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8:40 AM ET, September 2, 2015


 Top Items: 
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
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
Discussion: New York Times
Manu Raju / Politico:
Chaos in Colorado risks key Senate seat for GOP
Discussion: New York Times
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: Washington Monthly and 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 …
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
Chicago Tribune:
Fox Lake police officer shot and killed, manhunt underway in Lake County
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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
Amy Cutler / WCDC-TV:
2 hospitalized after boat explodes, catches fire at Fischers Marina
Discussion: WSLS-TV and WIAT-TV
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
 Earlier Items: 
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