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12:55 PM ET, September 21, 2015


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OBAMA READY TO ENDORSE BIDEN—WITH CONDITIONS  —  The talk in Democratic Party circles is that Barack Obama has told Joe Biden that he is prepared to endorse him for president if, in return, Biden promises to let Obama have a final say in the choice of his vice presidential running mate.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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 …
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP braces for Pope Francis
Discussion: Washington Post and FishbowlDC
Stan Collender / Politico:
The Odds of a Shutdown Spike
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis' Political Critics Are Missing Something Fundamental
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and Daily Kos
Confidential / New York Daily News:
Susan Sarandon worries Pope Francis will be assassinated during New York visit
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Nick Gass / Politico:
Carson will not apologize for Muslim remark
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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Cameron and an obscene act with a dead pig's head! …
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 …
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.
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 …
Avi Issacharoff / The Times of Israel:
Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas  —  Operating on assumption sanctions will be lifted, Tehran increases support to proxies, while freezing out Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal  —  On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano …
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Brother of pro wrestler Kurt Angle charged with homicide after wife found dead in Dormont home  —  On a well-groomed Dormont hillside Sunday, stunned neighbors struggled to grasp the news that one of their friends stood accused of killing his wife hours earlier in the home they had lived in for decades.
Discussion: Associated Press, UPROXX and all
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.
David Sedaris / New Yorker:
A Modest Proposal  —  London is five hours ahead of Washington, D.C., except when it comes to gay marriage.  In that case, it's two years and five hours ahead, which was news to me.  “Really?”  I said, on meeting two lesbian wives from Wolverhampton.  “You can do that here?”
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: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats have a growing debate problem on their hands  —  Democrats — and, specifically, Hillary Clinton — have a growing debate problem on their hands.  —  At the New Hampshire Democratic party convention — usually a rah-rah event — over the weekend, national party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz …
Tamara Keith / NPR:
New Hampshire Democrats Unite In Cry For More Debates
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Planned Parenthood called to testify
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Put a Fork in Him  —  Jeb Bush says a new TV ad attacking his brother …
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
As Profile Rises, Carly Fiorina Aims to Redefine Record as a C.E.O.
Todd Nickerson / Salon:
I'm a pedophile, but not a monster
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: RedState and whorunsGov
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down
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
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Senate records weigh down White House hopefuls
New York Times:
U.S. Will Accept More Refugees as Crisis Grows