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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night tore into Fox News for the polls they used to decide which ten Republican presidential candidates will compete in the first debate on Thursday night.

"This is nuts. can’t believe they did this," Maddow said. "I mean, I get that Fox News only wants to have 10 candidates on the stage. They know, and everybody knows, that arbitrarily setting this 10-candidate cutoff when you’ve got 17 people running is gonna have politically-fatal consequences for if not all, at least most of the candidates who make that top 10."

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North Carolina is not one of the states where the U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" is taking place this summer. Nevertheless, three men from Gaston County were charged with conspiring to arm themselves with illegal explosive devices to combat what they saw as a potential military takeover, according to court documents unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, announced on Monday by President Obama, sets the first-ever national standards for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. These plants are the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, but even given these stakes, it’s surprising how highly the plan was anticipated.

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As the 2010 midterm elections approached, it initially looked organic. Dozens, sometimes even hundreds of people were attending congressional town halls across the country, turning every event into a referendum over the recently passed Affordable Care Act. At that point, “Obamacare” was still considered a slur rather than the now-popular health care reform act that has helps millions of people, and Democrats were scrambling to defend their support of a program that at that time had no lived experience to offer to critics.

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While defending Republicans' effort to defund Planned Parenthood over a series of "sting" videos targeting the organization, presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubted the $500 million or so in federal funds currently going to support health services offered at clinics is even necessary.

"You can take dollar for dollar -- though I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues -- but if you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine organizations ... to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues," Bush said Tuesday, speaking at a the Southern Baptist Convention.

A Senate bill that failed to overcome a filibuster Monday would have redirected the $500 million to other women's healthcare providers such as federal community health centers. Planned Parenthood defenders argue those health centers to not have the capabilities to handle the influx of patients that would arise if Planned Parenthood could no longer use federal funds to treat women.

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