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2:15 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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Carly Fiorina won the GOP debate, but fact checkers will have a field day  —  At Wednesday's CNN debate, Carly Fiorina did what no other Republican has been able to do: she stopped Donald Trump cold.  —  CNN's Jake Tapper provided the opening.  “In an interview last week in Rolling Stone magazine …
Joe Klein / TIME:
How to Make Donald Trump Disappear  —  It's coming  —  We now know how to make Donald Trump disappear: talk policy.  He simply has nothing useful to say.  He'll deal with it when the time comes.  He'll hash out Syria with Putin.  He'll hire people.  “Killers,” no doubt, as he likes to say.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Sound and Fury Signifying Little
NBC News:
Jeb Bush Walks Back Pitch for Thatcher on $10 Bill
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
‘Donald Trump Met His Match in Carly Fiorina’
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
A Trump lie: He tried to expand casino gambling in Florida
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump fails to stampede GOP herd
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
On The Clock: Who Spoke The Longest
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Dems block amendment linking Iran deal to Israel  —  Democrats on Thursday blocked a last-ditch effort from Republicans to stop the Iran nuclear deal by linking the agreement to Israel and American prisoners.  —  Senators voted 53-45 on an amendment from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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 …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP leaders hope Right to Life can help head off shutdown
Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP senator breaks with McConnell strategy
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood means ‘several thousand’ more births
Discussion: Politico and
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Fearsome fiscal cliff looms for Congress
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
More Wisconsin Emails  —  How investigators targeted conservative Supreme Court justices  —  Our liberal friends in Wisconsin are unhappy.  They think someone is leaking emails that make the state's partisan campaign regulators look bad.  We'll plead guilty to having sources, but the emails are news and they sure are revealing.
Discussion: Instapundit
Russell Moore / New York Times:
Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?  —  IN 2006, the television comedy “The Office” aired an episode in which one of the characters, Dwight Schrute, nervously faces the prospect of delivering a speech after winning the title of top salesman of the year for his company, Dunder Mifflin.
Discussion: RedState and Eschaton
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.
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