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9:50 AM ET, September 24, 2015


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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.
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 …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton ‘shrill’
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump: I'm so tired of this politically correct crap
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump puts moratorium on Fox interviews
Alex Weprin / Politico:   Trump and Fox News in another round of feuding
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
In meeting with nuns, Pope Francis makes quiet protest of Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON — Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor Wednesday, a move that Vatican officials said was intended to send a message of support in the nuns' battle against Obamacare.
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
Bloomberg View:   Don't Blow It Now, Republicans
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Pope Francis is about to make Junipero Serra a saint during a historic canonization today
Discussion: The Atlantic, Slantpoint and The Week
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 …
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
Stampede kills more than 450 at Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca  —  More than 300 dead after stampede at Hajj pilgrimage  —  (CNN)A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season — the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca — has killed more than 450 people and injured 719 others in Saudi Arabia.
Hajj stampede: At least 453 killed in Saudi Arabia  —  At least 453 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.  —  Another 719 people were injured in the incident at Mina …
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 …
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
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's no-not-me strategy  —  Ten days after Marco Rubio launched his campaign for president in April, his aides doused cold water on a poll showing him leading the Republican pack.  When he won positive reviews in the first debate in August, he retreated to a quiet schedule of raising money and holding small-scale events.
George Bennett / Post On Politics:
Marco Rubio passes Jeb Bush in Florida poll; Hillary Clinton weak
Katherine Connell / National Review:
Cornell Seeks Diversity Ph.D., Qualifications Irrelevant  —  Cornell University is looking for a tenure track assistant professor whose only qualification is diversity; actual field of study is irrelevant.  The job listing says that the candidate can apply for “some area of the humanities or qualitative social sciences.”
Discussion: City Journal
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.
Chris Pleasance For / Daily Mail:
Controversial South Park episode shows Donald Trump being raped and murdered: Show attacks tycoon's run for President, his immigration policies and then kills him off in shocking final scene  — But when Canada beats him to it, he travels into the country before carrying out his sick rape threat on Trump himself
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Slantpoint
Azi Paybarah / Politico:
Activists urge de Blasio to avoid federal counterterrorism program  —  More than 20 organizations have written a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and top administration aides, urging them not to participate in a White House initiative designed to counteract violent extremism in the United States.
New York Post:
Team Obama's so-called Syria policy hits a new low  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, smile as they shake hands in the Kremlin in Moscow in 2006.  —  Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad has got to go.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Trump's Use Of Foreign Workers In Florida Questioned
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Are You Sure You Want to #Shoutyourabortion?
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed:
Director Roland Emmerich Discusses “Stonewall” Controversy
Discussion: Guardian, all and PinkNews
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems want bigger role for Bill Clinton
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'
 Earlier Items: 
Huckabee: Obama ‘Pretends to Be’ a Christian
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Do MOOCs Help?  —  Unlike at colleges and universities …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Commission on Presidential Debates:
Commission On Presidential Debates announces sites and dates for 2016 general election debates
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
“We should not have a multicultural society.”  —  Jeb Bush …