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9:35 PM ET, September 21, 2015


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New York Times:
Scott Walker Quits 2016 Presidential Field  —  ALEXANDER BURNS, PATRICK HEALY AND TRIP GABRIEL  —  Short of support and cash, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, saying he had been “called to lead by helping to clear the field,” announced Monday that he was suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
New York Times:
Scott Walker Said to Be Quitting Presidential Race  —  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
ABC News:
Walker Drops Out of Presidential Race, Slamming Trump  —  After a dramatic fall from the top tier of Republican presidential field, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to abruptly end his White House bid today.
Discussion: news and Towleroad
Brian Mahoney / Politico:
Labor tap-dances on Walker's political grave  —  <p>No one is happier than organized labor to see Scott Walker drop out of the 2016 contest.</p><p>In July, when the Wisconsin governor announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination, AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka issued a<a href="http …
Discussion: Hot Air
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Scott Walker Drops Out Of The Republican Primary Race
Discussion: Political Wire
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Walker quits after blowing through campaign cash
Discussion: Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Scott Walker suspending presidential campaign
Discussion: Shakesville
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Exits the Republican Presidential Race
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Thoughts on a Dumb Conversation  —  So we are now in day four of the “Muslim” conversation started when Donald Trump didn't respond to a trollish question about Muslims at a town hall.  A few thoughts.  —  1. Donald Trump is probably right that he has no “moral obligation” to defend Barack Obama.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House slams Carson's ‘offensive views’ on Muslims
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Cancer-stricken children, parents ejected from park near White House  —  The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group's plans for a candlelight vigil …
Washington Post:
Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated  —  The head of the Secret Service apologized for how a group of children suffering from cancer and their supporters were treated after they said they were pushed out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night.
Discussion: Mediaite
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:   Secret Service Apologizes For Kicking Cancer-Stricken Kids Out Of DC Park
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Speeds Up Electric-Car Work  —  Consumer-Electronics Maker Aims to Finalize First Vehicle in 2019  —  Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.
Ashley McGuire / USA Today:
Why I love the pope, even as a conservative: Column  —  Pope Francis doesn't fit into America's political boxes.  Neither do Catholics fit into news media narrative.  —  I have a confession: I'm a conservative, and I love Pope Francis.  —  In the lead-up to his visit this week …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Slate
Manu Raju / CNN:
The Pope vs. the GOP
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP braces for Pope Francis
Discussion: Washington Post and FishbowlDC
Associated Press:
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Planned Parenthood called to testify  —  <p>The House Oversight Committee plans to call Planned Parenthood to a hearing on the undercover videos one day before the government is due to run out of money, according to Democrats on the committee.</p><p> Democratic members are demanding that David Daleiden …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Red Alert Politics
Stan Collender / Politico:
The Odds of a Shutdown Spike
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jake Sherman / Politico:
‘Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage’
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug's Price Raises Protests  —  Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Grassley blasts FBI over Clinton emails  —  <p>Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is blasting the FBI for rebuffing a judge's request for information on the law enforcement agency's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email system.</p><p>Grassley …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Bobby Doherty / New York Magazine:
Far from destroying our democracy, he's exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not.  And changing it in the process.  —  As the summer of Donald Trump came to its end — and the prospect of a springtime for Trump no longer seemed like a gag …
Todd Nickerson / Salon:
I'm a pedophile, but not a monster  —  I'm attracted to children but unwilling to act on it.  Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?  —  I was born without my right hand.  As a child, this deformity quickly set me apart from my peers.
New York Post:
Hillary's latest excuse: ‘There is no evidence’  —  Months into her e-mail scandal, Hillary Clinton is still trying to get away with lines like, “There's no evidence of that.”  Oh, and answering questions with laughter.  —  No wonder she keeps falling in the polls — behind …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Joseph Berger / New York Times:
New York Military Academy's Sudden Closing, After 126 Years
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Mail
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Put a Fork in Him  —  Jeb Bush says a new TV ad attacking his brother …
Discussion: Washington Post
Daily Mail:
Muslims are transforming Europe, says Art Garfunkel in warning over dangers of mass migration
David Sedaris / New Yorker:
A Modest Proposal  —  London is five hours ahead of Washington …