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2:25 PM ET, July 7, 2016


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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Five panels to grill FBI on Clinton  —  Furious congressional Republicans are launching a multipronged attack against the FBI and Hillary Clinton  —  A total of five congressional committees will either hold hearings with high-profile law enforcement officials over the next week …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Rigged 101  —  The conspiracy theory about Donald Trump is that he intends to throw the election to Hillary Clinton.  Well, maybe Hillary wants to throw it right back.  —  Trump and Clinton are engaged in a stirring contest over who is least unworthy of occupying the presidency …
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Comey: Hillary's FBI Testimony Wasn't Under Oath Or Recorded, But It Would Still Be a Crime To Lie  —  During testimony before Congress on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey stated that the FBI's interview with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Will House Republicans overplay their hand on Hillary Clinton?
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
FBI didn't record Clinton interview, did not administer sworn oath
Discussion: Allen B. West
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Comey sharply rejects idea that FBI coordinated with others on Clinton probe
Discussion: The Resurgent
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton: Ma'am Survivor
Mother Jones:
House Republicans Call for Another FBI Investigation of Clinton and Her Emails
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
FBI Director Destroys Donald Trump Talking Point That Hillary Was Worse Than Petraeus
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:   Cummings Slams GOPers For Putting Comey ‘On Trial’ For Clinton Decision
Nick Gass / Politico:   Comey challenges truthfulness of Clinton's email defenses
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Comey Defends His Decision On Clinton Emails: ‘Nobody’ Would Bring This Case
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:   Rep. Chaffetz Calls On FBI To Investigate Whether Hillary Clinton Lied Under Oath
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump, seeking GOP unity, has tense meeting with Senate Republicans  —  Donald Trump's private meeting Thursday with Senate Republicans - designed to foster greater party unity ahead of the national convention in Cleveland — grew combative as the presumptive presidential nominee admonished three senators …
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Manages To Give Some House GOPers More Heartburn In Hill Meeting  —  He arrived 20 minutes late.  —  Then presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump addressed the House GOP's rank and file in a standing-room-only meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
NBC News:
First Read: Trump Can't Stay on Message, and It's a Problem for the GOP  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  Trump can't stay on message, and that's a problem
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Trump blasts media in meeting with House Republicans
Discussion: Politico, and Joe.My.God.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Trump to Sasse: ‘You must want Hillary’
Sdswanson / WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Police Fatally Shoot Man During Traffic Stop, Aftermath Video Posted  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 32-year-old man has died after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Falcon Heights.  —  Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, says he died at Hennepin County Medical Center after 11 p.m.
Washington Post:
Minn. cop fatally shoots man during traffic stop, aftermath broadcast on Facebook  —  A Minnesota traffic stop turned deadly Wednesday evening as a police officer opened fire on a driver.  —  The victim, 32-year-old Philando Castile, died at a Minneapolis hospital, a family member told The Washington Post.
Lavish Reynolds / Facebook:
Pat Pheifer / Star Tribune:
Aftermath of Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting captured on phone video
Woman live-streams aftermath of fatal officer-involved shooting
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Would Donald Trump Quit if He Wins the Election?  He Doesn't Rule It Out  —  The traditional goal of a presidential nominee is to win the presidency and then serve as president.  —  Donald J. Trump is not a traditional candidate for president.  —  Presented in a recent interview with a scenario …
David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Poll sees Hillary Clinton trouncing Donald Trump in California
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump plays coy when asked if he'll serve as president
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kurt Schlichter /   You Need To Suck It Up And Vote For Trump
New York Times:
In a Defiant, Angry Speech, Donald Trump Defends Image Seen as Anti-Semitic  —  Donald J. Trump on Wednesday offered a defiant defense of his campaign's decision to publish an image widely viewed as anti-Semitic — saying he regretted deleting it — and vigorously reaffirmed his praise of Saddam Hussein, the murderous Iraqi dictator.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump: Star of David issue has ‘been very much resolved’
Discussion: BuzzFeed, WKRC and RedState
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump's son-in-law under fire from family  —  Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's Jewish son-in-law and increasingly a power player atop his presidential campaign, was an obvious choice to publicly defend the candidate this week amid a firestorm over a tweet that many viewed as anti-Semitic.
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Outfoxed?  —  Fox News was enveloped in silence for most of Wednesday, as news ricocheted around New York and Washington of former host Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit depicting the network's legendary CEO and chairman Roger Ailes as a pervasive harasser of women.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Women: Roger Ailes Asked to See My Underwear, If I Was Single, and More  —  In the wake of Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment suit against boss Roger Ailes, several women who once worked at Fox News tell The Daily Beast that Ailes also harassed them.
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Bill O'Reilly shares photos of Barack Obama in traditional Muslim dress he claims are from half-brother Malik's wedding saying they prove his ‘deep emotional ties to Islam’  — Bill O'Reilly released images of President Barack Obama claiming they were from the Muslim wedding of his half brother Malik
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction  —  As convention nears, most Republicans see a party divided  —  As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their party conventions later this month, a new national survey paints a bleak picture of voters' impressions …
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Andrew McCarthy / National Review:
FBI Director Comey's Suggestion that Congress's Gross Negligence Statute Is Invalid
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Britain will have first female leader since Margaret Thatcher
Discussion: The Week
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, new data show
Discussion: UPI and AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Sanders' Influence Fades Ahead of Clinton Endorsement
Indiana GOP to Trump: Take Mike Pence, please
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Detroit News:
Schuette: 40 ‘thugs’ attack Midland home
Discussion: The American Mirror
Roxane Gay / New York Times:
Alton Sterling and When Black Lives Stop Mattering
Ann Coulter / Breitbart:
My VP Prediction — Donald Trump's First Mistake