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7:40 AM ET, September 2, 2015


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Mark Preston / CNN:
CNN amends GOP debate criteria  —  Washington (CNN)CNN is amending the criteria for its Republican presidential debate on September 16, possibly opening the door for Carly Fiorina to join the other top-tier candidates on the stage.  —  The cause: a lack of national public polling following …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
How Carly Fiorina earned a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate  —  The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates on the main stage at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   CNN changes debate criteria
Connie Wilhelm / Medium:
Leaders ask CNN to include Carly in debate
Discussion: Guardian
Steven Nelson / US News:
Kentucky Clerk Fighting Gay Marriage Has Wed Four Times  —  A fellow gay marriage-resisting county clerk says 'that's forgivable.'  —  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, is pictured at her office in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.  —  The Kentucky county clerk facing potentially stiff penalties …
Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
Judge Orders Clerk, Her Entire Staff To Court After Refusing Licenses Yet Again (VIDEO)
New York Times:
Kentucky Clerk Denies Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Defying Court
Washington Post:
It's on: Jeb Bush embraces a risky fight with Donald Trump  —  MIAMI — Jeb Bush went on the offensive Tuesday against GOP front-runner and frequent antagonist Donald Trump, releasing an attack video portraying the mogul as a closet liberal and signaling that he will attempt to bring Trump down in coming weeks.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Supporters Think Obama is A Muslim Born in Another Country
Kerry Eleveld / Daily Kos:
Vast majority of Trump supporters think Obama is a Muslim born in another country
Officer dies, manhunt for 3 armed suspects in Fox Lake  —  Share Update: … FOX LAKE, Ill. — A manhunt is underway for three armed suspects after a Fox Lake police officer was fatally shot in the head Tuesday morning, sources tell WGN.  —  At a brief news conference Tuesday …
Chicago Tribune:
Fox Lake police officer shot and killed, manhunt underway in Lake County
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Joe Biden Delusion  —  Many politicians seem intent on holding themselves as far back from us as possible, on parceling themselves out in only the smallest and most controlled bits.  Even as they implore us to love them and insist that we trust them, they're stingy.  Cagey.  Coiled.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds move to consolidate lawsuits over Hillary Clinton emails
Discussion: ABC News, Fox News and Mediaite
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
Dick and Liz Cheney Slam Hillary Clinton, Encourage Joe Biden to Run
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
BREAKING: Hillary Intentionally Originated And Distributed Highly Classified Information  —  A review of recently released e-mails shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly originated and distributed highly classified national security information.
James S. Robbins / USA Today:
Hillary Clinton is not an email crook: Column  —  The server fracas isn't Watergate, yet, but the Democratic front-runner is starting to sound a little like Richard Nixon.  —  Last month, famed Washington Post reporter and Watergate investigator Bob Woodward said that the email scandal …
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Hats off to Sanders in Iowa poll, but Clinton has good news, too  —  Let's start with hats off to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — written by someone who is a longtime friend and strong supporter of Hillary Clinton — for the strong showing in The Des Moines Register's most recent poll.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
‘Hillary 2016’ Has Never Made Sense for Democrats
Discussion: Liberal Values
David Weigel / Washington Post:
New James O'Keefe video: Clinton campaign allowed a foreigner to acquire official swag  —  Conservative undercover journalist James O'Keefe has released the second in an ongoing series of videos inside Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The latest from Project Veritas Action accuses …
Patrick Gomez /
FIRST PHOTOS: Meet The Muppets' Kermit the Frog's New Girlfriend Denise  —  Well, that didn't take long.  —  It's been less than month since Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy announced they were splitting after four decades together, but it appears the plush amphibian has already moved on.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly's Murrow moment  —  Donald Trump has a history of hurling verbal abuses against women that should be condemned by every Republican officeholder at every level of government — especially GOP women — and thoroughly reported by those who consider themselves professional journalists.
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families  —  45% of Americans Are Catholic or Connected to Catholicism  —  When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families …
Official Google Blog:
Google's look, evolved  —  So why are we doing this now?  Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC.  These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Chris Coons and Bob Casey back Iran deal, putting Obama one vote from major diplomatic victory  —  Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have decided to support the Iran nuclear deal, putting President Obama on the brink of a major diplomatic breakthrough that will allow …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Obama one vote away from securing Iran deal
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
WH staffer indicted on assault charges
Discussion: Mediaite
Gordon G. Chang / The National Interest:
2015: The Year China Goes Broke?
Discussion: The Atlantic
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Xiaomi Considers Introducing Laptop to Compete With Apple
Discussion: The Verge and VentureBeat
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
President Obama, Commute Sharanda Jones' Sentence
Discussion: Hit & Run and Instapundit
Amy Cutler / WCDC-TV:
2 hospitalized after boat explodes, catches fire at Fischers Marina
Discussion: WSLS-TV and WIAT-TV
Manu Raju / Politico:
Chaos in Colorado risks key Senate seat for GOP
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Missouri man enjoys new life after freed on marijuana charge
Discussion: WTVR-TV, Raw Story and NBC News
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump compares himself to Reagan
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Justice Department Sides With Planned Parenthood in Lawsuit
Discussion: Daily Kos, Weasel Zippers and Hit & Run
Oliver Renick / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. Stocks Tumble as China Slowdown Deepens Concerns on Growth
Discussion: Mashable and NPR
David Hodari / Telegraph:
10,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees after author's call
Discussion: Slantpoint, Slate and Fusion