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12:15 PM ET, December 18, 2015


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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
DNC penalizes Sanders campaign for improper access of Clinton voter data  —  Officials with the Democratic National Committee have accused the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders of improperly accessing confidential voter information gathered by the rival campaign of Hillary Clinton, according to several party officials.
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Franklin Pierce/Herald poll: Cruz, Rubio, Christie surge toward front-runner Trump; Hillary climbs back in NH  —  A pack of more proven GOP contenders led by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz is surging closer to Donald Trump in New Hampshire, while Democrat Hillary Clinton has clawed …
New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's dream debate is one nobody watches  —  Busy Saturday night?  Probably, what with the NCAA bowl games, the Jets' must-win battle in Dallas and opening weekend for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  So you'll skip the Democratic presidential debate — just as Hillary Clinton hoped.
Discussion: New York Times and Viking Pundit
Dan Merica / CNN:
Fired Sanders aide: I wasn't peeking at Clinton data files  —  (CNN)The Bernie Sanders campaign staffer who was fired for accessing data unique to the Hillary Clinton campaign's vote file, told CNN on Friday that he was only trying to “understand how badly the Sanders campaign's data was exposed” …
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Is Disciplined for Breaching Hillary Clinton Data
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Catherine Treyz / CNN:
Bernie Sanders campaign accesses Hillary Clinton data, gets suspended from DNC voter files
Discussion: Common Dreams
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Donald Trump left Joe Scarborough stunned after being asked about Vladimir Putin killing journalists  —  During a Friday-morning interview with Donald Trump, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was baffled by the Republican front-runner's embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
German Lopez / Vox:
Donald Trump on Vladimir Putin's alleged human rights abuses: “at least he's a leader”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Vernon Freeman Jr / WTVR-TV:
Augusta County schools closed Friday after parental outrage over Arabic assignment  —  AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. — Augusta County schools and all administrative offices are closing Friday December 18, after parental objections to a controversial high school geography assignment involving Arabic.
Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Draw this  —  When the world geography class at Riverheads High School in Staunton rolled around to the subject of major world religions, homework on Islam asked students to copy religious calligraphy.  —  It read:  —  “Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic.
Discussion: and The Right Scoop
Dan De Luce / Foreign Policy:
Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me  —  In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out — and still has no strategy for fixing Syria.  —  Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
DHS official: ‘Apples and oranges’ to use no-fly list for guns
Discussion: Hot Air
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
White House promises ‘non-traditional’ State of the Union
The Hill:
Ryan and Pelosi corral votes as $1.1T funding bill speeds to floor  —  The House is poised to pass a bipartisan $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government, with GOP and Democratic whip teams going into overdrive to boost their numbers before the Friday morning vote.
Bloomberg Business:   Pelosi, White House Support Plan Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports
Associated Press:
The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Politico
Ken White / Popehat:
An Open Letter to Reuters Reporters Nate Raymond and David Ingram  —  Dear Mr. Raymond and Mr. Ingram:  —  Today you reported on the arrest of the widely-hated Martin Shkreli on securities fraud charges.  You ran a picture of the “perp walk” — the once-free now-defendant being led away in handcuffs by law enforcement:
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mashable
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
Paul Ryan Builds Border Fence Around His Mansion, Doesn't Fund Border Fence in Omnibus  —  A recent Breitbart News investigation reveals that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has a two-decade-long history of promoting open borders immigration policies, seems to support border fences for himself …
Jeff Sessions: Paul Ryan's Omnibus Spending Bill Explains “Why Voters Are In Open Rebellion”
The Huffington Post:
Progressive PR Firm Closes Down Over Sexual Harassment And Assault Allegations  —  The group represented some of the biggest progressive organizations.  —  WASHINGTON — FitzGibbon Media, a prominent progressive public relations firm, abruptly shut down on Thursday amid allegations …
Keith Naughton / Bloomberg Business:
Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw  —  Accident rates are twice as high as for regular vehicles  —  Most mishaps are fender benders caused by inattentive drivers  —  The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that's supposed to lead to a world without accidents …
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Ted Cruz Isn't Telling the Truth  —  Ted Cruz has a problem with the truth.  —  On Thursday, President Obama tried his hand at reassuring the public about the threat of terrorism heading into the holidays.  After a meeting with aides at the National Counterterrorism Center, he said there were …
The Nation:
Rahm Emanuel Must Resign  —  From Laquan McDonald to Homan Square, Rahm has tacitly endorsed police violence.  —  By  —  In the coming months, a jury will consider the fate of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with first-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times at close range.
Discussion: Newsalert
Fox News:
Sadness, shame and blame at Yale over First Amendment repeal video  —  Members of the Yale University community on Thursday responded with a mix of embarrassment, sadness and literal disbelief to a viral video showing students there freely signing a petition that calls for the repeal of the First Amendment.
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New York Times:
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VIDEO: Kids ride on top of van cruising through neighborhood
Discussion: WTVR-TV and KFOR-TV
Rush Limbaugh:
GOP Sells America Down the River
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Block the Vote  —  After the Supreme Court decision that gutted …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Woman burns man's genitals with hot iron during sex
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Oahu UPS worker throws fit, boxes
Discussion: WKBN-TV and WKRN-TV
 Earlier Items: 
David Neiwert / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Gaffney's ‘Summit’ in Nevada a Nonstop Procession of Extremism, Conspiracism — and Candidates
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Can we stop pretending that Republicans care about the deficit now?
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Mike Huckabee cuts salaries of senior staff