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White House ridicules Sen. Tom Cotton as ‘man of mystery’

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s spokesman belittled Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas as an “international man of mystery” Thursday over the lawmaker’s claim to have uncovered a secret side deal of the Iranian nuclear accord while on a mission to Europe.

Presidential contender Donald Trump speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the first first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Trump tops another presidential poll

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is leading yet another poll for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, in what is expected to be one of the national surveys that could be used to decide who participates in the first GOP debate next week in Ohio.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 9, 2015. (Associated Press)

Pelosi on Iran deal opponents: ‘Have they even read it?’

- The Washington Times

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wondered Thursday whether opponents of President Obama’s Iran nuclear program agreement read the deal before coming out in opposition to it, and said she’s certain she can keep enough Democrats in line to sustain an Obama veto and preserve his policy.

Obama’s climate change policy driven by outside forces: report

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration’s controversial climate change agenda is being driven largely by outside forces in the environmental community, and powerful activist groups have played a major — and perhaps illegal — role in crafting key Environmental Protection Agency policies, a detailed report released Thursday charges.

Sen. Marco Rubio is the leading favorite among very conservative GOP voters, says a new Gallup analysis. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Rubio, not Trump, charms the ‘very conservative’

- The Washington Times

The “very conservative” Republican is a much coveted voting bloc among the GOP presidential hopefuls, who officially number 17 now that Jim Gilmore has declared his candidacy. Yes, yes — all the candidates aspire to win over New Hampshire and Iowa voters, that’s a given. But staunchly conservative GOPers are also at the top of the wish list.

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Boaters gather as the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica heads up the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Fennica left dry dock and made its way down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean soon after authorities forced the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

- Associated Press

Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation.

Activists hang off the St. Johns Bridge to protest Shell Oil's drilling in the Arctic, in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The thirteen protesters dangled from the bridge while another 13 remained on the bridge as lookouts. Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard said the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. (Kristyna Wentz-Graff/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO LOCAL INTERNET (THE MERCURY, WILLAMETTE WEEK, PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT)

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

- Associated Press

A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.

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Life's a scream on the slippery slope

- The Washington Times

"The slippery slope" doesn't frighten very many people in Washington because that's where a lot of politicians live. Life can be comfortable there, and it's usually quite profitable. But it's a dangerous piece of real estate for the rest of us.

New Orleans lawmen seek to root out guns in school zones

- Associated Press

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, a 39-year-old Harvard-educated black federal prosecutor whose own life has been shaped by street violence in New Orleans, is renewing his focus on combatting gun violence among young people - this time by getting guns out of school zones.

Human smuggling ring dismantled in South Texas

- Associated Press

U.S. Homeland Security investigators dismantled a South Texas ring that illegally smuggled thousands of immigrants across the border from Mexico and on to other parts of the state -- often tucked in small, dangerous truck crawl spaces.

Presidential contender Donald Trump speaks to the media during a press conference on the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

- Associated Press

In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return.

Baker orders state agencies to improve records access

- Associated Press

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered his administration to take steps Thursday to make public records easier and less expensive to obtain, noting that Massachusetts had received failing grades in the past for government transparency.

Defense secretary calls for review of security policies

- Associated Press

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that Defense Department policy does allow some military personnel to be armed while working at recruiting centers and ROTC offices.