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9:40 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.
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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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.
Fred Thys / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Close N.H. Race Between Trump, Carson  —  Businessman Donald Trump leads retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, 22 percent to 18 percent, according to WBUR's first poll of the race.  —  Trump's lead is within the survey's margin of error of 4.9 percent.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell threatens to bring Israel amendment into Iran debate  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning Democrats that if they block a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal, he will force a vote on a contentious amendment related to Israel and U.S. prisoners.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Conservatives press GOP leaders on Planned Parenthood
Discussion: RedState
Politico:
House GOP obsessed with Boehner's future
Discussion: The Hill, BREITBART.COM and Daily Kos
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House open to short-term funding bill to prevent shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Kory Grow / Rolling Stone:
Roger Waters on Donald Trump: ‘He Is Pig-Ignorant’  —  Pink Floyd co-founder calls presidential candidate the “epitome of anything that might be considered bad”  —  With a GOP debate scheduled for Wednesday, Roger Waters won't be throwing his support behind Donald Trump.
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Study: 53 percent of Jeb Bush's tax cuts would go to the top 1 percent  —  Jeb Bush's tax plan would cut individual income taxes for almost all Americans, but would not do so equally.  In fact, according to a new analysis from Citizens for Tax Justice, more than half the dollar value …
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BBC:
Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys  —  A campaign has been launched calling for a ban on the development of robots that can be used for sex.  —  Such a use of the technology is unnecessary and undesirable, said campaign leader Dr Kathleen Richardson.
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Justin Wm / Washington Post:
Having sex with robots is really, really bad, Campaign Against Sex Robots says
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
FINALLY: You'll soon be able to ‘dislike’ things on Facebook, says Mark Zuckerberg  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Facebook is finally working on a “Dislike” button.  —  " I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years.  Today is a special day because today …
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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
Author Earnings:
AAP Reports Own Shrinking Market Share, Media Mistakes It for Flat US Ebook Market  —  In the 18 months between February 2014 and September 2015, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), whose 1200 members include the “Big Five”:  —  Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette —
Discussion: Moe Lane and Vox Popoli
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Trump, Sanders, Corbyn, Syriza, and Scottish Nationalists  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Donald Trump, the brash, often incoherent leftist-turned-Republican, leads all polls for the GOP presidential nomination.  Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist buddy of Hamas who wants …
Discussion: Erick on the Radio
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Bets on Insurance Startup Oscar Health
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Was Sanders Actually Fishing For Votes at Liberty University?
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
DCCC advised on plaintiffs' congressional maps
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Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
‘They Killed My Son’: Heartbroken Mom Speaks Out After Student With Autism Found Dead on School Bus in Whittier
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Jennifer Portman / Tallahassee Democrat:
Thrasher fires back at Rubio