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1:20 AM ET, September 16, 2015


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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell threatens to bring Israel amendment into Iran debate  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning Democrats that if they block a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal, he will force a vote on a contentious amendment related to Israel and U.S. prisoners.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Manu Raju / CNN:
Conservatives press GOP leaders on Planned Parenthood  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes it's an “exercise in futility” to try and defund Planned Parenthood this month.  —  Not all of his Senate Republican colleagues agree.
Discussion: RedState
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House open to short-term funding bill to prevent shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
House GOP obsessed with Boehner's future
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
Joe Biden Decries Donald Trump's ‘Sick Message’ on Hispanic Immigrants  —  Vice President Joe Biden took aim at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday, blasting the real estate mogul for “absolutely denigrating an entire group of people.”
CBS News:
New poll: Donald Trump still leads, but Ben Carson makes strong gains
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Florida Down on Bush, Rubio Campaigns
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and Orlando Sentinel
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
FINALLY: You'll soon be able to ‘dislike’ things on Facebook, says Mark Zuckerberg  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Facebook is finally working on a “Dislike” button.  —  " I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years.  Today is a special day because today …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Facebook Says It's Introducing a ‘Dislike’ Button  —  For more than six years, every Facebook status, photo, or page has had a little “Like” button hovering next to it.  Want to show your approval?  Click that button.  —  But not everything in the world is meant to be approved.
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Facebook is working on a ‘dislike’ button
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
No, Bernie Sanders is not going to bankrupt America to the tune of $18 trillion  —  The big policy headline today comes from the Wall Street Journal, which delivers this alarming message: … Holy cow!  He must be advocating for some crazy stuff that will bankrupt America!
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Was Sanders Actually Fishing For Votes at Liberty University?  —  When I heard about Bernie Sanders choosing to speak at one of Liberty University's famous “convos” where so many right-wing figures have spoken in the past, my initial reaction was probably the same as pretty much everybody's: “Huh!
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNN and ThinkProgress
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / New Republic:
Bernie Sanders Isn't Crazy to Court Evangelicals. But Here's Why It's a Tough Sell.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Bobby Jindal / CNN:
Conservatives need to say what we are thinking: Donald Trump is a madman who must be stopped.  Failure to speak out against Trump is an endorsement of Clinton.  —  We do need to Make America Great Again.  We do need to burn down Washington.  We do need to eradicate political correctness.
Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys  —  A campaign has been launched calling for a ban on the development of robots that can be used for sex.  —  Such a use of the technology is unnecessary and undesirable, said campaign leader Dr Kathleen Richardson.
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Club for Growth launches campaign against Trump  —  Destroy The Donald.  That threat has been coming for months from the Club for Growth, but on Tuesday the influential free-enterprise advocacy group finally put its money where its mouth has been.  —  The group's political arm is launching …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Halperin Gets His Thug On
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Former Romney Adviser Stuart Stevens on Loss, the GOP's Race Problem, and Why Trump Won't Win  —  “For Donald Trump to win, everything we know about politics has to be wrong.  And I don’t think it is.”  —  Shares  —  Stuart Stevens is the type of Renaissance man seemingly conjured …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Jeb Bush video about America uses stock footage from foreign countries  —  Jeb Bush's super PAC Right to Rise used stock video images from England and Asia for its new video, which seeks to contrast the former Florida governor's optimism about America's future with Donald Trump's pessimism about its present.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Remember Jade Helm 15, the controversial military exercise?  It's over.  —  The military exercise Jade Helm 15 generated enough conspiracy theories this year that it garnered mockery on late-night television, commentary from presidential candidates and reaction from the Texas governor.
Avi Selk / Dallas Morning News:
Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school: ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’  —  IRVING — Ahmed Mohamed — who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart — hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High on Monday.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Raw Story
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
20 Minutes With Tim Cook  —  The Apple CEO addresses new iPhone features, privacy concerns, the iPad Pro as a desktop replacement, and why you can't delete that pesky Stocks app, in a car ride across Manhattan.  —  Managing Editor, BuzzFeed San Francisco  —  Tim Cook is twisted sideways …
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.
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.
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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Bets on Insurance Startup Oscar Health
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DCCC advised on plaintiffs' congressional maps
Discussion: RedState
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
L.A. Touts Itself as “Northern Capital of Latin America” for 2024 Olympic Bid
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
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Teen Arrested for Planning Alleged ISIS-Inspired Attack on Pope
Discussion: Telegraph, Slantpoint and
Federal Data: U.S. Annually Admits Quarter Of A Million Muslim Migrants
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David Vitter / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter responds to question about prostitution scandal
Discussion: The Hayride
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Donald Trump's Grand Inquisitor
Discussion: Tales from the Trail
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama won't watch second GOP debate
Discussion: Jezebel and Mediaite
Caroline Fredrickson / The Atlantic:
There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts
Discussion: ACS Blog