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9:05 AM ET, September 18, 2015

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New York Times:
Crazy Talk at the Republican Debate  —  Eleven presidential candidates had three prime-time hours on the national stage on Wednesday to tell the American people why they should lead the country.  —  Nobody forced them to be there.  They were there freely, armed with the best arguments …
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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.”
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
7 Ways the Second Republican Debate Changed the 2016 Presidential Race
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
No, Jeb Bush, Your Brother Did Not Keep Us Safe
Discussion: Business Insider and Eschaton
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
An Overdose of Donald Trump at the G.O.P. Debate
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Go ‘nuclear’ to stop Obama's Iran deal, urge 57 House Republicans in letter  —  Dozens of House Republican lawmakers are making a late stab at pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to abandon the filibuster on legislation to block the nuclear deal with Iran.
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate
Discussion: Antiwar.com and RedState
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Summer was the hottest on record  —  June through August of this year was the hottest summer in recorded weather history, federal scientists said Thursday.  —  Surface temperatures around the globe were 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit above their average for those months throughout the 20th century …
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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 …
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Watch The Video Planned Parenthood And Its Media Allies Deny Exists
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
What Was Up With Carly Fiorina's Grisly Abortion Rant?
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
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MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Discussion: Power Line
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't correct rally attendee who says Obama is Muslim and ‘not even an American’  —  During a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday evening, Donald Trump did not challenge an audience member who said that President Obama is Muslim and “not even an American.”
Politico:
What Is Hillary's Greatest Accomplishment?  —  Carly Fiorina dared Democrats to name it. 20 top Dems accepted the challenge.  —  Getty  —  “If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton,” Carly Fiorina quipped at Wednesday's Republican debate.
Discussion: Erick on the Radio
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden may not decide soon  —  <p>DETROIT — Joe Biden may have more time to make up his mind about running for president than most people assume.  He and the people planning his potential campaign certainly think so.</p><p>Running a primary race — particularly against Hillary Clinton …
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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 …
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Congressman Paul Gosar / Townhall.com:
Why I Am Boycotting Pope Francis' Address to Congress  —  It is difficult to convey the excitement I first felt when it was revealed that His Holiness Pope Francis was invited to Washington D.C. to address the world from the floor of the House of Representatives.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
New data shows Trump fever breaking  —  <p>Donald Trump looked tired after a grueling Republican debate.  He might not be alone.</p><p>After a summer of spectacle and saturation coverage, signs are accumulating that, for the public and the media, the onset of Trump fatigue has begun.</p><p>Mentions …
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Fiorina gains ground on social media during debate
Eric Wolff / Politico:
Keystone and crude oil surprisingly similar fights  —  With help from Darius Dixon, Darren Goode, and Alex Guillén  —  CRUDE EXPORTS FIGHT AND KEYSTONE BATTLE: SEPARATED AT BIRTH?  While these two policy disputes have obvious differences in content, they bear marked similarities.
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, Mashable, KFOR-TV and USA Today
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
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.
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Daily Mail:
PASSPORT TO TERROR: MailOnline reporter buys Syrian papers being sold to ISIS fighters sneaking …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Finger-Pointing, but Few Answers, After a Syria Solution Fails
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and Slantpoint
Tressie McMillan Cottom / The Atlantic:
Race Is Always the Issue
Discussion: National Review
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
Contraception opt-out violates religious freedom: U.S. appeals court
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Preston / New York Times:
New White House Campaign Will Encourage Legal Immigrants to Become Citizens
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators: ISIS fighters posing as migrants could slip into US
Betty Blake / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Race relations in America are ‘getting worse,’ …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail