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1:25 AM ET, August 28, 2015


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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz A ‘Jackass’ At Fundraiser  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner stunned audience members Wednesday evening at a Colorado fundraiser by referring to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a “jackass,” two people in attendance tell The Daily Caller.
Politico:   The Invincible Trump  —  As the controversies pile up, Trump's favorability soars.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary  —  A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton coasting to a crushing victory in a three-way race against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, winning 45 percent of the vote, compared with 22 for Sanders and 18 for Biden.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Biden Can't Beat Clinton, But He Can Be the Party's Backup  —  Politics can be unfair.  Consider Joe Biden.  Being Vice-President is a thankless job— “not worth a bucket of warm piss,” in Vice-President John Nance Garner's famous words.  The office, constitutionally ill-defined and so humbling …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Prairie Weather
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton  —  Democrats weigh emails, connection to voters She addresses party meeting on Friday  —  Biden talks by phone with Democratic National Committee … MINNEAPOLIS  —  As Democratic Party insiders gather for their summer meeting …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Survey: Most disapprove of moving forward on Iran without Congress  —  A vast majority of the public would oppose the White House moving forward with the nuclear deal with Iran without the support of Congress, according to a new survey released by an organization critical of the deal.
Discussion: Washington Post
Kristina Wong / The Hill:   Maloney becomes sixth NY Dem to oppose Iran deal
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
10 Questions for President Obama About Iran
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Report: LGBT Rainbow Hate-Flag Found In WDBJ Killer's Virginia Apartment  —  The Daily Telegraph has learned that “police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag” from the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan Wednesday.  In an apparent hate crime, Flanagan is the 41 year-old black journalist …
Discussion: Addicting Info, Raw Story and CofCC
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds  —  WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos …
Oliver Darcy /
Reporter Presses Donald Trump to Name His Favorite Bible Verse — Take a Look at How He Responds  —  Presidential candidate Donald Trump declined to name his favorite Bible verse during a Wednesday interview, despite being pressed by Bloomberg Managing Editor Mark Halperin.
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
NLRB rules against business in pivotal joint-employer decision  —  The Obama administration is redefining what it means to be an employer.  —  The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday handed down one of the biggest decisions of the Obama presidency, ruling that companies …
S. E. Cupp /
Blame Liberals for the Rise of Trump  —  There are a few existential questions which man has struggled but failed to answer conclusively, despite Sisyphean efforts, such as: Why are we here?  What happens when we die?  And why do kids go ape for “Frozen”?  —  To these we may add another …
Discussion: Mediaite
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Federal judge blocks Obama's water rule  —  A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration's controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.  —  Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found …
Discussion: ABC News, Power Line, Moe Lane and Forbes
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Enough Is Enough  —  When Donald Trump's security escorted the Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference on Tuesday, I decided that I was officially done.  —  Maybe I should have been long before that.  —  Maybe I should have been done the one and only time I ever met Trump …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Leo Shane III / MilitaryTimes:
DNC site mistakes foreign vets for former U.S. troops  —  Democrats' election outreach efforts to veterans may need to start with a refresher course on what U.S. troops look like.  —  For starters, they don't wear Polish military uniforms.  —  Until Thursday, the Democratic National Committee's …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Eric Cantor to endorse Jeb Bush  —  The former House majority leader will also be named a Virginia state co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign.  —  Eric Cantor, former House majority leader, will endorse Jeb Bush on Thursday evening and will be named a Virginia state co-chair …
Gilad Edelman / Slate:
New York Bagel Places Put Way Too Much Cream Cheese on Their Bagels  —  Why?  —  There's nothing quite like a good New York bagel with cream cheese.  First, you bite through the crisp outer crust; then you move on to the chewy, bubbly crumb; and finally, of course, everything is overpowered by an enormous mouthful of cold white goop.
Noel Johnson / Public Interest Legal Foundation:
Scores of Counties Put on Notice About Corrupted Voter Rolls  —  141 Counties Have More Registered Voters Than People Alive  —  (Alexandria, VA) - August 27.  The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has put 141 counties on notice across the United States that they have more registered voters than people alive.
Asoleycerro / KTLA:
Driver Breaks Into Dance Following Downtown L.A. Pursuit  —  Cameras captured a driver breaking into dance following a pursuit in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.  —  Police attempted to stop the woman for driving erratically near Seventh Street and Towne Avenue around 10:10 p.m …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver, and KFOR-TV
Kboi Web / KBOI 2 News:
Deputies interview a dozen girls named ‘Destiny’ to try and find cliff tagger  —  BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — The Ada County Sheriff's Office is still on the hunt for Destiny's date.  —  In May, someone, perhaps a Treasure Valley student, spray painted “Destiny, Prom?” in the Black Cliffs climbing area outside Boise.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Guardian
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Manson family member Bruce Davis found eligible for parole  —  Bruce Davis, an associate of Charles Manson who was convicted in two of the nine killings tied to the cult, was found Thursday to be eligible for parole, corrections officials said.  —  The finding is now subject to a 120 …
Discussion: LAist
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Ted Cox / DNAinfo Chicago:
Health Professionals Urge Rahm to Step In, End Dyett Hunger Strike
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Brian Leiter / Leiter Reports:
So much for trying to bring philosophy to the public
Statement about Vester Flanagan's employment history at WDBJ7
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Poynter.
Troy Senik / Orange County Register:
The long, slow death of the rule of law in America
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Donna Brazile praises Bush's Katrina response on flight with Obama
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Leaked emails show new Trump aide used to scorn him
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