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2:40 PM 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.”
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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 …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Thoughts on a Dumb Conversation
NBC News:
Meet the Press Transcript - September 20, 2015
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
edwardklein.com:
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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and FishbowlDC
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Stan Collender / Politico:
The Odds of a Shutdown Spike
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Pope Francis' U.S. Visit Could Benefit Both Left and Right
Discussion: Slate
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis' Political Critics Are Missing Something Fundamental
John Siciliano / Washington Examiner:
Obama looks to use pope as leverage in climate fight
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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 …
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.
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: Daily Kos
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
‘Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage’
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 Berger / New York Times:
New York Military Academy's Sudden Closing, After 126 Years  —  CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Among its thousands of alumni, the 126-year-old New York Military Academy counts the unlikely grouping of Donald J. Trump, Stephen Sondheim and John A. Gotti.  Yet all three have this in common …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Business Insider
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
 
 
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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
A Firing at The Los Angeles Times Focuses Discontent
Martin Pengelly / Guardian:
Richard Dawkins questions Ahmed Mohamed's ‘motives’ and sparks backlash
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
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David Sedaris / New Yorker:
A Modest Proposal  —  London is five hours ahead of Washington …
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug's Price Raises Protests
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats have a growing debate problem on their hands
Aaron Tilley / Forbes:
Following Apple's Lead, Samsung Plans Its Own Phone Leasing Program, Cutting Out Carriers
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Index
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Senate records weigh down White House hopefuls