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3:25 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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A View From the Clinton Scandal Nonsense Mill  —  There's no question that the Clinton email ‘scandal’ has become a major issue for Hillary Clinton's campaign.  Not that it should necessarily but it has.  It's the focus of negative press stories that appear clearly to have at least helped pull down her favorability numbers nationwide.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   Hillary vs. media malpractice
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Former officials question Clinton's email defense
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders to Trump: Enough already  —  Seven out of 10 early-state Republicans want the Donald to move on from his immigration plan and his tough talk about ending birthright citizenship.  —  Politico Illustration—Getty  —  Donald Trump may have the whole Republican field talking about immigration …
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Daily Kos
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump calls O'Malley a ‘disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby’
Discussion: Business Insider
ABC News:
Ellen Page Confronts Ted Cruz on Gay Rights at Iowa State Fair  —  While Sen. Ted Cruz was grilling pork chops at the Iowa State Fair today, actress Ellen Page, wearing a hat and sunglasses, snuck her way up to the grill and asked the GOP presidential candidate about “the persecution of gays in the workplace and LGBT rights.”
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz: Jeb is ‘confused’ about my citizenship
Discussion: ABC News and PoliticusUSA
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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Poll: Majority want Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal  —  Most Americans say Congress should reject the international deal brokered by the Obama administration over Iran's nuclear program, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.  —  A majority, 56 percent …
Congressman Jerrold Nadler / Medium:
P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Hundreds of feds paid for Ashley Madison memberships at work  —  Hundreds of government workers accessed and paid membership fees for the affair-focused website Ashley Madison using their federal Internet connection, The Associated Press reports.  —  The officials included several assistant U.S. attorneys …
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.”
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 …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Dr. Dre Apologizes to the 'Women I've Hurt'  —  For Dr. Dre, the self-proclaimed “first billionaire in hip-hop,” the movie “Straight Outta Compton” and its quasi-soundtrack, “Compton,” his first album in 16 years, were meant to be a victory lap.  That biopic, about his hip-hop group, N.W.A. …
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Search warrant served at home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons  —  (CNN)A search warrant was served at the Los Angeles home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, but the rocker and his family are not considered suspects, authorities said.  —  The division that handles online crimes against children executed …
Gene Simmons — Home Raided for Child Porn ... Gene NOT a Suspect
Discussion: Daily Mail
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Billy Hallowell /
Bakers Who Were Fined $135,000 for Gay Wedding Cake Refusal Deliver a Major Surprise — and a Powerful Message — to 10 Gay Rights Groups  —  Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, were ordered by Oregon state officials last month to pay $135,000 in damages after they declined …
Stoyan Zaimov / Christian Post:
Slovakia to Welcome Christian Migrants but Reject Muslims; Insists Controversial Decision Is Not Discriminatory  —  The government of Slovakia has said it will take in struggling migrants from Syria and other countries under a European Union scheme to share the burden of 40,000 new arrivals to the continent …
Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:
Slovakia refuses to accept Muslim migrants
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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: Hit & Run, Boston Magazine and Fox News
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 …
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.
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John Harwood / CNBC:
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Daily Mail:
Scott Walker says ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn't matter! …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Bloomberg Business:
Uniqlo to Try Out Four-Day Workweek
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowds to His ‘Political Revolution’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Shaun King / Daily Kos:
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