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10:10 AM ET, December 11, 2015


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New York Times:
Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll  —  Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, a gnawing sense of dread that has helped lift Donald J. Trump to a new high among …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll Shows Voters Split on Trump's Muslim Ban  —  Nearly six-in-10 Americans oppose Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States, but Republicans are evenly divided, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
New York Times:
Ted Cruz Questions Donald Trump's ‘Judgment’ to Be President  —  Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has carefully avoided public criticism of Donald J. Trump, said this week at a private fund-raiser that the real estate developer was facing a “challenging question” about whether he has the “judgment” to be president.
Fred Bever / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Not Hurting His Prospects In N.H.  —  Donald Trump's divisive plan for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. sure isn't hurting his prospects in New Hampshire.  —  A new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) shows him with his strongest lead yet among likely …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Attacks on Trump just make these voters like him more
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
A former Department of Homeland Security agent says that an investigation …
Discussion: The Federalist
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
GOP preparing for contested convention  —  Republican officials and leading figures in the party's establishment are now preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention as Donald Trump continues sit atop the polls and the presidential race.  —  More than 20 of them convened Monday …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell warns that trade deal can't pass Congress before 2016 elections
Discussion: New York Times
Lauren French / Politico:
Democrats demand end to ban on gun violence research  —  House Democrats are adding a controversial new demand to the government funding talks: ending a 19-year old ban on gun violence research by the federal government.  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday …
Discussion: The Trace, WSLS-TV and Moe Lane
Chris Enloe /
Actor Kurt Russell Fiercely Pushes Back Against Anti-Gun Hollywood Interviewer: 'What Are You …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: I will mandate death penalty for killing police officers  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to issue an executive order to mandate the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer.  —  “One of the first things I'd do in terms of executive order …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   Donald Trump Has Even Flip-Flopped On Bigotry
Jury: Former Oklahoma City police officer found guilty on 18 counts  —  OKLAHOMA CITY - After listening to several weeks of testimony and four days of deliberating, a jury has found a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sex crimes guilty on 18 counts.
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congresswoman: “Between 5 And 20%” Of Muslims Willing To Use Terrorism To Institute Caliphate  —  “We know that there is a small group, and we don't know how big that is — it can be anywhere between 5 and 20%, from the people that I speak to — that Islam is their religion …
Bloomberg Business:
Putin's Quagmire in Syria Proves Obama Prescient  —  Officials in Moscow no longer talking about war lasting months  —  Russia's mid-November surge doubled cost of military campaign  —  U.S. President Barack Obama, facing criticism at home over his Islamic State strategy …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are Democrats Trying to Establish a Right To Immigrate to US?  —  Foreigners have no right to emigrate to the United States.  How many immigrants we want to take in, and who those immigrants should be, are issues decided by us in our sole discretion, through our political process.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
Is Affirmative Action Finished?  —  “If this Court rules that the University of Texas can't consider race, or if it rules that universities that consider race have to die a death of a thousand cuts for doing so, we know exactly what's going to happen,” Gregory Garre, the lawyer for the University of Texas …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Thematic Convergence, or Real Old Testament Stuff...  Rare is the day when we find a smidgen of insight at Vox.  Rarer still is the day that the Voxsplainers and Glenn Reynolds are aligned in agreement.  —  This is that day.  Glenn, picking up a theme noted by Sen. Ben Sasse in San Bernardino …
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
Camille Paglia / Hollywood Reporter:
Camille Paglia Takes on Taylor Swift, Hollywood's #GirlSquad Culture  —  Can group selfies advance women's goals?  In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, the famed feminist urges social media packs to skip the “tittering, tongues-out mugging of Taylor Swift” — whose “twinkly persona …
New York Times:
The Court Takes Up One Person, One Vote  —  On its face, the constitutional doctrine of “one person one vote” seems about as clear as they come: no one's vote should count more than anyone else's.  —  In practice this means all state legislative districts must contain roughly equal numbers of people.
Des Moines Register:
Register's Peterson to have surgery on broken leg Thursday  —  Randy Peterson, The Des Moines Register's columnist covering Iowa State sports, suffered a compound leg fracture during the Hilton Coliseum court-storming after Iowa State's 83-82 victory over Iowa on Thursday night.
Discussion: ABC News
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Democrats' misleading claims about closing the no-fly list ‘loophole’  —  “If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous to buy a gun.  Unfortunately, that commonsense idea failed to attract enough votes to pass the Senate.”  —  “Then came Dianne Feinstein's amendment …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Empowering the Ugliness  —  We live in an era of political news that is, all too often, shocking but not surprising.  The rise of Donald Trump definitely falls into that category.  And so does the electoral earthquake that struck France in Sunday's regional elections, with the right-wing …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Colorado ACLU Board Member: Shoot Trump Voters ‘Before Election Day’  —  Loring Wirbel, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union's Colorado chapter and co-chair of the ACLU's Colorado Springs chapter, called for supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be shot before they vote for the billionaire businessman.
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Malia Zimmerman / Fox News:
Call it terrorism, says father of hero who helped stop stabber at Calif. college
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Right Scoop
Doug Finke / State Journal Register:
State pension contribution next year up by $291 million
Discussion: WGN-TV
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
While media rages, Trump sees path to victory
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
House report: Obama officials misled public on Bergdahl swap
New York Times:
On Republican Campaign Trail, Slow and Steady May Win the Race
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Daily News:
House will include Zadroga reauthorization in omnibus spending bill, as Dems praise inclusion …
Discussion: Gothamist, Mediaite and Slantpoint
Jody Rosen / Billboard:
Nicki Minaj Fronts Billboard No. 1s Year-End Cover in Candid, Outspoken Interview: 'Fans Know My Struggle.
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The Necessary Recklessness of Campus Protests
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters:
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Ted Cruz:
Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act
Discussion: KXAN-TV and Michael Bennet