The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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July 17, 2015 9:20 AM EDT

Federal officials are investigating the killing of four Marines by a Kuwaiti-born gunman Thursday as a domestic terrorism incident. Late Thursday, the FBI said they did not yet have any information tying the shooter to an overseas extremist group but were still investigating. President Obama called the killings “heartbreaking” in a statement from the Oval Office, as presidential candidates released statements expressing their condolences. The shooting is already reigniting political and policy debates over domestic threats from Islam.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush parried questions on an array of controversial issues during a visit to a San Francisco tech start-up Thursday, suggesting he was in favor of equal-pay laws and efforts in the states to ban discrimination against LGBT Americans. Taking an Uber to the event to highlight his commitment to the tech industry, Bush nevertheless failed to secure the endorsement of his driver, who didn’t even recognize him. Intra-party fighting in Colorado is jeopardizing the GOP’s chances of retaking the White House. Sen. John McCain has some harsh words for Donald Trump. And this weekend is going to be very busy in Iowa.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Jeb Bush Hails Uber In San Francisco, Doesn’t Win Driver’s Vote
Scenes from the campaign trail [TIME]

Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor
Clinton’s troubles on the left aren’t going anywhere, TIME’s Sam Frizell reports

The New Republican Power Players in 2016: Wives (And One Husband)
TIME’s Philip Elliott introduces the would-be presidential spouses

The Colorado soap opera that could be a major 2016 headache for the GOP
An intra-party fight could undermine Republican efforts in a key swing state [Washington Post]

Republicans Plan New Abortion Push
A potential turning point after controversial video [Politico]

Obama Says That Without Family Support He Could Have Been in Prison
Obama gets personal on prison visit [Washington Post]

Sound Off

“If I could speak like Barack Obama. If I could light up a room like he does. You know, charisma is not a bad thing.” — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in San Francisco Thursday on how what presidential trait he hopes to emulate

“This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me. Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.” — Sen. John McCain opens up to The New Yorker about Donald Trump

Bits and Bites

Jeb Bush Says Laws on the Books Already Ensure Equal Pay [TIME]

Here’s How Hillary Clinton Thinks Corporate Profit-Sharing Should Work [TIME]

‘Tracker’ Linked to Hillary Clinton PAC Is Spotted at a Martin O’Malley Event [New York Times]

The Bernie Sanders Predicament: Where Do You Fit All Those People? [Washington Post]

2 Days in Iowa: 2 Parties, 2 Big Events, 15 candidates [Des Moines Register]

Court Ends Probe Into Walker’s 2012 Recall [Wall Street Journal]

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