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9:35 PM ET, December 8, 2015


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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: 68% of Trump's supporters would vote for him if he bolts the GOP  —  Donald Trump is defending his controversial plan regarding Muslim immigration.  The billionaire business mogul and Republican presidential front runner is facing backlash after calling for a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Reince Priebus condemns Trump on Muslim ban  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday condemned Donald Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.  —  “I don't agree,” Priebus said.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump cancels Katie Couric interview  —  Donald Trump canceled a scheduled interview with Katie Couric on Tuesday amid the ongoing controversy over his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, a Yahoo News spokesperson confirmed.  —  “He just abruptly canceled last night …
Suffolk University:
Poll: GOP Leaders Running Neck-and-Neck with Clinton  —  A Suffolk University/USA TODAY national poll of likely voters shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump solidly ahead in their respective nomination fights eight weeks before the Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sahil Kapur / news:
Cruz Rejects Trump's Muslim Ban But Doesn't Reject Trump  —  Senator Ted Cruz said Tuesday he disagrees with Donald Trump on temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S., but he refused to repudiate his Republican presidential rival.  —  “I disagree with that proposal,” Cruz said.
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Exclusive: Donald Trump Says He Might Have Supported Japanese Internment
Matthew Claiborne / ABC News:
Bernie Sanders Calls Donald Trump's Policy Proposal to Ban Muslims ‘Crap’
Nia-Malika Henderson / CNN:
After call to ban Muslims, is the GOP ready to unite against Trump?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Getting Stronger in NC; Islamophobia Helps Fuel That Strength
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
White Nationalist And Anti-Muslim Fringe Embrace Trump Proposal
Discussion: Telegraph and Pamela Geller
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Talks About San Bernardino Shooter (Corrected)
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Donald Trump thinks he can call Bill Gates to ‘close up’ the internet
Daily Mail:
Republicans' most senior leader disowns Trump for demand to ban all Muslims saying it is 'not …
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Welcome To Barack Obama's America
Discussion: Washington Post and alicublog
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Endures Withering Fire for Muslim Plan as He Wins Praise on Right
Javier Moreno / BuzzFeed:
This Girl Whose Entire Family Got Killed In An Act Of Arson Just Wants Cards For Christmas  —  Safyre Terry of New York is asking people to help her make this Christmas a little more merry.  Normally, Christmas is a holiday associated with family, but for Safyre, that just isn't possible.
Alix Hines /
Forsyth County first grader dragged nearly a mile by school bus  —  FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A child was dragged by a school bus for nearly a mile in Forsyth County on Monday afternoon.  —  According to Highway Patrol, the incident was dispatched as a “child drug by school bus” at 3:43 p.m. Monday.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Potential Power Shift as Court Weighs ‘One Person One Vote’  —  WASHINGTON — A closely divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled to decide “what kind of democracy people wanted,” as Justice Stephen G. Breyer put it during an argument over the meaning of the constitutional principle of “one person one vote.”
House passes visa waiver overhaul  —  Paul Ryan condemns Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims  — Would bar those from Iraq, Syria, Iran and the Sudan, or those who have visited those countries in the last five years, from traveling to the United States without a visa
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and WREG-TV
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. House Votes to Require Visas for Iraq, Syria Travelers
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
‘Spinning up as we speak’: Email shows Pentagon was ready to roll as Benghazi attack occurred  —  As the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was unfolding, a high-ranking Pentagon official urgently messaged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top deputies to offer military help, according to an email obtained by Judicial Watch.
Mary Forsberg Weiland / Rolling Stone:
Scott Weiland's Family: 'Don't Glorify This Tragedy'  —  A letter from late singer's ex-wife, Mary Weiland, on behalf of his two children … December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died.  It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped …
Michael Matza /
Severed pig's head left at N. Phila. mosque  —  Philadelphia police, the FBI, and the city's Human Relations Commission launched investigations Monday after a worker at a North Philadelphia mosque found a severed pig's head outside its door.  —  Surveillance video outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Sad, Strange Family Feud That Helped Sink Rand Paul  —  Among the many early obituaries for Rand Paul's presidential campaign that have lately littered the internet, one story has remained largely untold: the intensely personal father-son rivalry that helped derail the younger Paul's presidential ambitions — twice.
Discussion: Salon
Is an immigration ban on Muslims unconstitutional?  —  Probably not.  The Supreme Court has held consistently, for more than a century, that constitutional protections that normally benefit Americans and people on American territory do not apply when Congress decides who to admit and who to exclude as immigrants or other entrants.
Nicole Perez / Albuquerque Journal:
Son in hot water as mom stews over posole burglary  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jonathan Ray wanted some of his mom's posole last week.  —  So much so that, police say, he broke into her Northeast Albuquerque home, made a beeline for the fridge and ran away with a pot of homemade posole.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Shooting targets, GoPro packaging, hammer and ‘vise grips’ found by FBI in car belonging to San Bernardino shooter's MOTHER  — Car registered to Rafia Farook was searched by FBI agents after her son and daughter-in-law massacred 14 last Wednesday
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Diane Rehm, an NPR staple, eyes retirement from broadcasting  —  Diane Rehm, the host of one of public radio's longest-running and most popular news discussion programs, will retire next year, ending nearly 40 years on the air.  —  A retirement date has not been firmly established, but Rehm …
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