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4:10 PM ET, December 17, 2015

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Bloomberg.com:
Shkreli, CEO Reviled for Drug Price Gouging, Arrested on Securities Fraud Charges  —  32-year-old suspected of plundering Retrophin to pay debts
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NBC News:
Pharma CEO Ran Companies ‘Like a Ponzi Scheme’: Feds
Discussion: WSAV-TV and Refinery29
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Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Putin praises Trump: He's a really brilliant and talented person  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin had kind words for his “stablemate” Donald Trump during an annual end-of-the-year Q-and-A session in Moscow.  —  “He's a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt,” …
MSNBC:
Bernie Sanders to nab one of his biggest endorsements yet  —  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is set to pick up one of his biggest endorsements yet Thursday from the powerful Communications Workers of America union, sources told NBC's Andrea Mitchell.
Discussion: Raw Story, whorunsGov and U.S. Uncut
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Howard Dean Couldn't Sell Hillary Clinton To Howard Dean's Grassroots Progressive Group
Breitbart:
Paul Ryan Betrays America: $1.1 Trillion, 2,000-Plus Page Omnibus Bill Funds ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s first major legislative achievement is a total and complete sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill.  —  Too harsh, you say?
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Funding deal hits backlash over increase in foreign worker visas
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Omnibus Spending Bill Sells Out American Workers
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Adelson son-in-law orchestrated family's purchase of Las Vegas Review-Journal  —  The son-in-law of billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson arranged the $140 million purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Adelson's behalf, sources confirmed Wednesday.  —  Patrick Dumont …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Oligarchs' World  —  When I first saw the news the some anonymous buyer had purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the largest paper in the state, it occurred to me that we might be seeing the next big step in the oligarchification of public life in America.
Marina Fang / The Huffington Post:
Watch Ted Cruz Flub A Fox News Interview On Immigration  —  He struggled to defend confusing claims he made during Tuesday's GOP debate.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got a little flustered trying to defend his opposition to immigration reform on Wednesday.  —  Fox News' Bret Baier grilled …
Discussion: alan.com, The Week and Washington Post
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Dayna Evans / New York Magazine:
Millionaire Cleared of Rape Charge After Claiming He Tripped and His Penis Fell Into Teen  —  That's not how these things work.  —  37.8k  —  32.7k  —  5k  —  Pin It  —  Ehsan Abdulaziz, a Saudi millionaire property developer, was cleared of rape charges in London this week …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert recovering from stroke  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who's awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in a federal hush money case, suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized for about six weeks, his lawyer said Thursday.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Criminal Charges to Be Brought Against Enrique Marquez, Ex-Neighbor of San Bernardino Shooters  —  Federal prosecutors have decided to bring criminal charges against the friend and former neighbor of one of the San Bernardino shooters.  —  Several federal law enforcement officials tell NBC News …
MSNBC:
Exclusive: Homeland Security rejected plan to vet visa applicants' social media  —  Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security considered a specific policy to strengthen security screenings for foreign visa applicants' social media accounts, but the proposal was ultimately rejected …
Ingrid Burrington / The Atlantic:
The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge  —  My favorite part of highways in the American midwest are the wind turbines.  Not so much the massive wind turbines on the horizon, begging for a contemporary Don Quixote to come at them, but the bits and pieces of wind turbines …
Daily Mail:
Riot police fire warning shots as THOUSANDS of protesters storm the site of a planned asylum centre for 1,500 migrants in Holland  —  Police had to fire warning shots into the air when thousands of Dutch protestors stormed the site of a planned asylum centre, shortly to open for 1,500 refugees.
Discussion: Vox Popoli, Newsalert and Instapundit
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.  —  We are working hard to get this block reversed.  Until then, Facebook Messenger is still active and you can use it to communicate instead.  —  This is a sad day for Brazil.
Joseph J. Kolb / Fox News:
As lawmakers clash over refugees, Syrian immigration quietly tops 100,000 since 2012  —  A proposal to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States has ignited a bitter debate in Washington, but more than 10 times that number of people from the embattled country have quietly come to America since 2012 …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Chessmaster or Pawn: Judgments on Obama's Effectiveness  —  Through the past ten days in this space, I've had several items on the style and logic of President Obama's leadership style.  First, one on the ISIS speech, which I found very strong in logic but perhaps too coldly logical in affect.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Morgan Chalfant / Washington Free Beacon:
Congress Provides $1.6B to Resettle Illegal Immigrants Arriving at Border Through 2018  —  A massive appropriations bill expected to be approved by Congress would provide more than $1.6 billion to resettle illegal immigrants arriving at the U.S. border through 2018.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
President Obama, Joining Bear Grylls, Tests Survival Skills in Alaska  —  WASHINGTON — He helped make tea from catkins, ate a salmon pre-chewed by a bear, and discussed why people would drink their own urine.  —  On Thursday night, President Obama will appear in an episode of the survivalist reality show …
Discussion: The Week
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Lessons From the Mistrial in the Freddie Gray Case … The trial of officers charged with killing Freddie Gray has moved quickly all along: The prosecutor brought charges with nearly unprecedented speed, within two weeks of Gray's death.  And now the first trial has ended just as quickly …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Navy SEALs, a Beating Death and Claims of a Cover-Up  —  The three Navy SEALs stomped on the bound Afghan detainees and dropped heavy stones on their chests, the witnesses recalled.  They stood on the prisoners' heads and poured bottles of water on some of their faces in what …
Scott Travis / Sun-Sentinel:
FAU takes steps to fire prof who said Sandy Hook was a hoax … Privacy Policy  —  Florida Atlantic University is trying to fire James Tracy, a controversial professor whose conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre and other tragedies brought the school unwanted publicity.
 
 
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Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
How Chris Christie Can Win Conservatives and the Nomination
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Obama, at Counterterrorism Center, Offers Assurances on Safety
Discussion: Business Insider
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Illegal minors brag about being freed in U.S., encourage others to come
Susan Shroder / The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Seized to-do list: ‘Steal mail and shoplift’
Discussion: Associated Press
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Oh good grief! School district censors Charlie Brown Christmas
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Push To Rename Trump State Park Gathers Force
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Eliza Newlin Carney / American Prospect:
GOP Riders Fuel Secret Spending
Discussion: Roll Call and OpenSecrets.org
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The Nation:
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
‘A Security Concern Due to Divided Loyalties’
Discussion: Power Line
Sandra Pedicini / Orlando Sentinel:
Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal install metal detectors at theme parks
Discussion: WGN-TV and CBS Miami
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Window for an independent Trump bid is wide open
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
CNN:
Obama meets Bloomberg as he prepares order on guns
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
How Democrats Could Win the White House Again in 2016-Report
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Defense Secretary Conducted Some Official Business on a Personal Email Account