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4:10 PM ET, August 2, 2015


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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Donald Trump Surges in New NBC News/WSJ Poll  —  Days before the first Republican debate, Donald Trump has surged into the national lead in the GOP primary race, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush following, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll shows.
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Trump builds his political machine  —  Donald Trump is assembling a team of political strategists and campaign staffers charged with sustaining his lead in the Republican presidential polls.  —  While strategists say Trump still got a ways to go to catch up to his rivals for the White House …
Discussion: Politico
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Leads Republican Presidential Pack, WSJ/NBC Poll Finds  —  Share of GOP voters choosing Mr. Trump as their first and second choice rises, despite controversial statements  —  Donald Trump has jumped to the front of Republicans' 2016 presidential candidate field nationally …
ABC News:
Donald Trump Plays Down Expectations, Says 'I'm Not a Debater'  —  Republican presidential contender Donald Trump played down expectations for the first GOP debate slated for Thursday, saying “I'm not a debater” and he would not be “throwing punches” against his opponents on the stage.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Mail
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Trump leaves door open to third-party run
Discussion: ABC News
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Debate standings: Perry in 11th place
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NBC News
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Donald Trump  —  ANNOUNCER: Starting right now on ABC's THIS WEEK, breaking news — new debris found.  —  Is it from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and will it help pinpoint where the plane went down?  —  Crunch time — Donald Trump surging in the polls, ahead of the crucial first GOP debate.
Discussion: Slantpoint and The Week
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Trump: Compared To Chopping Off Heads, 'Waterboarding Doesn't Sound Very Severe'  —  More tough talk about of the GOP's leading carnival barker, Donald Trump.  —  From ABC's This Week:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan With His Legacy in Mind  —  WASHINGTON — In the strongest action ever taken in the United States to combat climate change, President Obama will unveil on Monday a set of environmental regulations devised to sharply cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
White House set to adopt sweeping curbs on carbon pollution
Discussion: Facebook and Slantpoint
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Charles Koch: ‘Life or death struggle for our country’  —  Kicking off a donor seminar, the billionaire casts reckless foreign policy and overspending as bipartisan problems.  —  DANA POINT, Calif. - Charles Koch, in a Saturday evening speech welcoming major donors and leading Republicans …
Fox News:
Seattle CEO who set firm's minimum wage to $70G says he has hit hard times  —  The Seattle CEO who reaped a publicity bonanza when he boosted the salaries of his employees to a minimum of $70,000 a year says he has fallen on hard times.  —  Dan Price, 31, tells the New York Times that things …
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Overdoses suspected in deaths of 2 women at HARD Summer music festival  —  Two 19-year-old women died of suspected drug overdoses after collapsing at the HARD Summer music festival at the Fairplex in Pomona, authorities said Sunday.  —  Both women were found unresponsive at the festival Saturday evening …
Discussion: KTLA and 89.3 KPCC
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel  —  While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran's religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.
Todd Martin / Los Angeles Times:
UFC 190 results: Ronda Rousey beats Bethe Correia; ‘Shogun’ Rua gets past Nogueira  —  UFC 190 takes place Saturday night from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is headlined by a UFC women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Bethe Correia.
Discussion: Mashable and Sun-Times National
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Philip Elliott / TIME:
Scott Walker Still Isn't Sure If President Obama Is Christian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge wants Clinton certification on emails
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Congress balks at lifeline for Puerto Rico
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Texas sheriff refuses to turn over jailhouse video after 32-year-old gay man dies of ‘natural causes’
Discussion: theGrio and
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Crime wave grips Central Park
Discussion: Daily Mail
Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
Desert Storm, the Last Classic War
Kristen Green / The Atlantic:
Prince Edward County's Long Shadow of Segregation
Associated Press:
Biden for President? Allies Mulling Clinton Challenge
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Politico
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
The Unbearable Nuttiness of Mike Huckabee