August 10, 2015

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Meet The Tiny Team That Somehow Made Trump The 2016 GOP Frontrunner

The Gist: Our quick guide to the personalities who are running the day-to-day of Donald Trump’s campaign or exerting influence on the candidate from the outside.

Man Critically Injured After Gunfire Exchange With Ferguson Police

The Gist: During a protest on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, a man was critically injured after exchanging gunfire with police officers.

Megyn Kelly Defends Debate Questions: I Didn't 'Attack' Trump

The Gist:  The Fox News host insisted that the questions she posed to GOP candidates during the first debate were fair and not intended as personal attacks.

From The Reporter's Notebook

Newswriter Caitlin Cruz wrote about Hillary Clinton meeting reality television star Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, on Thursday night. They met at a star-studded fundraiser at the house of pop mega-manager Scooter Braun, where Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Usher were in attendance. While many dismissed the meeting and subsequent selfie as frivolous social media fodder, the bigger implication of the photo is that Clinton is starting to court celebrities and their money, particularly those who enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in 2008.

Agree or Disagree?

Ben Railton thinks that the conservative uproar over the proposed Iran nuclear deal ignores one central irony: that the U.S. remains the only nation to have dropped a nuclear bomb on another country.

Say What?!

"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

- Trump is upset because he believes Megyn Kelly was especially harsh to him during the GOP debate. 

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "As a small business owner, I can say without any doubt, that the disturbance on Wall Street had frozen all money for small businesses. At a time when business was down for most of us (because of the recession), and when we most needed lines of credit, etc. to get us through the tough times, there was nothing available. Obama could easily have done nothing, let the banking industry collapse, and then what? Main street would have been toast! So Obama held his nose, knowing he would be criticized for it, and saved our financial institutions. In doing that, he saved small businesses around the country. One can look at any decision in a reductionist way, and find a reason to attack it. Better to look at the whole picture. The US has recovered better from the economic downturn than pretty much any other country. That is partly due to Obama understanding the big picture and not getting caught up in ideological arguments. He has also supported a number of substantial and important reforms that strongly favor consumers over the big financial institutions."

Related: Elizabeth Warren criticizes Obama for saving Wall Street after the financial crisis. 

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What We're Reading

Frances Kelsey, an American food and drug safety hero, passed away on Friday. (io9)

A new study confirms that we have no idea how to train teachers. (Slate)

We should ban autonomous weapons before they become the next WMDs. (Scientific American)