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7:10 PM ET, September 24, 2015


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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,
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Cruz takes exception to pope on death penalty  —  <p>GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said he disagrees with Pope Francis' call Thursday to abolish the death penalty, calling the use of capital punishment a “recognition of the preciousness of human life.”
Washington Post:
Transcript: Pope Francis's speech to Congress
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Pope Francis exhorts Congress to act on refugees, immigration
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.
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 …
Marco Rubio strikes back at Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
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: The Federalist and Weekly Standard
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate rejects effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood  —  The Senate on Thursday rejected a short-term spending bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, thwarting the opening move by Republican leaders to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.  —  Senators voted 47-52 on ending debate …
Discussion: Hot Air and Civil Beat News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Here we go again: Cruz vs. McConnell and Boehner
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico, NPR and Booman Tribune
Stan Collender / Forbes:
4 New Questions That Will Determine A Government Shutdown
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems on GOP coup: Republicans need to fix their own problems
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 …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Trump Tweets Outrage over ‘Balls’ Comment: Fox ‘Owes Me an Apology’
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
TRUMP GOES OFF - BLASTS RICH LOWRY After Conservative Pundit Talks About “His Balls” on Kelly File
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Hillary approved special status for aide Huma Abedin  —  Hillary Clinton personally greenlighted the controversial “special government employee” position for her top aide Huma Abedin, allowing her to both advise her at State Department while collecting a paycheck from an outside consulting firm and the Clinton Foundation.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
More Hillary Clinton Email News, More Hillary Clinton Falsehoods
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems want bigger role for Bill Clinton
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.
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
Andrew Prokop / Vox:   Political scientists think “the party” will stop Trump. They shouldn't be so sure.
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
White Guy Who “Settled” Downtown Brooklyn Tells Us Why He Lashed Out At Stroller Couple  —  The man who was recently caught on video berating a couple after their stroller hit his leg has not yet watched the video of himself shouting about how he “settled” Downtown Brooklyn for other white people.
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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Obama administration quietly explored ways to bypass smartphone encryption
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Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
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