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9:50 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
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's image continues to decline  —  It's been a bad summer for Hillary Rodham Clinton's polling numbers, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll brings additional bad news for her brand.  —  But it also shows something else: She continues to be popular among a broad coalition of Democrats …
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.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Clinton Goes Under Water; Trump Polarization Grows (POLL)
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Clinton, using private server, wrote and sent e-mails now deemed classified  —  While she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote and sent at least six e-mails using her private server that contained what government officials now say is classified 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 …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
BREAKING: Hillary Intentionally Originated And Distributed Highly Classified Information
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 …
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The man plotting Biden 2016
Sen. Warren: VP bid is 'something I'm not talking about'
Discussion: Political Wire and
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Coming Liberal Disaster at the Supreme Court  —  The beleaguered liberals on the Supreme Court had a great deal to celebrate in the term that ended in June.  Two epic cases, and even some lesser ones, went their way.  In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Justices ruled, five to four …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
China risks an economic discontinuity  —  Many believe the economy is already growing far more slowly than the government admits  —  David Daokui Lee, an influential Chinese economist, has argued that: “The stock market sell-off is not the problem . .  . the problem …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Romney Is Horrified by Trump — and That's Restarting ‘Mitt 2016’ Talk  —  “Mitt wants to run.  He never stopped wanting to run,” says a senior member of his 2012 team.  —  2.1k  —  Shares  —  2k  —  As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Trump compares himself to Reagan
Jim Fuglie / The Prairie Blog:
President Clinton.  Governor Stenehjem.  —  Two comments on the state of politics today:  — John Hoeven lied.  — Start practicing now, so you are ready, in 2017, to say “Governor Stenehjem” and “President Clinton.”  —  First John Hoeven.  I am glad that it took me a few days …
Discussion: INFORUM and Political Wire
New York Times:
Mr. Obama's Urgent Arctic Message  —  A presidential trip has enormous power to focus attention on a place and an issue, and President Obama's trip to Alaska has been minutely choreographed with visits to glaciers, threatened Inuit villages and the like to provide a stunning and alarming context …
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Gun control groups accused of ‘swatting’ open-carry permit holders, putting lives at risk  —  Rick Ector, of Detroit, recently told that people carrying guns, whether openly or concealed, lowers crime.  —  Second Amendment groups are accusing the gun control lobby …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters:
Black Lives Matter Activist: 'Fry ‘Em Like Bacon’ Chant Was In ‘Playful’ Context  —  Share it Tweet it  —  The “Pigs in a blanket.  Fry 'em like bacon!” chant by Black Lives Matter activists this weekend at the Minnesota State Fair was taken out of context, organizer Trahern Crews told …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump tangles with the Club for Growth  —  <p>Donald Trump unleashed his latest Twitter fire against Club for Growth, an anti-tax conservative 501(c)4 group that Republican candidates usually seek out as allies.</p><p>In two tweets Tuesday night, the Republican presidential candidate …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Xiaomi Considers Introducing Laptop to Compete With Apple  —  Xiaomi Corp. is considering the introduction of its first laptop early next year, people with direct knowledge of the matter said, opening a new front in its battle against Apple Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd.
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.
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 …
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Medium:
My thoughts on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  —  Today, after a period of rigorous examination, Representative Jeffries has decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  —  In the next few weeks, Congress will take action to express its approval or disapproval …
Discussion: WNYC News and New York Times
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Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Alleged child abuser kills himself as marshals close in, authorities say
Discussion: Telegraph
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
Amy Cutler / WCDC-TV:
2 hospitalized after boat explodes, catches fire at Fischers Marina
Discussion: WSLS-TV and WIAT-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Manu Raju / Politico:
Chaos in Colorado risks key Senate seat for GOP
Discussion: New York Times
Missouri man enjoys new life after freed on marijuana charge
Discussion: WTVR-TV, Raw Story and NBC News
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