Morning Must Reads: August 28

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver dueling foreign policy speeches Friday in South Carolina. Rubio, who will focus his remarks on China, followed Walker’s lead this week in calling for the scaling back of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit next month. Walker, who has less experience on foreign policy issues, will deliver broad remarks as he hopes to regain his campaign’s footing amid declining poll numbers.

Democratic presidential candidates will face their party leadership in Minneapolis Friday, but one man, Joe Biden, will be missing, as he continues to ponder launching a bid for the Oval Office. Hillary Clinton faces frustration from many in her party over her seemingly flippant responses to questions about her use of a private email server. On Thursday, Clinton sought to keep the focus on Republicans, comparing them to terrorists on attitudes toward women.

Jeb Bush secured the endorsement of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who spurned the appeals of some of Bush’s rivals. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are teaming up to oppose the Iran deal. And Speaker of the House John Boehner had some choice words for Cruz at a recent fundraiser.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Univision’s Jorge Ramos: Reporters Need to Get Tougher on Donald Trump
The anchor talks to TIME’s Michael Scherer

Hacker Killed by Drone Was ‘Secret Weapon’
U.S. kills ISIS hacker in drone attack [Wall Street Journal]

Democrats Get The Keys To Obama’s Massive Campaign Email List
A long-sought victory for the DNC [BuzzFeed]

Hillary Clinton’s Handling of Email Issue Frustrates Democratic Leaders
They wish she’d take it more seriously [New York Times]

How Huma Abedin operated at the center of the Clinton universe
Overlapping public and private work [Washington Post]

Sound Off

“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.” —Hillary Clinton at a rally in Ohio Thursday in comments that immediately drew rebuke from Republicans.

“As President, I will send the following message: the retreat is over. American leadership is back and, together with our allies, we will not surrender another inch of ground to terrorists or any other power that threatens our safety.” —Prepared remarks of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on foreign policy Friday at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Bits and Bites

Eric Cantor endorses Bush over Rubio, Walker, and Christie [TIME]

John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz A ‘Jackass’ At Fundraiser [Daily Caller]

Iran Deal Opens a Vitriolic Divide Among American Jews [New York Times]

Hillary Clinton, citing Tamir Rice and Virginia shootings, decries gun violence in Cleveland speech [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

DNC site mistakes foreign vets for former U.S. troops [Military Times]

Hillary Clinton to Coordinate Fundraising with Democratic Party [TIME]

Watch Donald Trump Try to Prove His Hair Is Real [TIME]

Cruz, Trump to hold anti-Iran deal rally in D.C. [Politico]

Rubio: How My Presidency Would Deal With China [Wall Street Journal]

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 27

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Vice President Joe Biden is keeping even his closest confidants guessing about his presidential intentions, TIME’s Philip Elliott reports, as a new poll shows he’s in a strong position to mount a presidential bid. But many longtime aides are encouraging their boss to remain on the sidelines, as his support now is largely a function of being removed from contentious electoral politics. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Biden should do whatever is right for himself and his family, as her poll numbers remain at new lows from the continued fallout over her use of a private email server. Clinton offered up regret at a campaign stop Wednesday, but many questions remain unanswered and will continue to hang over her campaign.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is standing by his decision to throw journalist Jorge Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday night. In an interview with Bloomberg, he called for new taxes and couldn’t name his favorite bible verse. The pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is out with a new ad airing in states with large Latino populations casting Trump and his more establishment-friendly GOP candidates as on the same page on immigration. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is running an unconventional campaign focused on an all-in bet to boost conservative turnout at the expense of growing the GOP. And Scott Walker is trying to out-trump Trump on the trail.

President Barack Obama will be in New Orleans Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its rebuilding efforts, saying it is an example of a manmade disaster becoming a failure of government. “This is a city that slowly, unmistakably, together, is moving forward,” Obama will say. “Because the project of rebuilding here wasn’t simply to restore the city as it had been. It was to build a city as it should be.”

Must Reads

Joe Biden Weighs One More Shot at the Job He Always Wanted

TIME’s Philip Elliott goes behind the scenes of the VP’s presidential considerations

Hillary Clinton Takes ‘Responsibility’ for Email Use, Saying It ‘Wasn’t the Best Choice’

Clinton expresses regret as poll numbers continue to slide [New York Times]

The Price and Promise of Hillary Clinton’s Wobbly Summer

TIME’s Joe Klein on the Democratic front-runner’s rough turn under the sun

The High Stakes of Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Predicting the likely fallout with TIME’s Massimo Calabresi

Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

Out of step with GOP orthodoxy [Bloomberg]

Ted Cruz: Right Turns Only

The candidate’s radical plan to win the White House as explained by TIME’s Alex Altman

Sound Off

“I think I handled that well. I got a lot of credit for it” —Donald Trump to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on kicking journalist Jorge Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday.

