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5:50 PM ET, August 20, 2015


 Top Items: 
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
John Kasich camp revels in dirt-digging from Jeb  —  Bush campaign dismisses research into Kasich's Ohio record as standard fare.  —  Jeb Bush's campaign contends it's not sweating the rapid climb of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has emerged as his top threat in New Hampshire not named Donald Trump.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Charles Barkley throws support behind Kasich
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Swing State Sneak Peek
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Washington Post:
Bush and Trump face off in N.H. — and The Donald is winning
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Moderate Voice
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Donald Trump: ‘Shame’ if illegal immigration crusade inspired beatdown by Southie brothers
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Meet ‘Deez Nuts,’ the Teen Presidential Candidate Punking America  —  Mr. Nuts appears to be a high school sophomore who will take his joke candidacy ‘as far as America wants to take it’  —  News broke this week that an independent presidential candidate going by the name of “Deez Nuts” …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump grows lead in NC; GOP leads most match ups
New York Times:
Caitlyn Jenner May Face Manslaughter Charge in Fatal Crash  —  LOS ANGELES — Sheriff's investigators are expected to offer evidence to prosecutors that could lead a manslaughter charge against Caitlyn Jenner for her role in a fatal car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., in February.
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Jindal to screen Planned Parenthood videos outside mansion  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will try to counter a pro-Planned Parenthood rally scheduled to take place outside his mansion on Thursday by running a loop of the secretly recorded videos that they plan to protest.
Discussion: protein wisdom and
Max Fisher / Vox:
The AP's controversial and badly flawed Iran inspections story, explained  —  On Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press published an exclusive report on the Iran nuclear program so shocking that many political pundits declared the nuclear deal dead in the water.
Jason Howerton /
‘Enough’: Ted Cruz's Blistering Message After Learning of Bombshell Report on Iran's Secret ‘Backroom’ Deal
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 …
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.
Red-state Democrats back Obama on Iran
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Associated Press
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Progressive Groups Ask Obama To End Bush-Era Religious Protection  —  Obama asked to reverse legal memo providing exemption to nondiscrimination laws for religious groups seeking federal grants.  The letter, provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News, is signed by 130 civil rights and other groups.
Discussion: National Review
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
130 Religious, Secular Groups Demand Obama Stop Using ‘Religious Liberty’ To Justify Discrimination
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Amanda Marcotte / Talking Points Memo:
Why Can't All Ashley Madison Hacking Victims Be Josh Duggar?  —  The long-awaited data dump of private information for 32 million users of Ashley Madison, a dating website specifically aimed at married people looking to cheat, has arrived, and the internet is gleeful.
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 steps down to trigger new elections
Discussion: The Atlantic and Hit & Run
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.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge says Hillary Clinton's private emails violated policy  —  A federal judge indicated Thursday that he believes Hillary Clinton violated government policy by storing official emails on a private server when she worked as secretary of state.  —  During a hearing on a Freedom of Information Act case …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, WHAS-TV and The Week
Dana Rubinstein / Politico:
Staten Island congressman calls tunnel talk ‘disheartening’  —  Staten Island Congressman Dan Donovan, whose borough gets free ferry service to Manhattan, isn't particularly enthusiastic about this new Amtrak proposal to build a rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River.
Discussion: Second Ave. Sagas
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, UPROXX and
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Marin Cogan / New York Magazine:
Mike Elk Tried to Unionize Politico's Staff …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North and South Korea Trade Fire Across Border, Seoul Says
Discussion: The Atlantic and NPR
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump has already peaked
Helen Thomson / Guardian:
Narcolepsy medication modafinil is world's first safe ‘smart drug’
Ryan Girdusky / Red Alert Politics:
Federal tax lien against illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas challenges his argument for immigration reform
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
The Rise and Fall of Shooting-Star Candidates
Natalie Neysa Alund /
Caught on video: Good Samaritans nab doughnut theft suspect
Discussion: Fox News Insider and BizPac Review
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Republican Plans to Replace Obamacare Have a Problem: House Republicans
New York Times:
Jimmy Carter Says Doctors Found Cancer on His Brain
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
What Happens When People Panic About Crime Rates
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street betting on Hillary
Philip Eil / The Atlantic:
The Unlikely Reanimation of H.P. Lovecraft
Discussion: Boing Boing