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1:55 PM ET, August 20, 2015


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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street betting on Hillary  —  K Street is banking on Hillary Clinton, with more than twice as many Washington lobbyists donating to the former secretary of State's presidential campaign than any other candidate.  —  While many lobbyists are holding their pocketbooks in the early stages …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Swing State Sneak Peek  —  NOTABLES  —  BY THE NUMBERS: A fresh Quinnipiac poll out this morning focuses on three swing states in the general election and has several interesting takeaways.  No candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states.
Discussion: New York Times
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump grows lead in NC; GOP leads most match ups
Nick Gass / Politico:
Swing-state poll shows Joe Biden's appeal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
John Kasich camp revels in dirt-digging from Jeb
Discussion: The Daily Caller
And Globe /
Two South Boston brothers allegedly beat homeless man  —  The homeless man was lying on the ground, shaking, when police arrived early Wednesday.  His face was soaked, apparently with urine, his nose broken, his chest and arms battered.  —  Police said two brothers from South Boston ambushed …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Suspect Cites Trump As Inspiration In Boston Anti-Hispanic Hate Crime  —  A Boston man allegedly told police that he beat and urinated on a homeless man early Wednesday because the man was Hispanic, citing real estate mogul Donald Trump's comments on undocumented immigrants as justification for the attack.
Donald Trump Explains All  —  In an interview with TIME, the leading Republican candidate talks about what's wrong with the Clintons, his opponents' weaknesses and what it takes to be great  —  Donald Trump was interviewed by TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs, Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Mediaite and NBC News
Nick Gass / Politico:   Trump on why he's running: I did it for me
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush to Hold Fundraiser With Father, Brother
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jeb Bush calls for greater enforcement against ‘anchor babies’
Doug Criss / CNN:
Black or white?  Is Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King lying about his race?  —  Questions about Black Lives Matter activist  —  (CNN)He's either the male version of Rachel Dolezal, or the victim of a conservative conspiracy.  —  Those are the two views the world has of Shaun King …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Family Member Confirms to CNN That #BlackLivesMatter Activist Shaun King Is White  —  During a segment on #BlackLivesMatters activist Shaun King and the allegation he isn't black at all, CNN host Don Lemon revealed that he had spoken to a family member of King's who confirmed he was white.
Jason Howerton /
‘Enough’: Ted Cruz's Blistering Message After Learning of Bombshell Report on Iran's Secret ‘Backroom’ Deal  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) responded harshly to President Barack Obama's “catastrophic nuclear deal” with Iran on Wednesday, hours after the publication …
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
LA ‘black ball’ reservoir rollout potential ‘disaster’ in the making, say experts  —  LA's scheme to cover a reservoir under 96 million “shade balls” may not be all it is touted to be, experts told, with some critics going so far as to refer to the plan as a “potential disaster.”
Greek PM Tsipras to resign on Thursday: government official  —  Tsipras is due to meet senior advisers shortly to discuss whether to call early elections to quell a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party, a government official said...  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will submit his resignation …
Jon Henley / Guardian:
Greek bailout: Alexis Tsipras to ‘step down and call snap elections’
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account  —  In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks …
Andrew Blankstein / NBC News:
Ex-NFL QB Erik Kramer Wounded in Apparent Suicide Attempt: Sources  —  Ex-NFL quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself Tuesday in an apparent suicide attempt at a Los Angeles area motel, but survived, law enforcement sources said.  —  Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to a motel …
Discussion: WOOD-TV, and UPROXX
Philip Eil / The Atlantic:
The Unlikely Reanimation of H.P. Lovecraft  —  American history is filled with writers whose genius was underappreciated—or altogether ignored—in their lifetime.  Most of Emily Dickinson's poems weren't discovered and published until after her death.  F. Scott Fitzgerald “died believing himself a failure.”
Discussion: Boing Boing
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Republican Plans to Replace Obamacare Have a Problem: House Republicans  —  A dilemma facing Republican presidential candidates who want to repeal Obamacare is how to care for people with preexisting conditions.  While polls show that the law isn't popular, Americans also don't want to return …
Jesse Bogan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fires set off, police confront crowds hours after St. Louis police fatally shoot teen  —  PROTESTERS BURN AMERICAN FLAG: 10:50 p.m.  —  A group of about 80 demonstrators burned an American flag in the middle of Page Avenue and chanted a vulgar anti-police slogan.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Congress unlikely to override an Obama veto in Iran nuclear fight — for now  —  Congress is unlikely to override a promised veto by President Obama if both chambers reject a deal to curtail Iran's nuclear capabilities, according to a Washington Post analysis of where the votes currently stand.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
The Rise and Fall of Shooting-Star Candidates  —  The G.O.P. presidential contest, barely a few weeks old, has been described in dizzying fashion.  In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi called it “Western civilization's very own car wreck.”  Roger Simon, writing for Politico, described …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
CNN criteria threaten Fiorina's chance at main debate stage  —  CNN's criteria for its September GOP presidential debate may keep Carly Fiorina off the stage reserved for the top 10 candidates despite her recent surge in the polls.  —  The CNN debate methodology, released earlier this year, weighs polls from July 16 to Sept. 10.
Discussion: Washington Times and BuzzFeed
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Caught on video: Good Samaritans nab doughnut theft suspect
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News Insider
New York Times:
Jimmy Carter Says Doctors Found Cancer on His Brain
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Another outbreak from tainted scopes suspected at an L.A.-area hospital
Discussion: Slantpoint
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
What Happens When People Panic About Crime Rates
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Bloomberg to lay off about 100 editorial employees
Joseph Serna / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-LAPD detective who alleged conspiracy in Biggie Smalls' murder dies
Discussion: UPROXX
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Dave Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Police Search Home Belonging To Son Of Missing Easton Couple
Discussion: Daily Mail and New York's PIX11
Joe Arnold / WHAS-TV:
Yarmuth: E-mail issue could ‘upend’ Hillary Clinton campaign
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Bettina Boxall / Los Angeles Times:
Another toll of the drought: Land is sinking fast in San Joaquin Valley, study shows
Girl, 9, killed, mother injured in Ferguson shooting
Discussion: Daily Mail and Hinterland Gazette
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Europe's sinister expansion of euthanasia
Discussion: protein wisdom
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