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3:25 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.
Clinton's Favorability Strong Among Black Americans
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
The Worst Ruth Marcus Column Ever  —  We need to freeze this Ruth Marcus column in amber so that it never perishes.  Future generations will not believe that it actually existed if they can't see it with their own eyes.  It is probably the purest form of wankery that has ever been constructed.
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.
New York Post:
Schumer: Can't trust European nations to make Iran inspections
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Donald Trump to ‘Meet the Press’ - in person  —  Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner who prefers telephone call-ins to sit-down interviews, has been booked for an in-person appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” later this month, the On Media blog has learned.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jesse Ventura: Do you think Trump would consider me for VP?
Discussion: Mediaite and American Prospect
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Handling of Donald Trump Puts Fox News on the Spot
Discussion: TVNewser
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.
Peter Marcus Herald / Durango Herald:
State, federal officials clash over health of Animas River  —  EPA asks Hickenlooper to curb remarks about river's health  —  Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, looks at a fish trap being held by Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, on Tuesday on the banks of the Animas River.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
EPA chief: Colorado mine spill ‘pains me’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
The Post-Debate Losers (Walker) and Winners (Fiorina)  —  You've already heard a lot of different takes about who won and who lost the first Republican presidential debates last week.  We've deliberately waited to name names; winning the media spin after a debate is often more important than “winning” the debate itself.
Echelon Insights / Medium:
New Poll: Trump Leads Post-Debate; Fiorina, Rubio, Carson, and Cruz Rise
Hadas Gold / Politico:
16 GOP candidates invited to CNN debate
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘Top Secret’ emails found as Clinton probe expands to key aides
New York Times:
Who Threatens America Most?  —  In what order does the Obama administration rank the biggest external threats to America's national security?  The short answer: It depends on whom and which agency you ask.  —  Official opinion is all over the lot, a sign of a rapidly changing world …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Dissent in Bernie Sanders' camp  —  The candidacy of Sanders adviser Larry Lessig could complicate matters.  —  Lessig speaks onstage at 'MAYDAY: The Fight To Save American, during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival.  Getty  —  An adviser to Bernie Sanders has been quietly urging …
Matt Horn / WKBN-TV:
Youngstown woman received racist letter, had truck torched  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - One Youngstown family is on high alert Tuesday evening.  —  In the last three weeks they found a threatening letter on a building they own, then Monday, someone torched their car.
Plain Dealer:
'I don't want to die in your cell:' Police release video of Ralkina Jones taken prior to death  —  Ryllie Danylko, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Ryllie Danylko, Northeast Ohio Media Group  —  CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - “I don't want to die in your cell.”  —  Ralkina Jones spoke those words …
Discussion: New York Daily News and Raw Story
‘The Artist’ Star Put to Sleep  —  After Prostate Illness  —  Uggie, the famous Jack Russell Terrier from “The Artist” ... has gone to the big doghouse in the sky — after bravely battling a prostate tumor.  —  TMZ has learned the 13-year-old star who played “The Dog” …
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Sarah Mervosh / Dallas Morning News:
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Scott Walker signs bill clearing public funds for new Bucks arena
Ian Bogost / The Atlantic:
Don't Hate the Phone Call, Hate the Phone
Discussion: Boing Boing
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
CBO: Full sequester relief could add as many as 1.4M jobs
Discussion: Daily Kos
Patrick McGee / New York Times:
Arlington, Tex., Officer Is Fired in Fatal Shooting of Christian Taylor
Discussion: NBC News, Jezebel and Daily Kos
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Number of Uninsured Has Declined by 15 Million Since 2013, Administration Says
Discussion: Gallup, Los Angeles Times and Daily Kos
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
WorldNetDaily: God May Use Donald Trump To Usher In Second Coming Of Jesus
Discussion: Washington Monthly, WND and Liberaland
 Earlier Items: 
GOP candidates wobble but don't fall down
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
Lawrence Lessig pondering 2016 bid because ‘the system is rigged’
Discussion: ABC News
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
In Canada, Roosh V's Crackpot Critics Have Got It All Wrong
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Globe and Mail
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Speech Nuts’  —  Does the left like anything in the Bill of Rights?
Discussion: Reason
Michael Crowley / Politico:
How Obama could salvage the Iran deal
Discussion: National Review
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
Blaine Friedlander / Washington Post:
A phenomenal Perseid meteor shower peaks this week — here's how to watch
Discussion: NPR, Slate and Balloon Juice