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12:45 PM ET, September 18, 2016


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New York Times:
Powerful Blast Injures at Least 29 in Manhattan; Second Device Found  —  A powerful explosion caused by what the authorities believe was a homemade bomb injured at least 29 people on a crowded sidewalk in the bustling Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, according to the authorities …
Steve Visser / CNN:
New York explosion leaves dozens injured  —  Witness: Everything shut down, seems like chaos  —  (CNN)A explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York on Saturday night injured at least 25 people, the fire department said.  —  Gas has been ruled out as the cause of the explosion, a law enforcement source said.
Gilad Shiloach / Vocativ:
ISIS Supporters Rush To Celebrate NYC Explosion  —  “We cause you pain inside your house,” one ISIS supporter bragged online  —  Supporters of the Islamic State rushed to celebrate Saturday night's powerful explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood that injured at least 29 people …
Discussion: Pamela Geller, Althouse and Jihad Watch
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump says ‘bomb’ went off in New York before details of explosion confirmed  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Donald Trump said at a campaign rally here Saturday night that a “bomb went off” in New York City, as initial reports about a possible explosion in Manhattan were circulating.
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Chelsea Explosion: What We Know and Don't Know  —  A powerful explosion went off on West 23rd Street in Manhattan around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, injuring 29 people, shattering windows and prompting widespread street closures.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio held a news conference late on Saturday night …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Manhattan Blast That Injured 29 Does Not Appear to Be International Terrorism
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
New York Daily News:
Explosion rips through Chelsea street: ‘Everybody started running and screaming’
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood
St. Cloud Times:
Police: Suspect dead after Crossroads stabbing  —  Several people were injured and the suspect died at Crossroads Center Saturday after a stabbing was reported about 8:15 p.m.  —  St. Cloud Police Sgt. Jason Burke told the Times multiple victims were taken to the hospital.
Fox News:
Minnesota mall attacker referenced Allah before stabbing rampage, police chief says  —  Sept. 17, 2016: People stand near the entrance on the north side of Crossroads Center mall between Macy's and Target as officials investigate a reported multiple stabbing incident in St. Cloud, Minn. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)
Ines de la Cuetara / ABC News:
Discussion: Political Wire
Obama: Would be ‘personal insult’ to legacy if black voters don't back Clinton  — “I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard,” Obama said  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned plea …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence
Discussion: Politicus USA and Associated Press
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:   Clinton: People Have Thrown “Hateful Nonsense” At The Obamas
Ines de la Cuetara / ABC News:
GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence on Birtherism: 'It's Over'
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Trump: Robert Gates 'probably has a problem that we don't know about'  —  carried his attacks on former Defense Secretary Robert Gates from Twitter to a rally in Colorado Springs Saturday night, calling Gates a “nasty guy.”  —  “We had a clown today, an absolute clown.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump's campaign manager: Insults don't mean he's thin-skinned  —  has the right do defend himself against critics, his campaign manager said Sunday, but that doesn't make him thin-skinned.  —  Kellyanne Conway said on CBS's “Face the Nation” that Trump was defending himself when he went …
Discussion: RedState
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
In Jim Cooley's open-carry America, even a trip to Walmart can require an AR-15  —  WINDER, Ga. — All Jim Cooley wants to do is buy some soda.  —  “You want to come to Walmart?” he asks his wife.  —  “No,” Maria says.  —  “Pretty please?”  Jim asks.  —  “I'm not going to sit there and have the police called on you.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Morning Call / Associated Press:
New Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows Clinton ahead in Pennsylvania … Privacy Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 9-point lead among likely Pennsylvania voters as Republican Donald Trump continues to struggle among groups key to winning the state …
Police union asks deputies to not escort Dolphins until players stand for anthem  —  The Dolphins will open up with their first home game of the season next week against the Cleveland Browns.  The question is will the Broward Sheriff's Office be escorting them to the game?
Discussion: USA Today and
Asbury Park Press:
FBI ‘unaware of any known threat;’ residents of Seaside Park can go home  —  SEASIDE PARK — The FBI said it was “unaware of any known threat” to public safety Saturday evening and that residents of Seaside Park could go home, after a bomb explosion Saturday morning before a Marine Corps charity race.
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