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7:35 PM ET, September 16, 2015


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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 …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP debate: 5 things to watch  —  <p>LOS ANGELES — It's only the second of 12 scheduled GOP debates.  But Wednesday's primetime showdown at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley is poised to play a decisive role in culling the crowded Republican field.</p><p>In interviews conducted over the last week …
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
The experts speak.  —  As 15 Republican presidential candidates head …
Discussion: Politico
Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
To paraphrase the stars of the cutthroat reality TV competitions …
Discussion: Politico and news
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Scott Walker's last best chance
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The PJ Tatler
The Debate We Were Supposed to Have
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Press 1 for the Good Old Days
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Rand Paul Preparing To Go After Trump In The Debate: ‘I Think He Deserves Both Barrels’
Elizabeth F. Ralph / Politico:
‘Look in the Mirror, Fat Boy’  —  Ronald Reagan's sons discuss Donald Trump and 2016.  —  Ronald Reagan's sons have one thing to say to Donald Trump: We knew Ronald Reagan.  Ronald Reagan was our father.  And you're no Ronald Reagan.  —  The conservative 40th president has been a touchstone …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Rick Wilson / Politico:
It's Time to Declare War on Donald Trump  —  <p>D<i>ear Republican presidential candidates not named Donald: </i>Big night coming up, kids.  Everyone studying?  Memorizing your little quips and zingers?  Working on your heartfelt-but-humanizing presentation?
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.
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.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
You've probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school.  —  Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.  The future belongs to people like Ahmed.
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
‘They thought it was a bomb’: Ahmed Mohamed, Texas 9th grader, arrested after bringing a home-built clock to school
Discussion: Vox, NBC News, The Verge and Daily Kos
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 …
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Boehner Confronts Choices, None Easy, to Avoid Shutdown
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Boehner and his allies prepare fall battle with conservative GOP critics
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / BREITBART.COM:
White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis  —  President Obama will apparently test just how far Pope Francis' notorious tolerance will go by inviting a rogue's gallery of people opposed to Catholic teaching to greet the pontiff at the White House during his visit next week.
Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg Business:
Boy Arrested for Building Clock Gets a White House Invite From Obama
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg Business:
Obama Says U.S. Ready to Act Against China Over Hacking
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Texas Burger Joint Under Fire For Refusing to Serve Police Officers  —  A Whataburger location in Lewisville, Texas is under fire after a cashier allegedly told two police officers that the restaurant had a policy of not serving cops.  —  According to a local Fox affiliate …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump's Troll Party  —  As the candidates gather at the Reagan Library for the second 2016 presidential debate, a longtime conservative consultant says the Tea Party has morphed into the Troll Party—and it's a fight for the soul of the GOP.
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: The PJ Tatler and Horizons
‘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.
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.
“Email” Defines Clinton; “Immigration” Defines Trump  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has offered specific positions on a variety of issues while campaigning.  But when Gallup recently asked Americans …
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
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Peyton M. Craighill / Washington Post:
Obama's Iran deal will pass Congress, but it keeps losing public support
Nick Gass / Politico:
Study: Electronic voting machines in 43 states are out of date
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Franchise association chief stepping down
Discussion: Washington Post
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Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Hillary Clinton Thinks You're Stupid . . .
Sara Roth / USA Today:
Portland artist uses period blood for Trump portrait