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11:40 AM ET, August 6, 2015


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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 …
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 …
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.
Adele M. Stan / American Prospect:
Why Jeb Bush's Pitch to the Koch Brothers Should Scare You
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg View:
Obama Puts Fear Before Facts on Iran  —  President Barack Obama took to the airwaves today, aiming to sell Congress and the American people on the wisdom of his nuclear deal with Iran.  He had a case to make but chose not to make it.  He decided instead to cast legitimate criticism of his pact as ignorant warmongering.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama's Lowest Moment Yet?
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
Ari Berman / New York Times:
Why the Voting Rights Act Is Once Again Under Threat  —  IN his opinion for the majority in the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County decision, which struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that “history did not end in 1965.”
Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Patrick Leahy: Restore voting rights
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking and Analysis: 5th Circuit Affirms Texas Voter ID Violates Section 2, Remands on Question …
Gary Levin / USA Today:
Jon Stewart is ending his ‘Daily’ routine  —  After 16-plus years and nearly 2,600 episodes as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has his final Moment of Zen Thursday.  —  He's been media critic, news provider, political scold, truth-teller and guiding spirit …
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.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: GOP Debate Expectations  —  NOTABLES  —  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEBATE NIGHT.  The anticipation is high and the stakes are even higher.  That's the buzz surrounding the first presidential primary debate of the 2016 election cycle today, where the current top 10 …
Discussion: Politico
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?  —  Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an off-hand remark he made about Planned Parenthood.  He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
I've got news for Democrats. It's a baby!
Discussion: and Weekly Standard
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and OnPolitics
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Election model predicts Dem will win  —  A Democrat will win the White House next year by the narrowest of margins, according to a well-known election forecaster.  —  Moody's Analytics is predicting that the Democratic presidential nominee will capture 270 electoral votes in 2016, edging out the Republican nominee's total of 268.
Brendan O'Neill / Reason:
College Codes Make ‘Color Blindness’ a Microaggression  —  The worst thing about college speech codes is how they incite hyper racial consciousness.  —  There are many mad and worrying things about the speech codes spreading across campuses like a contagious brain funk.
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
Shreveport police officer fatally shot  —  A Shreveport police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday night.  —  Early a.m. Thursday update:  —  A Shreveport police officer answering a Wednesday night call was gunned down.  —  Agents from across the region descended …
NIH, FDA tied to fetal tissue firm  —  It's unknown whether Advanced Bioscience Resources got any fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood clinics.  —  Getty  —  One of the companies identified as a fetal tissue supplier in sting videos of Planned Parenthood counts two federal health agencies among …
Discussion: Fox News, and
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Walker: I'm Not The Target Of A Criminal Investigation  —  Denies he's a target in a long-running investigation of his county office.  —  WAUWASOTA, Wisconsin — Governor Scott Walker denied Saturday that he may become a target of a long-running corruption investigation of his Milwaukee County Executive's office.
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Teens, Technology and Friendships
Frank Newport / Gallup:
If the American People Were Running the GOP Debate
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NPR
David French / National Review:
Wisconsin's Shame: the Left Attempts to Discredit a John Doe Victim, but New Audiotape Tells Different Story
Discussion: JSOnline
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
Top GOP donors back Walker, but many remain uncommitted
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Political Wire
USA Today:
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July
 Earlier Items:
Remarks by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
O'Malley: Dems tilting race toward Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
Hollywood Reporter:
TMZ About to Get Taste of Own Bitter Medicine ... From The New Yorker
Discussion: Jezebel
DeAnn Smith / KCTV:
Police: Plea for help with rent payment saves woman from captivity, rape
Discussion: Raw Story