July 30, 2015

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Donald Trump And Pro Wrestling

The Gist: The GOP frontrunner’s bizarre history with pro wrestling goes back more than a quarter of a century.

The New Holy Grail Of GOP Primaries

The Gist: All of the coverage of political intrigue, poll results, and gaffes does very little to help us predict who will eventually get the nomination––and why.

Colorado Ed Board Members Who Pushed AP History Changes May Face Recall

The Gist:  Colorado voters are calling for a recall of the conservative members of the education board who tried to implement a “positive,” whitewashed American history curriculum.

From The Reporter's Notebook

TPM reporter Tierney Sneed catalogued Donald Trump's involvement with pro wrestling in Thursday's feature story. As a bonus, here's wrestler Hulk Hogan doing his best Donald Trump impression.

Agree or Disagree?

Popular comedy duo Key and Peele, whose Comedy Central show is coming to an end, presented a multifaceted experience of race rarely found on cable TV.

Say What?!

"Is it true that Mary Fallin’s daughter is living in a trailer on the Governor’s mansion property? That is state property! Who is paying her bills? Oklahoma taxpayers?"

- Oklahomans were upset to learn that their governor's daughter has been living in a trailer on the grounds of the governor's mansion.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "The oddity of this decision by Wheaton is that now its students, who are suddenly uninsured, will mostly get coverage elsewhere (perhaps on their parents' insurance if they are under 26 and their parents have insurance, perhaps heavily subsidized through the exchanges). Any of those methods will result in the students getting coverage for birth control. So Wheaton's actions have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to birth control being covered for their students -- exactly the outcome they were trying to avoid. Except now, the students or their parents will have to pay more for their coverage. Heckuva job, Wheaton!"

Related: An evangelical college ended health coverage to avoid ever having to make a decision about birth control.

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What We're Reading

What really happened to Garrett Phillips, the 12-year-old boy who was killed in his upstate NY home? (Grantland)

Can Donald Trump build a campaign to last? (NPR)

Having the "song of the summer" can actually ruin your music career. (Bloomberg)