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8:45 PM ET, September 20, 2015


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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Fiorina rockets to No. 2 behind Trump in GOP field  —  Washington (CNN)Carly Fiorina has rocketed into second place in the Republican presidential field on the heels another strong debate and Donald Trump has lost some support, a new national CNN/ORC poll shows.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson doubles down on no Muslims in the White House  —  Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is standing by his view that a Muslim should not be president of the United States, telling The Hill in an interview on Sunday that whoever takes the White House should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran.”
Discussion: Liberaland and Political Wire
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Sanders scolds Carson for Muslim remark  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says GOP candidate Ben Carson was out of line to suggest that a Muslim shouldn't be president.  —  “I am very disappointed that Dr. Carson would suggest that a Muslim should not become president …
Discussion: Raw Story
Martin Pengelly / Guardian:
Ben Carson says no Muslim should ever become US president
Discussion: Refinery29 and Outside the Beltway
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Ben Carson: U.S. shouldn't elect a Muslim president
NBC News:
Carly Fiorina Won GOP Debate, but Trump Still Leads: NBC Online Survey
Discussion: Guardian
Ed Demaria / NBC News:
Ben Carson Does Not Believe a Muslim Should Be President
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
Republican Ben Carson Says Muslim Shouldn't Be U.S. President
Discussion: The Hill
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Cyclist, a White House staffer, dies on charity ride after collision with a car  —  A White House staff member was killed Saturday in Howard County while taking part in a bicycle ride to raise money to combat cancer.  —  Police said Jacob Thomas Brewer, 34, of Alexandria …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Jake Brewer, RIP; Update: Memorial educational fund launched  —  It is with great shock and sadness that we offer our condolences and prayers to the family of Jake Brewer, the husband of Mary Katharine Ham, and the father of Georgia and a child on the way, as well as his colleagues and friends at the White House and
Shane Ryan / Salon:
Behind the scenes with Bernie Sanders: Three days in Iowa that explain why Hillary's fading and the Dems have a new front-runner  —  If you want to understand the Sanders shocker, just go to Iowa and listen to his ideas and Hillary's platitudes … Judging by the low murmurs …
ABC News:
???This Week???  Transcript: Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ???  THIS WEEK???  ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 (BEGIN VIDETOAPE) ANNOUNCER (voice-over): Starting right now on ABC, THIS WEEK, Trump under fire.  The GOP front-runner taking heat for what he didn't say.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business, Politico and NPR
Alison Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
“It wasn't people from Sweden that blew up the World Trade Center,” he said.
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   Trump to CNN: ‘I love the Muslims’
Alison Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Carly Fiorina Responds to Criticism of Hewlett-Packard Sales in Iran  —  Carly Fiorina said Sunday that neither she nor Hewlett-Packard should be faulted for the sales of millions of HP printers in Iran when such business was prohibited by U.S. law.  —  Appearing on Fox's Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: Liberaland and Politico
Daily Mail:
England star Charley Hull and American rival left in tears after Suzann Pettersen's outrageous decision not to concede putt  —  Amidst unprecedented scenes of rancour and uproar that will forever tarnish the 14th Solheim Cup, Europe established a four point lead going into Sunday's singles matches …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
NBC News:
Sources: Joe Biden Has Wife's Support for WH Bid  —  Contrary to reports suggesting Vice President Joe Biden's wife remains an obstacle to his potential presidential run, sources tell NBC News that Jill Biden is fully behind him for another bid.  —  Jill Biden, sources tell NBC's Chuck Todd …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration … Never marry again in slavery.  — Margaret Garner, 1858  —  Wherever the law is, crime can be found.  — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1973  —  I.  —  “lower-class behavior in our cities is shaking them apart.”
Joanna Walters / Guardian:
Teen prosecuted as adult for having naked images - of himself - on phone  —  North Carolina high schooler and his girlfriend face legal proceedings over selfies as both the adult perpetrators and minor victims  —  A teenage boy in North Carolina has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his own mobile phone.
Discussion: Index and all
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. to Increase Admission of Refugees to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry Says  —  BERLIN — The Obama administration will increase the number of refugees the United States is willing to accept to 100,000 annually in 2017, a significant increase over the current worldwide cap of 70,000, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:   Hillary Clinton Calls For The U.S. To Take In 65,000 Syrian Refugees
Greece election: Alexis Tsipras hails ‘victory of the people’  —  Alexis Tsipras has hailed a “victory of the people” after his left-wing Syriza party won Greece's fifth election in six years.  —  He said Greeks faced a difficult road and that recovery from financial crisis would only come through hard work.
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New York Times:
How to Close Guantánamo  —  For almost 14 years …
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Campaign seeks national park to honor Stonewall Riots
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Towleroad
Ira Stoll /
New York Times Co. Sells Access To Iranian Oil Official
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Political parties go after million-dollar donors in wake of looser rules
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Christie: I'll Be President If Americans Think I'm ‘Huggable’
Discussion: New Jersey Online
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Tracy / New York Daily News:
NYPD officer with blood alcohol level 5 times the legal limit charged with drunken driving: prosecutors
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
Udi Segal / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Israel must prepare for Palestinian Authority's collapse
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
Party Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for G.O.P.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How Ahmed's clock became a false, convenient tale of racism