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1:25 AM ET, September 18, 2015


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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The ‘Everything is Bad’ party  —  The debate made it official: For the GOP, Morning in America is now Darkness at Noon.  —  America's potential, said Carly Fiorina, is being “crushed.”  America's military, said Marco Rubio, is being “eviscerated.”  Working people, said Mike Huckabee, are “taking a gut punch.”
Washington Post:
Amid dropping poll numbers, Scott Walker will retreat to focus on Iowa  —  GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker — who has tumbled from top-tier status amid tepid debate performances and other missteps — will pull back from other early-voting states in favor of a heavy focus on Iowa …
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
No, Jeb Bush, Your Brother Did Not Keep Us Safe
Discussion: Business Insider and Eschaton
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Fiorina gains ground on social media during debate
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Republican Hunger Games Have Only Just Begun
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic and
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Women's vote propels Carson to lead in Michigan primary
Joe Klein / TIME:
How to Make Donald Trump Disappear
The Hill:
House GOP leaders to members: We'll be blamed for shutdown  —  House GOP leaders are trying to convince their rank and file it would be a bad move to risk a government shutdown over blocking funding for Planned Parenthood.  —  At a closed-door conference meeting on Thursday morning …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Watch The Video Planned Parenthood And Its Media Allies Deny Exists  —  At last night's CNN debate, Carly Fiorina did what the country's major media have by and large failed to do: She simply mentioned the horrifying videos showcasing Planned Parenthood's participation in the fetal organ harvesting trade:
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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
What Was Up With Carly Fiorina's Grisly Abortion Rant?  —  As with the August Fox News debate, Wednesday night's CNN Republican debate at one point devolved into a contest to see which candidate hates Planned Parenthood the mostest.  The crime: the completely disproved claim …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
An Overdose of Donald Trump at the G.O.P. Debate
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Carly Fiorina won the GOP debate, but fact checkers will have a field day
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Bristol Palin Rages: Obama ‘Needs To STAY Out Of’ Ahmed Mohamed's Case  —  Bristol Palin wrote on her blog Thursday that President Obama “needs to STAY out of” the case of a 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas who was wrongly arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.
Discussion: Raw Story
Avery Wilks / The State:
BREAKING: Friend of Dylann Roof arrested by the FBI  —  Joey Meek was picked up by FBI agents just before 4 p.m. Thursday, girlfriend tells The State newspaper  —  Meek said Tuesday he doesn't think he committed any crime  —  Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof stayed with the Meeks on and off before the June 17 shootings
Alison Morrow / KING-TV:
Asthmatic sea otter learns to use inhaler  —  The Seattle Aquarium believes it has diagnosed the first case of sea otter asthma.  —  “Mishka” knows nothing about wildfires, but the 1-year-old did learn what it's like to have trouble breathing when smoke got thick and hovered over Seattle skies.
Discussion: Daily Mail, USA Today, Mashable and KFOR-TV
Betty Blake / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Race relations in America are ‘getting worse,’ says James Blake's mother Betty, a white Briton who raised 2 black sons in New York  —  Betty Blake, 80, is the mother of retired tennis star James Blake.  Betty, who is white and grew up in England, talks about raising two sons who are black.
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Mail
Julia Preston / New York Times:
New White House Campaign Will Encourage Legal Immigrants to Become Citizens  —  White House officials announced the start of a nationwide campaign on Thursday to encourage legal immigrants to become American citizens, which could add millions of voters to the electorate in time for the presidential election next year.
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
Contraception opt-out violates religious freedom: U.S. appeals court  —  A U.S. appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama's healthcare law violates the rights of religiously affiliated employers by forcing them to help provide contraceptive coverage even though they do not have to pay for it.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve announced on Thursday that it would keep interest rates near zero as officials assessed the impact of tighter financial conditions and slower global growth on the domestic economy.  —  The Fed's decision …
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
The Planet Set Three Major Heat Records In August  —  Like a broken record, we are breaking records for temperature over and over and over again.  NOAA's latest monthly State of the Climate Report reports that the Earth just experienced the hottest August on record, the hottest summer …
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Draft Biden Official: ‘I Am 100 Percent That Joe Is In’  —  When Josh Alcorn joined the Draft Biden super PAC, MSNBC headlined its story on the move “Draft Biden just got real.”  Alcorn had been finance director and senior adviser to the late Beau Biden, the vice president's son …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Kardashian Website Security Issue Exposes Names, Emails Of Over Half A Million Subscribers, Payment Info Safe
Discussion: Consumerist, The Verge, all and Refinery29
Bernie Augustine / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First look at Jason Pierre-Paul's hand without bandage after fireworks accident
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators: ISIS fighters posing as migrants could slip into US
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Burns / UPROXX:
A Diabolical ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Tricked Alex Trebek Into Saying Turd Ferguson
Wall Street Journal:
More Wisconsin Emails  —  How investigators targeted conservative Supreme Court justices
Discussion: Instapundit
Russell Moore / New York Times:
Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?