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12:10 PM ET, August 28, 2015

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New York Post:
Reporter's everyday comments deemed racist by on-air killer  —  Innocent comments made by slain reporter Alison Parker (left) incited Vester Lee Flanagon's racism fueled shooting.  —  ROANOKE, Va. — The words are a part of everyday conversation — “swinging” by an address and going out in the “field.”
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump explains why he's hitting Jeb harder than other rivals  —  <p>Donald Trump explained his attacks toward Jeb Bush on Friday, saying that he had taken for granted that the former governor of Florida was going to be his chief rival.</p><p>Asked to answer why he has continually referred …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Donald Trump Weighing Whether to Sign Pledge to Back Republicans' Eventual Nominee  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Donald J. Trump said in an interview on Thursday that he would soon decide whether to sign a pledge to support the ultimate Republican presidential nominee, something the South Carolina Republican Party …
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Enough Is Enough  —  When Donald Trump's security escorted …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Brings His Insult Show to South Carolina
Politico:
The Invincible Trump  —  As the controversies pile up, Trump's favorability soars.  —  What hasn't killed Donald Trump has only made him stronger.  —  Right off the bat, there was the shocking statement about the Mexican government sending over immigrant “rapists.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
Donald Trump Says He and ‘Friend’ Ted Cruz Are ‘Doing Something Very Big Over the Next Two Weeks in Washington’
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Carson: There's a war on 'what's inside of women'  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is dismissing the notion that there is a “war on women,” saying the real war is on “what's inside of women.”  —  “They tell you that there's a war on women,” Carson said at a rally in Little Rock, Ark. on Thursday.
Discussion: Political Wire
WATE-TV:
UT Knoxville encourages students to use gender-neutral pronouns  —  KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee is asking students to use “ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.”  —  No, those words are not another language.  They're actually the gender-neutral singular versions of pronouns.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and KFOR-TV
S. E. Cupp / Townhall.com:
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: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Shawnmcginnis / KTLA:
Lake Elsinore Man Bitten While Taking Selfie With Rattlesnake  —  A Lake Elsinore man could lose his hand after being bitten by a rattlesnake he was holding and taking pictures with, family members said Thursday.  —  Alex Gomez found the 4 foot long snake behind his home on Monday and decided to pick it up.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and WTVR-TV
Kathryn Rubino / Above the Law:
The Ninth Circuit Hearts John Oliver  —  It was only earlier this week that I was thanking the heavens for John Oliver's unique brand of humor and ability to brighten the dog days of summer.  Apparently I'm not the only one that appreciates his work.  —  Judging by her recent decision …
ABC News:
Virginia On-Air Shooting: Survivor's Harrowing Tale of Facing Down Gunman  —  The woman who survived the horrific on-air shooting that left two journalists dead in Virginia earlier this week gave her husband a harrowing account of the fusillade.  —  Tim Gardner told ABC News that his wife …
Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
Dan Merica / CNN:
On women's health, Clinton compares Republicans to ‘terrorist groups’  —  Cleveland (CNN)Hillary Clinton compared Republican presidential candidates who hold conservative views on abortion and women's reproductive rights to “terrorist groups” in a Cleveland speech on Thursday.
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Wants to Raise His Own Taxes, But Would He Kill the 1031 Real Estate Break?  —  Billionaire Donald Trump, who built his fortune in real estate, told Bloomberg Politics this week that he wants to raise his own taxes.  One way to do it is a bipartisan proposal that would blow …
Discussion: Washington Post
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Peggy Noonan's Dominican Friend, Cesar, Works at the Deli Counter  —  If there is anyone able to understand the vast and ever-changing cultural diversity of this sprawling nation of ours, it is elderly white Reaganite Peggy Noonan, who once met a Mexican.  Now, mi amigos, she has met a Dominican as well.
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 …
Erick Erickson / Townhall.com:
RIP GOP  —  In 1854, confronted by the moral evil of slavery and the inability of the Whigs to provide clarity against it, the Republican Party formed.  Whig Party leaders either shifted their party allegiances or quit politics altogether.  Even Abraham Lincoln got out of politics for a time.
Discussion: Bearing Drift
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Many Psychology Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says  —  The past several years have been bruising ones for the credibility of the social sciences.  A star social psychologist was caught fabricating data, leading to more than 50 retracted papers.  A top journal published a study supporting the existence of ESP.
The Local:
German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves  —  For many, opening the cupboard to find someone else in your family or flatshare has finished the Nutella jar is the stuff of nightmares.  But one man in Germany has come up with a way to help Nutella lovers protect their hoard from wandering spoons and fingers.
Discussion: Refinery29
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Eric Cantor to endorse Bush  —  Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will endorse Jeb Bush's presidential bid and join his campaign as a Virginia co-chair, Bush's campaign confirmed to The Hill.  —  A source close to Cantor added that the former majority leader will appear alongside Bush during …
Discussion: Bearing Drift and Instapundit
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Tom Lyden / KMSP:
Minnesota terror suspect gets a Class A trucking license  —  Amir Meshal at Interstate Truck Driving School in South St. Paul, Minn.  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - A Minnesota man, who Homeland Security identifies as a terror suspect who is on the “No Fly” list, now has his Class A commercial license …
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice of Few Words, Some Not His Own
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Duane Dudek / The Dudek Abides:
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CNN:
4 dead, others missing after Tropical Storm Erika's deluge hits Dominica
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New York Times:
The Latest: Greece Rescues 665 Migrants Off Its Islands
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Kerry pressures Iran to release former Marine from ‘unjust detention’
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Lindsey Hilsum / Guardian:
Hungarian police arrest driver of lorry that had 71 dead migrants inside
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Jordan Golson / Wired:
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10 Questions for President Obama About Iran
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NBC News:
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Gilad Edelman / Slate:
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