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4:50 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 …
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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.”
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
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
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Women's vote propels Carson to lead in Michigan primary
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Fiorina gains ground on social media during debate
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
NBC News:
Jeb Bush Walks Back Pitch for Thatcher on $10 Bill
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
An Overdose of Donald Trump at the G.O.P. Debate
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Republican Hunger Games Have Only Just Begun
Discussion: CNN, BillMoyers.com and Politico
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 …
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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 …
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:
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders: Carly crushed it
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Sound and Fury Signifying Little
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP leaders hope Right to Life can help head off shutdown
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
‘Donald Trump Met His Match in Carly Fiorina’
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 …
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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, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP senator breaks with McConnell strategy
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
Valerie Jarrett Meets With Black Lives Matter Leaders At The White House  —  President Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett met with Black Lives Matter activists yesterday at the White House, the latest sign that the Obama administration is involved with the controversial protest group.
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TIME:
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 …
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Washington Post:
Wednesday's GOP debate transcript, annotated
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.
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity is expanding at a moderate pace.  Household spending and business fixed investment have been increasing moderately, and the housing sector has improved further; however, net exports have been soft.
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
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Draft Biden Official: ‘I Am 100 Percent That Joe Is In’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Howard Schneider / Reuters:
Looming Fed rate decision a test of Yellen's jobs vision
Ashley Burns / UPROXX:
A Diabolical ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Tricked Alex Trebek Into Saying Turd Ferguson
Jenna Zibton / WSLS-TV:
Christiansburg High School students suspended for wearing Confederate Flag
Discussion: US News and mrctv.org/videos
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ben Carson's shockingly weak debate performance
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Florida Times Union:
Parents of Lonzie Barton arrested in Baker County on drug charges Wednesday night
Discussion: Daily Mail
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Biden-Warren in 2016?  —  Until now, my position regarding …
Discussion: Politico