“I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family, and he should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do.” —Hillary Clinton on a Joe Biden presidential run

Bits and Bites

Voters Open to Joe Biden Presidential Bid in New Poll [TIME]

Scott Walker Fights Back by Campaigning More Like Donald Trump [TIME]

Why Dropping ‘Anchor Baby’ Is a Problem for Politicians [TIME]

Tom Harkin Cautions Joe Biden Against Running for President [New York Times]

Trump Talks Bush, Bible and White Supremacist Backers [Bloomberg]

Joe Biden Isn’t Sure Family Is Ready for Run [New York Times]

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert [Washington Post]

Ad Portrays Donald Trump and His Rivals as a Single Voice on Immigration [New York Times]

Leaked emails show new Trump aide used to scorn him [Des Moines Register]

Perry on campaign struggles: I’m not giving up [Texas Tribune]

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Morning Must Reads: August 26

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Donald Trump‘s on-air sparring with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos became an instant classic of the 2016 presidential cycle Tuesday, and turned up the level of panic within the GOP over how Trump’s candidacy is affecting the Republican Party’s standing with Latino voters. Ramos, the most popular Spanish-language broadcaster in the country, has grown increasingly critical of the party’s rhetoric on immigration issues, potentially depriving the GOP of support among a constituency it needs to win over. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hit former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his shifting rhetoric on immigration Tuesday, the latest Republican to sense weakness in the well-funded, one-time-front-runner’s campaign.

Trump, meanwhile, has until the end of September to affirm he won’t run a third party candidacy or see himself left off the ballot in the South Carolina primary, state party chairman Matt Moore announced Tuesday. It’s a move that is also being adopted by several other states, requiring the candidate to certify they’ll back the eventual GOP nominee. But it’s unclear whether the statement has the force of law, or is simply designed as a PR victory for the GOP establishment.

Joe Biden is holding a call with members of the Democratic National Committee ostensibly about foreign policy, but the timing, as he’s weighing a presidential run, betrays another motivation. Biden still has not made up his mind on a long shot bid, which would pit the popular, but gaffe-prone, VP against a massive Clinton organization that has nearly a year’s head start on building a campaign.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Donald Trump and Univision’s Jorge Ramos Spar on Immigration
One of the campaign’s most memorable moments yet [TIME]

Joe Biden to Hold Unusual Call With Democratic Party Officials
A foreign policy call as he ponders a presidential run [New York Times]

Conservative Sting Video Goes Inside Clinton Campaign Training
No wrongdoing, but a warning of more to come [TIME]

Behind the Biden hype
Channeling the grief over his son’s death into an agonizing decision over whether to run in 2016. [Politico]

Sound Off

“I mean, the fact is that you don’t need to be pandering to one way or the other. I’ll tell you the way you don’t do it. You don’t do focus group tested trips to the border, speak Spanish and then criticize Asians.” —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticizes Jeb Bush on Fox News over his comments on immigration.

“I don’t know if adultery is against the law still. In some states, there are old laws against adultery, but I think if we start going after people and locking people up for adultery we’re headed for a bizarre world.” —Sen. Rand Paul on the Ashley Madison hack to the Washington Post.

Bits and Bites

Why Bernie Sanders Won’t Add Debates Without Hillary Clinton [TIME]

The Air Force’s $25 Billion Bomber Blunder [TIME]

Carly Fiorina campaign takes issue with CNN debate qualifications [Medium]

Latino News Media, Offended by Donald Trump, Shows It in Broadcasts [New York Times]

Trump has until Sept. 30 in SC to rule out third-party run [Associated Press]

Caroline Kennedy used private email as ambassador to Japan [Associated Press]

Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren have a frosty past [Boston Globe]

Jeb Bush’s false claim that Planned Parenthood is ‘not actually doing women’s health issues’ [Washington Post]

Jeb Bush set to release ‘Reply All,” an e-book based on emails from time as governor [Tampa Bay Times]

The senator who is ‘ready for the Hunger Games’ [CNN]

State Contractors Aid Governors’ Campaigns [Wall Street Journal]


