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1:15 AM ET, December 19, 2015


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Annie Karni / Politico:
Chaos in the Democratic presidential primary  —  A civil war erupted within the Democratic Party on Friday after news that Bernie Sanders' campaign took advantage of a technological glitch to access, search and save one of Hillary Clinton's most valuable campaign assets — her voter files.
The Hill:
Sanders sues Democratic Party  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign filed a lawsuit Friday evening in federal court against the Democratic National Committee, following the suspension of his campaign from the DNC's voter database.  —  Earlier in the day …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Clinton Spox: Sanders Camp Was ‘Stealing Data,’ ‘Like Kids in a Candy Store’  —  The Hillary Clinton campaign went on the offense tonight over the Bernie Sanders campaign improperly accessing their voter data.  A Sanders staffer was fired for accessing the data and the DNC cut off their access to the data server.
Discussion: USA Today and ABC News
Bloomberg Business:
Sanders Campaign Sues Democratic Party After Data Breach  —  Senior adviser Tad Devine accuses party leaders of “grinding our campaign to a halt” in an appearance on Bloomberg Politics' With All Due Respect.  —  michaelcbender  —  jeneps  —  AndyNewsNowInDC
Bernie Sanders and the DNC: It's war
Discussion: Mediaite
Bernie Sanders sues DNC for $600,000 a day over removal of data access
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders Bristle at Holding Debates on Weekends
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Fired Sanders Staffer: We Saved Clinton Voter Data To Prove Breach
Discussion: Associated Press and Jezebel
Alvin Chang / Vox:
We've never had a debate this close to Christmas
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Catherine Treyz / CNN:
Bernie Sanders campaign accesses Hillary Clinton data, gets suspended from DNC voter files
CBS News:
Marco Rubio explains why he skipped vote, swipes at Rand Paul  —  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Friday defended his decision to skip a major vote in the Senate that afternoon to fund the government through September, and he took a swipe at a GOP rival who called on him to resign from Congress.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
In 1999 Memo, Ted Cruz Took Milder Tone on Immigration
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Lead Grows Nationally; 41% of His Voters Want to Bomb Country From Aladdin; Clinton Maintains Big Lead  —  PPP's newest national Republican primary poll finds Donald Trump holding his largest lead yet in the wake of Tuesday night's debate.  He's at 34% to 18% for Ted Cruz …
Jana Kasperkevic / Guardian:
Poll: 30% of GOP voters support bombing Agrabah, the city from Aladdin
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters support bombing any Arab sounding nation — even the fictional land of Aladdin
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and NewsCut
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 …
Daily Mail:
Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel accuses Obama White House of trying 'to destroy …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
President Obama commutes sentences of 95 federal drug offenders  —  President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 drug offenders Friday, more than double the number he granted this summer, in an effort to give relief to drug offenders who were harshly sentenced in the nation's war on drugs.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Obama commutes 95 more prison sentences
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
In ‘Fairness,’ Obama Commutes Sentences for 95, Mostly Drug Offenders
Anna Palmer / Politico:
How old-fashioned logrolling produced Congress' massive budget deal  —  During John Boehner's speakership, when a vote on a massive spending bill was around the corner, he'd often be holed up in his office, trying to figure out how to persuade Republicans to avoid a government shutdown.
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:
The Republicans in Congress Are Surrendering to Obama
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Systemic Change Needed After Faulty Times Article  —  Mistakes are bound to happen in the news business, but some are worse than others.  —  What I'll lay out here was a bad one.  It involved a failure of sufficient skepticism at every level of the reporting and editing process …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
College Professor, Students Sport Yellow Jewish Stars to ‘Protest Islamophobia’  —  A University of San Diego professor and her students have raised eyebrows in the pro-Israel community after they led a protest this week against anti-Muslim rhetoric by wearing yellow Jewish star badges …
Abraham Cooper By / Wall Street Journal:
Mideast Christians Deserve U.S. Refuge
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
FDA proposes tanning bed age restrictions and other important safety measures … For Immediate Release  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced important proposed steps to protect public health by preventing the use of sunlamp products (also commonly known as indoor tanning beds) …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
The New York Times Just Memory-Holed This Devastating Obama Admission  —  A story published by the New York Times late Thursday night caused some major media waves.  The story, which was written by reporters Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris, included a remarkable admission by Obama …
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.
Matt Grubs / KRQE-TV:
Governor's post-party call to police: Call off your officers  —  This story has been updated to include a written statement from the Governor's Office, and quotes from an interview Governor Martinez gave to KRQE News 13 on Friday evening.  —  SANTA FE (KRQE) — Governor Susana Martinez …
Michael Randall / Times Herald-Record:
Six protesters taken into custody in anti-CPV power plant demonstration  —  SLATE HILL - Actor James Cromwell held his fist in the air defiantly as he sat in the entrance to the Competitive Power Ventures power plant construction site and led fellow protesters in a chant Friday morning.
Discussion: Associated Press
First on CNN: Newly discovered hack has U.S. fearing foreign infiltration  —  Washington (CNN)A major breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Hot Air
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Southern Poverty Law Center:
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Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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