August 4, 2015

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5 Points GOPers Should Hammer Donald Trump On During The Debate

The Gist: Candidates hoping to take a hit at Trump's poll numbers should quiz him on subjects like abortion and healthcare, where his views do not align with the traditional Republican platform.

Authorities Investigating Fire At Louisiana Planned Parenthood

The Gist: A car fire was set at the construction site for a new clinic in New Orleans, and Planned Parenthood officials believe it was the work of anti-abortion "extremists."

Scott Walker Gets Punk'd At New Hampshire Campaign Event  

The Gist:  Scott Walker snapped a photo with a man who appeared to be holding a sign supporting Walker's candidacy—until he flipped it around.

From The Reporter's Notebook

TPM’s Sara Jerde recapped a conversation New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had with CNN in which the presidential candidate said he preferred Bruce Springsteen’s music over Jon Bon Jovi’s, despite comments he made last month. Christie said he is friends with Bon Jovi, even though the New Jersey rockstar reportedly hosted a fundraising event for Democrat hopeful Hillary Clinton earlier this summer.

Agree or Disagree?

David Shorr believes critics of the Iran deal are judging the agreement by unreasonable unicorn-like standards and the fantasy of walking Iran back to the tiny program it had ten years ago.

Say What?!

"Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement. All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back."

- Charles Koch compared his conservative activism to the civil rights movement.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Our preference, however, is not really an issue. An individual can express a preference by buying an alternative fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, or hybrid, but no individual consumer's decision is going to have an impact on the choices of vehicle manufacturers or energy companies, and consumers aren't sufficiently organized to impose any meaningful collective pressure. If it weren't for federal regulation, motor vehicles would be a lot less efficient than they presently are. Certainly, there is a preference by both individuals and businesses to select the more cost-effective option, particularly when choosing between options that seem otherwise roughly equivalent. Education can affect that choice, but absent something that compels change -- e.g., government-imposed CAFE standards -- enough people and businesses will choose the cheaper option such that the impact of those who choose a cleaner or greener alternative is diluted or lost."

Related: Iowa Catholics will put GOPers in an "awkward position" on climate change.

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What We're Reading

Real women who've had abortions weigh in on the Planned Parenthood video. (Glamour)

The endeavor to take Donald Trump seriously. (National Journal)

Recent polling suggests Americans both support and oppose the Iran deal -- it depends on how the question is asked. (Politico)