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8:55 AM ET, September 16, 2015


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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson closes in on Trump in NH poll  —  Ben Carson is catching up to Donald Trump in the race for next year's GOP presidential nomination, according to a new poll in New Hampshire.  —  The WBUR survey released on Wednesday said that Trump now leads the retired neurosurgeon by just 4 points in the Granite State.
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: Daily Kos and Progress Pond
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Close N.H. Race Between Trump, Carson  —  Businessman Donald Trump leads retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, 22 percent to 18 percent, according to WBUR's first poll of the race.  —  Trump's lead is within the survey's margin of error of 4.9 percent.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
Joe Biden: Donald Trump's ‘sick’ message is xenophobic  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's campaign remarks about Mexican immigrants represent a play to the to worst parts of society, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.  —  Speaking at a reception marking Hispanic Heritage Month …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:   Donald Trump's Grand Inquisitor
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Conservative pundit Bill Kristol: If Trump wins, I'd support a third-party choice
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.
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
House GOP obsessed with Boehner's future
Discussion: The Hill, BREITBART.COM and Daily Kos
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House open to short-term funding bill to prevent shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters on Donald Trump: ‘He Is Pig-Ignorant’
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
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 …
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
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Mike Allen / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook, presented by Qualcomm - GAME DAY!  We're all watching Jeb v. Trump - RAND to pummel Trump as ‘a fake conservative’ - Will Carly rise?  - Can Walker, Christie break through?  - ROB O'DONNELL to White House - AN APP TO TRY: Sidewire  —  Good Wednesday morning.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Cable TV News Binges on Trump Coverage  —  CNN, more than rivals, focuses on the candidate; all get a ratings boost  —  Cable news can't get enough of Donald Trump.  —  Since announcing his run for president in June, the real-estate developer and reality-TV star has dominated coverage of the 2016 race …
Discussion: Associated Press
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Trump, Sanders, Corbyn, Syriza, and Scottish Nationalists  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Donald Trump, the brash, often incoherent leftist-turned-Republican, leads all polls for the GOP presidential nomination.  Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist buddy of Hamas who wants …
Discussion: Erick on the Radio
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.
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: OnPolitics, Hullabaloo and New Republic
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.
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt Dixon / Politico:
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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
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Teen Arrested for Planning Alleged ISIS-Inspired Attack on Pope
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Jennifer Portman / Tallahassee Democrat:
Thrasher fires back at Rubio
Federal Data: U.S. Annually Admits Quarter Of A Million Muslim Migrants