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7:25 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
Discussion: Hot Air
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Walker quits after blowing through campaign cash
Discussion: Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Scott Walker suspending presidential campaign
Discussion: Shakesville
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Gov. Scott Walker quitting GOP race
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Scott Walker 2016 presidential campaign in crisis after plunge in polls
Discussion: Drudge Retort and CNN
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.
NBC News:
Ben Carson's Campaign Responds to Outrage Over Comments on Islam
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Clinton's lead over Sanders grows  — If Joe Biden doesn't enter the race, Clinton's lead would grow to nearly 2-to-1 over Bernie Sanders  —  Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton's lead in the Democratic presidential primary race has grown — and if Vice President Joe Biden decides to stay …
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI rejects judge's request for Clinton email info  —  <p>The FBI on Monday rebuffed a federal judge's request for information on the inquiry it is conducting into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account and server, raising the question of whether the courts or Congress …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
New York Post:
Hillary's latest excuse: ‘There is no evidence’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 ThinkProgress
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
Daily Mail:
David Cameron's debauchery laid bare in Lord Ashcroft's book Call Me Dave  —  Today we lift the lid on the extraordinary feud between David Cameron (left) and a billionaire Tory donor that has triggered the most explosive political biography of the decade.  In the dynamite book …
Associated Press:
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 …
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
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.
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.
Bruce Vielmetti / JSOnline:
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks dies  —  By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks died Monday at the court in Madison.  —  Crooks, 77, had announced last week he would not seek re-election at the end of his term next year.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
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Why allow women in combat if we won't allow them to compete alongside men in sport
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio: Women Being ‘Pushed’ Into Abortions For Fetal Tissue Profits
Discussion: Daily Kos
Megan Apper / BuzzFeed:
Carly Fiorina Was Paid $48,000 For A Speech To Bank That Violated U.S. Sanctions On Iran
Discussion: Liberaland
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Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio: This Is Where We Are Headed
 Earlier Items: 
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
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
President Rouhani  —  The Iranian president speaks with Steve Kroft …
David Sedaris / New Yorker:
A Modest Proposal  —  London is five hours ahead of Washington …