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12:00 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.
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.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Maloney becomes sixth NY Dem to oppose Iran deal  —  Rep. Carolyn Maloney announced Thursday she will oppose the Iran nuclear agreement.  —  She is the sixth New York House Democrat to publicly oppose the deal.  —  “There are strong arguments for and against the agreement but …
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 …
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: Raw Story and CofCC
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: Power Line, ABC News, Moe Lane and Forbes
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
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
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 …
Shadia Nasralla / Reuters:
Iran may have built extension at disputed military site: U.N. nuclear watchdog  —  Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran's past atomic activity.
Statement about Vester Flanagan's employment history at WDBJ7  —  Vester Flanagan was employed by WDBJ7 as a reporter between March 2012 and February 2013.Flanagan applied for the position using the air name of Bryce Williams.  As part of WDBJ's standard protocol his background check resulted in positive references.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Poynter.
Rick Madonik / Toronto Star:
Disabled man told subsidized housing is for Muslims only  —  City subsidizes 10 affordable housing buildings that only take residents from a certain ethnic, religious or cultural group.  —  Austin Lewis, 21, on Merton Street where he currently lives.  Lewis has been rejected for subsidized housing at a unit because he is not Muslim.
Mike Wynn / Courier-Journal:
Gay couple turned away 3rd time by Rowan clerk  —  MOREHEAD, Ky. James Yates and William Smith Jr. left the Rowan County Courthouse on Thursday, frustrated that clerks have now refused them a marriage license for third time.  —  The couple said they felt that Rowan Clerk Kim Davis was obligated …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Trump Dons Glasses, Reads The NYT And Proves His Hair Is Real  —  Donald Trump put on quite a show during a campaign speech in Greenville, South Carolina, on Thursday, where he read The New York Times from the podium and asked someone to join him on stage to inspect his hair.
Ted Cox / DNAinfo Chicago:
Health Professionals Urge Rahm to Step In, End Dyett Hunger Strike  —  CITY HALL — Local health professionals threw their support behind the Dyett High School hunger strikers Thursday and urged the mayor to step in and end the impasse.  —  “This is truly an emergency,” said Dr. Linda Rae Murray …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Leaked emails show new Trump aide used to scorn him  —  Leaked emails show that the Iowan who is Donald Trump's new national co-chairman was throwing bombs at him as recently as last month, expressing grave misgivings about the authenticity of Trump's religious faith and his conservatism.
NBC News:
The Inside Story of the Takedown of Prison Escapee Richard Matt  —  It seemed like just another false alarm.  —  Three weeks after inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from an upstate New York prison, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol unit brought into the hunt for the fugitives jumped …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Mediaite
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Gilad Edelman / Slate:
New York Bagel Places Put Way Too Much Cream Cheese on Their Bagels
Brian Leiter / Leiter Reports:
So much for trying to bring philosophy to the public
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Manson family member Bruce Davis found eligible for parole
Discussion: LAist
Troy Senik / Orange County Register:
The long, slow death of the rule of law in America
Discussion: Instapundit
Laura Nahmias / Politico:
After on-air killings, de Blasio calls for stronger gun laws, mental health services
Discussion: ABC News, KLFY-TV and Guardian
Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:
New Boss on Construction Sites Is a Drone
Discussion: alicublog and Mashable
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Donna Brazile praises Bush's Katrina response on flight with Obama
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Fars News Agency:
Iran Underlines Strong Support for Palestinian Hamas
Tim Duy / Tim Duy's Fed Watch:
Dudley Puts The Kibosh On September
Usain Bolt wiped out by cameraman on Segway when celebrating 200m gold
Discussion: Mediaite and BizPac Review
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Lessons From the Murders of TV Journalists in the Virginia Shooting
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The havoc that Trump wreaks