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2:35 PM ET, August 28, 2015


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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.
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.”
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.”
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump explains why he's hitting Jeb harder than other rivals
Discussion: Political Wire
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Donald Trump Weighing Whether to Sign Pledge to Back Republicans' Eventual Nominee
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Enough Is Enough  —  When Donald Trump's security escorted …
Discussion: Slantpoint
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.
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.
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.
Erick Erickson /
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Petition urges retailer to pull ‘Lion-Killer Dentist’ costumes  —  Halloween costumes are already creating controversies, more than two months before Oct. 31.  —  A petition currently circulating the web is calling for an online retailer to remove a costume that critics say mocks and profits …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Allows NSA Data Collection Program To Continue Unimpeded  —  The three-judge panel, each writing a separate opinion, all agree that the 2013 trial court decision finding the post-9/11 program likely to be unconstitutional went too far.  —  Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images
Discussion: Hit & Run
Digital / Bridge Project:
NEW REPORT: Ten Years Later: A Look Back On The Koch Brothers & Hurricane Katrina  —  As the country marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that came with it, Bridge Project is releasing a report that delves into Koch Industries' role in the most expensive natural disaster in American history.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Black Lives Matter activists disrupt Bowser speech on how to stop killings  —  Anger over a rising murder rate and the District's response to it boiled over into a shouting match Thursday as Mayor Muriel E. Bowser struggled to tell a crowd about a new initiative to fight crime while being shouted down by protesters.
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
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
Lindsey Hilsum / Guardian:
Hungarian police arrest driver of lorry that had 71 dead migrants inside  —  Four detained after death toll in Austrian motorway tragedy is raised from initial estimate of about 50 victims  —  Hungarian police have arrested the driver of a lorry found on an Austrian motorway with the decomposing bodies …
Discussion: RedState
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Rick Perlstein / Talking Points Memo:
Jimmy Carter: Prophetic President
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Police: Help us identify the ‘Portland Pooper’
Discussion: Daily Mail, Slantpoint and Mediaite
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
SUBWAY FRANCHISEE: I told Subway about Jared Fogle's interest in kids, and they did nothing
Discussion: Mediaite, KFOR-TV and Shakesville
David Alexander / Reuters:
Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice of Few Words, Some Not His Own
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Wants to Raise His Own Taxes, But Would He Kill the 1031 Real Estate Break?
Discussion: New Republic and Washington Post
Dan Merica / CNN:
On women's health, Clinton compares Republicans to ‘terrorist groups’
 Earlier Items: 
The Local:
German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves
Discussion: Refinery29
Jordan Golson / Wired:
Welcome to the World, Drone-Killing Laser Cannon
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo and Vox Popoli
The Invincible Trump  —  As the controversies pile up, Trump's favorability soars.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
S. E. Cupp /
Blame Liberals for the Rise of Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite