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8:10 AM ET, August 31, 2015

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Washington Post:
What happened to Scott Walker?  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged into the top tier of the Republican presidential race with a fiery speech in the depths of winter in Iowa.  But his candidacy has wilted in the heat of a summer dominated by Donald Trump, with loyalists and supporters …
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Scott Walker: U.S.-Canada wall a ‘legitimate’ idea  —  Washington (CNN)It's not just the southern border: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says it's “legitimate” to discuss building a wall separating the United States from Canada, as well.  —  The Republican presidential contender said the idea …
Alexandra Jaffe / NBC News:
Scott Walker: Politicians ‘Trying To Distract’ With Birthright Citizenship
Discussion: Slate, Mashable and Guardian
By Thr / Hollywood Reporter:
He directed ‘Scream’ and the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ films.  —  Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer.  He was 76.  —  Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump is set to blow up GOP orthodoxy — again  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration.  Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Hot Air
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Donald Trump, Traitor to His Class  —  THE Donald Trump phenomenon is a great gift to pundits because it can be analyzed and criticized in so many different ways.  But two shorthands seem particularly useful.  First, Trump is essentially using the Republican primary to run a third-party campaign, not a right-wing insurgency.
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Erica Martinson / Anchorage Daily News:
President Obama OKs renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali  —  It's official: Denali is now the mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley.  —  With the approval of President Barack Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has signed a “secretarial order” to officially change the name …
Discussion: Twitchy, NBC News and The PJ Tatler
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Anger builds at EPA over radioactive landfill  —  Leaders in a St. Louis suburb are urgently calling on top Obama administration officials to quickly clean up a landfill with radioactive waste that they believe could catch fire.  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State to release largest batch of Clinton emails so far  —  <p>The roiling controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state looks likely to intensify Monday with the State Department set to release the largest batch of her messages made public thus far.</p><p …
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Heckuva Job  —  There are many things we should remember about the events of late August and early September 2005, and the political fallout shouldn't be near the top of the list.  Still, the disaster in New Orleans did the Bush administration a great deal of damage …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Economic Progress is More Effective Than Protests  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates and the new wave of black nationalists are selling a line that is inimical to real racial progress in America.  —  The election of Barack Obama promised to inaugurate the dawn of a post-racial America.
Bloomberg Business:
Islamic State Flips Gold Coins to Break Fed ‘Enslavement’  —  ‘Return of the gold dinar’ follows battlefield setbacks  —  Gold likely to have been seized from banks, stores, Christians  —  Forget the printing press.  In readying for the rollout of Islamic State's new money, goldsmiths and silver smelters have been toiling away.
Discussion: LewRockwell and Blogs of War
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Larry Kudlow Says He Would Challenge Blumenthal Over Iran Deal  —  Blumenthal is undecided on the Iran deal.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he's talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Sanders: ‘I can get beyond the noise’ to pass gun rules  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is arguing that his record makes him the best qualified presidential candidate to push through new limits on guns.  —  Despite criticism that the independent Vermonter has been to the right of many liberals on gun rules …
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Sen Bernie Sanders on gun control: “I do not accept the fact that I have been weak on this issue.
 
 
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Senator Jeff Merkley / Medium:
My Statement on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Discussion: The Hill, PoliticusUSA, NPR and Guardian
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
This is climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Missing hiker found injured but alive after nine days in Sierra National Forest
Discussion: Scared Monkeys