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10:40 AM 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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton to Turn Over Private Email Server to Federal Authorities
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Directs Aides to Give Email Server and Thumb Drive to the Justice Department
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Clinton will turn over email server to Justice Department
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
FBI Visits Denver Company Regarding Hillary Clinton Emails
Andrew Harnik / ABC News:
Donald Trump Slaps China for Sucking the ‘Blood Out of the United States’  —  Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued his tough talk in a speech Tuesday evening to over 2,500 supporters here.  The New York real estate mogul discussed the news that China had devalued its currency …
Discussion: Politico, Esquire and Associated Press
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
How Roger Ailes Picked Trump, and Fox News' Audience, Over Megyn Kelly
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
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
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
NBC ends suspension of Brian Williams  —  NBC has reportedly ended its on-air suspension of Brian Williams.  —  The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor — who was suspended without pay after he admitted in February that a story he recounted several times about coming under enemy fire …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Brian Williams' suspension is over
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
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Facebook is working on a Twitter-like app that lets publishers send mobile breaking news alerts to the masses  —  Facebook is working on a stand-alone mobile news application that seems to be part of its Facebook for Business initiative.  —  This product, which sounds similar to Twitter …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Guardian
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Lawrence Lessig pondering 2016 bid because ‘the system is rigged’  —  Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig says he is mulling a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination because “the system is rigged” in favor of lobbyists and those able to exert their influence to a disproportionate degree.
Discussion: ABC News
Harry Reid / New York Times:
Avoiding the Next Budget Crisis  —  LAS VEGAS — Over the past five years, Washington has lurched from one crisis to another — the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, the 2012 “fiscal cliff,” the 2013 government shutdown — spooking markets and rattling Americans' faith in our nation's democratic institutions.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Crowley / Politico:
How Obama could salvage the Iran deal  —  Even if Congress votes against the deal (and overrides a veto), Obama could halt many of the sanctions on his own.  —  Getty  —  If Congress votes down the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama says, the agreement will collapse and war will come “soon.”
Discussion: National Review
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Now eligible to lobby, Eric Cantor chooses investment banking instead
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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Discussion: Liberaland
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
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Discussion: The Verge, Guardian and Forbes
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
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
U.S. Congress and Its Leaders Suffer Public Discontent
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
GAO Employees Indicted for School Lunch Fraud (Updated)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
16 GOP candidates invited to CNN debate
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Paul Flynn / Out Magazine:
Eddie Redmayne: An Education
Discussion: Guardian and Slantpoint
Rick Perlstein / Talking Points Memo:
The Forgotten Story of America's Other Racist Flag