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2:10 PM ET, December 13, 2015


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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.
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Stage set for final GOP debate of 2015  —  Watch CNN's coverage of the fifth Republican presidential debate live from Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 15.  Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.  —  Washington (CNN)Nine candidates will appear in prime-time Tuesday night for the final Republican …
Discussion: RedState and Business Insider
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Trump attacks Cruz: ‘A little bit of a maniac’  —  GOP front-runner Donald Trump attacked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as unqualified to be president, arguing his fellow conservative insurgent has been too intransigent to get things done.  —  “I don't think he's qualified to be president,” …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rand Paul remains on main debate stage  —  Rand Paul will be on the main stage at Tuesday's GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas after CNN apparently tweaked its criteria to add a ninth podium for the Kentucky senator, the network announced Sunday.  —  The candidates who will be on the main stage are …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Podesta to donors: Cruz is likely GOP nominee  —  Donald Trump's apparent belief that the Republican primary contest is now a two-person race between himself and Ted Cruz isn't exactly shared at the top of Hillary Clinton's campaign.  —  Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta handicapped …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Right Scoop
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Trump expecting shots from Cruz
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump Leads National GOP Horserace, Cruz Surges Into 2nd Place
Discussion: Political Wire and The Right Scoop
‘Debate is very important,’ Paul says
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
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
NY Times Editors Continue War on Reality  —  The Times editors - yes, the folks who recently linked to an Onion wanna-be for factual support - continue their editorializing on guns, and the issue is far too important to let tedious facts get in their way:  —  Despair Over Gun Deaths Is Not an Option
New York Times:   Despair Over Gun Deaths Is Not an Option
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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
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Free Thought Project / Raw Story:
Missouri police chief resigns after caging family's lost puppy at a gun range and shooting it
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Rubio Outlines Plan To End Marriage Equality
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
John Kerry: Climate deal is a ‘signal’
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’
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Discussion: BizPac Review
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
Angela Merkel is doing more damage to the future of the West than Donald Trump
Discussion: Instapundit