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5:25 PM ET, August 21, 2015


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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.”
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Ted Cruz Criticizes Carter Day After Wrenching Talk on Cancer  —  A day after Jimmy Carter appeared on national television to talk about the cancer that's ravaging his body, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticized the former president's administration in a speech in Iowa.
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
ABC News:
Watch: Ellen Page Grills Ted Cruz at Iowa State Fair
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz: Jeb is ‘confused’ about my citizenship
Discussion: ABC News and PoliticusUSA
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
Daily Mail:
U.S Marines ‘take down’ armed Moroccan gunman onboard a French train  — A suspected Moroccan terrorist opened fire with a Kalashnikov on board a high speed train in northern France  — Eyewitnesses said two U.S. Marines on the train disarmed the 26-year-old gunman and pinned him to the ground
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
James Rothwell / Telegraph:
Gunman injures three after firing Kalashnikov on Amsterdam-Paris train: latest  —  Unarmed US marines foil attack by Moroccan gunman with Kalashnikov and handgun on train - follow live updates  —  21.13  —  Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, paid tribute to the Marines as he arrived at the scene, and said
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Pennsylvania becomes fifth state to find no Planned Parenthood wrongdoing  —  Pennsylvania has found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in the state after a review, according to a letter from the state health department.  —  That decision makes it the fifth state to announce that they have found …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood: Videos illegal
Eliza Collins / Politico:   Jindal trolls protesters with undercover Planned Parenthood videos
John Harwood / CNBC:
Scott Walker talks birthright citizenship  —  Walker: ‘no position’ on birthright citizenship  —  Gov. Scott Walker ducks on Trump's call for ending birthright citizenship  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—Days after seeming to echo Donald Trump's call for ending birthright citizenship …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders to Trump: Enough already
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump calls O'Malley a ‘disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby’
Discussion: Business Insider
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
Maybe This Time Really Is Different  —  Historical context is a great asset.  But is history always an accurate guide?  Does past performance always give us the best predictor of future outcomes?  —  This election season provides a fascinating frame to see if the polarization in politics …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Ornstein's Warning  —  Us old folks remember a time when AEI's …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Washington Post:
Inside the GOP field's new strategies to ride out the Trump tornado
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 …
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.
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. …
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Louisiana GOPer: I Used Ashley Madison For ‘Opposition Research’  —  The executive director for the Louisiana Republican Party said his email is a part of the Ashley Madison database because he used the cheating website for “opposition research” that “ended up being a waste of money and time,” according to a New Orleans newspaper.
Kyle Daly / Pacific Daily News:
Kmart pulls wipes  —  Guam's Kmart is removing refill packs of Huggies baby wipes from its shelves after receiving complaints that shards of glass were found in the product.  —  Daisy Lee, the local Kmart's HR coordinator, said the store has contacted the manufacturer about the complaints.
Discussion: KFOR-TV, WNEP-TV and Washington Times
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.”
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 …
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
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Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Thinks Alabama Is Key to Winning the GOP Nomination
Discussion: Hot Air, BREITBART.COM and CNN
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Stocks plunge as global growth concerns weigh; Apple falls nearly 4%
Discussion: The Week
Noah Gray / CNN:
Donald Trump's venue for Alabama rally moved to larger stadium
Discussion: Mediaite
Rasmussen Reports:
Trump Change: Voters Rate His Chances
Daily Mail:
Scott Walker says ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn't matter! …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?
Discussion: Hit & Run, Boston Magazine and Fox News
Shaun King / Daily Kos:
Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story