August 7, 2015

Top Stories

Fox News Had Its Own GOP Debate Agenda: Narrow Down The Field

The Gist: The main purpose of yesterday’s debates was to slow down Donald Trump’s momentum and promote more palatable candidates like Carly Fiorina.

Trump Rails Against 'Unfair' Debate Questions From Fox News

The Gist: Though Donald Trump thinks he “won the debate,” he believes Fox News hosts, particularly Megyn Kelly, were “tougher” on him than on the rest of the 2016 candidates.

Jon Stewart Ends 16 Years With One Last Rant About 'Bullshit'

The Gist:  In his final appearance on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart gave his audience a valuable lesson in handling the nonsense we put up with each day: “The best defense against bullshit is vigilance."

From The Reporter's Notebook

On Wednesday, the DNC announced the schedule for the Democratic debates, confirming that the party will hold only six debates before the primary. According to TPM's Caitlin MacNeal, Bernie Sanders, who asked the DNC to expand its debate schedule in June, said on Thursday that he will continue “working with the DNC to see if we can significantly expand the proposed debate schedule.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall’s take on the first GOP debate: “It was bloody. And Trump’s not going anywhere.”

Say What?!

- Ted Cruz retweeted a joke about Obama financing terrorism.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Handcuffs for a traffic ticket? Wow, talk about overkill, and how interesting it is that police don't think twice about using that overkill. I really, really hope this problem gets addressed. I can see that this could generate revenue for the system because more people would be willing to clear their records if they didn't have to interact with the criminal justice system over petty offenses like parking fines. The more people are dragged, against their will, into the system, the more incidents will happen. I also think this gives cops the feeling that pretty much everyone is a perp waiting to be taken in. 1.2 million outstanding arrest warrants!?"

Related: What is broken windows policing?

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What We're Reading

The worst predicted impacts of climate change are happening now, and much faster than scientists expected. (Rolling Stone)

Why we need older women in the workplace. (New York Magazine)

The nuclear deal is a financial windfall for Iran's military wing. (Wall Street Journal)