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11:50 AM ET, December 13, 2015


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Cruz, Trump ahead in Iowa, Clinton holds caucus lead  —  Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are the top two candidates Iowa Republican caucus-goers say are the most qualified to handle the top two issues facing the country — the economy and national security.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Right Scoop
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
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 …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump expecting shots from Cruz  —  Donald Trump predicted in an interview on Sunday that his cordial relationship with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a fellow GOP presidential candidate, will likely come to an end soon.  —  “He's been so nice to me,” Trump said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump Leads National GOP Horserace, Cruz Surges Into 2nd Place  —  Donald Trump has moved back into the lead of the 2016 Republican presidential contest, while Ted Cruz has surged into second place, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Right Scoop
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Who's in Tuesday's debate?  CNN doesn't say  —  Despite touting that they would reveal the field for Tuesday's GOP presidential debate on their signature, weekly political show, CNN ended “State of the Union” Sunday morning without an announcement about which candidates will be in the main debate in Las Vegas.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Trump attacks Cruz: ‘A little bit of a maniac’
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Podesta to donors: Cruz is likely GOP nominee
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Right Scoop
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
Playing with fear  —  In America and Europe, right-wing populist politicians are on the march.  The threat is real  —  From the print edition  —  POPULISTS have a new grievance.  For many years, on both sides of the Atlantic, they have thrived on the belief that a selfish elite cannot …
Discussion: Instapundit
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
They're ‘so nice,’ until they get religion and want to kill us  —  'We see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers," President Obama said while addressing the nation in the wake of the latest homegrown massacre at the hands of Muslims.
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.
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” …
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
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
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.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Carson doubles down on threat to leave the GOP  —  Ben Carson doubled down on his stance that he will leave the GOP if party elite are planning to mount a floor fight at the nominating convention.  —  “Well, one of the reasons that I got into this is because I heard the frustration in the people …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Kipp Jones / Breitbart:
Michael Moore Recruits Facebook Followers to Report Trump for ‘Hate Speech’
New York Times:
Influential Southeast Asia Scholar Benedict Anderson Dies
Chris Bodenner / The Atlantic:
‘Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to Hate’
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Paris accord is a big win for Obama, even as climate dangers still loom
Discussion: New York Times and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Despair Over Gun Deaths Is Not an Option
Al Gore / The Huffington Post:
Speaking with One Voice to Solve the Climate Crisis
Discussion: Washington Monthly
‘Debate is very important,’ Paul says
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Rahm Emanuel has lost his grip on the city and won't be reclaiming it
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Instapundit
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
More Than 10,000 Unaccompanied Minors Apprehended on U.S. Border in Last Two Months
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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