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10:20 PM ET, August 21, 2015


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Daily Mail:
Unarmed hero US marine took bullet in the neck as he and colleague tackled euro-train gunman armed with AK47: American duo saved hundreds when they jumped on Moroccan terrorist after he opened fire on terrified passengers  — A suspected Moroccan terrorist opened fire with a Kalashnikov on board a high speed train in northern France
Official: 2 U.S. Marines stop Islamist attacker on train in France  —  European official: France shooting a terrorist attack  —  As a gunman on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train was about to launch an attack by loading his Kalashnikov he was surprised by two U.S. Marines in civilian clothing …
France train shooting: Americans overpower gunman  —  Forensics experts check the crime scene  —  Three people have been hurt after a heavily armed man opened fire on a train in northern France, before being overpowered by two American passengers.  —  The incident happened …
James Rothwell / Telegraph:
US marines prevent French train massacre: latest  —  Unarmed US marines foil attack by Moroccan gunman with Kalashnikov and handgun on train - follow live updates  —  Security agents of French national railway operator SNCF stand next to Thalys trains at the main train station in Arras, northern France
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
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ellen Page confronts Ted Cruz on LGBT issues
ABC News:
Watch: Ellen Page Grills Ted Cruz at Iowa State Fair
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Ornstein's Warning  —  Us old folks remember a time when AEI's Norman Ornstein was the very voice of The Conventional Wisdom.  So his new column at The Atlantic ought to come as a particularly significant warning about this election cycle and the particular level of conservative freakout we are dealing with:
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 …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Scott Walker: I don't have time for Black Lives Matter — let's talk about ‘things that matter’
Discussion: Addicting Info
Daily Mail:
Scott Walker says ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn't matter! …
Discussion: Liberaland, PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump calls O'Malley a ‘disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby’
Discussion: Business Insider
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders to Trump: Enough already
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Daily Kos
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
Eliza Collins / Politico:   Jindal trolls protesters with undercover Planned Parenthood videos
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood: Videos illegal
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Super PAC Sends Mailer To 86,000 Iowans With Jeb's Head Photoshopped Onto A Black Body  —  Jeb Bush has been lagging in the polls, trailing Donald Trump by a wide margin nationally and in early states.  —  Nevertheless, he's still considered one of the most likely eventual nominees by pundits and political experts.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
5 reasons Bush isn't freaking out about Trump
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 …
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
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. …
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: WNEP-TV, KFOR-TV and Washington Times
Robert Simonson / New York Times:
Sasha Petraske, Bar Owner Who Changed Cocktail Culture, Dies at 42  —  Sasha Petraske, the founder of the influential New York cocktail bar Milk & Honey and many other polished drinking spots across the world, was found dead on Friday in Hudson, N.Y. He was 42 and had recently moved temporarily …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Gothamist
Joshuakarpf / Spotify Blog:
SORRY.  —  We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they've caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it.  We apologize for that.  We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean …
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Stocks plunge as global growth concerns weigh; Apple falls nearly 4%  —  CNBC's Bob Pisani rounds up the most hit stocks in the market selloff, and the pop in the VIX.  Kensho data shows the VIX up 10 percent 3 days in a row is rare.  —  U.S. stocks traded about 2 percent lower on Friday …
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Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:
Another Way to Mask Super Rich Donors
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Philly cop on video soliciting for fund-raiser at traffic stop
Discussion: Slantpoint and Raw Story
Bryan Lowry / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas Democratic Party chair resigns
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Marvel's ‘Luke Cage’: Alfre Woodard Cast In Key Role On Netflix Series
Discussion: UPROXX, and Blastr News
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Thinks Alabama Is Key to Winning the GOP Nomination
Discussion: Hot Air, BREITBART.COM and CNN
Noah Gray / CNN:
Donald Trump's venue for Alabama rally moved to larger stadium
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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Billy Hallowell /
Bakers Who Were Fined $135,000 for Gay Wedding Cake Refusal Deliver a Major Surprise …
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?
Discussion: Hit & Run, Fox News and Boston Magazine
David Roberts / Vox:
Carly Fiorina did a 4-minute riff on climate change. Everything she said was wrong.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Debt Is Good  —  Rand Paul said something funny the other day.