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5:55 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
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 …
Joe Klein / TIME:
How to Make Donald Trump Disappear
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Fiorina gains ground on social media during debate
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
7 Ways the Second Republican Debate Changed the 2016 Presidential Race
NBC News:
Jeb Bush Walks Back Pitch for Thatcher on $10 Bill
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Women's vote propels Carson to lead in Michigan primary
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
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 …
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 …
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:
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP insiders: Carly crushed it
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Sound and Fury Signifying Little
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
‘Donald Trump Met His Match in Carly Fiorina’
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP leaders hope Right to Life can help head off shutdown
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, Hot Air and neo-neocon
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP senator breaks with McConnell strategy
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
David Letterman Will Explore Climate Change For National Geographic Docu-Series  —  David Letterman has a new hosting gig - of sorts.  —  The veteran late-night comedian will in 2016 journey to India to examine how that nation is trying to bring solar power to its entire population within the next decade.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
 
 
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Betty Blake / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Race relations in America are ‘getting worse,’ …
Discussion: Guardian
Kent Faulk / al.com:
Alabama judge asks not to have to wed same-sex couples, rejects ‘license to engage in sodomy’
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Post-Deal Iran Asks if U.S. Is Still ‘Great Satan,’ or Something Less
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Ashley Burns / UPROXX:
A Diabolical ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Tricked Alex Trebek Into Saying Turd Ferguson
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Wall Street Journal:
More Wisconsin Emails  —  How investigators targeted conservative Supreme Court justices
Discussion: Instapundit
Jenna Zibton / WSLS-TV:
Christiansburg High School students suspended for wearing Confederate Flag
Discussion: US News and mrctv.org/videos
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ben Carson's shockingly weak debate performance
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Biden-Warren in 2016?  —  Until now, my position regarding …
Discussion: Politico