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11:10 AM ET, July 15, 2015

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Nick Gass / Politico:
Donald Trump: I don't know why I'm meeting Ted Cruz  —  Donald Trump is meeting with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Manhattan on Wednesday, though he claimed in an interview on MSNBC that he does not know why.  —  “Ted Cruz called me.  And I don't know why I'm meeting him, to be honest …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Trump's popularity spikes among Republicans  —  Donald Trump's popularity has surged among Republicans after dominating several news cycles with his anti-illegal immigration rhetoric, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  Nearly six in 10 — 57 percent …
USA Today:
Poll: Trump leads the GOP field but falters against Clinton
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Trump's Popularity Rises, Still 2-1 Negative, While Clinton Regains Positive Territory (POLL)
Discussion: Politico
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to meet Wednesday in New York
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Catherine Lucey / Des Moines Register:
Behind in the polls, Martin O'Malley looks to Iowa
Discussion: Phantom Public
Washington Post:
Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research  —  Editor's note: Contains graphic language.  The Center for Medical Progress released a video that allegedly shows a Planned Parenthood executive talking about selling fetal organs.  (The Center for Medical Progress)
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Planned Parenthood:
Statement from Planned Parenthood on New Undercover Video  —  Statement from Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:  —  “In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs …
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Live Action Puts Out Another Titillating but Misleading Video About Planned Parenthood  —  The conservative media is a-flutter thinking they have a “gotcha” against Planned Parenthood: a video supposedly exposing the organization for “selling” fetal body parts, which is against the law.
Politico:
Revenge of Citizens United  —  Republicans could barely contain their glee when the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision cleared the way for unlimited spending in political campaigns.  —  But now — headed into a crowded presidential primary that promises to be longer …
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Julie Bykowicz / Associated Press:
Presidential Election Already Fueled by $377 Million  —  The 2016 presidential contest is barely underway, and already donors have poured some $377 million into it, an Associated Press review shows.  —  The first peek behind the fundraising curtain comes by midnight Wednesday …
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
C-SPAN to preempt first GOP debate  —  C-SPAN is partnering with a handful of regional newspapers in early-voting states for a nationally televised forum with the Republican presidential candidates just days before Fox News Channel's first scheduled debate.  —  The network has invited all 17 …
Doug Powers / MichelleMalkin.com:
Appease in Our Time: Nuke deal reached with Iran; Kerry apologizes for the sanctions  —  The administration that has been wrong on just about everything is patting themselves on the back for reaching a nuke agreement with Iran after successfully killing off the definition of the word “deadline”:
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Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Nuke Deal Helps Qasem Soleimani, The Top Iranian General With ‘American Blood on His Hands’
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The next GOP president won't walk away from the Iran deal.  Here's why.  —  Now that we have a nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans are jostling each other to determine who can make the most angry and apocalyptic statements about it.  —  Scott Walker said it “will be remembered as one of America's worst diplomatic failures.”
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Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Far Worse Than Munich
Nick Gass / Politico:
Dick Cheney: Iran deal makes ‘actual use of nuclear weapons’ more likely
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McConnell: No timeline for ObamaCare repeal  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he does not have a timeline for using reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare, but indicated that Republicans would look to roll back as much of the law as they can.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP senators challenge Ted Cruz book claims
Los Angeles Times:
This is the video Gardena police didn't want you to see  —  In the two years since Gardena police officers fatally shot an unarmed man, city officials fought to keep graphic video of the killing under wraps.  —  The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars …
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Los Angeles Times:
Videos of Gardena police shooting of unarmed men are made public
Discussion: Guardian
Electa Draper / Denver Post:
10th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Catholic sisters offering elder care in case over contraception mandate  —  The Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, who sued to avoid complying with the Obamacare contraception mandate, lost Tuesday in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals …
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Becket Fund:
Court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly charged with indecent exposure, trespassing  —  A 39-year-old state lawmaker from Bethesda was arrested in late June and charged with indecent exposure and trespassing after a dispute at the home of her ex-husband, according to court records.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton … A few minutes before my meeting with Hillary Clinton on the Fourth of July, during my drive to the Mount Washington hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., where she was staying, I passed a moose near the side of the road.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Emily Smith / Page Six:
George Lopez in talks to replace Trump on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’  —  George Lopez is in talks with NBC to take over as the face of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” after the network severed ties with Donald Trump over his comments about Mexicans.  —  Representatives for the Mexican-American comedian …
Discussion: CNNMoney, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg Business:
Google to Offer Internet Service for Free in White House Program  —  Google Inc. and other companies will offer free or low-cost Internet service to more than 275,000 low-income households as part of President Barack Obama's effort to expand U.S. broadband service, the White House said.
Discussion: The Verge
Jessica Roy / New York Magazine:
Lena Dunham Tries to Cement Her Guru Status  —  A weekly newsletter called Lenny will land in your inbox in September.  —  Shares  —  Pin It  —  The Lena Dunham experience is getting another brand extension: Starting in September, Dunham will add “newsletter publisher” to her résumé …
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Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed:
Lena Dunham Is Launching A Newsletter For Young Women
Discussion: CNNMoney, Guardian, Mediaite and Mashable
 
 
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Jack Ewing / New York Times:
I.M.F. Demands Greece Debt Relief as Condition for Bailout
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Associated Press:
Emails: NC board member involved in disputed voting plan
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Reuters:
Mexico shows security footage of Guzman moments before he disappeared into tunnel
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Top GOP Donors Form New Mystery PAC Focused on 2016
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP crafts Iran deal attack plan
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Ball / The Atlantic:
Why the Saudis Are Going Solar  —  Prince Turki bin Saud bin …
Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
TSA's response to criticism: Longer airport lines
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Daily Mail:
Knifeman shouting ‘Allah is great’ …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Obama calls for criminal justice system reform
Ben Dreyfuss / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Just Tweeted a Campaign Ad Featuring What Look Like Nazi Soldiers
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Hullabaloo