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11:00 AM ET, September 24, 2015


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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.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Pope Francis exhorts Congress to act on refugees, immigration  —  Pope Francis on Thursday exhorted the United States to summon a “spirit of cooperation” to help the poor, save the climate and address the “unjust structures” that he said are afflicting the globe.
Discussion: Politico, Vox and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Pope on the Hill  — Shares-  —  Play
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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
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.
New York Times:
Stampede Near Mecca During Hajj Leaves Over 700 Dead  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 717 people were killed, and 863 were injured, in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday morning.  —  The deaths — at an intersection in Mina, about six miles east of the city …
Omar Fahmy / Reuters:
Death toll at Saudi stampede rises to 453: Saudi civil defense
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 …
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Discussion: Political Wire
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Mother says she found special needs son wearing trash bag in classroom  —  Share Update: … CHICAGO — The mother of a CPS special needs child wants answers after she found her son wearing a trash bag when she visited his kindergarten classroom.  —  5-year-old Lloyd lives with epilepsy and is non-verbal.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's vile cheap shot  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Has there ever been as hamhanded a Democratic National Chairman as Debbie Wasserman Schultz?  Her latest stunt is to demand that Marco Rubio cancel a fundraiser at the home of Harlan Crow …
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
Bloomberg View:   Don't Blow It Now, Republicans
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 …
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
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Biden: Abortion ‘always wrong’ in Catholic doctrine  —  Vice President Biden in an interview with a Jesuit publication says that he accepts Catholic doctrine that abortion is “always wrong.”  —  Biden, who is publicly struggling with whether to run for the White House, is pro-abortion rights …
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hot Air
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Judges Rules Against Jail Whose Staff Systematically Sexually Harassed Trans Inmate
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Migrant crisis turns clock back on Serbia, Croatia ties
Azi Paybarah / Politico:
Activists urge de Blasio to avoid federal counterterrorism program
Katherine Connell / National Review:
Cornell Seeks Diversity Ph.D., Qualifications Irrelevant
Discussion: City Journal
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Are You Sure You Want to #Shoutyourabortion?
New York Post:
Team Obama's so-called Syria policy hits a new low
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed:
Director Roland Emmerich Discusses “Stonewall” Controversy
Discussion: Guardian, all and PinkNews
 Earlier Items: 
Dan / TFN Insider:
Travis County GOP Promotes Anti-Muslim Screed That Also Calls George W. Bush a ‘Coward and Traitor’
Discussion: Raw Story
Huckabee: Obama ‘Pretends to Be’ a Christian
Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed:
Do MOOCs Help?  —  Unlike at colleges and universities …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics