Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has faced a string of adversity in a short few years: a high-profile firing, a breast cancer fight and losing a daughter to drug addiction. She opens up about how those challenges have propelled her forward in an exclusive interview with TIME. Fox News and the Republican National Committee are caving to demands that they expand access to the Aug. 6 debate stage. The network announced Wednesday that GOP aspirants who don’t make the top 10 in national polls will be invited to participate in a televised “forum” before the debate. But the pressure is intensifying on both organizations to hold two debates, featuring a randomly drawn cast of candidates. And can you correctly separate the presidential candidates from the posers? It’s harder than you think.
Here are your must-reads:
Carly Fiorina: My Former Career Will Help Me Take On Big Business
A preview of her TIME interview.
Can the U.S. Military Train the Iraqi Army to Victory Over ISIS?
TIME’s Mark Thompson reports on the latest challenge in Iraq
GOP Adds Two ‘Forums’ to Aug. 6 Debate Amid Pressure Over Criteria
RNC debate system under threat as candidates complain [Politico]
White House, Republicans Work Together in Final Push on Trade Bill
An unlikely alliance [Washington Post]
Paul Ryan’s Step-by-Step Future Starts with Trade
The former VP nominee plots his future [Associated Press]
Michelle Obama Talks About Race and Success, and Makes It Personal
Once reluctant, she now opens up [New York Times]
The Koch Brothers and the Republican Party Go to War — With Each Other
A fight over campaign software [Yahoo]
“I had a job to do and I did it well. But having done that job, I see it so clearly. I understand that system far better than anyone who just talks about it.” —Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to TIME on how she can criticize big business as a former leader of one
“Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.” —Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders responding to a question from radio host Diane Rehm whether he has dual American-Israeli citizenship. The radio host sourced her information to Internet rumors, and later apologized
Bits and Bites
Bill Clinton says he will stop giving paid speeches if Hillary wins [New York Times]