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11:15 AM ET, August 17, 2015


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Thomas Lake / CNN:
‘I am Batman,’ Trump tells boy on helicopter ride  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)A helicopter landed here just after noon on Saturday, causing a short but violent windstorm.  Large trees shivered; small ones bent nearly sideways.  Dust swirled up from the parking lot, stinging the eyes of the onlookers.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The World According To Trump  —  NOTABLES  —TRUMP UNVEILS HIS IMMIGRATION PLAN, CALLS FOR END TO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: Donald Trump released his specific plan for immigration reform yesterday, ABC's JOHN SANTUCCI reports.  In the 6-page report titled “Immigration Reform …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Carson suggests Obama is ‘anti-Semitic’ with Iran deal
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Scott Walker struggles for the Iowa prize
Discussion: Jay Bookman
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Shakeup in GOP field after first debate, Sanders gains on Clinton
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
We can now name the winner of the GOP debate: Ben Carson
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Lord Mandelson's failed ‘mass resignation’ bid to attempt to stop Jeremy Corbyn winning Labour leadership  —  It also emerged that Liz Kendall urged Yvette Cooper to stand down because Andy Burnham is the only candidate who can win - but Miss Cooper refused.
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator and LabourList
David Miliband / Guardian:
Corbyn offers only angry defiance.  What we need is Kendall's clarity and courage  —  The stakes could not be higher in the Labour leadership election - Britain could become a multi-party democracy where only the Tories can ever win  —  here are a number of reasons why politics around the world is splintering.
Discussion: Telegraph and LabourList
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Labour leadership contest: Party aids fear ‘purge’ if Jeremy Corbyn is elected  —  Dozens of Labour staff members and Shadow Cabinet aides could be dismissed within hours of Jeremy Corbyn winning the party's leadership, it has emerged.  —  The Independent understands that large numbers …
Discussion: Guardian and Eschaton
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Boxing out Biden  —  At fundraiser, Clinton and Obama supporters revel in unity and hope the vice president will take a pass.  —  Getty  —  EDGARTOWN, Mass. - As Joe Biden considers a possible run for president, the donors he'd need to be viable appear to be ruling him out.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Clinton embraces the left
Discussion: Shakesville and Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
It's too late for Democrats to start rethinking Clinton's 2016 viability
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
With High-Profile Help, Obama Plots Life After Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — The dinner in the private upstairs dining room of the White House went so late that Reid Hoffman, the LinkedIn billionaire, finally suggested around midnight that President Obama might like to go to bed.
Nick Ciubotariu / LinkedIn Pulse:
An Amazonian's response to “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace”  —  Disclaimer and proviso: “The postings on this site are my own and don't represent Amazon's position in any way whatsoever”.  —  Update: I really appreciate the notes of thanks this post has received, here and on other social media avenues.
James Quinn / Telegraph:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: With Jeremy Clarkson, we're entering a new golden age of television
Discussion: and Daily Mail
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Has Heard About That Hashtag  —  What is your elevator pitch for socialism?  My elevator pitch is that the United States has a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality where the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent …
Christie Obama / New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie's presidential run: Time to call it a day, Guv |  Mulshine  —  President Obama and Chris Christie after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 - and right before Obama's re-election: Rand Paul reminded voters of this moment during the first debate.  It's as close to president as Christie will ever get.
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
How Trump Is Winning Over Conservatives Without the Bona Fides  —  No one plays the music of conservatism better than Trump, which allows him to make crowds go wild without mentioning issues like taxes, the deficit, profligate spending, or abortion.  —  “Keep dropping the truth bomb!” …
Discussion: Liberaland and Political Wire
Bangkok bomb: Deadly blast rocks Thailand capital  —  A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more.  —  A second bomb has been found in the area and made safe, officials say.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
Price for TSA's failed body scanners: $160 million  —  How bad are the machines at catching threats?  So bad that Sen. Ron Johnson suggests adding metal detectors.  —  Getty  —  It's now becoming clear exactly how many tens of millions of dollars the TSA spent on body scanners …
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Birthers Say These 4 GOP Candidates May Be Ineligible To Be President
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Seeks to Connect With Iowans, but Celebrity Gets in Way
Discussion: Althouse and Guardian
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Exclusion of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny
Anna M. Phillips / Tampa Bay Times:
Pam Bondi balks at paying full cost of Florida's fight against gay marriage
Discussion: Raw Story, Towleroad and Joe.My.God.
Charles Krupa / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Donald Trump
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Obama, the Left downsizing the American Dream
Danny Vinik / Politico:
Should Hillary Clinton fear the $15 minimum wage?
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
When Public Servants Refuse to Serve the Public
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
In heroin fight, White House will push treatment
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Week
Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
“The Obama Method” and Potential Realignment in the Middle East
Discussion: Booman Tribune
1 in 2 young people say they are not 100% heterosexual
Discussion: Towleroad
Marissa Charles / New York Post:
Melania Trump would be a first lady for the ages
Discussion: BizPac Review