July 31, 2015

Top Stories

Star Of Bloomberg's Trump Supporter Vid: Wait, I'm No Trump Supporter!

The Gist: One of the 12 panelists in a Bloomberg Politics video purportedly composed of Trump supporters said she does not in fact support The Donald—and neither do most of the other people featured.

LePage's Best Argument In Veto Fight Could Also Unleash The Most Chaos

The Gist: If the Tea Party governor's new legal argument is adopted by the state Supreme Court, it could create political anarchy.

Jesus Vs. Aliens: The Culture War Raging in the UFO Capital of the World

The Gist: Christian evangelists are fighting with alien believers and money-hungry capitalists for the soul of Roswell, New Mexico.

From The Reporter's Notebook

The College Board on Thursday released a revised version of the AP U.S. History course standards, saying it accepted public feedback and made changes that will make the standards “less open to misinterpretation or perceptions of imbalance.” This marks a significant step for the College Board in responding to its critics, says TPM's Caitlin MacNeal. Initially, the College Board tried to placate critics with revised instructions for the standards, stressing to teachers that they can focus in depth on any issues even if the standards do not go into great detail.

Agree or Disagree?

As upsetting as the recent killing of famed African lion Cecil was, Ben Railton thinks we have to understand big game hunting as part of a longstanding, morally complex national tradition.

Say What?!

"I think I'd get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so. People say, 'What do you mean?' I think I would get along well with him."

- Donald Trump thinks he'd have a friend in Russia: it's leader, Vladimir Putin.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From TPM live chat guest and economist Dean Baker: "Actually, I worry about the $15 an hour minimum wage. High wage cities life San Francisco and Seattle may be able to support a $15 wage. I don't think this is true for much of the rest of the country. I did write that piece on productivity and the minimum wage to give a point of reference, but absent a lot of other changes in the economy, I would worry that a $15 minimum wage nationwide would lead to a substantial amount of unemployment."

Related: The minimum wage for University of California employees will increase to $15/hour by 2017.

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What We're Reading

The Fox News GOP debate could draw the biggest audience in cable news history. (New York Magazine)

How a small-time drug dealer rescued dozens during Katrina. (Buzzfeed)

Protestors are dangling from a Portland bridge in a spectacular effort to block Shell's Arctic vessel. (Salon)