July 28, 2015

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Troll-In-Chief: A Brief History of Ted Cruz Roiling His Fellow Republicans

The Gist: The Texas senator has had a series of public beefs with Republican leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator John McCain.

The Real Reason Rand Paul Is So Eager To Defund Planned Parenthood

The Gist: As a means of shoring up his support with the religious right, the Kentucky senator is leading the GOP’s effort to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Confirms Hack

The Gist: The family planning organization's internal systems were the target of a cyber attack on Monday that gave hackers access to internal databases and employee records.

From The Reporter's Notebook

TPM reporter Catherine Thompson believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the moderating force in the 2016 Republican presidential field. First, he called Donald Trump out for his rhetoric on Mexican immigrants. Then on Monday, he didn't hesitate to say that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's invocation of the Holocaust to criticize the landmark Iranian nuclear deal was "just wrong."

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall writes that the scale of the New York Times’ screw-up of the most recent Hillary Clinton email story “is frankly mind-boggling.”

Say What?!

- Sarah Palin tried to compare Planned Parenthood to the Confederate flag.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "There may be multiple issues at play, not necessarily mutually exclusive. Some seem to believe that the Clintons never belonged in Washington. That attitude has been suggested to some degree in a large number editorials from both the Times and Washington Post, since the Clintons first came to power. What passes for balance, even in the New York Times, often involves letting somebody from the right publish an editorial that amounts to a hit piece against a left-wing target. The Clintons, like Trump or the Kardashians, make for easy headlines -- easier, in fact, because while Trump and the Kardashians do whatever they can to get the cameras to point in their direction, you don't even need facts in order to create a new Clinton scandal. If you're a lazy reporter or editor, and you want to generate buzz or web traffic, it's almost a gimme."

Related: The New York Times offered another correction to their story on Hillary Clinton emails.

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What We're Reading

Did the man who opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayatte, LA purposefully target "Trainwreck" because it is a feminist movie? (Hollywood Reporter)

The Puerto Rican vote could tilt Florida, an important swing state, in 2016. (The Washington Post)

Does the Supreme Court need a code of conduct? (The New Yorker)