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12:00 PM ET, August 12, 2015


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Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Poll: Bernie Sanders surges ahead of Hillary Clinton in N.H., 44-37  —  N.H. Democrats lukewarm to her tough image  —  Photo by:  —  Boston Herald front page - Aug 12.  2016  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has rocketed past longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Donald Trump Is Winning The Polls — And Losing The Nomination  —  Twelve years ago, in August 2003, Joe Lieberman led in most polls of the Democratic primary.  Eight years ago, in August 2007, Rudy Giuliani maintained a clear lead in polls of Republicans, while Hillary Clinton led in polls of the Democratic nomination contest.
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders surges ahead of Clinton in NH  —  A stunning new poll has Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) beating presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.  —  Sanders has eclipsed Clinton by a 44 to 37 percent margin, according to a new Franklin Pierce …
Boston Herald:
Franklin Pierce-Herald GOP poll results: Trump lead eroding; Kasich and Fiorina rise
Discussion: OnPolitics
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in latest New Hampshire poll
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
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton agrees to provide private e-mail server to FBI  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's attorney has agreed to provide the FBI with the private server that housed her e-mail during her four years as secretary of state, Clinton's presidential campaign said Tuesday.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Instructs Aides to Hand Over E-Mail Server to Justice Department  —  Hillary Clinton has directed her aides to hand over to the Justice Department a private e-mail server that she used during her tenure as secretary of state, her presidential campaign said Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Directs Aides to Give Email Server and Thumb Drive to the Justice Department
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton to Turn Over Private Email Server to Federal Authorities
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Michigan gets full Trump show  —  He appears undaunted by the tumult surrounding his campaign over the last week.  —  Getty  —  BIRCH RUN, Mich. — It was not a typical Lincoln Day dinner when Donald Trump came to town.  —  The Trump show drew thousands of screaming supporters …
Andrew Harnik / ABC News:
Donald Trump Slaps China for Sucking the ‘Blood Out of the United States’
Discussion: Politico, Esquire and Associated Press
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Handling of Donald Trump Puts Fox News on the Spot
Discussion: TVNewser
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
How Roger Ailes Picked Trump, and Fox News' Audience, Over Megyn Kelly
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Head of Group Opposing Iran Accord Quits Post, Saying He Backs Deal  —  WASHINGTON — When the bipartisan advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran decided last week to mobilize opposition against the nuclear deal with Tehran, Gary Samore knew he could no longer serve as its president.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The Week
Michael Crowley / Politico:
How Obama could salvage the Iran deal
Discussion: National Review
Sen. Claire McCaskill / Politico:
How I Helped Todd Akin Win ?  So I Could Beat Him Later  —  It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life.  I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems rally around Schumer despite Iran stance
Discussion: Politico
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Trump Defends Planned Parenthood, Responds to GOP Critics on Hannity  —  Donald Trump sat down with Sean Hannity tonight and did everything from hit back at his conservative critics to defend Planned Parenthood to rip Hillary Clinton over her emails and foundation money.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weekly Standard
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump is Planned Parenthood's Favorite Republican
New York Times:
President Obama's Letter to the Editor  —  For the cover story of our Aug. 2 issue, Jim Rutenberg wrote about efforts over the last 50 years to dismantle the protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark piece of legislation that cleared barriers between black voters and the ballot.
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
The Five Plausible GOP Candidates  —  From a Democratic standpoint, a moderate-conservative Republican ticket representing the two largest swing states would be cause for concern.  —  After their first presidential debates, it is time for Republicans to get serious.  Donald Trump won't be their nominee.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Speech Nuts’  —  Does the left like anything in the Bill of Rights?  —  By  —  “The First Amendment has something in common with the Second Amendment,” writes the New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh: “Both are unusually broad legal guarantees that mark a difference between America and the rest of the world.”
Discussion: Reason
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
EPA chief: Colorado mine spill ‘pains me’  —  The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sought to assure the public Tuesday that officials are taking seriously the mine waste spill it caused in a Colorado river.  —  Gina McCarthy said that the spill into the Animas River last week was …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
GOP candidates wobble but don't fall down  —  Perry, Paul and Santorum keep going, fueled by super PAC money and a hope for that breakthrough moment.  —  The Great 2016 Republican Sorting has begun.  —  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thudded first, his campaign acknowledging this week …
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Tarini Parti / Politico:
Dissent in Bernie Sanders' camp
Discussion: The Verge and Weekly Standard
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Now eligible to lobby, Eric Cantor chooses investment banking instead
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
WorldNetDaily: God May Use Donald Trump To Usher In Second Coming Of Jesus
Discussion: WND and Liberaland
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Buried in the Wordplay: Life Sciences Graduates From Google X
Discussion: Guardian, The Verge and Forbes
Nick Gass / Politico:
Lawrence Lessig pondering 2016 bid because ‘the system is rigged’
Discussion: ABC News
Brian Rohan / Associated Press:
Online image purports to show Croat killed by Islamic State
Discussion: Washington Post and KTLA
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
In Canada, Roosh V's Crackpot Critics Have Got It All Wrong
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Globe and Mail
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
U.S. Congress and Its Leaders Suffer Public Discontent
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
NBC ends suspension of Brian Williams
Discussion: CNNMoney and Daily Mail
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
GAO Employees Indicted for School Lunch Fraud (Updated)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hadas Gold / Politico:
16 GOP candidates invited to CNN debate
Blaine Friedlander / Washington Post:
A phenomenal Perseid meteor shower peaks this week — here's how to watch
Discussion: Slate and Balloon Juice
Chris Norwood / Anniston Star:
UPDATED: Barton recovering; declines to discuss alleged sex tape