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8:10 AM ET, September 5, 2015


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Hillary Clinton's Favorable Rating One of Her Worst  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dogged by continued scrutiny of her email practices as secretary of state, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's favorability with the American public has sunk to one of its lowest levels in Gallup's 23-year trend.
Heidi Przybyla / USA Today:
Hillary Clinton to take women's issues out of silo
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton: I'm ‘sorry’ the email scandal is confusing to people
Discussion: ABC News
Geoffrey Sant / Slate:
Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit.  —  In April a BMW racing through a fruit market in Foshan in China's Guangdong province knocked down a 2-year-old girl and rolled over her head.  As the girl's grandmother shouted, “Stop!  You've hit a child!” …
New York Times:10 minutes ago
Hillary Clinton Relying on Southern Primaries to Fend Off Rivals  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign is methodically building a political firewall across the South in hopes of effectively locking up the Democratic nomination in March regardless of any early setbacks in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ben Cardin / Washington Post:
Sen. Ben Cardin: I will vote against the Iran deal  —  The writer represents Maryland in the U.S. Senate, where he is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  —  Throughout the process of evaluating the Iran nuclear agreement, I continuously returned to two fundamental questions …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
At West Point, Annual Pillow Fight Becomes Weaponized  —  For generations, freshmen cadets at the United States Military Academy have marked the end of a grueling summer of training with a huge nighttime pillow fight that is billed as a harmless way to blow off steam and build class spirit.
Discussion: Mashable
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Trump has a better answer on Iran than his GOP rivals do.  Seriously.  —  On Morning Joe today, Donald Trump staked out another position that could — or at least should — force a real debate among Republicans that previously might have remained mostly walled off from discussion by GOP orthodoxy.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump blasts Hugh Hewitt as ‘a third-rate radio announcer’
Washington Post:
Clintons personally paid State Department staffer to maintain server  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton and her family personally paid a State Department staffer to maintain the private e-mail server she used while heading the agency, according to an official from Clinton's presidential campaign.
Josh Robin / NY1 News:
Scuffle Between Trump Staffers, Protesters Dims Anticipated Campaign Announcement  —  After hedging on the issue for weeks, Donald Trump is pledging he won't run as an independent candidate should he lose the Republican nomination for President.  The announcement may have been overshadowed by what happened outside, however.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
YouGov poll: 64% want a border fence with Mexico — including pluralities of Dems, blacks, and Hispanics  —  Build it high, build it far, build it fast.  But build it.  —  You know who agrees with me on that?  Everyone.  Yes, even Hispanics.  —  Democrats split 44/43 in favor, the closest any group comes to outright opposition.
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Build a fence with Mexico, not Canada
Steven W Thrasher / Guardian:
Burning Man founder: 'Black folks don't like to camp as much as white folks'  —  Larry Harvey discusses lack of racial diversity and the allegation that Silicon Valley bosses in luxury camps are destroying the festival's egalitarian ethos  —  urning Man founder Larry Harvey has countered criticism …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
John Tierney / KGW-TV:
Marion County judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages  —  Oregon Judge refuses to do same-sex marriages  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - A Marion County judge has refused to perform same-sex marriages and has asked his clerks to refer couples seeking same-sex marriages to other county judges.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders: Scott Walker the biggest loser of the summer  —  <p>It's been a cruel summer for Scott Walker and Martin O'Malley.</p><p> That's the assessment of this week's POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Discussion: Guardian and
New Yorker:
Cover Story: Kanye's 2020 Vision  —  “Kanye West's announcement of his intention to seek the Presidency reminds us that it's not too early to start thinking about the 2020 campaign.  (2016's already old hat by now, anyway),” Barry Blitt says about “2020 Vision,” his cover for next week's issue.
Kerry Eleveld / Daily Kos:
Same-sex marriage still confounding the Republican field  —  Remember when a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage was really going to settle the issue for Republicans so they could focus on other things?  Yeah, not so much, reports Trip Gabriel.
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New York Times:
Migrants Cross Austria Border From Hungary
Discussion: NPR, Mashable and The Gateway Pundit
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Utah Law School Celebrates Opening Of New Building With Audacious Goal: 100% Bar Passage, 100% Professional Employment
Discussion: Above the Law
New York Times:
Australia's Brutal Treatment of Migrants
Discussion: Mashable and Guardian
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Perfect Timing: Obama Administration Gives $1 Million In Grants To Planned Parenthood
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Inside the wild ride that landed The Washington Post on K Street
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter.
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