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6:45 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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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 …
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.
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.”
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Donald Trump backs off Planned Parenthood defunding push
Discussion: National Review
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Issues Unconditional Surrender
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
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
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.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Black Lives Matter protesters try to disrupt Hillary Clinton event
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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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.
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.
Washington Post:
Rick Perry stops paying all of his staff as fundraising dries up  —  This post has been updated.  —  Rick Perry's presidential campaign has stopped paying all of its staff as the Republican former Texas governor's fundraising has dried up, campaign officials and other Republicans familiar with the operation said late Monday.
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Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rick Perry's Financial Implosion
Discussion: Washington Post, CBS News and The Week
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: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
After 2 Killers Fled, New York Prisoners Say, Beatings Were Next
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Steven Lubet / Chicago Tribune:
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Los Angeles Times:
Watts' elders reflect on riots' legacy: Too much change or not enough?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Senate Democrats target vulnerable Republicans over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
Northwest Florida Daily News:
DeFuniak Springs man arrested 32 times in Florida
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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
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Brown doesn't want California to use this word for immigrants
Discussion: Fox News and ImmigrationProf Blog
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
GOP struggles on income equality
Discussion: Washington Post
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Schumer proves unworthy to lead Democrats