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3:00 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
GOP preparing for contested convention
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Carson Threatens To Leave Party If GOP Officials Keep Plotting Over Convention
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Ted Cruz Questions Donald Trump's ‘Judgment’ to Be President
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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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 and Political Wire
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CBS News:
Poll: Solid opposition to ban on Muslims entering U.S.  —  Nearly six-in-10 Americans say the United States should not temporarily bar Muslims from other countries from entering the U.S., and two-thirds say such a ban would go against the founding principles of this country, a CBS News poll shows.
New York Times:
Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll
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 …
Michele McPhee / ABC News:
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 …
Discussion: alan.com and LiberalAmerica.org
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
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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 …
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 …
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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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, Hearst.
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Chris Christie surges in New Hampshire  —  Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the United States does not appear to have affected his chances in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, according to the results of the latest WBUR poll out Friday.
Discussion: The Workplace Report
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.
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Video shows customer hit worker, break glass in NYC restaurant as he rails against Muslims; man kicks woman, calls her ‘trash’ in separate crime  —  A customer at a Herald Square restaurant burst into an anti-Muslim tirade, slapping one worker than busting glass partitions with a chair …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Priest paid his male ‘sex master’ from collection plate: lawsuit  —  A Catholic priest swiped collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fueled sex romps with a heavily muscled S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges.  —  Parishioners claim the Rev. Peter Miqueli has stolen at least $1 million since 2003 …
Discussion: Gothamist and PinkNews
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Charles Barkley bashes CNN, Donald Trump  —  Basketball legend, Turner Sports commentator and “NBA on TNT” co-host Charles Barkley ripped into his employer's sister channel CNN for its coverage of the 2016 election.  —  Barkley's comments came on “Inside the NBA” when host Ernie Johnson asked Barkley …
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
The 13 Women Who Accused A Cop Of Sexual Assault, In Their Own Words  —  The alleged victims of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw told their stories publicly for the first time last year in court.  Those testimonies have never been reported in full, until now.
 
 
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Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Newsweek highlights the ‘other side’ of campus sexual assault debate
Discussion: Mediaite
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Emails Suggest Mayor's Staff Knew About Laquan McDonald Video During His Re-Election Campaign
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:
Jon Stewart returns to ‘The Daily Show’ to shame Congress over healthcare for 9/11 responders
Discussion: Politico and addictinginfo.org
Andre Tartar / Bloomberg.com news:
Rand Paul Likely to Miss Cut for Dec. 15 Primetime Republican Debate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Logos and Mediaite
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Now There's Video=> Jimmy Carter Bans Iranian Immigrants from US, Deported Students During Hostage Crisis
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Jeff Sessions Exposes Ryan's, McConnell's Plans to Fund Syrian Refugees: 'It's Going To Be Jammed Through'
Discussion: Moonbattery
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama calls Chinese leader as climate talks blow past Friday deadline
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
American Nazi Party Chairman: Trump's Muslim Ban Is Unrealistic
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Police Chief: ‘Revolution’ Coming if Obama Tries to Disarm American People
David Kopel / Washington Post:
President Obama signs three constructive gun measures
Harry Davies / Guardian:
Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users
Discussion: Mother Jones and Gizmodo
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Democrats' misleading claims about closing the no-fly list ‘loophole’
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are Democrats Trying to Establish a Right To Immigrate to US?
Discussion: Infowars and The Gateway Pundit