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12:00 PM ET, September 17, 2015


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Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Jeb leaves a vacuum.  Who fills it?  —  If you were in Washington watching the Republican debate last night, you might have felt a small tilt in the floor, or heard the plates rattling gently in their cupboards.  —  That was the sound of the Republican establishment shifting …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The rest of the field figured out how to make Trump not quite as dominant  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Something unusual happened here Wednesday when the Republican presidential candidates met for their second debate: For the first time since he joined the race, Donald Trump wasn't the commanding presence on the stage.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trumped: His 14 most memorable debate lines  —  <p>Donald Trump did it again.  After an explosive first debate in which Trump clashed with the moderators and stole the show, the bomb-throwing frontrunner came out swinging at the second Republican debate in Simi Valley, California, on Wednesday.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Carly's Night  —  From the beginning of her campaign for president, Carly Fiorina has had to deal with lowered expectations, encapsulated in a frequent question: Aren't you just running for vice president?  “People ask that because I'm a woman and I'm not a politician,” she told me earlier this year.
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
‘Donald Trump Met His Match in Carly Fiorina’  —  18 political insiders pick the debate's winners and losers  —  ‘The candidate who made the least of his time was Scott Walker.’  —  Wednesday's debate was historic in at least one way: It was the first presidential primary debate in the history …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
No, Jeb Bush, Your Brother Did Not Keep Us Safe  —  Jeb looked delusional, but he wasn't alone.  —  GETTY JUSTIN SULLIVAN  —  “There's one thing I'll tell you about my brother,” said Jeb (!) Bush.  “He kept us safe.”  —  And everybody cheered.  —  I ran out of patience long ago with The Great Mulligan.
Discussion: Business Insider and Eschaton
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders: Carly crushed it  —  <p>Carly Fiorina nailed it in the second Republican debate.</p><p>That's the assessment of GOP insiders in a special edition of the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly survey of the top operatives, activists and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP leaders hope Right to Life can help head off shutdown  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to prevent the Republican uproar over the Planned Parenthood videos from snowballing into a government shutdown, GOP leaders are turning to one of Planned Parenthood's most implacable foes: the National Right to Life Committee.
Discussion: Erick on the Radio
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
A Trump lie: He tried to expand casino gambling in Florida
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood means ‘several thousand’ more births
James Nash / Bloomberg Business:
Long Shadow of Donald Trump Dominates Debate He Missed
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Politico
Elizabeth F. Ralph / Politico:
‘Look in the Mirror, Fat Boy’
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood is a symbol. This is the reality of one Ohio clinic.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Biden-Warren in 2016?  —  Until now, my position regarding the 2016 campaign has been to support Hillary Clinton for president and to be extravagantly friendly toward Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his supporters, who embody the heart, soul and idealism of the Democratic Party at its best.
Discussion: Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Hillary Clinton Is Stuck In A Poll-Deflating Feedback Loop
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
GOP debate ratings appear to set new CNN record  —  Wednesday's GOP debate appears to be the highest-rated event in CNN's history, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings.  —  The prime time debate averaged a 14.7 household rating, indicating that 1 in 7 American homes with TVs tuned in.
The Hill:
Obama invites suspended Muslim teen to the White House  —  A Texas teenager who was suspended from school for bringing a homemade clock to class received a 21st century invitation from President Obama on Wednesday to visit the White House.  —  Instead of making a traditional phone call …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ben Carson's shockingly weak debate performance  —  Dr. Ben Carson delivered what I thought was the worst performance in tonight's GOP presidential debate.  Make that debates.  He performed more poorly in the main event than even George Pataki did in the preliminary one.  —  Pataki was listless.
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Ben Carson gets hit in the head with a camera
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Transcript: Read the Full Text of the Second Republican Debate  —  Eleven Republican presidential candidates met at the Reagan Library for a primetime debate on CNN.  —  At the debate were real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
Florida Times Union:
Parents of Lonzie Barton arrested in Baker County on drug charges Wednesday night  —  The parents of Lonzie Barton face drug charges after they were taken into custody Wednesday night in Baker County following an investigation over the last month that involved three separate drug buys, Sheriff Joey Dobson said.
Discussion: Daily Mail
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Anthony Esposito / Reuters:
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Trump: I was on too much, treated fairly
Discussion: Business Insider and OnPolitics
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Glass Gets a New Name and Hires from Amazon
Anna Palmer / Politico:
McCarthy, Ryan call for end to Boehner drama
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump's Troll Party
Discussion: Hit & Run