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3:15 AM ET, September 25, 2015


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Washington Post:
Transcript: Pope Francis's speech to Congress … Mr. Vice-President,  —  Mr. Speaker,  —  Honorable Members of Congress,  —  Dear Friends,  —  I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
Pope Francis Lines That Got the Most Applause in Historic Speech
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Boehner plots shutdown move as critics weigh options  —  <p>House Republican leaders will move next week to approve a "clean" government spending bill — and avert a shutdown — but only after they hold a vote on a measure to bar federal funding for Planned Parenthood …
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: Civil Beat News and Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Here we go again: Cruz vs. McConnell and Boehner
Discussion: Daily Kos, NPR, Booman Tribune and Politico
Senate stops bill defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems on GOP coup: Republicans need to fix their own problems
Stan Collender / Forbes:
4 New Questions That Will Determine A Government Shutdown
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Multiple Candidates Have a Path to the Presidency; Hillary Is Not One of Them [Updated]  —  Today's Quinnipiac poll contains more bad news-very bad news-for Hillary Clinton, if not necessarily for the Democrats.  The poll asks basic favorable/unfavorable questions about all of the presidential candidates …
Hillary Clinton trails Sanders in New Hampshire, even without Joe Biden in the race  —  Sanders drawing sharper contrasts with Clinton  — In a new CNN/ORC/WMUR poll out Thursday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has 46% of the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton sits for interview with Lena Dunham
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 …
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
Discussion: Danthropology, Crux and Washington Post
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
A Politicized Pope  —  The battlegrounds of secular politics …
Discussion: The Federalist and Weekly Standard
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What If Russia's Foreign Minister Conducted Official Business on an Unsecured Private Server?  —  Today Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on cybersecurity.  Senator Tom Cotton asked him two questions …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Hillary approved special status for aide Huma Abedin  —  <p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greenlighted paperwork that changed her top aide Huma Abedin's job status to “special government employee” — a classification that allowed Abedin to work for an outside consulting firm …
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.
New York Times:
China to Announce Cap-and-Trade Program to Limit Emissions  —  WASHINGTON — President Xi Jinping of China will make a landmark commitment on Friday to start a national program in 2017 that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, Obama administration officials said on Thursday.
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 …
Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Texas Is Making Its Own Execution Drugs, Oklahoma Inmate Alleges  —  Many death penalty states have struggled to obtain a lethal injection drug that Texas has consistently been able to procure.  In a filing Thursday in Oklahoma, lawyers provided evidence that Texas sold pentobarbital to Virginia in August.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Libertarians, Greens ready lawsuit against Commission on Presidential Debates  —  The Libertarian Party and Green Party and their 2012 candidates for president are readying a legal complaint against the Commission on Presidential Debates, hoping that a new legal argument — an anti-trust argument …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
TRUMP GOES OFF - BLASTS RICH LOWRY After Conservative Pundit Talks About “His Balls” on Kelly File  —  National Review editor and FOX News contributor, Rich Lowry attacked Donald Trump again tonight on The Kelly File.  —  Lowry attacks Trump frequently on FOX News.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump wants the FCC to fine a critical Fox News pundit
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Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Maryland man fatally shot by police ‘after imitating gun with fingers’
Discussion: Raw Story and Shakesville
Tom Batchelor / Daily Express:
We're doomed: EU chief fears union will COLLAPSE over migrant crisis
Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly explored ways to bypass smartphone encryption
Discussion: Shadowproof, VentureBeat, The Verge and RT
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: My Mass Deportations Will Be Done ‘Warmly And Humanely’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Last Slide  —  SEATTLE - Two people were killed and nine …
Discussion: Seattle Transit Blog and NPR
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