July 21, 2015

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Why Gov. Paul LePage Is Starting To Lose Maine's Republicans

The Gist: By haphazardly vetoing bipartisan legislation, the Tea Party governor has alienated the state’s more moderate GOP.

Nope, Trump's Latest Outrage Will Not Sink Him One Bit

The Gist: Donald Trump’s trash talk about longtime senator John McCain will only appeal to his anti-establishment supporters.

Planned Parenthood: Secret Video Part Of Years-Long Harassment Campaign

The Gist:  In a letter to Congress, the organization explained that a secretly recorded video released last week was fraudulent and part of a campaign of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion entirely.

From The Reporter's Notebook

Newswriter Caitlin Cruz wrote about the resignation of two Gawker Media top editors following the decision by Gawker business executives to remove a "gay-shaming" post about a publishing executive. Staffers' publicly aired arguments, open letters and statements reveal a company in limbo. Cruz points to a former reporter's post on the newsroom's toxic culture and outgoing editors comparing the founder to Hitler as two prominent examples.

Agree or Disagree?

Given how much Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gambled on derailing the Iran nuclear deal, it might seem like the deal’s signing comes as a a tremendous setback for him. Josh Marshall thinks it was actually an epic triumph.

Say What?!

- Sen. Claire McCaskill snarked Ted Cruz for refusing to condemn Donald Trump for his comments about John McCain. 

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "There is an historical case for Jews in what we call Palestine. The was once a state of Israel. However, weak the rationale may be, there is a stronger case for Jews in Palestine/Israel than for Dutch, English. Huguenots, Asians on the southern tip of Arica. Yet, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, which at its most extreme would have driven all the above and their descendants into the sea, has always been very marginal in the fight against apartheid and its successor only holds a seat or two in the South African Parliament (400 MPs). The Palestinians could have the West Bank and Gaza + if, like Israel, they's accepted the 1947 UN partition, Of course , revisionist Zionist opposed the plan, but they were far in the minority. The intransigent Palestinian posture has resulted in the coming to power of the descendants of the semi-fascist revisionist Zionists And by the way, Israel has never, since 67, imposed anything like the Bantu Education Act."

Related: Josh Marshall on Netanyahu's epic triumph.

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What We're Reading

Why the deaths of Latinos at the hands of the police haven't drawn as much attention. (The Los Angeles Times)

Rachel Dolezal is still not backing down: an exclusive look. (Vanity Fair)

Max Read's moralizing justification for Gawker's vile article. (The Intercept)