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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential hopeful, speaks during a meet and greet event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on July 1, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP fails in first bid to cut off Planned Parenthood funding

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans lost the first battle of the new war over federal funding for Planned Parenthood on Monday as Democrats successfully filibustered to keep money flowing to the controversial organization in the wake of videos seemingly showing its employees negotiating over the sale of fetal body parts.

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Immigration, Planned Parenthood produce consensus at GOP forum

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential hopefuls dodged the thorniest issues on immigration Monday, saying the immediate priority is to secure the border while handling the size of legal immigration and final decisions on the 11 million illegal immigrants already here must wait until enforcement has been restored.

State workers’ suit against Tammy Duckworth spills into Senate bid

- Associated Press

A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman’s bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the country’s most competitive 2016 Senate races.

President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama blasts ‘lazy’ critics of carbon rules

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Monday strongly defended his plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants and said critics of the proposal are “lazy” and unwilling to do what’s necessary to save the planet.

Republican hopeful Donald Trump has a moment with his fans during a stop in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump’s powerhouse constituency

- The Washington Times

“Republican support for Donald Trump just continues to grow with no clear sense of who his constituency really is. This makes it very difficult for his opponents to figure out how to take him on in the upcoming debate,” says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute which released yet another survey on Monday.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks to reporters in defense of Planned Parenthood as Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right, listen Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

- Associated Press

In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, arrives for a forum for most of the major Republican candidates, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faces off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview

- Associated Press

The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season's first full-fledged debate.

Ex-Senate candidate: Board has ended probe of Facebook posts

- Associated Press

A Kansas radiologist who lost a hard-fought primary battle to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts said Monday that the state's medical board has dropped an investigation into whether he violated patient privacy by posting X-ray images of severe medical injuries on Facebook.

Feds charge 3 men accused of prepping for martial law

- Associated Press

Three North Carolina men fearing a government takeover and martial law stockpiled weapons, ammunition and tactical gear while attempting to rig home-made explosives, according to charges announced by the Justice Department on Monday.

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No second thoughts about a bomb for Hiroshima

- The Washington Times

The pointless debate continues. As reliable as the arrival of the scorching heat and drenching humidity of August, comes the debate (mostly by academics) over whether the United States is guilty of moral outrage for having dropped the atomic bombs on Japan on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, to put an end to the carnage of World War II.

Fattah vows re-election bid despite racketeering indictment

Associated Press

U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah is vowing to run for re-election next year despite a federal racketeering indictment and says he expects to resume his leadership position on a powerful congressional committee by year's end.

A black SUV carrying Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and others departs the Collin County jail Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Plano, Texas. Paxton turned himself in Monday to face charges that he misled investors and didn't disclose money he made for referring financial clients as part of his private business before becoming the state's top lawyer in January. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Q&A: A look at the indictment of Texas' attorney general

- Associated Press

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is charged with three felony counts of securities fraud in an indictment unsealed Monday. Here's a closer look at what the case against him means.

Illustration on the Obama Iran nuclear arms deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why the Iran ideal increases the risk of war

Let's cut to the chase: Does the Iran deal make war more or less likely? "No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East," President Obama says. His critics disagree. They think it will make war more likely. So which is it?

Dominican truckers block border crossings into Haiti

- Associated Press

The main truckers union in the Dominican Republic on Monday blocked transport of all freight through border crossings into neighboring Haiti, citing concerns about their safety.