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3:45 PM ET, September 19, 2015


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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House rips Trump over birther reaction  —  President Obama's top spokesman slammed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday for failing to condemn a supporter who claimed Obama is a Muslim who was born abroad.  —  “Is anybody really surprised this happened at a Donald Trump rally?”
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, RedState and Hot Air
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush responds to Trump: Obama is an 'American, he's a Christian'  —  MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Jeb Bush responded Friday night to Donald Trump's decision this week not to correct a questioner who said President Obama is a Muslim who is “not even an American.”
Andrew Husband / Mediaite:
This Bonkers CNN Guest Who Co-Chairs ‘Women For Trump’ Is Television Magic  —  If you don't know the name Paula Johnson, you soon will.  That's because the co-chair of the New Hampshire-based Women for Trump organization was a guest on CNN's Legal View Friday morning, and it was television magic.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Poll: Fiorina takes lead in New Hampshire post-debate  —  Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is leading the GOP field in New Hampshire, a new poll finds.  —  A Voter Gravity poll released Friday shows Fiorina with 22 percent support among Granite State GOP primary voters.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Are Democrats and Republicans talking about the same country?  —  To the Democratic candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign is about shrinking the gap between rich and poor; combating climate change; and expanding voting rights, gay rights and workplace equality for women.
Discussion: AEI
David Brooks / New York Times:   The Marco Rubio-Carly Fiorina Option
Arizona Republic:
Phoenix freeway-shootings suspect Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. tied to first 4 incidents  —  After arrest, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweets: ‘We got him!’  —  CONNECT  —  For nearly three weeks, life in Phoenix and the Valley was under a darkening cloud of fear as vehicles driving on freeways were hit …
Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Edges Closer to Joining Presidential Race  —  Vice president's aides debate timing of entry and hone message for a possible campaign  —  Vice President Joe Biden's aides in recent days called Democratic donors and supporters to suggest he is more likely than not to enter the 2016 race …
S. L. A. Marshall / The Atlantic:
First Wave at Omaha Beach … UNLIKE what happens to other great battles, the passing of the years and the retelling of the story have softened the horror of Omaha Beach on D Day.  —  This fluke of history is doubly ironic since no other decisive battle has ever been so thoroughly reported for the official record.
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Trump plan calls for nationwide concealed carry and an end to gun bans  —  Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — who said he has a concealed carry permit — called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Washington Post:
The White House is more afraid of offending China's president than the pope  —  THE VATICAN has raised objections to a few of the guests invited to the White House arrival ceremony next week for Pope Francis.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the guests include transgender activists …
CBS News:
Is Kentucky clerk Kim Davis back in hot water?  —  Shares -  —  OWENSBORO, Ky. — The attorney for one of the deputy clerks in Kim Davis' office says Davis disobeyed a federal judge's order when she altered marriage license forms for same-sex couples.  —  In a separate filing Friday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Adam Beam / Associated Press:   Lawyer: Clerk may have interfered with order on gay marriage
Anthony / Tech Voice:
Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed's Clock... and Ourselves.  —  I have something in common with Ahmed Mohamed: as a youngster, I was also an electronics enthusiast.  At his age and even earlier, I frequently took apart electronic devices - anything from my own toys, to broken things around the house …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Obama nominates openly gay man to lead Army  —  President Obama is nominating Eric Fanning to be the next Army secretary.  If confirmed by the Senate, Fanning would be the first openly gay person to lead a branch of the armed services.  —  “Eric brings many years of proven experience …
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