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4:35 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
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.”
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
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  —  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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Inside the GOP field's new strategies to ride out the Trump tornado
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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
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 …
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: Boston Magazine, Hit & Run and Fox News
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Noah Gray / CNN:
Donald Trump's venue for Alabama rally moved to larger stadium
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Marines ‘take down’ armed gunman onboard a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris
Discussion: Telegraph and The Daily Caller
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: 
Ronald Kessler For / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'Don't you know who I am?' …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowds to His ‘Political Revolution’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Shaun King / Daily Kos:
Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story