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8:25 AM ET, September 24, 2015


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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: Political Wire and Politico
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump momentum shows signs of stalling  —  <p>The summer of Trump is over, and rival campaigns are latching onto glimmers of hope that autumn will be the season of the billionaire businessman's decline.</p><p>After faltering in last week's debate, Donald Trump showed signs that the campaign grind has taken its toll.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
Bloomberg View:   Don't Blow It Now, Republicans
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump says he won't appear on Fox News
Discussion: TPNN and RedState
Alex Weprin / Politico:   Trump and Fox News in another round of feuding
Aaron Morrison / International Business Times:
Marco Rubio's Hitler Problem: 2016 Candidate Blasted For Yom Kippur-Time Fundraiser At Home With Nazi Memorabilia  —  Democrats denounced Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio Tuesday over his campaign's plans to hold a fundraiser at the spacious estate of a Texas real estate tycoon who collects Nazi artifacts.
George Bennett / Post On Politics:
Marco Rubio passes Jeb Bush in Florida poll; Hillary Clinton weak
POLITICO Playbook, presented by American Bankers Association - READY FOR BIDEN - POPE POSES FOR SELFIES: ‘pastor more than prophet’ — RAND: Pope ‘may need some remedial economics’ - BROCK BESTSELLER - HUGE POLITICO HIRE — KATIE Levinson Burke is 4-0  —  By Mike Allen (@mikeallen …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 heartfelt best wishes on their observance of Yom Kippur.  —  So, too, did WGN TV in Chicago, except that in the most epic media fail of all time …
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.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton sits for interview with Lena Dunham  —  <p>In an effort to reach out to millennial women voters, Hillary Clinton will appear in an interview opposite <i>Girls</i> star Lena Dunham, set to post online Tuesday, POLITICO has learned.  The already-taped segment …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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
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Discussion: Guardian, all and PinkNews
Robert Windrem / NBC News:
Secret Document Shows NSA Spied on Iran U.N. Delegation in New York
Discussion: RT and The Hill
Dan / TFN Insider:
Travis County GOP Promotes Anti-Muslim Screed That Also Calls George W. Bush a ‘Coward and Traitor’
Discussion: Raw Story
The Commercial Appeal:
Justice Scalia at Rhodes: 'Don't mess with the Constitution'
Huckabee: Obama ‘Pretends to Be’ a Christian
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Do MOOCs Help?  —  Unlike at colleges and universities …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Dr. Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Walker Records 3rd Shortest Presidential Campaign Since 1972
Discussion: JSOnline and OnPolitics