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7:45 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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Ben Carson: U.S. shouldn't elect a Muslim president
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Slantpoint
Martin Pengelly / Guardian:
Ben Carson says no Muslim should ever become US president
Discussion: Refinery29 and Outside the Beltway
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
Pope Francis' Political Critics Are Missing Something Fundamental  —  So much has already been written about what Pope Francis is going to tell Americans when the former archbishop of Buenos Aires visits the United States for the first time in his life this week that this might be a good time to point …
Discussion: Politico
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Political Split Awaits Pope Francis  —  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 has extended to virtually no other foreign visitor.
Discussion: Slate
Confidential / New York Daily News:
Susan Sarandon worries Pope Francis will be assassinated during New York visit  —  Susan Sarandon fears Pope Francis will be murdered because of his progressive views, she tells Confidenti@l.  —  “I think they're going to assassinate him,” she said of the pontiff, who arrives in New York on Thursday.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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: Politico, Liberaland and Slantpoint
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
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: UPROXX, Refinery29, Index and all
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: Jihad Watch and Clayton Cramer
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, Mashable, The Verge and 9to5Mac
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: Mashable and Boing Boing
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 …
NBC News:
Carly Fiorina Won GOP Debate, but Trump Still Leads: NBC Online Survey  —  More than a third of Republican voters say that Carly Fiorina performed best in the Wednesday night debate on CNN.  But debate performances don't translate into vote preference overnight, and Donald Trump maintains …
ABC News:
???This Week??? Transcript: Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio
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
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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
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New York Times Co. Sells Access To Iranian Oil Official
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Udi Segal / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Israel must prepare for Palestinian Authority's collapse
Discussion: Israel Matzav