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Donald Trump’s lawyer’s comments that marital rape isn’t a crime rightly inspired outrage. They were both offensive and wrong on the law. Sadly, however, Cohen’s comments reflect the prevalent view that marital rape is not “real” rape, a view still informing the law on the books and in practice.

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One week after a gunman killed two people after opening fire in a Lafayette, La. movie theater, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said that people should be able to bring firearms into movie theaters.

"I’m a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well," he said on CNN in response to a question about former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) recent comments about guns in theaters, according to The Hill.

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Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential field in yet another poll on Thursday, but his favorability was the lowest of any candidate and he lost all three match-ups with Democrats tested by Quinnipiac University in a poll released on Thursday.

Twenty percent of registered Republican voters said they would vote for Trump in the Republican primary, with 13 percent favoring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and 10 percent choosing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

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Before Donald Trump was dominating sitting governors and U.S. senators in the polls, the top GOP presidential contender was facing off with an adversary of a different sort: Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.

In 2007, the two moguls staged a pay-per-view standoff known as the “Battle of the Billionaires." Akin to how 2016 candidates use surrogates to hash it out on cable news, Trump and McMahon used proxy wrestlers -- Trump, the Bobby Lashley; McMahon, the Umaga -- to settle their “beef.” Their wager? The loser would have his head shaved. If only the stakes of the 2016 debates were so high.

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Rick Perlstein is the national correspondent for the The Washington Spectator, where this article first appeared. His most recent book is The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.

Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential nomination contests. The personality-driven trivia. The hokey generalizations. The bogs of conventional wisdom. The day-by-day scorekeeping that ends up worse than uninformative; it is anti-informative. (Just ask Presidents George Romney, Edmund Muskie, Scoop Jackson, John Connally, Richard Gephardt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.) The utter failure to inform the public of the actual, on-the-ground dynamics of the nuts-and-bolts process by which the parties chose their standard-bearers, and the larger dynamics that drive party trends from decade to decade.

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Updated: July 29, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year.

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