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4:10 PM ET, December 13, 2015


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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 …
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.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Rand Paul may end campaign if he misses debate cut  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Saturday indicated he may end his White House bid if he does not end up in the main stage of CNN's GOP presidential debate on Tuesday.  —  “We will make an announcement, on that, on Tuesday,” …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Rand Paul remains on main debate stage
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and The Right Scoop
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump Leads National GOP Horserace, Cruz Surges Into 2nd Place
‘Debate is very important,’ Paul says
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Donald Trump: Hillary ‘killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Republican presidential Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton had killed “hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.”
Discussion: and
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,” …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Trump expecting shots from Cruz
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Podesta to donors: Cruz is likely GOP nominee
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Right Scoop
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
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Rubio Outlines Plan To End Marriage Equality  —  In the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court found that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right protected by the 14th Amendment.  —  Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press, Marco Rubio pledged, as President, to change that.
Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Law Professors: Trump's Muslim Moratorium Is Constitutional
Free Thought Project / Raw Story:
Missouri police chief resigns after caging family's lost puppy at a gun range and shooting it  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Police Chief Andrew Spencer resigned this week after it was revealed that he shot and killed an innocent dog that was in a cage and meant no one any harm.
Kristen Taketa / Crime Blog:
UNT police officer fatally shoots ax-wielding student near campus  —  The University of North Texas says Texas Rangers will help investigate an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead just off campus.  The body of the man who was shot has been obscured in this photograph from Bink Ruckthongsook.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Obama: Chessmaster, not Pawn … Four years ago at this time, I was in the middle of writing what became a cover story with the (immodest) title “Obama, Explained.”  In it, I examined whether the slow, understated, long-game approach of a one-term president about to run for re-election …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
John Kerry: Climate deal is a ‘signal’
Kipp Jones / Breitbart:
Michael Moore Recruits Facebook Followers to Report Trump for ‘Hate Speech’
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Carson doubles down on threat to leave the GOP
New York Times:
Influential Southeast Asia Scholar Benedict Anderson Dies
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
They're ‘so nice,’ until they get religion and want to kill us
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
Beth Brelje / Pocono Record:
Police shoot and kill armed man in East Stroudsburg Walmart
Discussion: ABC News
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
Discussion: Instapundit