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12:55 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 …
Jason Whitely / WFAA-TV:
Irving ISD student detained for invention resembling bomb
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 …
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:
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
A day before the GOP debate, Donald Trump talks national security on board a battleship
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson closes in on Trump in NH poll
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Close N.H. Race Between Trump, Carson
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Trump, Sanders, Corbyn, Syriza, and Scottish Nationalists
Discussion: Erick on the Radio
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters on Donald Trump: ‘He Is Pig-Ignorant’
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Paul Singer / OnPolitics:
If Donald Trump wins, what country would you flee to?
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 …
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  —  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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch
What's at stake for 2016ers on debate night
Discussion: Texas Monthly and Poynter.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Politico
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 …
Washington Post:
Boehner and his allies prepare fall battle with conservative GOP critics  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is bracing for what could be the toughest weeks of his speakership as several dozen conservatives in his party are threatening to topple him unless he is more ferocious with Democrats during the upcoming fiscal showdowns.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Scott Wong / The Hill:
House conservatives warm to McCarthy as Speaker
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and BREITBART.COM
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Delays Release Of watchOS 2 Due To Bug  —  Apple has delayed the release of watchOS 2, which was expected to be available today to owners of the Apple Watch.  —  “We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Consumerist and Engadget
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP rivals hope more subdued debate setting throws Trump  —  The candidates won't have the benefit of a raucous crowd when they face off at the Reagan Presidential Library.  —  When Donald Trump steps onto the debate stage Wednesday, he'll face his rivals for the first time without one of his most valuable assets: a crowd.
Discussion: Political Wire
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John L. Allen Jr / Crux:
Pope warns religious orders: Take in refugees, or pay property taxes
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Watchdog says DHS networks vulnerable to hackers
Discussion: Washington Post
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