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9:40 PM ET, September 17, 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.”
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 …
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
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 …
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
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Republican Hunger Games Have Only Just Begun
NBC News:
Jeb Bush Walks Back Pitch for Thatcher on $10 Bill
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Fiorina gains ground on social media during debate
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Sound and Fury Signifying Little
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 …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
An Overdose of Donald Trump at the G.O.P. Debate
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Joe Klein / TIME:
How to Make Donald Trump Disappear
Washington Post:
Wednesday's GOP debate transcript, annotated
Bristol Palin:
Obama Invites Kid Mistakenly Arrested for Building Bomb to White House  —  In case you missed it.  The President invited Ahmed Mohamed to visit the White House to show the President his homemade clock.  The fourteen year old was arrested after someone reported that he was building a bomb.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Bristol Palin Rages: Obama ‘Needs To STAY Out Of’ Ahmed Mohamed's Case
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
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
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
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.
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: KFOR-TV, USA Today and Mashable
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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Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
The Planet Set Three Major Heat Records In August
Bernie Augustine / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First look at Jason Pierre-Paul's hand without bandage after fireworks accident
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Scott Walker On The Media “Narrative”: They'd Say Carly Had “A Big Night No Matter What”
Discussion: Mediaite
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators: ISIS fighters posing as migrants could slip into US
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Post-Deal Iran Asks if U.S. Is Still ‘Great Satan,’ or Something Less
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Draft Biden Official: ‘I Am 100 Percent That Joe Is In’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Wall Street Journal:
More Wisconsin Emails  —  How investigators targeted conservative Supreme Court justices
Discussion: Instapundit