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5:15 PM ET, September 15, 2015


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CBS News:
New poll: Donald Trump still leads, but Ben Carson makes strong gains  —  Shares -  —  At 27 percent nationally, Donald Trump maintains his frontrunner status among Republican primary voters, but Ben Carson is now close behind him, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds.
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Can Donald Trump Be Stopped?  —  Like almost everyone I know who is working on, covering, or closely following the presidential election, I spend about 60 percent of my waking hours talking about Donald Trump.  People want to know if he can win, if he will win, and what might possibly derail his candidacy.
First Draft / New York Times:
Today in Politics: In New Poll, Ben Carson Pulls Up Alongside an Idling Donald Trump  —  Good Tuesday morning.  The day before the second Republican debate, campaigns are honing their strategies, Twitter is looking at donations, and polls are rearranging the numbers and the leader board.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Halperin Gets His Thug On  —  I guess this is Trump Panic Day (or perhaps week, depending on what happens in Wednesday's GOP candidate debate), and the best sign of that is not so much the reports of angst on Wall Street as the reaction of everybody's favorite Insider Journalist …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Conservative pundit Bill Kristol: If Trump wins, I'd support a third-party choice  —  Donald Trump has signed a pledge to support the Republican Party's presidential nominee — even if it isn't him.  But one of the best-known pundits in conservative media isn't making the same promise.
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Club for Growth launches campaign against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Price Tag of Bernie Sanders's Proposals: $18 Trillion  —  Democratic presidential candidate's agenda would greatly expand government  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose liberal call to action has propelled his long-shot presidential campaign, is proposing an array of new programs …
Samantha Lachman / The Huffington Post:
A Pro-Clinton Super PAC Is Going Negative On Bernie Sanders  —  The group links Sanders to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and the United Kingdom's new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
No, Bernie Sanders is not going to bankrupt America to the tune of $18 trillion
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / New Republic:
Bernie Sanders Isn't Crazy to Court Evangelicals. But Here's Why It's a Tough Sell.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Obama hits ‘coddled’ liberal college students  —  President Obama is weighing in on the discussion over political dialogue on college campuses, saying students shouldn't be “coddled” from opposing views.  —  “It's not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem.
Libby Nelson / Vox:
POLICY & POLITICS  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — People concerned about liberal political correctness on college campuses have a powerful ally: President Obama.  —  At a town hall here on college affordability on Monday afternoon, one student asked Obama to respond to Republican presidential …
Annie Karni / Politico:
How Hillary Clinton is using old photographs to make herself more ‘relatable’  —  In a bid to burnish her image with voters, the Clinton campaign is flooding the Internet with nostalgic pictures of the Democratic front-runner.  —  Splashed across social media and the airwaves, the photos are hard to miss.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Signs of Hillary Clinton's Troubles, in Charts
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Portman / Tallahassee Democrat:
Thrasher fires back at Rubio  —  Florida State University President John Thrasher fired back at Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, who yesterday dissed on the university.  —  “He's a nice kid,” said FSU President John Thrasher, who served with Rubio in Florida legislature.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Florida Down on Bush, Rubio Campaigns
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
Fecklessness 101  —  Apparently the Obama administration turned down a Russian offer to dump Assad... because the Administration was sure he was going to fall on his own.  The Guardian reports: … If true, this was a staggering missed opportunity.  The President's string of misjudgments …
Discussion: Power Line and Guardian
Bastien Inzaurralde / Guardian:
West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'
Discussion: Hot Air and War in Context
Federal Data: U.S. Annually Admits Quarter Of A Million Muslim Migrants  —  A Breitbart News review of State Department and Homeland Security data reveals that the United States already admits more than a quarter of a million Muslim migrants each year.  President Obama intends to add another 10,000 Syrian migrants on top of that.
Clemens Wergin / New York Times:
Germany's Real Refugee Crisis
Discussion: Guardian
House GOP obsessed with Boehner's future  —  The speaker's allies believe he's being blackmailed by hardliners.  —  Speaker John Boehner says he's not worried about his political future, but the Ohio Republican's fate has become an overwhelming obsession of House Republicans.
Discussion: Daily Kos and BREITBART.COM
Justin Wm / Washington Post:
Having sex with robots is really, really bad, Campaign Against Sex Robots says  —  Imagine: It's 2030, or 2040, or 2050.  You're at home with your robot.  It's a hot night, and there's not much to do.  You're feeling a little romantic.  So you sidle on over ...  Stop.
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Facebook is working on a ‘dislike’ button  —  CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on Mark Zuckerberg's latest town hall.  —  Facebook is working on a “dislike” button for its posts.  —  The company's co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg revealed the ongoing tests during a question and answer session on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Verge, WOOD-TV and Your EDM
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Alabama Official: God Told Me to Ban Saggy Pants  —  God may also ban short skirts and skimpy dresses in the Alabama town of Dadeville.  —  He thought about it, prayed about it, and now an Alabama councilman is close to ending one local evil that's plagued him for years: saggy pants.
America's Voting Machines at Risk … Technology has changed dramatically in the last decade, but America's voting machines are rapidly aging out.  In 2016, for example, 43 states will use electronic voting machines that are at least 10 years old, perilously close to the end of most systems' expected lifespan.
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Discussion: Slantpoint, Telegraph and
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DCCC advised on plaintiffs' congressional maps  —  TALLAHASSEE — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was involved in reviewing maps submitted Tuesday to the court by one group of plaintiffs challenging the state's congressional districts.  —  The admission that partisan organizations …
Discussion: RedState
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Donald Trump's Grand Inquisitor  —  Hugh Hewitt drew Trump's ire with a smart question.  On Wednesday night, the conservative talk radio host will be ready for round 2.  —  Getty  —  When the motor-mouthed mogul next takes the stage with the ten nearest rivals who have failed for months to trip him up …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
‘They Killed My Son’: Heartbroken Mom Speaks Out After Student With Autism Found Dead on School Bus in Whittier
Discussion: KFOR-TV and Daily Mail
David Vitter / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter responds to question about prostitution scandal
Discussion: The Hayride
Bremerton football coach investigated for post-game prayers
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News Insider
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama won't watch second GOP debate
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
CNN Hopes to Capture Candidates' Combative Spirit in G.O.P. Debate
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Caroline Fredrickson / The Atlantic:
There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts
Discussion: ACS Blog
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Nationalist Group Wants TX Secession on Primary Ballot
New York Times:
For Those Who Remain in Syria, Daily Life Is a Nightmare
Discussion: Slantpoint