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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

OBAMA AGENDA: Selling the Iran deal

USA Today: “From the golf course to White House receptions to private briefings behind closed doors, Obama and other backers of the deal are busy making the case that it will deny Iran the ability to make nuclear weapons and remove the prospect of military confrontation with Tehran.”

From the Wall Street Journal: "After securing a nuclear deal with Iran, the White House said it was seeking the broadest possible support for the accord. But just two weeks into President Barack Obama‘s campaign to win backing for the deal in Congress, it’s increasingly clear his strategy is more narrowly focused on gaining just enough Democratic support to sustain a presidential veto should lawmakers reject the agreement."

The New York Times compiles the raw videos that are shaping the conversation about race and policing.

CONGRESS: An insurrection of one?

House Republicans are not embracing the Mark Meadows insurgency against John Boehner, writes the Washington Post. "Asked about Meadows's gambit, Republicans across the ideological spectrum reacted coolly Wednesday -- none more so than Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) himself, who dismissed the "motion to vacate the chair" in remarks to reporters."

OFF THE RACES: Koch organization to share voter data with RNC

From the Washington Post: "A data management company financed by a political network backed by Charles and David Koch has struck a new deal to share voter data in the 2016 cycle with a private firm aligned with the Republican National Committee, signaling a tentative truce between the rival data operations."

The Democratic group Correct the Record argues there's a transparency double standard. "When was the last time a Republican official or presidential candidate was asked to meet the transparency standard Hillary Clinton meets on a daily basis? It plays out like clockwork: the moment that Republican operatives find a perceived tidbit which can be spun to hurt Hillary Clinton, the GOP cries foul and flags it for the media. No matter how insignificant or inaccurate, the press engages in a public feeding frenzy, desperate to outdo competing outlets by reporting minute scoops which inevitably result in zero evidence of wrongdoing found. It doesn’t matter to Republicans whether the drama was merited because even if the facts are incorrect, the GOP has already won by tying a new “scandal” to Hillary Clinton."

CHRISTIE: Political movers and shakers in New Hampshire just aren't that into him, writes the New York Times.

CLINTON: The Wall Street Journal delves into the former Secretary of State's involvement with a case involving UBS -- and the bank's donations to the Clinton Foundation. "There is no evidence of any link between Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the case and the bank’s donations to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, or its hiring of Mr. Clinton. But her involvement with UBS is a prime example of how the Clintons’ private and political activities overlap."

A judge is not happy with the State Department for how long it's taking to turn over documents from Hillary Clinton's tenure. "In a court hearing arising from the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon appeared incredulous at times about the amount of time it was taking and suggested the government should be able to move much faster in turning over thousands of pages of documents."

She's the latest 2016 candidate to participate in The Skimm, a morning newsletter directed at young people.

She'll call for lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba in a speech on Friday in Miami.

CRUZ: As Ted Cruz stands by his comments calling the Obama administration "the world's leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism," Mitt Romney chastised him on Twitter, saying "I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause."

KASICH: The super PAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich raised more than $11 million between April 20 and June 30, POLITICO reports.

Top aide John Weaver told Kelly O'Donnell that he's confident that Kasich will make the first debate.

PERRY: The AP reports that he's focusing less on his Christian beliefs. "Rick Perry bragged to an Iowa barbeque crowd about the strong economy back in Texas, drew laughs comparing President Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter and won applause vowing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. But in a state where evangelicals wield political influence, he didn't mention religion until 25 minutes into his address, and only then when asked about it."

RUBIO: The Washington Post looks back at Marco Rubio's first political job as a city commissioner. "In relative obscurity, he experimented with the occasional issue, such as how much residents should have to pay for government services, that would begin to define his ideology. He showed flashes of a thin skin. But, for the most part, he looked bored."

SANDERS: He spoke by video to what his campaign said was more than 100,000 supporters nationwide.

TRUMP: A Bloomberg Politics NH focus group offered a glimpse into what voters like about Donald Trump. “He's like one of us. He may be a millionaire, which separates him from everybody else, but besides the money issue, he's still in tune with what everybody is wanting,” Janet, a former dog breeder, said.


*** Thursday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with NAACP President Cornell Brooks and Washington Post Reporter Wesley Lowery regarding a police officer charged with murder after a traffic stop in Cincinnati Ohio, Former NTSB Investigator and MSNBC/NBC News Aviation Safety Analyst Greg Feith regarding a piece of debris found that may be from the missing airliner MH370, and Associated Press Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about an AP investigation into athletes in next year's Summer Olympics having to swim and boat in Rio De Janeiro’s contaminated waters.

*** Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Shelley Capito, Cincinnati City Manager Harold Black, Fmr. NTSB Investigator Greg Feith, Fmr. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, University of Pennsylvania Chair of Medical Ethics & Health Policy Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, the AP’s Julie Pace and NBC’s Tom Costello and Sarah Dallof.

*** Thursday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Thomas interviews Sam Dubose’s sister Terina Allen, family attorney Mark O'Mara, former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, and John Jay College professor Eugene O'Donnell about the Cincinnati campus officer indicted for murder, former NTSB Investigator Greg Feith and Security expert Anthony Roman about possible MH370 wreckage found, Bill Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley about mounting allegations against Cosby.