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2:20 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.
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street's latest panic: Trump could win  —  With Bush and Clinton taking their lumps, financial executives face populist critics in both parties.  —  NEW YORK — Wall Street is growing increasingly terrified that Donald Trump — once viewed as an amusing summertime distraction …
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
If Trump Gets GOP Nod, Kristol Says He'll Back A Third-Party Candidate  —  Conservative pundit Bill Kristol seems uneasy about Donald Trump's potential to win the Republican presidential primary.  —  The Weekly Standard Editor told CNN on Monday that he would be unable to back the real estate mogul.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Halperin Gets His Thug On
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Trump: 'I'm not going anywhere'
Discussion: TIME, Politico and Washington Post
Summer Fields / ABC News:
The Note: A Clash Over Trump
Discussion: and American Spectator
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Latinos see Trump as hurting GOP brand
Discussion: ThinkProgress and 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 …
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  —  pts.  —  Source: The Huffington Post Pollster, Charles Franklin  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton was inevitably going to lose some of her aura once she started campaigning.  The high favorability ratings she earned as Secretary of State simply weren't sustainable.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: College Students Shouldn't ‘Silence’ Conservative Speakers
Discussion: Jezebel
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Most say Kim Davis should issue marriage licenses to gay couples  —  Sixty-three percent of Americans say Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples regardless of her religious objections, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Discussion: Towleroad and Daily Kos
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
Top Planned Parenthood Exec Agrees Baby Parts Sales “A Valid Exchange,” …
Ashley Lee / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump for President?  Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Sandra Bullock Sound Off at TIFF  —  Bryan Cranston, Naomi Watts, Ellen Page, Geoffrey Rush and Davis Guggenheim assess the starry political scene, while suggesting who from Hollywood should jump to the Hill.
Kim Holland / KRQE-TV:
Court-ordered religious classes raise concerns  —  ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Holly Salzman was hoping to get some help co-parenting her 11-year-old twin boys with her ex-husband.  Instead she says she got 10 court-ordered religious sessions that she did not want.  —  “It's very inappropriate,” Salzman said.
Discussion: Friendly Atheist and Raw Story
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
CNN Hopes to Capture Candidates' Combative Spirit in G.O.P. Debate  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The leading Republican presidential hopefuls have spent the weeks since their first debate provoking each other, with distant taunts and tweeted insults.  —  And now CNN, which hosts …
Caroline Fredrickson / The Atlantic:
There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts  —  In early June, California labor regulators ruled that a driver for Uber, the app-based car service, was, in fact, an employee, not an independent contractor, and deserved back pay.  The decision made national news, with experts predicting a coming flood of lawsuits.
Discussion: ACS Blog
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.
Luqman Adeniyi / The Texas Tribune:
Nationalist Group Wants TX Secession on Primary Ballot … Texas already seceded once — in 1861, by popular vote in a statewide election.  —  But the Texas Nationalist Movement wants a repeat a century and a half later, and thinks the March GOP primary is the place to start.
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.
Discussion: Gawker, Jezebel, Slantpoint and
Daily Mail:
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke 'can't stand' sex scenes  —  As the star of the ‘sex and dragons’ drama Game Of Thrones, Emilia Clarke has disrobed in the name of her art numerous times, but she has now called for fewer explicit scenes on TV.  —  ‘Sex scenes should be more subtle,’ the 28-year-old tells me at a party in Mayfair.
Discussion: Mashable, The Daily Caller and UPROXX
New York Times:
Questions on the Blake Assault  —  Yes, they can start by firing him.  —  James Frascatore, the New York City police officer who jumped and assaulted an innocent man, James Blake, in Manhattan last Wednesday, has disgraced the department.  Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio should make an example of him.
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America's Legal Order Begins to Fray
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Advocates pressure House GOP to get moving on roads bill
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