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10:40 AM ET, September 16, 2015


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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.
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
‘They thought it was a bomb’: 9th grader arrested after bringing a home-built clock to school  —  Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed just wanted to get noticed by his teachers.  —  Instead, he got arrested.  —  In an incident that has raised allegations of racism and made a Texas school district …
Discussion: The Verge, Mashable and Althouse
Jason Whitely / WFAA-TV:
Irving ISD student detained for invention resembling bomb
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
John Harwood / CNBC:
Fiorina: Trump is going to hear a lot from me  —  'Mr. Trump's going to be hearing quite a lot from me': Fiorina  —  Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, fires back at front-runner Donald Trump, one of her most vocal detractors.
Discussion: NBC News and Business Insider
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.
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.”
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Close N.H. Race Between Trump, Carson
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Singer / OnPolitics:
If Donald Trump wins, what country would you flee to?
Barton Swaim / Washington Post:
The short, happy sentences of Donald Trump
Scott Wong / The Hill:
House conservatives warm to McCarthy as Speaker  —  With Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job in doubt, House conservatives have been holding internal talks about a new leadership coalition that could include Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker and more conservative members occupying lower rungs on the leadership ladder.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell threatens to bring Israel amendment into Iran debate
Manu Raju / CNN:
Conservatives press GOP leaders on Planned Parenthood
Discussion: RedState
House GOP obsessed with Boehner's future
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and BREITBART.COM
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 …
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Steve Rannazzisi, Comedian Who Told of 9/11 Escape, Admits He Lied  —  When the comedian Steve Rannazzisi has explained his success, which includes seven seasons starring on a popular TV show, “The League,” and a one-hour special this Saturday on Comedy Central, he has frequently attributed …
Discussion: USA Today, UPROXX, FOX40, Fox 59, Jezebel and
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters on Donald Trump: ‘He Is Pig-Ignorant’
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Watchdog says DHS networks vulnerable to hackers  —  The government agency responsible for defending federal networks from hackers needs to better secure its own internal systems, a government watchdog report released Tuesday concluded.  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) …
Discussion: Washington Post
Stephanos Bibas / National Review:
The Truth about Mass Incarceration  —  From the September 21, 2015, issue of NR  —  America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, outstripping even Russia, Cuba, Rwanda, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.  Though America is home to only about one-twentieth of the world's population …
New York Times:
Analysts Detail Claims That Reports on ISIS Were Distorted  —  WASHINGTON — A group of intelligence analysts have provided investigators with documents they say show that senior military officers manipulated the conclusions of reports on the war against the Islamic State …
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 …
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
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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