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10:25 AM ET, December 13, 2015

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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Cruz Soars to Front of the Pack in Iowa Poll; Trump Support Stays Flat  —  Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa survey also brings no joy to Ben Carson or Jeb Bush.  —  McCormickJohn  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has surged ahead to become the latest front-runner …
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Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Cruz is now leading with two critical blocs in the Republican caucus electorate: evangelical conservatives (45 percent) and tea party conservatives (39 percent).  —  Iowa presents a “take and hold” scenario for Cruz: He's taken it; now he needs to hold it …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
196 countries approve historic climate agreement  —  BREAKING NEWS: Negotiators from 196 countries approved a landmark climate accord on Saturday that seeks to dramatically reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for a dangerous warming of the planet.
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Fiona Harvey / Guardian:
Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald and NBC News
New York Times:
Inside the Paris Climate Deal
Discussion: The Verge and Prairie Weather
Mother Jones:
Breaking: World Leaders Just Agreed to a Landmark Deal to Fight Global Warming
Discussion: Grist
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
In Historic Paris Climate Deal, World Unanimously Agrees To Not Burn Most Fossil Fuels
Discussion: Hullabaloo and 350.org
Bloomberg Business:
Landmark Climate-Change Agreement Hailed as ‘Leap for Mankind’
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: I can't wash my hair properly because of water regs  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says water regulations from the are making it difficult for him to keep his famed mane clean.  —  Asked about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) “Waters of the United States” …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Trump: Hillary Says I'm Dangerous When 'She's The One That Caused So Many Deaths'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Trump to GOP: 'I'm sorry I did this to you'
Discussion: Slate, Hot Air and TheBlaze.com
New York Times:
U.S. Visa Process Missed San Bernardino Wife's Zealotry on Social Media  —  WASHINGTON — Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan.
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
How Well Do You Know Religion?  —  Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from America may be a gift to ISIS recruitment and a grotesque echo of the sentiment behind the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of Japanese-Americans.  But, like those earlier spasms of exclusion, the Trump proposal has plenty of supporters.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
BostonGlobe.com:
‘Debate is very important,’ Paul says  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is confident he will be on the primetime Republican debate stage Tuesday, but if he falls short, he will make an announcement this week about what comes next.  —  Asked Saturday by the Globe specifically …
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and NBC News
Beth Brelje / Pocono Record:
Police shoot and kill armed man in East Stroudsburg Walmart  —  A man armed with two handguns and a machete was shot and killed inside the East Stroudsburg Walmart on Saturday night, according to state police.  —  The 20-year-old white male entered the Walmart, on Lincoln Avenue …
Discussion: ABC News
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
A top Democratic opposition research group says it won't go after Marco Rubio — but why?  —  After an early career as a conservative operative dedicated to bringing down Bill Clinton, David Brock has emerged as one of the top guys in the world of Democratic-aligned fundraising, messaging, and opposition research.
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Asoleycerro / KTLA:
Video Appears to Show Sheriff's Deputies Fatally Shoot Man in Lynwood (Warning: Graphic Video)  —  Investigators say a man was armed and turning toward sheriff's deputies when they fatally shot him in Lynwood Saturday, as video emerged showing the man apparently walking away as a barrage …
Chris Bodenner / The Atlantic:
‘Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to Hate’  —  A reader flags the classic video seen above: … Reason's Ronald Bailey highlighted some key excerpts from Hitch's speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, when his voice was also sorely missed.  From an essay on free speech Hitchens wrote in April 2011:
New York Times:
Despair Over Gun Deaths Is Not an Option  —  After months of grief and depression, parents who lost children in the 2012 schoolhouse gun slaughter in Newtown, Conn., turned to the courts last year for a modicum of justice and only then discovered the full power of gun manufacturers …
 
 
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Paris accord is a big win for Obama, even as climate dangers still loom
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Al Gore / The Huffington Post:
Speaking with One Voice to Solve the Climate Crisis
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Rahm Emanuel has lost his grip on the city and won't be reclaiming it
Christopher Helman / Forbes:
What Oil Bust? Texas Billionaire Gives Each Worker A $100,000 Bonus
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
Angela Merkel is doing more damage to the future of the West than Donald Trump
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Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
More Than 10,000 Unaccompanied Minors Apprehended on U.S. Border in Last Two Months
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
In rebuke of Donald Trump, religious intolerance, Sen. Jeff Flake talks solidarity at Scottsdale mosque
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
VIDEO=> Kids Scream “I Want to Kill Him!” While Beating Trump Piñata to “Stop Hate”
Liza Foreman / The Daily Beast:
Bill Murray Befriends the Muslim World: ‘Not Every Flower Is the Same’
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Daily Mail:
Have police foiled an ISIS chemical weapons plot in Europe? …
David Larter / The Scoop Deck:
The Navy's newest ship breaks down, limps into port