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9:55 PM ET, August 11, 2015

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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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Issues Unconditional Surrender  —  We were told it was a fight Trump could never win - a picked battle with the most trust institution in conservative America: Fox News.  The numbers made it clear.  Trump was done.  It was only a matter of time.  —  And yet here we have it: Fox's unconditional surrender.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Donald Trump backs off Planned Parenthood defunding push  —  Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to back off his demands to defund Planned Parenthood.  —  After saying last week it's worth having Congress shut down the federal government unless Planned Parenthood is stripped of its $528 million …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: ‘I am the most fabulous whiner’
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.
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 …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Black Lives Matter protesters try to disrupt Hillary Clinton event  —  KEENE, N.H. — Five demonstrators with the Black Lives Matter movement who had planned to disrupt Hillary Clinton's campaign event here were barred from entering after they arrived too late to make it past the Secret Service screening.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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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.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
How Obama Misled Us about the Concessions He Was Making to Iran  —  If what senior Iranian officials are saying is true, the Obama administration's duplicity in explaining its nuclear negotiations with Iran is even more staggering than we realized.  —  In a new report, MEMRI …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Power Line
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Abbas Milani / The Atlantic:
What the Iran-Deal Debate Is Like in Iran
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Lawrence Lessig wants to run for president — in a most unconventional way  —  Presidential candidates usually don't run on promises to vacate the White House once they get in office, but that's what Lawrence Lessig said he might do as he begins exploring a protest bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘Top Secret’ emails found as Clinton probe expands to key aides  —  Four former aides have turned over personal emails  —  Senior senator skeptical of the extent of the review  —  Intelligence investigators say they have yet to see aides' emails … WASHINGTON
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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Rick Perlstein / Talking Points Memo:
The Forgotten Story of America's Other Racist Flag  —  You know that racist flag?  The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth?  And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage?  It's past time to pull it down.
Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker's $400 Million Arena Subsidy Belies His Tightfisted Image  —  Governor Scott Walker's fiscal conservatism will collide with the reality of sports-team subsidies when he commits Wisconsin taxpayers to pay $400 million for a new basketball arena.  —  At Wednesday's signing …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump is Planned Parenthood's Favorite Republican  —  Donald Trump said in an interview Tuesday that he supported the status quo when it comes to Planned Parenthood.  The group couldn't be more pleased.  —  Planned Parenthood gained an unlikely new booster on Tuesday morning: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Senate Democrats target vulnerable Republicans over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Chuck Schumer working the phones on Iran  —  He calls colleagues to explain his decision and assure them he will not be whipping opposition.  —  With liberal groups furious over his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Chuck Schumer has been quietly reaching out to dozens of his colleagues …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Page Six:
Olsen twins made us work 50-hour weeks without pay: interns  —  Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have built a billion-dollar fashion and entertainment empire since their days as child stars — but they haven't shared enough of their dough with the little people who grease the wheels of their business, a lawsuit claims.
 
 
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Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
FBI Visits Denver Company Regarding Hillary Clinton Emails
Steven Lubet / Chicago Tribune:
Commentary: It's time, U. of I.: Offer controversial scholar Steven Salaita a job
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Nihilistic Populism of Donald Trump
Los Angeles Times:
Watts' elders reflect on riots' legacy: Too much change or not enough?
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Northwest Florida Daily News:
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Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Man set fire trying to protect marijuana operation, officials say
Discussion: KQED News
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Anger Outruns the Facts in Ferguson
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Nancy Reagan invites 16 candidates to CNN debate
Discussion: OnPolitics and Talking Points Memo
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Brown doesn't want California to use this word for immigrants
Discussion: Fox News and ImmigrationProf Blog
Greg Lukianoff / The Atlantic:
The Coddling of the American Mind