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11:55 AM ET, September 14, 2015


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Mike Wynn / USA Today:
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis won't authorize licenses  —  LOUISVILLE — In returning to work Monday, Kim Davis, the embattled Kentucky county clerk at the center of the dispute over gay marriage and religious liberty, indicated that she will not interfere with any deputy clerk who issues marriage licenses …
Timothy D. Easley / ABC News:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Conlon / CNN:
Kim Davis stands ground, offers alternative  —  (CNN)Kim Davis, county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, returned to work Monday, saying she will not issue any marriage licenses that go against her religious beliefs — but she left the door open for her deputies to continue to issue marriage licenses …
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Kentucky Clerk Allows Same-Sex Licenses, but Questions Legality  —  MOREHEAD, Ky. — Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who was jailed this month for defying a court order that she issue marriage licenses, said Monday that she would not block her employees from processing licenses for same-sex couples.
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
WATCH: Kim Davis' lawyer who compared her to Rosa Parks and MLK now compares her to Abraham Lincoln
Washington Post:
Poll: Trump, Carson top GOP race; Clinton leads Dems but support drops  —  Two non-politicians, businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, dominate the contest for the Republican nomination, together accounting for more than half of the potential vote as support …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   GOP senators would back Trump as Republican nominee
New York Times:
Ben Carson Works His Way Up the Donation Ladder
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and ABC News
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP at war  —  Forget presidential politics.  —  The real action in American politics these days is the in-house feud among Republicans.  It features the center-right GOP establishment in one corner and the talk show hosts and Tea Party activists in the other.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Politico:   The Key to Winning Down-Ballot Races
John Heilemann / Bloomberg Business:
Biden Secretly Meets With Top Obama Bundler During New York Swing  —  The 28 hours Joe Biden spent in New York City at the end of last week were a whirlwind of activity—much of it feeding the mounting speculation that he is inching ever closer to launching a late-starting presidential campaign.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Now-classified Clinton emails sitting on Google servers  —  Aides to the former secretary of state sent sensitive messages through Gmail and other private email services.  —  Classified emails passed through commercial email services like Google and AOL on their path to or from a private server maintained …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Associated Press:
HIGHLIGHTS OF WALKER'S ANTI-UNION PROPOSALS  —  Highlights of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed changes to federal labor law affecting unions, which the Republican presidential hopeful plans to lay out on Monday in a town hall meeting in Las Vegas:  —Make it illegal for federal workers to form unions.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:   Scott Walker to propose abolishing unions for federal workers
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
John Oliver Announces The Shuttering Of His Megachurch, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption  —  John Oliver announced the inevitable in a letter on Sunday: He's closing his month-old church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption.  —  Oliver established his own church in mid-August after realizing …
Discussion: Jezebel and Friendly Atheist
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Rebel billionaires eager to follow Trump into politics  —  The Donald's success has Mark Cuban considering a run for office.  He's not the only famously rich guy suddenly inspired.  —  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is so impressed with Donald Trump's success that he is now considering running for office himself.
Discussion: Business Insider
Fox News:
Cops shoot and kill alleged gunman who murdered rookie Kentucky state trooper  —  A man suspected of fatally shooting a Kentucky trooper was shot and killed by state police early Monday morning, cops confirmed to  —  Authorities said 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks …
Jessica Goodman /
JACK WHITE RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS HE TRIED TO FIGHT BLACK KEYS DRUMMER PATRICK CARNEY IN NYC BAR (UPDATE)  —  UPDATE: Patrick Carney responded to Jack White's statement about the alleged fight that took place between the two musicians in New York Sunday night.
Discussion: UPROXX, Guardian and
Washington Post:
Sanders brings surging campaign to two very different parts of Virginia on Monday  —  The “political revolution” that Bernie Sanders is attempting to lead rolls into Virginia on Monday with a pair of events that will test the mettle of the surging Democratic presidential hopeful.
Erin Kotlan / The Atlantic:
The Intersection of Faith and Politics
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
A scarcity of economic growth
Discussion: Hit & Run
The Federalist:
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Discussion: Erick on the Radio
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Slipping far back in polls, can Jeb Bush bounce back in the next debate?
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
In church address, Hillary Clinton pledges to be nicer to the media
Ian Katz / Bloomberg Business:
Kasich Says He Backs Obama on Bringing Syrian Refugees to U.S.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
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Mary Mitchell / Chicago Sun Times:
Rape case sends mixed messages on prostitution
Discussion: Jezebel, Addicting Info and Raw Story
Ian Tuttle / National Review:
Ben Carson's Immigration Plan
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Timothy Snyder / New York Times:
The Next Genocide  —  New Haven — BEFORE he fired the shot …
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
A Hunting Ban Saps a Village's Livelihood
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
‘Case Disrupted’ Ahead of Pope Francis Visit to US, Says House Homeland Security Chair
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
In the Left's Story of Government, the State Is Always the Hero