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9:05 AM ET, August 6, 2015


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid  —  Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House …
New York Post:
FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is ‘criminal probe’  —  The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsecured e-mail account is not just a fact-finding venture — it's a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.
Yahoo Politics:
Whether or not Biden runs, Clinton has a problem  —  Even to those who dismiss him, Vice President Joe Biden is as real and authentic as they come.  (Photo: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx via Getty Images)  —  I spent a few hours this week, in my service to all of you, trying to determine …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama's Lowest Moment Yet?  —  Today President Obama gave a speech at American University, urging acceptance of his nuclear deal with Iran.  It was the usual exercise in deception and demagoguery, and he skated up to the edge of accusing opponents of the deal-a majority of Americans, apparently-of treason.
Bloomberg View:
Obama Puts Fear Before Facts on Iran
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
It's Either Iran Nuclear Deal or ‘Some Sort of War,’ Obama Warns
Rep. Lloyd Doggett / The Hill:
The Hill's Whip List: House Dems divided on Iran deal
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:
Full text: Obama gives a speech about the Iran nuclear deal
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
I've got news for Democrats.  It's a baby!  —  Democrats on wrong side of history when it comes to Planned Parenthood's crimes against innocent unborn.  —  Democrats like to talk about the importance of being on the “right side of history.”  This phrase was invoked frequently during the same-sex marriage debate.
Discussion: and Weekly Standard
Set of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ To Be Donated to the Newseum  —  Jon Stewart at his desk on the set of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”  (Courtesy “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart")  —  The Newseum will acquire the set of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” following Stewart's final appearance …
How Jeb and the GOP got trumped  —  The establishment wanted a sweet '16, not a 17-candidate pileup.  Here's what happened.  —  SHARES  —  Jeb Bush, the man who would be frontrunner, was as surprised as anybody when Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 presidential race in June.
Discussion: Political Wire
Adele M. Stan / American Prospect:
Why Jeb Bush's Pitch to the Koch Brothers Should Scare You
Discussion: Politico
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking and Analysis: 5th Circuit Affirms Texas Voter ID Violates Section 2, Remands on Question of Discriminatory Purpose  —  A unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued an opinion which is a great (but not complete) victory for those challenging Texas's strict voter id law.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Appeals Court Rules That Texas Voter ID Law Violates Federal Voting Rights Act
Bobby Blanchard / Trail Blazers Blog:
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Fox News Moderators Look for Ways to Keep 10 Candidates on Their Toes  —  CLEVELAND — Just over 24 hours before the first Republican primary debate here, more than a dozen Fox News executives and producers gathered Wednesday with their debate moderators — Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch  —  Several rival campaigns say they're expecting Donald Trump to be on his best behavior.  But they have contingency plans just in case he's not.  —  CLEVELAND — It's one of the most anticipated Republican primary debates in decades …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump's Biggest Debate Challenge Is Donald Trump  —  The actual ideology of Donald Trump remains a topic of considerable debate—he was pro-choice and for an assault weapon ban, he's now pro-life and against all gun control, just for starters—but one thing remains clear: As a politician, he is a nihilist.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Cybersecurity Bill Is Latest to Be Delayed in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate headed into its August recess on Wednesday without voting on a cybersecurity bill, adding it to a contentious to-do list for September that includes a push to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal and a spending fight mired in abortion politics.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The Republican Road Block Ahead
Howard Schultz / New York Times:
America Deserves a Servant Leader  —  FROM the earliest days of Starbucks, I've been captivated by the art of leadership.  I was mentored over three decades by Warren G. Bennis, the eminent professor and scholar on leadership.  I've gathered insights from peers, and I've drawn inspiration from our 300,000 employees.
Discussion: Business Insider
Big GOP donors uncommitted before debate  —  Cash begins to flow in a race expected to be dominated by the ultra-wealthy like never before.  —  Politico Illustration / iStock images  —  The son of a Texas congressman, a CEO of an energy company and a Dallas entrepreneur together have shelled …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Political Wire
John Hersey / New Yorker:
I—A NOISELESS FLASH  —  At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place …
Discussion: The Verge
Hollywood Reporter:
TMZ About to Get Taste of Own Bitter Medicine ... From The New Yorker  —  The magazine is finalizing a year-in-the-making story on the Warner Bros.-owned celebrity news site and its hyper-aggressive honcho Harvey Levin, and he — and WB — are very nervous.
Discussion: Jezebel
USA Today:
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July  —  One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members, company executives tell USA TODAY.  —  “We're thrilled with the numbers so far,” says Eddy Cue …
Discussion: Mashable, Guardian and The Verge
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Hollywood Reporter:
Pope Francis Invites Oprah, Ari Emanuel to the Vatican
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Week
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Donald Trump's Debate Game Plan: Wing It
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Brendan O'Neill / Reason:
College Codes Make ‘Color Blindness’ a Microaggression
Discussion: Spectator
First Draft / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders to Visit Liberty University, a Rare Venue for a Democratic Campaign
Remarks by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
O'Malley: Dems tilting race toward Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
DeAnn Smith / KCTV:
Police: Plea for help with rent payment saves woman from captivity, rape
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathleen Hogan / The Official Microsoft Blog:
The employee experience at Microsoft: Aligning benefits to our culture
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Steve King Says It's Legal, So I Tried To Marry My Lawnmower
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly