July 6, 2015

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Trump: 'Rapist' Comment Backlash More 'Severe' Than I Expected

The Gist: The former reality TV star expressed surprise about the wave of dropped partnerships and business dealings that resulted from his xenophobic comments about immigrants from Mexico.

Huckabee Outlines Plan to Resist 'Judicial Tyranny' After SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

The Gist: The GOP candidate promised that if he wins the presidential election, he’ll issue executive orders to preserve Americans’ “religious freedom” on his first day in office.

The Paragraph On Slavery That Never Made It Into The Declaration Of Independence

The Gist: In the initial draft of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson included a critical paragraph condemning the practice of slavery. But the final version makes no mention of slavery or African Americans.

From The Reporter's Notebook

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) this week said that Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan should be impeached over the ruling on same-sex marriage. Conservatives have long grumbled about the two justices having performed weddings for gay couples, notes TPM's Caitlin MacNeal, and many had called for Ginsburg and Kagan to recuse themselves from the ruling.

Agree or Disagree?

"It is time to make the call loud and clear: The settlements are illegal. They are not Israel and are not entitled to the same legitimacy that Israel is rightly due. They are, in fact, a serious threat to Israel’s future even as they undermine its moral foundations in the present." - Mitchell Plitnick

Say What?!

"It's a level of idiocy I haven't seen in a long time."

-Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership, is upset with Donald Trump's recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I find it amazing that in the last few days much documentation has come out that verifies that the creditors knew they were not bargaining in good faith and knew that the terms they were insisting upon could never be met. For all those that say the Greeks will be in for a huge amount of pain due to this decision, I only have this to say. They are living the pain now. Its been front loaded by the Troika. Confusion...yes there will be a lot, but at least the Greeks will have some control as to what their future will be."

Related: Last week, Greek banks shut down as the country's debt crisis deepened, leaving pensioners without bank cards completely cut off from their money.

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What We're Reading

13 emails that stood out from the latest Hillary Clinton document dump (NPR).

On tour with America’s teen social media sensations (BuzzFeed).