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12:50 PM ET, August 21, 2015


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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest  —  For months, the U.S. State Department has stood behind its former boss Hillary Clinton as she has repeatedly said she did not send or receive classified information on her unsecured, private email account, a practice the government forbids.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Democratic blues  —  Barack Obama will leave his party in its worst shape since the Great Depression—even if Hillary wins.  —  SHARES  —  As historians begin to assess Barack Obama's record as president, there's at least one legacy he'll leave that will indeed be historic—but not in the way he would have hoped.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, The Week and Jay Bookman
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Former officials question Clinton's email defense
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Goes Off At ABC Reporter Over Questions On Term ‘Anchor Babies’  —  Donald Trump lashed out at ABC reporter Tom Llamas on Thursday after the network aired segments critical of the presidential candidate's use of the term “anchor babies” to describe the children of undocumented immigrants.
Washington Post:
Inside the GOP field's new strategies to ride out the Trump tornado … The 2016 Republican primary has turned into a puzzle about how to deal with Donald Trump.  —  The new dynamic has come into focus this week as Trump's opponents debut strategies for engaging the white-hot front-runner whom they believe …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush: ‘Anchor babies’ isn't offensive  —  KEENE, N.H. — A feistier, combative Jeb Bush said Thursday that he doesn't believe the term “anchor babies” is offensive and blamed Democrats for perpetuating the idea that it's a loaded term.  —  In one of his most aggressive exchanges with reporters to date …
Shaun King / Daily Kos:
Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story  —  Me. 14 years old.  Sophomore in high school  —  Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Debt Is Good  —  Rand Paul said something funny the other day.  No, really — although of course it wasn't intentional.  On his Twitter account he decried the irresponsibility of American fiscal policy, declaring, “The last time the United States was debt free was 1835.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Congressman Jerrold Nadler / Medium:
P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  —  This September, we will face one of the most serious global security decisions in our history.  It is a decision that I have taken my time to consider, knowing the stakes are too high to allow for anything but clear-headed and thoughtful analysis …
Christine Byers / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man killed by St. Louis police died from gunshot in the back  —  ST. LOUIS  • An autopsy on Mansur Ball-Bey, whose death from police gunfire this week stirred protests, showed that he died from a single wound in the back, police officials said.  —  Chief Sam Dotson said the wound's …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Hillary vs. media malpractice  —  The political coverage of the 2016 campaign has reached epic levels of sloppiness and shallowness, at a moment when public opinion toward major media has reached catastrophically low levels of trust, according to surveys from Gallup.
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Jonathan Franzen ‘considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people’  —  Novelist said the idea came to him as he felt he could not identify with ‘cynical and angry’ younger generation, but he was persuaded against it by his editor  —  In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump: “A Lot” Of “Gang Members” In Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago Are “Illegal Immigrants”  —  “We're gonna get them out so fast, out of this country.  So fast.”  —  Matthew Busch / Getty Images  —  Donald Trump says many of the “gang members” in Chicago, Ferguson, and Baltimore are undocumented immigrants.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump moves rally to 50,000-capacity stadium
Discussion: WKRG-TV
J.B. Biunno / WKRG-TV:
Trump Rally Tonight at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Tens of Thousands Expected
Discussion: and The Gateway Pundit
David Roberts / Vox:
Carly Fiorina did a 4-minute riff on climate change.  Everything she said was wrong.  —  Katie Couric recently interviewed Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, and the subject of climate change came up.  They discussed it for over four minutes, likely marking the longest …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowds to His ‘Political Revolution’  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa — As 1,800 mad-as-hell supporters jumped out of their seats and pumped their fists last Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered the message they had come to hear.  —  We will “give these guys an offer …
Discussion: The Week and PoliticusUSA
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Now We Know Why Reporters Won't Cover The Planned Parenthood Videos  —  Earlier this week, a seventh video detailing Planned Parenthood's gruesome organ-trafficking operation was released.  In it, a former procurement technician who worked with the organization described how Planned Parenthood harvested …
Discussion: RedState
Bloomberg Business:
Uniqlo to Try Out Four-Day Workweek  —  The popular clothing retailer wants to increase retention among even its lowest-skilled workers  —  Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, Theory, and J Brand, will offer a four-day workweek to about a fifth of its workforce starting in October, the company confirmed to Bloomberg.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?  —  Now that we have had time to observe the Donald Trump phenomenon, there is enough evidence to make a clear assessment of what it represents.  The rise of Trump is an epic expression of frustration with the American political system …
Discussion: Fox News and Boston Magazine
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
U.S. Told Ukraine to Stand Down as Putin Invaded  —  As Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces took over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in early 2014, the interim Ukrainian government was debating whether or not to fight back against the “little green men” Russia had deployed.
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Ronald Kessler For / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'Don't you know who I am?' …
Jeremy Corbyn / Guardian:
Jeremy Corbyn to apologise for Iraq war on behalf of Labour if he becomes leader
Discussion: Spectator and LabourList
Tristan Lejeune / The Hill:
Poll: Biden fares as well as Clinton against GOP in swing states
Discussion: RedState
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Rand Paul explains why he wants to stop ‘birthright citizenship’
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Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
Goodwill goes upscale with new boutiques
Discussion: New York Magazine and NBC News
Natalie Robehmed / Forbes:
The World's Highest-Paid Actresses 2015: Jennifer Lawrence Leads With $52 Million