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3:25 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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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 …
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 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.”
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Fiorina gains ground on social media during debate  —  Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made major strides on social media during the second Republican debate Wednesday night, despite Donald Trump's continued dominance online.
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
What Was Up With Carly Fiorina's Grisly Abortion Rant?
Discussion: msnbc.com, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders: Carly crushed it
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
An Overdose of Donald Trump at the G.O.P. Debate
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP leaders hope Right to Life can help head off shutdown
NBC News:
Jeb Bush Walks Back Pitch for Thatcher on $10 Bill
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Sound and Fury Signifying Little
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
‘Donald Trump Met His Match in Carly Fiorina’
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Republican Hunger Games Have Only Just Begun
Discussion: Politico, CNN and BillMoyers.com
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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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.
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
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Fred Imbert / CNBC:
FAA: Widespread ground stop for American Airlines flights  —  CNBC's Sue Herera reports on a ground stop in place until 2:30pm EST for American Airlines.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday American Airlines flights experienced widespread ground stops amid computer issues.
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
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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TMZ.com:
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Discussion: Slantpoint
Jenna Zibton / WSLS-TV:
Christiansburg High School students suspended for wearing Confederate Flag
Lucy Cormack / Sydney Morning Herald:
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Discussion: Mashable, WCTX-TV and SBNation.com
msnbc.com:
Trump: I was on too much, treated fairly
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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
KDFW:
Lewisville Whataburger employee fired for not serving officers
Milo Yiannopoulos / BREITBART.COM:
Sexbots: Why Women Should Panic
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Joe.My.God.