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9:50 AM ET, September 17, 2015


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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.
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.
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
A Trump lie: He tried to expand casino gambling in Florida  —  <p>Jeb Bush said Donald Trump gave him money in the form of political donations and then tried to get him to expand casino gambling in Florida.</p><p>Trump denied it — “I promise you, if I wanted it, I would've gotten it,” …
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 …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump fails to stampede GOP herd  —  <p>SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — For once, it wasn't all about Donald Trump.</p><p>While the billionaire businessman continues to dominate the polls, he took serious heat from all sides during the second Republican presidential debate here, with Trump's rivals managing …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
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 …
Andrew Romano / Yahoo:
This is the way Trump ends  —  SAN PEDRO, Calif. — It had all the makings of A Moment.  —  On the eve of the second Republican presidential debate, set to take place Wednesday at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., GOP frontrunner Donald Trump boarded the mighty USS Iowa battleship …
New York Times:
Candidates Use Second G.O.P. Debate to Taunt Donald Trump  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Determined to prove their mettle, several Republican presidential candidates showed new aggressiveness in lacing into Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night, using their latest televised debate to shame …
James Nash / Bloomberg Business:
Long Shadow of Donald Trump Dominates Debate He Missed
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
John Harwood / CNBC:
10 questions for Carly Fiorina
Washington Post:
Wednesday's GOP debate transcript, annotated
Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
To paraphrase the stars of the cutthroat reality TV competitions …
The Debate We Were Supposed to Have
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Instapundit
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
The experts speak.  —  As 15 Republican presidential candidates head …
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  —  It's the candidates who play the long game, and play by the establishment's rules, who usually win presidential nominations.  Political parties have lots of ways to influence the race in favor of these candidates …
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 …
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / BREITBART.COM:
White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis
Discussion: and Naked Politics
Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg Business:
Boy Arrested for Building Clock Gets a White House Invite From Obama
Bloomberg Business:
Obama Says U.S. Ready to Act Against China Over Hacking
Discussion: Politico
Anna Palmer / Politico:
McCarthy, Ryan call for end to Boehner drama  —  <p>The only two viable potential replacements for John Boehner as speaker of the House say they back the Ohio Republican and will oppose any effort to remove him from power.  But other high-ranking Republicans are testing the waters …
Discussion: Political Wire
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood is a symbol. This is the reality of one Ohio clinic.
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Boehner Confronts Choices, None Easy, to Avoid Shutdown
Discussion: Politico, neo-neocon and Hot Air
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
Sexbots: Why Women Should Panic  —  Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years, say experts.  Men are considering the prospect with curiosity and a sense of humour.  But academics and feminists are terrified and calling for them to be banned.  Let me tell you why.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Joe.My.God.
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.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Republican presidential debate: Live updates  —  Welcome to the CNN live blog, where we'll be bringing you all the best moments from the debate — on the stage, on social media and behind the scenes.  —  Your host for the evening is CNN political reporter Tal Kopan, who will also be bringing …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
How you can stream the GOP debate
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Daily News weathers another round of layoffs
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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump's Troll Party
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peyton M. Craighill / Washington Post:
Obama's Iran deal will pass Congress, but it keeps losing public support