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2:30 PM 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 …
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.
James V. Grimaldi / Wall Street Journal:
Records Show Scant Reagan-Trump Ties  —  Reagan Library files indicate real-estate developer was rebuffed in many entreaties to former president  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif.—Like many hopefuls before him, presidential candidate Donald Trump has embraced Ronald Reagan, the icon of the modern Republican Party.
Sara Roth / USA Today:
Portland artist uses period blood for Trump portrait … A Portland artist used her own menstrual blood to paint a Donald Trump portrait.  She did so after hearing Trump's disparaging remarks about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.  VPC  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland artist's unusual painting is making national headlines.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Debate Expectations, Reagan Library Edition
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
A day before the GOP debate, Donald Trump talks national security on board a battleship
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters on Donald Trump: ‘He Is Pig-Ignorant’
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
What's at Stake in the Second Republican Debate: Full Panic in the GOP  —  If you imagine a scenario in which Donald Trump vanishes from the Republican presidential race, and isn't replaced by an equally brash panderer—that is, where his supporters scatter to a variety of other second-choice candidates …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Scott Walker's last best chance  —  His team promises a better performance.  Without it, the money might well dry up. … Scott Walker needs to reassure his supporters and his donors.  And Wednesday's debate might be his last chance.  —  After a sleepy performance in the first Republican …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Press 1 for the Good Old Days  —  Maybe I've missed something, but I suspect Donald Trump rallies like the one in Dallas Monday night are bringing back a dynamic we haven't seen since a certain Alabama governor ran for president.  Check out this account from Politico's Ben Schreckinger:
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Close N.H. Race Between Trump, Carson
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson closes in on Trump in NH poll
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 …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
House GOP wants McConnell to go nuclear  —  Multiple House Republicans want Senate leaders to “go nuclear” over the Obama administration's deal with Iran now that Democrats have stymied efforts to derail the accord by conventional means.  —  A small but growing number of GOP lawmakers …
Washington Post:
Boehner and his allies prepare fall battle with conservative GOP critics
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Scott Wong / The Hill:
House conservatives warm to McCarthy as Speaker
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and BREITBART.COM
‘Black Lives Matter’ post leads to police chief's retirement  —  SURF CITY, NC (WECT) -  —  Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead has retired effective immediately following an emergency meeting called in reference to a Facebook post he made.  Major Ron Shanahan will take over as Interim Chief.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Horizons
Mike Ciandella / NewsBusters:
CNN Spends 78 Percent of Prime Time GOP Campaign Coverage on Trump  —  Share it Tweet it  —  When the GOP candidates assemble on CNN's stage Wednesday night, they will be appearing on a network that has virtually ignored most of them, while spending vast amounts of time covering the now-frontrunner, businessman Donald Trump.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Cable TV News Binges on Trump Coverage
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 …
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Hillary Clinton Thinks You're Stupid . . .  . . . and guess what?  If you support her, you are.  —  Newsflash: Hillary Clinton thinks you're stupid.  And if you still support her, then you must be stupid, too.  —  During a speech at Northern Iowa University on Monday …
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 …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP rivals hope more subdued debate setting throws Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Allen / Politico:
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