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1:20 AM ET, December 20, 2015

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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
14 key moments from the Democratic debate  —  There were only three candidates on the stage in the latest Democratic presidential debate, but each had plenty of big moments as they argued about taxes on the middle class, intervention abroad, and the safety of their campaign data.
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David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
An Explanation of What Bernie Sanders Staffers Actually Did and Why It Matters  —  After a spat lasting just over 24 hours, it appears that the top news story of the day is already resolving itself: the DNC has come to an agreement to return voter database access to the Bernie Sanders campaign …
Bloomberg Business:
Data Breach Takes Back Seat to Fights Over Foreign Policy and Finance in Democratic Debate  —  Democratic debate comes on the heels of a major blowup between the campaigns of the two leading contenders.  —  jeneps  —  Foreign policy and domestic finance fueled the fiercest disagreements …
Politico:
The POLITICO Wrongometer  —  POLITICO's analysis of where the Democratic field stretched the truth, steered around some inconvenient facts, or just plain got it wrong.  —  Hillary's bold new education plan?  Not so bold  —  Hillary Clinton said during tonight's presidential debate …
Discussion: Vox, Slate and The Right Scoop
Amy Dacey / Medium:
Here's what happened with NGP VAN, the Sanders Campaign, and the Clinton Campaign  —  And here are the steps we are taking to address the problem  —  The Democratic National Committee, through its software partner NGP VAN, provides tools for Democratic campaigns that are invaluable and second to none.
Discussion: New York Times, Mashable and Politico
ABC News:
Sanders Apologizes to Clinton Over Accessing Voter Data  —  Bernie Sanders apologized to Hillary Clinton in the third Democratic debate hosted by ABC News after his staffers accessed Clinton's voter data.  “Yes, I apologize,” he said when asked whether Clinton was owed an apology.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
O'Malley: Clinton ‘Shamefully’ Used 9/11 To Hide ‘Cozy’ Wall Street Ties  —  Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley bashed Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton for “shamefully” trying to “hide her cozy relationship with Wall Street big banks by invoking the attacks of 9/11.”
Discussion: The Week
ABC News:
Transcript for Democrats Debate What Should Take Priority: Ousting Assad or Fighting ISIS?  —  I'm going to ask the secretary here because it does appear to be some daylight here between the policies at least in respect to when you take out Syrian president or Charlotte's not right now.
Discussion: Politico
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders gets the fight he wanted
ABC News:
ABC News Third Democratic Debate: New Hampshire Edition
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem rivalry takes nasty turn
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Some Big Picture Thoughts on the Sanders/DNC Derp War
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Larry Diamond / The Atlantic:
What Is America Fighting For? … The United States has been at war with ISIS for more than a year, and with Islamic extremism for nearly a decade and a half.  But beyond defending the homeland against terrorism, U.S. leaders have not offered a compelling answer to this vital question: What is it that America is fighting for?
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump: Fellow Republicans are ‘jealous as hell’ of Putin's praise  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that anyone who criticizes the warm compliments he has swapped with Russian President Vladimir Putin is simply “jealous as hell.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Doubles Down On Putin Love, Says There's “A Lot Of Truth” To U.S. Killing People
Discussion: alan.com
Benjamin Oreskes / Politico:
GOP gobsmacked by Trump's warm embrace of Putin
Discussion: whorunsGov and New York Times
CBS News:
Ted Cruz to air parody ad during “SNL”  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is planning to air a parody commercial in Iowa during “Saturday Night Live,” just weeks before the nation's first nominating contest in the state.  —  “In the spirit of the upcoming holiday we are excited …
Discussion: CBS Dallas
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Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Executive Order or Not, 'I'm Not Surrendering the Guns'  —  On December 18, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio referenced President Obama's pending executive action on gun control and said executive order or not, guns will not be surrendered.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Jeb Bush: ‘Donald Trump is a jerk’  —  Contoocook, New Hampshire (CNN)While Jeb Bush has been railing against Donald Trump all week, he still had more to say on Saturday, uttering perhaps his strongest comments yet about the Republican presidential front-runner.
 
 
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
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Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg.com news:
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Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Palin compares GOP establishment to spousal abusers
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New York Post:
Muslim cabby fined for not allowing woman up front
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Agence France-Presse:
Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo
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Daily Mail:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Leader McConnell warns GOP voters: We need candidates ‘who can win’
 

 
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