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7:25 AM ET, September 24, 2015


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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Fox's Shep Smith Shames Those Who Call Pope's Agenda ‘Political’  —  As many conservatives fret over Pope Francis' views on climate change and income inequality ahead of his Thursday speech before Congress, Fox News host Shepard Smith chided those individuals who have criticized the pope for talking about “political” issues.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Boehner braced for pope's message  —  <p>For John Boehner, who attended Mass nearly every morning while growing up with 11 siblings in southwest Ohio, the chance to meet privately with Pope Francis before the Roman Catholic leader addresses Congress on Thursday fulfills a long-cherished dream.</p><p …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Pope Francis is about to make Junipero Serra a saint during a historic canonization today
Discussion: Slantpoint, The Atlantic and The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: I'm so tired of this politically correct crap  —  <p>A seemingly exasperated Donald Trump announced on Wednesday, "I'm so tired of this politically correct crap," telling a crowd of South Carolina business leaders that he's still the straight-talking, shoot-from-the-hip kind …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Most Agree With Trump on America's Lost Greatness, Bloomberg Poll Finds  —  A national survey shows that 72 percent of all Americans think their country isn't as great as it once was—a central theme of front-runner Donald Trump's campaign.  —  Americans are “fed up” with politics …
Discussion: Politico
George Bennett / Post On Politics:
Marco Rubio passes Jeb Bush in Florida poll; Hillary Clinton weak
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Government Shutdown as Self-Promotion  —  Planned Parenthood ought to be defunded, but trying to do it this way invites disaster.  —  For the right reasons, congressional Republicans want to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion provider.
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:
The Republican Party's Surrender Politics  —  <p>What happens in politics when one side is absolutely committed to its principles, willing to fight for them no matter the cost, and the other side reflexively surrenders on every issue?  We have modern-day Washington.</p> <p> Today …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump puts moratorium on Fox interviews  —  GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday he will not appear on Fox News programs “for the foreseeable future,” claiming he was unfairly treated. … Trump did not detail the alleged unfair treatment.
Alex Weprin / Politico:   Trump and Fox News in another round of feuding
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems want bigger role for Bill Clinton  —  Democratic fundraisers are urging Hillary Clinton to make Bill Clinton a bigger part of her presidential campaign, particularly when it comes to fundraising.  —  The donors, who have contributed some of the biggest checks to President Obama …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Epic Media Fail of the Year  —  John and I, as the Christian half of the Judeo-Christian ethos of Power Line, wish our Jewish friends and readers a happy Yom Kippur holiday.  —  So, too, did WGN TV in Chicago, except that in the most epic media fail of all time, they used a Nazi era symbol on their broadcast to mark the holiday:
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump Calls The Pharma Bro ‘Disgusting’ And ‘A Spoiled Brat’  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has no idea what he would do to combat rising drug prices, but he does know how to launch a vicious personal attack.  —  In a press conference in Columbia …
Introducing 360 Video on Facebook  —  Starting today, 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.  —  Our goal at Facebook is to connect you with the people and things that matter, every single day.  Over time, we've seen that people enjoy more immersive content in their News Feeds.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
“We should not have a multicultural society.”  —  Jeb Bush made the comment on Tuesday in response to a question from an Iowa woman working with refugees and immigrants living in the Hawkeye State.  She wanted to know how the Republican presidential candidate would help people resettling in the United States integrate into society.
Associated Press:
Republican Bush Says Multiculturalism Wrong for US
Discussion: ABC News
Report: Muslims Are the Fastest Growing Immigrant Community
Commission on Presidential Debates:
Commission On Presidential Debates announces sites and dates for 2016 general election debates  —  The nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) today announced sites and dates for three presidential and one vice presidential debates during the 2016 general election.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Presidential debate schedule set for next year
Dan / TFN Insider:
Travis County GOP Promotes Anti-Muslim Screed That Also Calls George W. Bush a ‘Coward and Traitor’  —  The Travis County Republican Party here in Austin dived into the deep end of the crazy pool Monday evening:  —  The tweet (which was removed late this morning) links to a blog post on the Conservative Daily News website.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bob Russell / Conservative Daily News:   Islam is a Satanic Cult of murder, not a ‘religion’
The Commercial Appeal:
Justice Scalia at Rhodes: 'Don't mess with the Constitution'  —  Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal September 22, 2015 - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addresses an audience at Rhodes College Tuesday night in Memphis, TN.  Justice Scalia's 2015 Constitution Day lecture is called “Constitutional Interpretation.”
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Robert Windrem / NBC News:
Secret Document Shows NSA Spied on Iran U.N. Delegation in New York
Discussion: RT and The Hill
Huckabee: Obama ‘Pretends to Be’ a Christian
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Do MOOCs Help?  —  Unlike at colleges and universities …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Republican lawmaker says inmates key to defeating Corrine Brown
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
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Dr. Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
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Discussion: JSOnline and OnPolitics