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9:15 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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Club for Growth launches campaign against Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
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!
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Was Sanders Actually Fishing For Votes at Liberty University?
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNN and ThinkProgress
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Price Tag of Bernie Sanders's Proposals: $18 Trillion
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / New Republic:
Bernie Sanders Isn't Crazy to Court Evangelicals. But Here's Why It's a Tough Sell.
Discussion: Slantpoint
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 …
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Facebook Says It's Introducing a ‘Dislike’ Button
Discussion: Bloomberg Business, Re/code and US News
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Facebook is working on a ‘dislike’ button
Politico:
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.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Florida Down on Bush, Rubio Campaigns
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel, Hot Air and Daily Kos
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama won't watch second GOP debate  —  President Obama will follow news coverage of the second Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday night, but he won't be tuning in.  —  “He has better things to do,” press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked why Obama is skipping the debate, which will air on CNN.
Discussion: Jezebel and Mediaite
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House open to short-term funding bill to prevent shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Libby Nelson / Vox:
POLICY & POLITICS  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — People concerned …
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
Politico:
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: BREITBART.COM and Daily Kos
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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.
Bastien Inzaurralde / Guardian:
West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'  —  Exclusive: Senior negotiator describes rejection of alleged proposal, since when tens of thousands have been killed and millions displaced  —  Russia proposed more than three years ago that President Bashar al-Assad …
Discussion: Hot Air and War in Context
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Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
Fecklessness 101  —  Apparently the Obama administration turned …
Discussion: Guardian and Power Line
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.
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: Tales from the Trail and Hot Air
 
 
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David Vitter / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
David Vitter responds to question about prostitution scandal
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The Huffington Post:
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