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2:50 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.
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,
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.
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems on GOP coup: Republicans need to fix their own problems  —  House Democratic leaders are warning Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and his Republicans that they're on their own to iron out internal strife.  —  “It's not our responsibility to try to solve their divisions,” Rep. Steny Hoyer …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others ...’
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Cruz takes exception to pope on death penalty
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The pope name-dropped a radical Catholic activist, and Bernie Sanders couldn't be happier
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Week
Washington Post:
Transcript: Pope Francis's speech to Congress
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Althouse
Washington Post:
Pope Francis meets with Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns involved in an Obamacare lawsuit
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.
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
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems want bigger role for Bill Clinton
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook, presented by American Bankers Association …
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: FOX31 Denver
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio: Trump Is A “Touchy And Insecure” Guy Who's Not Informed On The Issues  —  “He had a really bad debate performance last week.”  —  Sean Rayford / Getty Images  —  Marco Rubio struck back at Donald Trump on Thursday, labeling Trump as a “touchy and insecure guy” who's not informed on the issues.
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Vitter Badly Damaged; Highly Vulnerable in Runoff Election  —  A new national Public Policy Polling survey of Louisiana voters finds that David Vitter has seen a large decline in his popularity over the last year, and that while he's still favored to make the runoff for Governor he is in a bad position …
Bloomberg Business:
VW Scandal Threatens to Ensnare BMW as EU Urges Wider Probe  —  Naomi Kresge and Tony Czuczka James G Neuger  —  German transport minister to check models across industry  —  BMW shares plunge as much as 9.7% on X3 diesel report  —  Volkswagen AG's diesel-cheating affair deepened …
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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
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New York Times:
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Michael Crowley / Politico:
Obama to meet with Putin on Monday
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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: Raw Story
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz's vile cheap shot
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Cornell Seeks Diversity Ph.D., Qualifications Irrelevant
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
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