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4:45 PM ET, December 11, 2015

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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ben Carson blasts RNC, threatens to leave Republican Party  —  Ben Carson on Friday blasted the Republican National Committee following a Washington Post report that nearly two-dozen establishment party figures were prepping for a potential brokered convention as Donald Trump continues to lead most polls.
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Nick Gehring / bencarson.com:
Dr. Ben Carson Releases Statement on Party Boss Insider Meeting Reported in Washington Post  —  By submitting the contribution form I certify: I am a citizen or permanent resident in the United States; The funds I am contributing are my own personal funds and not those of another person …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business, CNN and WIAT-TV
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 …
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Carson Threatens To Leave Party If GOP Officials Keep Plotting Over Convention
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Charles Barkley bashes CNN, Donald Trump
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
The Secret Plan To Nominate Mitt Romney From The Convention Floor
CNN:
Republicans discussed possibility of brokered convention
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 …
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Liam Deacon / Breitbart:
Homeland Security Shut Down Investigation Into Farook And Malik Linked Islamist Group To Protect ‘Civil Liberties’ Of Potential Terrorists  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been accused of deleting intelligence records relating to dangerous Islamists linked to terrorists Sayed Farook …
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Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino shooters planned bigger attack, investigators believe  —  An FBI dive team on Thursday searches for electronic devices or other evidence possibly left in Seccombe Lake, about two miles north of the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  —  An examination of digital equipment recovered …
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New York Times:
San Bernardino Attackers' Friend Spoke of ‘Sleeper Cells’
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
WATCH: Carly Fiorina snarls at CNN host after he confronts her over Planned Parenthood smears  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Aspiring 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina went from smiling to combative in a split-second during a contentious debate …
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 …
Associated Press:
AS TRUMP RISES, CLINTON PREACHES LOVE AND KINDNESS  —  URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton had just finished detailing the dangers of terrorism, recalling tough calls in the White House situation room as secretary of state and lashing out at her Republican rivals for threatening the safety of Americans.
Michele McPhee / ABC News:
Mark Bowden / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump Really Doesn't Want Me to Tell You This, But ...  Over a long weekend on assignment for Playboy magazine, Mark Bowden found that behind the garish Trump façade lies only more ugliness.  —  I spent a long, awkward weekend with Donald Trump in November 1996 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House: Could Trump Lead to Apocalypse for Republicans?  —  To most Republican strategists, there's no bigger nightmare than Donald Trump as the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016.  This week, just about every Democrat running for president, Senate, House, and their respective campaign committees sought …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McConnell poised to give Jon Stewart what he wants  —  After weeks of withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed on Friday that a health care bill for 9/11 first responders will be included in a must-pass, year-end spending deal.
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Jeff Sessions Exposes Ryan's, McConnell's Plans to Fund Syrian Refugees: 'It's Going To Be Jammed Through'
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Lindsey Graham: Trump Leading Because 40% Of GOP Voters Think Obama Is Kenyan Muslim  —  “I can promise you that Hillary Clinton will clean his clock,” Graham added.  —  Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said his presidential opponent Donald Trump …
Discussion: Mediaite
James Delingpole / Breitbart:
Leo DiCaprio Now Officially a Joke in Canada: Confuses Chinook Wind with Climate Change  —  Leonardo DiCaprio has spoken movingly about how he witnessed at first hand the horrors of climate change during the making of his Oscar-tipped movie The Revenant.  —  Most of the wintry revenge Western …
Discussion: ABC and Barrel Strength
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 …
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kff.org:
Survey of Kentucky Residents on State Health Policy  —  Liz Hamel, Mira Norton, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Executive Summary  —  Kentucky has received national attention as the only Southern state to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by creating its own state-based health insurance marketplace …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America's Immigration Challenge  —  On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey alleged that the San Bernardino shooters were already plotting a mass-murder attack on the United States before Tafsheen Malik received the K-1 visa admitting her to the United States.  Her husband-to-be, Syed Farook, was born a U.S. citizen.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
WMUR booted from next Democratic debate  —  New Hampshire's most influential television station is being pushed out of next week's Democratic debate.  —  The reason?  A labor dispute between a handful of employees at the station, WMUR, and its owner, the Hearst CorporationS.
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
Congress Passes Five-Day Bill Avoiding U.S. Government Shutdown  —  Measure funds government through Dec. 16 as talks continue  —  Appropriations chairman says negotiations at 'snail's pace'  —  The House voted for a stopgap measure on Friday that avoids a potential U.S. government shutdown this weekend …
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Campbell Brown / Politico:
Dear Former TV Colleagues, Give Us a Week Without Trump  —  To my former TV colleagues: Please stop.  Just for one week, don't say his name.  As many have already said, no presidential candidate in history has gotten this much free airtime.  Let's stop being complicit in promoting his hateful and harmful demagoguery.
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Kaitlin Howell / WJTV:
18-wheeler carrying cows overturns on Jackson interstate  —  JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) -I-20 is back open after an 18-wheeler carrying over 100 cows overturned in Jackson early Friday morning.  —  I t happened on I-20 near I-55 around 3:30 a.m.  —  The Hinds County EOC said the driver almost missed …
Discussion: WREG-TV and WKRG-TV
 
 
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New York Post:
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Rand Paul could be booted from main debate stage
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Mediaite
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
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Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
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