowd at a rally for his presidential campaign in Los Angeles on Monday night.  —  The Sanders campaign, citing Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena officials, said 27,500 people were inside the venue …
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Anger Outruns the Facts in Ferguson  —  A year after Michael Brown's death, protesters remain as furious as ever at police and refuse to say if a cop can ever be justified in using force.  —  FERGUSON, Missouri—If there is any growing national sense of weariness over the unrest and protests in Ferguson …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Jamil Smith / The New Republic:
BlackLivesMatter Activists Plan to Disrupt Hillary Clinton Event  —  Activists from Boston's #BlackLivesMatter chapter plan to disrupt a Hillary Clinton event in Keene, New Hampshire, on Tuesday afternoon, asking her questions specifically about her platform on drug enforcement.
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Caller and Boston Globe
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Brown doesn't want California to use this word for immigrants  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of immigration-related measures Monday, including one removing the word “alien” from California's labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United States.
Discussion: Fox News and ImmigrationProf Blog
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Senate Democrats target vulnerable Republicans over Planned Parenthood
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
GOP struggles on income equality
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
State by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson
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