Morning Must Reads: August 25

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Donald Trump‘s rise is causing his GOP rivals to stumble as he pushes issues they’d rather not talk about. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush found himself defending his use of the term “anchor babies” at the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, where he claimed he was referring to Asian immigrants committing “fraud,” an explanation that did little to satisfy his critics. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on President Barack Obama to rescind his state visit invitation to Chinese President Xi Jinping amid that country’s devaluation of its currency and alleged cyber activities—a move that drew condemnation from Democrats and some Republicans as a diplomatic faux pas. Walker, meanwhile, was busy keeping a top GOP fundraiser in the fold after he discussed a possible defection with Trump.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is once again paying his staffers in the early primary states just 48 hours before a deadline that could have kept him off the CNN debate stage next month. Once again, Perry is expected to participate in the undercard debate. The race is on for the main stage, with candidates on an all-out media blitz in the final weeks of summer to boost their national poll ratings in advance of the Sept. 16 contest.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Jeb Bush Bungles ‘Anchor Baby’ Explanation
The Republican presidential candidate says he was referring to Asians committing “fraud,” TIME’s Alex Altman reports

Donald Trump Supporters Vent Frustration At Frank Luntz Focus Group
By the end, as Sam Frizell reports, the veteran pollster said, “My legs are shaking.” He was that excited. [TIME]

Scott Walker Calls on Obama to Cancel Chinese State Visit
Getting tough on China as Trump continues to dominate the conversation [TIME]

Deez Nuts Speaks: Meet Brady Olson, The 15-Year-Old Candidate for President
TIME’s Tessa Berenson with the interview we’ve all been waiting for

House GOP leaders desperate to avoid shutdown
With the clock ticking, Republicans have yet to settle on a strategy to resolve a showdown over Planned Parenthood funding [Politico]

A Top Walker Fundraiser Meets With Trump
SkyBridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci says he discussed endorsing Trump but is loyal to Walker [Wall Street Journal]

Hillary Clinton to Raise Money With State Parties Amid Nominating Fight
What primary? [New York Times]

Sound Off

“The president has indicated that his view that the decision that he made, I guess 7 years ago now, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he has ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense into the president’s view into Vice President’s aptitude for the top job.” —White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on a potential Biden presidential campaign.

“I like Donald Trump and I’m glad Donald Trump is in this election.” —Sen. Ted Cruz to reporters before a South Carolina event, thanking Trump for raising the issue of illegal immigration and for bringing debate viewers to TV.

Bits and Bites

Donald Trump Trolls Jeb Bush With a Little Help from Bush’s Mom [TIME]

Lawrence Lessig Thinks a Single Issue Might Make Him President [TIME]

State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump’s hands [Politico]

John Kasich Balances His Blue-Collar Roots and Ties to Wall Street [New York Times]

Perry resumes paying some staffers, but loses Iowa chairman [Associated Press]

Dick Cheney to deliver address on Iran deal [Politico]


Morning Must Reads: August 24

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s campaign has warned its offices nationwide to be on the lookout for a conservative organization conducting sting investigations in an effort to catch volunteers and staff engaging in improper behavior. The group likely behind it, Project Veritas, has allegedly offered to make contributions to the campaign that would have been illegal in order to embarrass Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren this weekend, turning up the dial on speculation that he will mount a challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But Biden still has not made up his mind, aides say, and raising expectations for a run will only increase the attention he will get should he decide to take a pass.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is traveling to the Texas-Mexico border Monday, a week after he defended using the controversial term “anchor babies” in a contentious press conference. A proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Bush finds himself out of step with many in his party’s base, and has been struggling to both ameliorate their concerns while maintaining his general election viability. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has held at least three different positions on changing rules for birthright citizenship, reopening a line of attack against him that he shifts his positions with the political winds.

And Donald Trump‘s rise has led to laughter, and anger, in Mexico.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Clinton Campaign On Alert For Undercover Conservative Sting

Campaign offices warned about undercover effort to catch staffers in compromising situations [TIME]

Defeating Terror on a Train: What the U.S. Heroes Proved

TIME’s Mark Thompson on the lessons from Friday’s attack and those who responded to it

Scott Walker on birthright citizenship: 3 positions, 7 days

Flip-flopping after Trump raises issue [CNN]

Has the clock run out for Dixville Notch?

The legendary early-polling site in New Hampshire may be a thing of the past [Washington Post]

A surprise Biden-Warren sit-down in D.C.

