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9:25 AM ET, September 21, 2015


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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.”
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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders knocks Ben Carson for saying he wouldn't support a Muslim president
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
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Slantpoint
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP braces for Pope Francis  —  The pope has become a political football.  —  Republicans want to use Pope Francis's visit to Congress this week — the first-ever by a pontiff — to highlight their opposition to abortion rights.  —  Democrats, meanwhile, hope the pope will lend new momentum …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Political Split Awaits Pope Francis on Eve of U.S. Visit  —  WASHINGTON — Pope Francis will arrive at a military base outside the capital on Tuesday afternoon to open his first visit to the United States, and President Obama will be there to welcome him.  It is a gesture the president …
Discussion: Slate
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis' Political Critics Are Missing Something Fundamental
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Confidential / New York Daily News:
Susan Sarandon worries Pope Francis will be assassinated during New York visit
Discussion: Raw Story
Daily Mail:
Lord Ashcroft's David Cameron biography is the political book of the decade  —  Today we lift the lid on the extraordinary feud between David Cameron and a billionaire Tory donor that has triggered the most explosive political biography of the decade.  —  In the dynamite book …
Daily Mail:
Drugs, debauchery and the making of an extraordinary Prime Minister: For years rumours have dogged him.  Now, the truth about the shockingly decadent Oxford days of the gifted Bullingdon boy  —  The door was always shut, but anyone walking past might have caught a whiff of the sweet musky smell …
Discussion: Guardian, Mashable and Boing Boing
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Jihad Watch and Clayton Cramer
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 …
NBC News:
Sources: Joe Biden Has Wife's Support for WH Bid
Discussion: Daily Mail
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Apple's iOS App Store suffers first major attack  —  Apple Inc APPL.O said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.  —  The company disclosed the effort …
Discussion: Index, The Verge, Mashable, all and 9to5Mac
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Senate records weigh down White House hopefuls  —  The top three Democratic contenders for the party's presidential nomination, if you include Vice President Biden as a runner in that race, all have Senate voting records.  —  In a populist season when everyone wants to be seen as an outsider …
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 …
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down  —  The intelligence pros said killing certain ISIS leaders might not diminish the group and that airstrikes might not be working.  The bosses didn't like those answers—not at all.  —  Senior intelligence officials …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats have a growing debate problem on their hands
Discussion: Vox, New York Times and KUSA-TV
Aaron Tilley / Forbes:
Following Apple's Lead, Samsung Plans Its Own Phone Leasing Program, Cutting Out Carriers
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Index
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
An Unexpected Democratic Revolt
Discussion: NewsBusters
New York Times:
U.S. Will Accept More Refugees as Crisis Grows
 Earlier Items: 
Alison Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Carly Fiorina Responds to Criticism of Hewlett-Packard Sales in Iran
Discussion: Politico, Liberaland and Slantpoint
Joanna Walters / Guardian:
Teen prosecuted as adult for having naked images - of himself - on phone
Discussion: UPROXX, Refinery29, Index and all
New York Times:
How to Close Guantánamo  —  For almost 14 years …
Discussion: Washington Post
Shane Ryan / Salon:
Behind the scenes with Bernie Sanders: Three days in Iowa that explain why Hillary's fading …
Daily Mail:
England star Charley Hull and American rival left in tears after Suzann Pettersen's outrageous decision …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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