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4:20 PM ET, September 21, 2015

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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Thoughts on a Dumb Conversation  —  So we are now in day four of the “Muslim” conversation started when Donald Trump didn't respond to a trollish question about Muslims at a town hall.  A few thoughts.  —  1. Donald Trump is probably right that he has no “moral obligation” to defend Barack Obama.
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Des Moines Register:
Cruz: Excluding Muslims from presidency is unconstitutional  —  It would be unconstitutional to disqualify a Muslim from the presidency because of religion, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Sunday.  —  “You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson doubles down on no Muslims in the White House
NBC News:
Ben Carson's Campaign Responds to Outrage Over Comments on Islam
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Jindal: I'd Vote For A Muslim Prez Who Honors US ‘Judeo-Christian Heritage’
Discussion: Mediaite
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Clinton's lead over Sanders grows  — If Joe Biden doesn't enter the race, Clinton's lead would grow to nearly 2-to-1 over Bernie Sanders  —  Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton's lead in the Democratic presidential primary race has grown — and if Vice President Joe Biden decides to stay …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Obama Is ‘The Most Anti-Christian’ President In US History  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Monday that President Obama's administration is “the most anti-Christian in American history,” according to The Iowa Statesman.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP braces for Pope Francis
Discussion: Washington Post and FishbowlDC
Manu Raju / CNN:
The Pope vs. the GOP
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis' Political Critics Are Missing Something Fundamental
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Pope Francis' U.S. Visit Could Benefit Both Left and Right
Discussion: Slate
Daily Mail:
David Cameron's debauchery laid bare in Lord Ashcroft's book Call Me Dave  —  Today we lift the lid on the extraordinary feud between David Cameron (left) and a billionaire Tory donor that has triggered the most explosive political biography of the decade.  In the dynamite book …
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Bobby Doherty / New York Magazine:
Far from destroying our democracy, he's exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not.  And changing it in the process.  —  As the summer of Donald Trump came to its end — and the prospect of a springtime for Trump no longer seemed like a gag …
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Cancer-stricken children, parents ejected from park near White House  —  The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group's plans for a candlelight vigil …
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Washington Post:
Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Planned Parenthood called to testify  —  <p>The House Oversight Committee plans to call Planned Parenthood to a hearing on the undercover videos one day before the government is due to run out of money, according to Democrats on the committee.</p><p> Democratic members are demanding that David Daleiden …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Daily Kos
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
‘Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage’
Stan Collender / Politico:
The Odds of a Shutdown Spike
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
‘I lost part of my heart’: Beloved White House staffer Jake Brewer mourned  —  Sunday, on the otherwise barren asphalt surrounding Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, a noisy welcoming party for cyclists participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer sprung up in Lot 6, with an announcer offering …
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Todd Nickerson / Salon:
I'm a pedophile, but not a monster  —  I'm attracted to children but unwilling to act on it.  Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?  —  I was born without my right hand.  As a child, this deformity quickly set me apart from my peers.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Put a Fork in Him  —  Jeb Bush says a new TV ad attacking his brother, put together by an outside Democratic group, is “disgraceful.”  This comes after Jeb himself put out a meme after last week's debate embracing his “he kept us” safe line from his exchange with celebrity businessman Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies' Abuse of Boys  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.
Daily Mail:
Muslims are transforming Europe, says Art Garfunkel in warning over dangers of mass migration  —  While luvvies such as Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch queue up to condemn David Cameron for not allowing more migrants into Britain, one major entertainment figure has bravely voiced an alternative view.
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Mounts a Last Stand in Iowa  —  It's been a thrilling—and harrowing—roller coaster ride for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  —  First, the Republican presidential candidate suddenly rose and broke from the pack with a well-received speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January …
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Megan Apper / BuzzFeed:
Carly Fiorina Was Paid $48,000 For A Speech To Bank That Violated U.S. Sanctions On Iran
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Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio: This Is Where We Are Headed
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
A Firing at The Los Angeles Times Focuses Discontent
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
New York Military Academy's Sudden Closing, After 126 Years
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Brother of pro wrestler Kurt Angle charged with homicide after wife found dead in Dormont home
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Steve Kroft / CBS News:
President Rouhani  —  The Iranian president speaks with Steve Kroft …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Oregon's Legal Sale of Marijuana Comes With Reprieve
David Sedaris / New Yorker:
A Modest Proposal  —  London is five hours ahead of Washington …
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A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug's Price Raises Protests