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Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Bill Clinton Sought State Department OK For Paid Speeches Related to North Korea, Congo, New E-mails Show  —  ABC News has obtained State Department e-mails that shed light on Bill Clinton's lucrative speaking engagements and show he and the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval …
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Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton Camp Claims It's Already Secured One-Fifth the Delegates Needed for Nomination  —  As Hillary Clinton's campaign seeks to project dominance in a field that could soon include Vice President Joe Biden, her top advisers are touting a decisive edge on a little-discussed metric: superdelegate commitments.
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Hillary: ‘Party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump’  —  Hillary Clinton is taking aim at the Republican presidential front-runner, proclaiming Friday that “the party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.”  —  In a fiery speech to the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
America Is So in Play  —  In The Wall Street Journal, columnist Peggy Noonan says America is so in play—Donald Trump's staying power in the polls reflects a change in the electorate only now coming into focus.
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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.
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
MSNBC Panel Excoriates Hillary Over ‘Absolutely Disgusting’ Remarks: ‘If a Republican Did This, the World Would Come to a Halt’  —  MSNBC's “Morning Joe” panel strongly criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's comments comparing Republicans to terrorist groups over their views on women.
Discussion: The Hill
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Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump: 'I'm The King Of The Tax Code!'  (VIDEO)  —  Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump reminded us of his business prowess, calling himself “king of the tax code” during a Friday morning interview with MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sarah Palin to interview Donald Trump, Jeb Bush
Discussion: Liberal Values and TheBlaze.com
Nick Gass / Politico:   Trump explains why he's hitting Jeb harder than other rivals
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
Owen Labrie, Former Student at Elite Prep School, Acquitted of Felony Sexual Assault  —  A former New Hampshire prep school student accused of raping a freshman girl as part of a campus tradition was acquitted Friday of the most serious charges against him.  —  Owen Labrie, now 19 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
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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: Weasel Zippers and FOX31 Denver
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 WTKR-TV
Philip Messing / New York Post:
Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom  —  A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
A D.C. appeals court has lifted an injunction against the NSA phone call records program  —  An appeals court in the District of Columbia has lifted an injunction against the National Security Agency's call records program on grounds that the plaintiff has not proved his own phone records were collected and so lacks standing to sue.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Allows NSA Data Collection Program To Continue Unimpeded
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
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.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Ben Carson: There's a 'war on what's inside of women, but not a war on women'
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Source: FBI ‘A-team’ leading ‘serious’ Clinton server probe, focusing on defense info  —  An FBI “A-team” is leading the “extremely serious” investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
ESPN IS A JOURNALISTIC EMBARRASSMENT  —  ESPN - what happened to you?  Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!  —  By picking and choosing who they'll tolerate and who they'll try to destroy, ESPN has zero credibility as a sound and reasonable media outlet.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA!  STAY OUT OF MY BIBLE  —  WTH?  Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual “gotchas” that they'd NEVER ask Hillary, or they'd feed the question to her and/or liberal cohorts before they asked it on-air (we know how these things work, lapdog media... the public's on to you) …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President  —  Will China's stock crash trigger another global financial crisis?  Probably not.  Still, the big market swings of the past week have been a reminder that the next president may well have to deal with some of the same problems that faced George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
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.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Clinton: Republicans Want to Round Up Illegal Immigrants, Shove Them in Boxcars  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once again took aim at her Republican rivals Friday afternoon, accusing them during a press conference of wanting to round up illegal immigrants and throw them in trains.
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell  —  Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had been held in Virginia jail without bail for nearly four months, accused of stealing a Mountain Dew, Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake  —  A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth …
 
 
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The Local:
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Discussion: Refinery29
Lindsey Hilsum / Guardian:
Hungarian police arrest driver of lorry that had 71 dead migrants inside
Discussion: RedState