Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “said in an interview published Thursday that he supports legislation ending the president’s program to defer deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Speaking to Breitbart News during a medical mission in Guatemala, Paul lent his backing to House Republican efforts to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern U.S. border.” (Huffington Post)
Paul “spent two and a half days” in Guatemala “this week as part of a medical mission of roughly 70 surgeons, nurses, technicians and volunteers who shared the goal of conducting nearly 200 cataract surgeries and distributing nearly 8,000 pairs of eyeglasses. It was an unprecedented trip ““ never before has a U.S. senator and potential future presidential candidate traveled so elaborately to a third world country as part of a medical mission.” (Washington Post) “The doctor and his patients greeted each other beneath the gaze of three television cameras, three photographers, six reporters, a political aide, two press secretaries, conservative activist David Bossie — and Axel,” his bodyguard. (Washington Post)
PERRY: ISIS WARNING. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “left Texas behind on Thursday for a three-day jaunt to Washington and the presidential testing ground of New Hampshire, vowing to beat his abuse-of-power charges. … For Perry, a stop at a friendly think tank where he’s pitched books, policies and his candidacy wasn’t so much about trying to change the subject as to make the most of a legal predicament that — in the worst case — could leave him behind bars for decades.” His talk at the Heritage Foundation “was billed as a discussion of border security. But Perry devoted far more time to foreign policy, especially the rise of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq. He warned it could require a fresh deployment of U.S. ground troops — a step” President Obama “has ruled out.” (Dallas Morning News)
Perry also warned that “ISIS terrorists may already be in the country, … saying that the terrorists’ own version of ‘mission creep’ will draw them from Iraq to the” U.S. (National Review)
PATRICK: STRONG WORDS ON FERGUSON. “Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) weighed in … on the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer. A reporter asked Patrick for his thoughts on the situation in the St. Louis suburb, and the governor responded, ‘I’m sick of it.’” Patrick: “I’m sick of unarmed black men being shot by police. I’m sick of the lawlessness on the streets. I think everybody’s tired of it. When are we gonna get through with this kind of thing?” (Huffington Post)
Patrick “and his wife, Diane,” joined President Obama “and the first lady for dinner on Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday.” (Boston Globe)
BUSH: NEW FRIEND REQUEST. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) “was a featured guest at one of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s dinner receptions for women leaders.” (Tampa Bay Times)
CLINTON: HELPING HAND. Priorities USA Action, a super PAC planning to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) if she runs for president, sent “a $250,000 donation on Thursday to the” DGA. (Politico)
FIORINA: MIND THE GAP. 2010 CA SEN nominee Carly Fiorina (R) “admits that the gap between women voting for Republican candidates and those voting for Democratic candidates remains too large, but she’s hoping her latest political endeavor can help narrow the gap. … Fiorina’s Unlocking Potential Project, or ‘UP’ for short, is focused on six states: Iowa, Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia. While the aim of the group is focused on helping the Republicans get better organized, utilize new technology, and better message to female voters, the group is focused on more than just helping elect female candidates.” (Iowa Republican)
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The Democratic National Committee's "influx of money" in July "owes in part to an unprecedented workaround of political spending limits that lets the party tap into millions of dollars more" from Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors. "At least $7.3 million of the DNC’s July total originated with payments from hundreds of major donors who had already contributed the maximum $33,400 to the national committee." Those payments were "first bundled by the Hillary Victory Fund and then transferred to the state Democratic parties, which effectively stripped the donors’ names and sent the money to the DNC as a lump sum."
President Obama this morning "created the largest protected area on the planet Friday, by expanding a national marine monument off the coast of his native Hawaii to encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea."
New Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon "was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996, though the case was ultimately dismissed." Bannon's former wife reported that "he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances."
A new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute "found 72 percent of Americans now favor passing laws to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people from discrimination, including three-quarters of Democrats and two-thirds of Republicans." A majority also opposes "bathroom bills," of the kind passed by North Carolina.