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Morning Must Reads: August 19

Aug 19, 2015

Democratic presidential long-shot Martin O'Malley is lobbying rival Sen. Bernie Sanders to join him in challenging the Democratic National Committee's control of the debates process. While both have been critical of the system, only O'Malley so far has indicated a desire to defy the party's mandate of six televised contests starting in October. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grew testy with reporters Tuesday questioning the handling of her private email server, maintaining once again that she never sent nor received emails that were marked classified at the time. Meanwhile, Clinton made her clearest break yet from the Obama Administration, condemning new drilling in the Arctic authorized by the White House. She also released a new television ad in Iowa and New Hampshire focused on rising income inequality—a central theme of her campaign.

Many Republicans will spend the day in New Hampshire talking about education reform and school choice at a summit, as they hope to get away from a Trump-dominated immigration debate. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's healthcare proposal draws heavily on the Affordable Care Act it seeks to replace. Jeb Bush's donors overlap with his father's and brother's. And Donald Trump is causing the GOP heartburn in its efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

O’Malley Lobbies Sanders For More Debates
TIME's Sam Frizell reports on the long-shot Democrat's efforts to force Clinton to debate

Female Army Ranger Grads Are Among Nation’s Top Soldiers, But Can’t Fight
The Pentagon prepares for change, TIME's Mark Thompson writes

Scott Walker’s Obamacare Replacement Sounds Familiar
Plan draws broadly on Affordable Care Act principles, TIME's Philip Elliott reports

Donald Trump Paints Republicans Into Corner With Hispanics
Birthright citizenship is latest fault line [New York Times]

Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers To Confront 'Evildoers'
The GOP candidate backs controversial surveillance programs [Associated Press]

In Union-Heavy Nevada, Clinton and Sanders Court Divided Labor
Candidates court support of Nevada AFL-CIO [Washington Post]

Legacy Bush Donors Account for Half of Jeb Bush's Donations
It's a family affair [Associated Press]

Sound Off

"Like with a cloth or something?" — Hillary Clinton asked if she wiped her email server Tuesday in a contentious press conference

"How dare a city keep Uber out to protect the taxi industry. That's just wrong. So, free Uber." — Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the Des Moines Register Soapbox

Bits and Bites

Hillary Clinton Defends Her Email Use As Secretary of State [TIME]

Hillary Clinton Touts Economic Vision in New TV Ad [TIME]

Fox’s Luntz Blasted Trump at Koch Seminar [Politico]

Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Arctic Drilling in Break With Obama [TIME]

Yelp Wants You to Review the Government [TIME]

Clinton Tells Black Lives Matter Activists to Focus on Ways to Change Policy [Washington Post]

Marco Rubio (Accidentally) Hit a Kid in the Face With a Football [TIME]

Rubio ‘Not in Favor of Repealing’ Birthright Citizenship [Washington Post]

Walker Campaign Screens Reporters' Questions [Politico]

Marco Rubio, Leading From Behind [Politico]

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