Presidential speculation abounds [Boston Globe]

Sound Off

“Until we start having debates, and offering those ideas that move our country forward, we’re going to be bogged down in questions of, what did Hillary Clinton know and when did she know it? And we cannot allow our party to be branded by those sorts of questions of the past. We have to look to the future. And we have to offer the ideas that move our country forward for the future.” —Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Clinton’s email issues on ABC’s This Week.

“Our job in this campaign, maybe the most important thing we can do, is to get people in America, working people, middle class people, lower income people to stop voting against their own best interests.” —Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Charleston, S.C. Saturday.

Bits and Bites

The Rise of Donald Trump Sparks Anger and Laughter in Mexico [TIME]

Watch Ellen Page Grill Ted Cruz Over LGBT Rights [TIME]

Jimmy Carter, Fresh Off First Cancer Treatments, Teaches Double Sunday School to Record Crowd [People]

Donald Trump Pays a Visit to His Not-So-Poor Relations [New York Times]

Caucus politics can’t cool longtime friendship [Des Moines Register]

Harry Reid endorses Iran deal, boosts chances Congress won’t block it [Washington Post]

As Rivals Snipe, Trump Dodges Questions on Details of Immigration Plan [New York Times]

Kasich, Perry teams trade barbs in Ohio [Columbus Dispatch]

White House Door Isn’t Always Open to Ex-Cons [Wall Street Journal]


Morning Must Reads: August 21

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Many Republican presidential candidates will gather in Columbus this weekend for a gathering hosted by the Koch-brothers-backed group Americans for Prosperity. One candidate who isn’t invited is Donald Trump, who will be holding a rally in Mobile, Alabama, that his campaign claims will attract 35,000. Jeb Bush flashed his angry side Thursday in a contentious press conference over his use of the term “anchor babies,” a sign that Trump’s rise is rattling even the most cautious of campaigns.

Hillary Clinton is facing even more questions about her use of personal email while in government, with a federal judge saying she violated government policy. The State Department’s version of events about the classification of her email also doesn’t track with regulations, according to a new report. Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, is stepping up its pushback efforts, aiming to keep concerned Democrats from abandoning ship.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Dozens of Clinton Emails Were Classified From the Start, U.S. Rules Suggest
More questions raised about Clinton, State Department versions of the story [Reuters]

The Republican 2016 Field Takes a Hard Right on Immigration
TIME’s Philip Elliott and Alex Altman report on how the field is responding to Trump

Ailing Jimmy Carter ‘at Ease With Whatever Comes’
Regrets not sending another helicopter on failed Iran hostage mission [New York Times]

Judge Says Hillary Clinton’s Private Emails Violated Policy
Orders State Department to seek out potentially deleted messages [Politico]

Sound Off

“As the state’s leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports. Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time.” — Louisiana GOP executive director Jason Doré to the the Times-Picayune after his email was released in the Ashley Madison cheating website hack

“You give me a better term and I’ll use it. Give me another word.” — Jeb Bush snapping at reporters at a contentious press conference Thursday over the use of the term “anchor babies,” for the children born in America to those living in the U.S. illegally

Bits and Bites

Martin O’Malley Calls for Expanding Social Security [TIME]

Jeb Bush to Hold Fundraiser With Father, Brother [Wall Street Journal]

South Boston Brothers Allegedly Beat Homeless Man in Potentially Trump-Inspired Attack [Boston Globe]

Over 100,000 Call on Jon Stewart to Moderate a Presidential Debate

Rubio Gets the Wright Brothers Wrong [Columbus Dispatch]

Clinton Reneges on Promise to Do ‘More Press’ [Politico]

Clinton Campaign Responds to Email Stories [YouTube]


Morning Must Reads: August 20

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Republic presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking all the rules of politics and throwing them out the window. In an interview with TIME this week, he defended looking to the news for his military advice, fired off at his GOP rivals, and claimed Washington is dominated by “fakes” and “phonies.” TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer pens the cover story this week on what Trump’s rise means for America. Deal with it.

Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush engaged in a war of words in dueling town halls 15 miles apart in New Hampshire Wednesday night. Bush repeatedly defended his record as a conservative governor, but the Trump show—and crowds—are keeping his message from getting out.

Hillary Clinton’s email troubles continue to haunt her in the polls, with new swing state surveys showing problems in the states she needs to win to take the White House. Rand Paul looks to recreate his father’s coalition. And Martin O’Malley declines to criticize Clinton on her server.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

The Donald Has Landed
What his rise means for America [TIME]

Donald Trump Explains All
The GOP front-runner opens up to TIME about why he’s running and his 2016 rivals.

