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1:10 PM ET, December 15, 2015

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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump rises, Carson collapses in Post/ABC poll  —  Donald Trump has hit his highest level of support yet in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll of registered Republicans out Tuesday: 38 percent.  —  Despite the widespread blowback over Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Trump Could Win, and Why He Probably Won't  —  Despite controversy after controversy, Donald Trump still dominates the polls.  With his seemingly impervious lead, it is tempting to declare that he is a clear front-runner for the nomination.  —  He has, after all, defied all expectations …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In face of criticism, Trump surges to his biggest lead over the GOP field  —  Following his proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the country, Donald Trump has increased his lead in the Republican primary to its largest margin yet, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Liberal Hispanic activists assail Rubio, Cruz as ‘traitors’ to their culture  —  Liberal Hispanic groups have launched a new campaign designed to turn Latino voters against the two Cuban-American Republicans who have risen to the top tier of the GOP presidential field …
Discussion: Instapundit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Edges Cruz in Iowa; His Supporters Think Japanese Internment Was Good; Clinton Still …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
5 things to watch in tonight's debate
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Ben Carson: Debate focused on national security would be a ‘slam dunk’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hispanic Republicans Blast Ted Cruz After Private Meeting With Campaign Chairman
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo Politics:   Sarah Palin on 2016 GOP race: ‘What a nice problem to have if it came down to Cruz and Trump’
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
All LAUSD schools closed after bomb threat called in to board member, police say  —  All Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were closed Tuesday morning after a bomb threat was called in to a board member, police said.  —  It is unclear when the threat was made and to which school board member …
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Tracybloomktla / KTLA:
LAUSD Closes All Schools Amid ‘Credible Threat’ of Violence to ‘Many Schools’: Officials  —  All Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were closed Tuesday morning until further notice after LAUSD received a “credible threat,” according to school district officials.
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
LA Public Schools Shut Down After Unspecified Threat, but NYC Deems Similar Threat Not Credible
Discussion: American Spectator
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign Rally Erupts In Chaos And Ugly Confrontation  —  LAS VEGAS — Donald Trump's campaign rally had only been underway for a few minutes Monday night when the first angry eruption occurred.  —  The Republican frontrunner had invited a supporter up to the stage to recount how his son was killed by an undocumented immigrant.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Trump Audience Member Yells Nazi Salute as Protester Removed From Las Vegas Rally  —  Some Donald Trump supporters attending the Republican presidential candidate's rally in Las Vegas on the eve of the next GOP debate treated protesters with unusual hatred Monday night.
Emily Summars / Enid News & Eagle:
Man drives pickup into Alva hotel lobby  —  ALVA, Okla. — A Texas man accused of driving his pickup into the lobby of an Alva hotel is facing felony charges in the incident.  —  John Parsley, 62, of Gonzales, Texas, faces two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon …
Discussion: myfox8.com, WDTN-TV and Towleroad
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M. Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Disgruntled Guest Rams Truck Into Oklahoma Hotel Desk, Just Missing Two Women
Lauren French / Politico:
Ryan: Budget package a true compromise  —  Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that negotiators will unveil their trillion-dollar government spending bill Tuesday.  —  The package will be finalized just one day before the deadline to keep the government funded, ensuring that Congress will need …
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
Oil Export Plan Last Obstacle to U.S. Spending Bill, Reid Says
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
First Truth, Now Chappaquiddick  —  Some time ago-several decades, actually-a group of us at my law firm formed a Chappaquiddick Book Club.  We read three or four books on the fatal car accident that should have ended Ted Kennedy's public career.  The facts are much worse than most people realize …
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Cruz Imposture  —  The Texas senator's foreign policy is closer to Obama's than he lets on.  —  Not everything in Ted Cruz's foreign policy speech on Thursday at the Heritage Foundation was awful.  There was enough intellectual heft in there to suggest that the senator from Texas …
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Max Boot / Commentary Magazine:
Ted Cruz: The Anti-Reagan
Discussion: Washington Post
Fox News:
Sources: Review affirms Clinton server emails were ‘top secret,’ despite department challenge  —  EXCLUSIVE: An intelligence community review has re-affirmed that two classified emails were indeed “top secret” when they hit Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal server despite a challenge …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
A group of influential social conservative leaders is planning to back Ted Cruz  —  Tim Alberta from National Review has a great report about Ted Cruz winning the allegiance of a group of conservative factional leaders who met under the auspices of Family Research Council president Tony Perkins …
Dusty Lane / Q13 FOX News:
Pasco man gets Amber Alert on his phone just as he's parking next to car in question  —  Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment  —  PASCO - Can you even imagine?  —  A Pasco man was pulling into a Wendy's parking lot Monday night when he got an Amber Alert on his phone.
Discussion: KFOR-TV and New York's PIX11
Stephanie McNeal / BuzzFeed:
Women Say Their Hair Is Falling Out In Chunks After Using Wen Hair Products  —  Women say a popular hair care line created by a celebrity stylist in Los Angeles is making them go bald, with hundreds of people joining a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer.  —  Instagram: @wenbychazdean Murphy Rosen LLP
Discussion: WFLA-TV, fox4kc.com, myfox8.com and FOX 61
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
In Defense of Philanthrocapitalism  —  When Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook, announced that he would be donating ninety-nine per cent of his Facebook stock to a new nonprofit organization, he got his share of positive headlines.  But the move was also dismissed as a tax-avoidance scheme …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Multiculturalism is a sham, says Angela Merkel  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy has attracted praise from all over the world.  Time magazine and the Financial Times newspaper recently named her Person of the Year, and delegates applauded her for so long at her party's convention on Monday that she had to stop them.
Discussion: Hot Air and Truth Revolt
 
 
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Richard A. Epstein / Hoover Institution:
Our Affirmative Action Mess
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New York Times:
Obama Counters Anti-Muslim Talk by Welcoming New Citizens
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Yanan Wang / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Common Dreams
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Carson Says Debate Questions About Foreign Policy Will Be A ‘Slam Dunk’
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Des Moines Register:
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
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Annie Snider / Politico:
EPA's water-rule blitz was ‘covert propaganda,’ GAO says
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Terrorism Fears Drag Down Obama's Support in New Poll