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1:00 PM 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.
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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.
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Pope Francis addresses Congress: Read the full remarks  —  Pope Francis became the first pontiff to deliver an address to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday.  Here is the text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery:  —  Mr. Vice-President,  —  Mr. Speaker,  —  Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends,
Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others ...’
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Boehner braced for pope's message
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems on GOP coup: Republicans need to fix their own problems
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Pope on the Hill
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump wants the FCC to fine a critical Fox News pundit  —  Donald Trump is still refusing to appear on the Fox News Channel — but apparently his self-imposed boycott doesn't prohibit watching the channel's shows.  —  Trump exploded on Twitter on Wednesday night after National Review …
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’
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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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 …
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New York Times:
Hajj Stampede Near Mecca Leaves Over 700 Dead  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 717 people were killed and 863 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 — occurred around 9 a.m …
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Omar Fahmy / Reuters:
Death toll at Saudi stampede rises to 453: Saudi civil defense
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: WHNT-TV
Stan Collender / Forbes:
4 New Questions That Will Determine A Government Shutdown  —  Two weeks I ago I said there were five questions that would determine if there would be a federal government shutdown.  —  Given all that has...and hasn't...happened since that post, there are now four new questions …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Government Shutdown as Self-Promotion
Discussion: RedState
Bloomberg View:   Don't Blow It Now, Republicans
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
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 …
Dirk Standen / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Kanye West Talks Yeezy Season 2, Presidential Run, and Sweatshirts  —  Outside the Mercer hotel at 4:30 P.M. on Wednesday, September 16, the scene was chaos, with squads of paparazzi and camera-phone-wielding fans tumbling into the cobbled SoHo streets.
Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Meet Putin Next Week at United Nations General Assembly  —  President Barack Obama will hold a rare in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York amid a new flare-up of tensions over Russia's moves in Syria.
Discussion: Politico
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New York Post:
Team Obama's so-called Syria policy hits a new low
Discussion: JustOneMinute
 
 
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Bloomberg Business:
VW Scandal Threatens to Ensnare BMW as EU Urges Wider Probe
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR
Bianca Phillips / Memphis Flyer:
CBHS Student Not Allowed to Bring Same-Sex Date to Homecoming
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Judges Rules Against Jail Whose Staff Systematically Sexually Harassed Trans Inmate
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Reuters:
Migrant crisis turns clock back on Serbia, Croatia ties
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Biden: Abortion ‘always wrong’ in Catholic doctrine
Discussion: Shakesville
Azi Paybarah / Politico:
Activists urge de Blasio to avoid federal counterterrorism program
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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?
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Epic Media Fail of the Year
Pam Key / BREITBART.COM:
Huckabee: Obama ‘Pretends to Be’ a Christian