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2:50 PM ET, September 16, 2015


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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.
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 …
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Press 1 for the Good Old Days
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Daily Kos
Mike Ciandella / NewsBusters:
CNN Spends 78 Percent of Prime Time GOP Campaign Coverage on Trump
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Rand Paul Preparing To Go After Trump In The Debate: ‘I Think He Deserves Both Barrels’
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Debate Expectations, Reagan Library Edition
Wall Street Journal:
Cable TV News Binges on Trump Coverage
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
A day before the GOP debate, Donald Trump talks national security on board a battleship
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Video Exclusive: Donald Trump Talks About The Bible And Book Of Proverbs  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File at his golf course in Southern California, GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump heaps praise on the Bible and refers to the Book of Proverbs when discussing envy.
Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters on Donald Trump: ‘He Is Pig-Ignorant’
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
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 …
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Franchise association chief stepping down  —  The head of the International Franchise Association (IFA), Steve Caldeira, is stepping down, the organization plans to announce on Wednesday.  —  His resignation, effective immediately, comes after a dispute over renewing his contract with the organization.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Sean McElwee / American Prospect:
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
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Discussion: 9to5Mac, Consumerist and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP rivals hope more subdued debate setting throws Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Allen / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook, presented by Qualcomm …
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