The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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By Zeke J Miller
August 18, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio are both talking about healthcare this morning, with the former releasing his first formal policy proposals to date. In a speech in Minnesota today, Walker is taking a swing at the GOP-controlled Congress for delaying efforts to repeal Obamacare. “Americans want more than campaign promises, they want results,” Walker will say in a rebuke of his own party. “Actions speak louder than words. I get it.” Walker will pledge to send Congress legislation on his first day in office to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Seeking to step on Walker’s announcement, Rubio released an op-ed outline his own plan in broad strokes. Neither plan offers a complete solution to replacing the controversial law. Walker, who said he was “not intimidated” by hecklers at the Iowa State Fair on Monday, is growing increasingly combative on the trail, as his poll numbers slip in Iowa and nationally.

Republican candidates are debating whether to roll back birthright citizenship, which would require a constitutional amendment, as part of an immigration overhaul—a position that Republican primary voters want, but would be unhelpful to the GOP nominee in a general election. Sen. Lindsey Graham explains how he’ll change the White House. Donald Trump is spotted in jury duty. And the Obama administration announces new steps to tackle the nation’s heroin epidemic—a major storyline on the campaign trail.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Walker Hones Attacks on GOP Rivals at Iowa State Fair
TIME’s Philip Elliott reports on Walker’s sharp elbows

How Voters Try, Fail, And Sometimes Succeed To Talk To Hillary Clinton
Clinton’s celebrity gets in the way of campaigning [BuzzFeed]

Investigators Now Examining 305 Clinton Emails for Classified Information
More email troubles [McClatchy]

Scott Walker: The U.S. Should ‘Absolutely’ Stop Granting Birthright Citizenship
Latest GOPer to embrace constitutional change [Washington Post]

White House Announces Push to Combat Growing Heroin Epidemic
An emerging 2016 issue gets attention from the White House [Los Angeles Times]

Sound Off

“If I’m President, we’re going to drink more.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham, promising to reach out to Democrats over drinks

“This is not negotiation of a real estate deal, okay. This is international diplomacy and it’s different.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticizing Donald Trump’s immigration plan

Bits and Bites

Fiorina Urges Republicans to Face Reality on Iran Deal [TIME]

Bernie Sanders Takes Indirect Route to Criticize Hillary Clinton [Wall Street Journal]

Court’s Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences [New York Times]

Jeb Bush Pledges Major Overhaul for Veterans Affairs [TIME]

This Sneaky Snapchat Shows Donald Trump Reporting For Jury Duty [TIME]

As Scott Walker Struggles in Iowa, His Campaign Reaches Out to a Strategist [New York Times]

Obama Pushes for Cuba Air-Travel Deal by Year’s End [Wall Street Journal]

Scott Walker to Protester: ‘I Am Not Intimidated’ [Washington Post]

Facing Money Gap, Hillary Clinton Slowly Warms to ‘Super PAC’ Gifts [New York Times]

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