Bush and Trump Face Off in N.H. — and The Donald is Winning
A Granite State duel [Washington Post]

Hillary Clinton’s Stalled Bandwagon Exposes a Deeper Problem for Democrats
It’s her and no one else, TIME’s David Von Drehle writes

Momentum Slipping Away in Iowa, Scott Walker Adopts a Trump-Like Stance
Walker looks to reset his campaign [New York Times]

Sound Off

“I get my views from the media. A lot of the views, and frankly other people do. And the views that you will see during those ten or fifteen minute segments or during reading the story are not a lot different than Jeb sitting around with a policy group, if he really has such a thing.” — Donald Trump to TIME

“Mr. Trump doesn’t have a proven conservative record. He was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican.”— Jeb Bush at a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday

Bits and Bites

Behind TIME’s Cover Shoot with Donald Trump and an American Bald Eagle

Obama to Visit New Orleans on Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina [TIME]

Jewish Leaders Urge Congress to OK Deal With Iran [TIME]

Little-known Colombian Band Mystified by Obama Playlist Spot [Associated Press]

Inside Preparations for the Pope’s Visit [TIME]

Rand Paul, Amid Setbacks, Looks to the Ron Paul Playbook [Wall Street Journal]

Martin O’Malley Calls Hillary Clinton Email Issue a ‘Huge Distraction’ [New York Times]

Bush, Kasich Find Some Common Ground on Common Core [Wall Street Journal]

Here’s What the Kid Hit in the Face by Marco Rubio’s Football Pass Has to Say [TIME]


Morning Must Reads: August 19

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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]


Morning Must Reads: August 18

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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]


Morning Must Reads: August 17

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Circling helicopters and selfie sticks combined for a surreal scene at this year’s Iowa State Fair as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump toured the iconic event in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. A large crowd followed Clinton on her tour of the butter cow, only to be topped by a crush of gawkers and well-wishers seeking a glance at the former reality television star sitting atop the GOP primary polls. Neither of them took the stage at the Des Moines Register “Soapbox” where Jeb Bush faced questions about his family legacy, Martin O’Malley tried to show off his progressive credentials, and Bernie Sanders repeated his calls for a “political revolution.”

After weeks of bad press over her emails, Clinton has set on a strategy of trying to cast a federal probe into the handling of classified information as a political witch-hunt, and even joking about the investigation. The decision is aimed to help shore up her support among Democrats amid sliding poll numbers.

Trump, who released his immigration plan on Sunday will report for jury duty today, while Carly Fiorina and Scott Walker take their turn at the state fair. Jeb Bush’s super PAC is opening its wallet to the tune of $10 million. And candidates are resorting to stunts to stand out in a field of 17.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Two Frontrunners Circle Each Other at the Iowa State Fair

Corndogs and chaos as Trump and Clinton tour [TIME]

Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer Readies for Email War

TIME’s Massimo Calabresi reports on the longtime Clinton loyalist preparing yet another defense

With High-Profile Help, Obama Plots Life After Presidency

With 18 months left in office, Obama mulls his future [New York Times]

In Iowa, Sanders Says He Will Address Racial Divisions

The Democratic contender embraces the message of the Black Lives Matter movement [Associated Press]

The Libertarian Moment is Over, or Is It?

A year ago Rand Paul was riding high — has his movement faded? [Washington Post]

Jeb Bush, Seemingly Perfect on Paper, Just Hasn’t Caught On With GOP Voters

A rough summer for the well-funded candidate [Los Angeles Times]

Sound Off

“You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.” — Hillary Clinton joking about her email account in a speech to Iowa Democrats

“I wouldn’t pretend it’s anything other than a terrible tragedy, But let’s not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life.” — Mike Huckabee stating his opposition to allowing a 10-year-old rape victim an abortion

Bits and Bites

Hillary Clinton Downplays Concerns About Personal Email Server [TIME]

Jeb Bush Is Not the Only 2016 Candidate Open to Torture [TIME]

Hillary Clinton Fires Back at Jeb Bush on Iraq Withdrawal [TIME]

Donald Trump Called to Jury Duty in Manhattan [New York Times]

Pro-Bush Super PAC Spending $10M-Plus On Initial TV Campaign [Associated Press]

Donald Trump: Undocumented Immigrants ‘Have to Go’ [Meet The Press]

Antics Help GOP Rivals Catch Eyes, Save Cash [Boston Globe]

“Highly Likely” There’s A Backup Server With Hillary Clinton’s Emails [ABC News]


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