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11:10 AM 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 …
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.
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 …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Who Won the Second Republican Presidential Debate?  —  What did the nation learn about the Republican candidates on Wednesday night?  —  First, viewers learned that the presidential contenders are delighted to take swipes at each other all night, if given the opportunity.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
A Trump lie: He tried to expand casino gambling in Florida
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders: Carly crushed it
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ben Carson's shockingly weak debate performance
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Betsy's Page
James Nash / Bloomberg Business:
Long Shadow of Donald Trump Dominates Debate He Missed
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Hot Air
Elizabeth F. Ralph / Politico:
‘Look in the Mirror, Fat Boy’
The Debate We Were Supposed to Have
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Instapundit
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Carly Fiorina is wrong about the Planned Parenthood tapes.  I know because I watched them.  —  Carly Fiorina gave a harrowing description of the Planned Parenthood sting videos at Wednesday's Republican debate.  She challenged Barack Obama to watch “a fully formed fetus on the table …
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
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  —  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 …
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
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.
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Keiko Ujikane / Bloomberg Business:
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Anna Palmer / Politico:
McCarthy, Ryan call for end to Boehner drama
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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
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Ben Carson gets hit in the head with a camera
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