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9:10 AM ET, December 12, 2015

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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 …
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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.
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Establishment Will “Destroy” GOP If They Block Outsider Nomination
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and Politico
KMIR News:
Mosque on Fire in Coachella: Witnesses Say it's Arson  —  COACHELLA, Ca.  Cal Fire is on scene of a fire at the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley in Coachella.  It is located at 84650 of Avenue 49.  —  Firefighters were called to the scene around 12PM.
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Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
FBI investigating fire at Coachella Valley mosque  —  Authorities are investigating a fire that erupted in the lobby of the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley mosque.  —  The fire was reported at 12:09 p.m. Friday inside the mosque in the 84600 block of Avenue 49 in Coachella …
Discussion: KTLA
The White House:
Executive Order — Half-Day Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Thursday, December 24, 2015  —  HALF-DAY CLOSING OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES  —  By the authority vested in me as President of the United States of America …
Discussion: Slantpoint and Washington Post
CBS Denver:
ACLU Board Member Resigns After Urging People To Kill Supporters Of Trump  —  By Shaun Boyd  —  DENVER (CBS4)- A board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has resigned after urging people to kill supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Goose-Steppers in the G.O.P.  —  Well, he's got the Hitler vote.  The neo-Nazi website, Daily Stormer, was out and proud earlier this week: “Heil Donald Trump — the Ultimate Savior.”  After endorsing the Republican presidential front-runner earlier this year for his call …
Zachary Stone / New York Times:
I'm a Responsible Gun Owner?  Seriously?  —  Austin, Tex. — “WHAT are you doing?”  —  I had just shot a gun for the first time.  The instructor was yelling at me because he couldn't understand how a 22-year-old missed a target some four feet tall and two feet wide, standing only nine feet away.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
No Political Guardrails  —  President Obama broke all the boundaries—and now Clinton and Trump are following suit.  —  Twenty-two years ago, my esteemed colleague Dan Henninger wrote a blockbuster Journal editorial titled “No Guardrails.”  Its subject was people “who don't think that rules …
Discussion: Instapundit and Viking Pundit
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Stephen Holden / New York Times:
Frank Sinatra: A Hundred Years On, the Voice Resonates Still  —  Frank Sinatra gave pop music a beating heart.  —  Before Michael Jackson, before Bob Dylan, before Elvis Presley, there was Sinatra, the first modern pop superstar.  In the floodtide of centennial tributes (he was born on Dec. 12 …
Discussion: KOIN-TV
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump takes on Cruz, but lightly  —  Donald Trump didn't hit back hard at Ted Cruz, but he couldn't let the Texas senator's dismissive private comments about his candidacy, which surfaced this week, go by without taking a shot.  —  Or two.  —  Trump, speaking to a crowd of several hundred people inside …
Discussion: ABC News
Daily Mail:
Trump's Muslim travel ban may be dumb but laid-back, do-nothing Obama is even dumber  —  Donald Trump's demand that all Muslims be banned from America has worked.  —  It sparked exactly the kind of furore he hoped it would, and we're all once again talking about little else but Donald Trump.
Discussion: Vlad Tepes
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CBS News:
Treasury Department delays decision on which woman to put on $10 bill  —  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew won't be deciding which woman to feature on the next $10 dollar bill until 2016, after initially saying he would finalize a pick by the end of the year, a Treasury spokesperson tells CBS News.
Discussion: AOL and Politico
Mike McPhate / New York Times:
Discrimination by Airbnb Hosts Is Widespread, Report Says  —  Airbnb likes to refer to itself as less a company than a “community.”  To that end, it has made trust between real people a cornerstone of its business strategy in short-term home rentals.  —  But new research suggests that when users get real, racism can result.
Discussion: SFist and Gothamist
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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Jethro Mullen / CNN:
More than 250 years of prison recommended  —  The jurors recommended a total of 263 years of prison time for Holtzclaw's crimes.  Formal sentencing is set for next month.  —  “We're going to ask the judge to make sure that this defendant never sees the light of day,” District Attorney David Prater said.
Christopher D. Shea / New York Times:
Banksy's Newest Works Make a Point About Immigration  —  LONDON — The graffiti artist Banksy unveiled his latest artworks on Friday — immigration-themed murals that he painted onto public spaces in and around the “jungle,” a refugee camp near Calais, France.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
DHS Official Unable to Give Number of Syrians in U.S. or Number of Expired Visas  —  A senior Department of Homeland Security official was unable to tell Congress the number of Syrian refugees who have entered the United States in the last year and the number of Americans who have travelled …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Bronx priest stole more than $1M from two NYC churches, used the cash on wild S&M romance with beefy boyfriend: lawsuit  —  Father, forgive him.  —  A scandalous lawsuit accuses a Bronx priest of looting more than $1 million from a pair of city parishes — then spending the cash …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Where's outrage from White House over McDonald shooting?  It comes by email … Have you watched the news about President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton loudly demanding justice in the Laquan McDonald case in Chicago?  —  No?  —  Me neither.  I haven't seen word one from the mouths of Obama or Clinton about any of it.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Emails Suggest Mayor's Staff Knew About Laquan McDonald Video During His Re-Election Campaign
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
 
 
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Reassures Muslim Users
Discussion: Daily Wire and Washington Post
Bryan Lowry / Wichita Eagle:
(Updated) Wichita lawmaker hired by Kansas Family Policy Council, letter says
New York Post:
Marco Rubio has already cut ObamaCare's throat
Discussion: Marco Rubio
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Men are so lazy  —  I'm not sure exactly when my wife finished …
 Earlier Items: 
Campbell Brown / Politico:
Dear Former TV Colleagues, Give Us a Week Without Trump
Discussion: Mediaite and FishbowlDC
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Trust in Government to Protect Against Terrorism at New Low
Discussion: Infowars and Wall Street Journal
James Delingpole / Breitbart:
Leo DiCaprio Now Officially a Joke in Canada: Confuses Chinook Wind with Climate Change
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House: Could Trump Lead to Apocalypse for Republicans?
Discussion: Washington Examiner