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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.
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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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
A Day of Empty Seats and Donald Trump in Full Attack  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Donald J. Trump was never exactly a happy warrior, but with some of his Republican rivals gaining on him, he is showing clear signs of discontent.  —  Appearing here on Wednesday afternoon at what was billed …
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 …
CNN:
Marco Rubio strikes back at Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Times
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump wants the FCC to fine a critical Fox News pundit
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,
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Cruz takes exception to pope on death penalty
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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Gary Emerling / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Just Echoed Obama's ‘Offensive’ Prayer Breakfast Remarks  —  The pontiff said all religions are susceptible to extremism and violence, just like Obama said in February.  —  While delivering the first address from a pontiff to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Why Pope Francis Sounds Like a Democrat
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
Pope Francis Lines That Got the Most Applause in Historic Speech
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
A Politicized Pope  —  The battlegrounds of secular politics …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Federalist
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.
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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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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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems on GOP coup: Republicans need to fix their own problems
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others ...’
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who's “the Party” That “Decides?”  —  Regular readers know I enjoy expressing irreverent thoughts about The Party Decides, the 2008 tome by political scientists Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel, and John Zaller that is often quoted like Holy Writ by academicians and even some journalists …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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Andrew Prokop / Vox:   Political scientists think “the party” will stop Trump. They shouldn't be so sure.
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.
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
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
TRUMP GOES OFF - BLASTS RICH LOWRY After Conservative Pundit Talks About “His Balls” on Kelly File
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 …
Chris Moody / CNN:
Fiorina's long-held support for mandatory health insurance  —  From 2013: Carly Fiorina agrees with parts of Obamacare  —  (CNN)Carly Fiorina, who has joined other leading Republican presidential candidates in denouncing Obamacare, once backed an individual mandate to buy health insurance …
KING-TV:
Last Slide  —  SEATTLE - Two people were killed and nine were in critical condition after a charter bus and a Ride The Ducks tour vehicle collided on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle Thursday morning.  —  Twelve people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Discussion: Seattle Transit Blog, NPR and NBC News
Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly explored ways to bypass smartphone encryption  —  An Obama administration working group has explored four possible approaches tech companies might use that would allow law enforcement to unlock encrypted communications — access that some tech firms say their systems are not set up to provide.
Discussion: Shadowproof and The Verge
 
 
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New York Times:
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Biden: Abortion ‘always wrong’ in Catholic doctrine
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems want bigger role for Bill Clinton