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7:30 PM ET, September 23, 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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
New York Times:
Pope Francis, in Washington, Addresses Poverty and Climate  —  WASHINGTON — Pope Francis quietly but forcefully made his priorities clear during his first full day in the United States on Wednesday, urging in a pair of speeches a renewed emphasis on tackling global poverty, confronting climate change …
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
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Inside the collapse of Scott Walker's presidential bid
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Huckabee rips Obama as ‘most anti-Christian’ president ever
Kate Milani / Wall Street Journal:   Pope Francis' Prepared Remarks at the White House
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Pope's Prepared Speech At The White House
Discussion: and Washington Monthly
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump: No More Fox News For Me!  —  Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Wednesday he's swearing off appearances on Fox News.  —  Trump complained on Twitter that the network wasn't treating him fairly:
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump says he's boycotting Fox News
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Trump and Fox News in another round of feuding
Discussion: Political Wire
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Poll: Joe Biden Now Top Presidential Choice for 1 in 4 Democrats  —  As Hillary Clinton's ratings tumble, nearly half of those surveyed say they want the vice president in the race.  —  One quarter of Americans who are registered Democrats or lean that way say Vice President Joe Biden is now their top choice for president.
New York Post:
‘Call off your f- -king dogs!’  Hillary rages to Obama  —  An enraged Hillary Rodham Clinton blew up at President Obama, demanding he “call off your f-king dogs” looking into her emails during a tense Oval Office meeting, according to a new book.  —  The book, “Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary …
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  —  <p>Next year's general-election presidential debates will be in Ohio, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday.</p><p> The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
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
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: I'm so tired of this politically correct crap
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Walker's campaign manager unloads  —  <p>Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pulled the plug on a bloated campaign that was headed into debt and was being undermined by furious donors, a warring staff and — at the root of it all — a candidate who was badly out of his league. </p><p>Prior …
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell fast-tracks bill to freeze Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Daily Kos
Johnathan Manning / KPLC-TV:
Naked jogging couple leaves 1-year-old alone on beach  —  A 20-month-old girl was found alone on Holly Beach Tuesday morning, Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson said.  The parents were located hours later jogging naked down the beach.  —  The Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office received a report …
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Yogi Berra, Master Catcher With a Goofy Wit, Dies at 90  —  Yogi Berra, one of baseball's greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known …
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Do MOOCs Help?  —  Unlike at colleges and universities, where students finish their studies and leave with a diploma, most learners who complete one of Coursera's massive open online courses report benefits that help them in less measurable ways.  —  But results from a new report, billed as …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner coup talk puts House GOP on edge  —  Growing chatter about a possible coup against Speaker John Boehner has set Capitol Hill on edge.  —  Talk that conservatives might use a government-funding showdown to overthrow the powerful Ohio Republican has triggered a flurry of behind …
Bob Russell / Conservative Daily News:
Islam is a Satanic Cult of murder, not a ‘religion’  —  Christianity is a religion but Islam is merely a satanic cult of rape, torture, murder, bestiality, and satan worship!!!!!  Any “religion” that demands conformity or death and has different rules for those ruling and those being ruled is not a religion.
Discussion: TFN Insider and Raw Story
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Republican lawmaker says inmates key to defeating Corrine Brown
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
OPM says 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in cyberattack, five times as many as previously thought
Dr. Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Walker Records 3rd Shortest Presidential Campaign Since 1972
Discussion: JSOnline and OnPolitics
Report: Muslims Are the Fastest Growing Immigrant Community
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Wilmore: Huckabee And Human Are ‘Mutually Exclusive Terms’ (VIDEO)
Margarita Noriega / Vox:
Transgender woman live-tweets her expulsion from Orlando airport
Discussion: The Week, New York Times and Pharyngula
Maev Kennedy / Guardian:
Westminster Abbey lavatory block gives way to medieval burial find
Discussion: The Week, Mashable and Daily Mail
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Colbert bests Trump