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8:40 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
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Meetings, prayer and parade: Pope Francis prepares for D.C. debut
Kate Milani / Wall Street Journal:   Pope Francis' Prepared Remarks at the White House
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
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.
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:
Alex Weprin / Politico:   Trump and Fox News in another round of feuding
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump says he's boycotting Fox News
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 …
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
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
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.
Dan / TFN Insider:
Travis County GOP Promotes Anti-Muslim Screed That Also Calls George W. Bush a ‘Coward and Traitor’
Discussion: Raw Story and
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Slate, The Atlantic and UPROXX
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 …
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 …
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
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Dalai Lama: I Could See A Female Successor, But She ‘Must Be Very Attractive’  —  The Dalai Lama said in an interview with BBC News Monday that he could imagine a female successor, but she “must be very attractive.”  —  BBC host Clive Myrie asked the Dalai Lama whether his successor could be a woman.
Discussion: Mediaite, Ravishly, BBC and The Week
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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
The Commercial Appeal:
Justice Scalia at Rhodes: 'Don't mess with the Constitution'
Huckabee: Obama ‘Pretends to Be’ a Christian
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: OnPolitics and JSOnline
 Earlier Items: 
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