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3:10 PM ET, December 21, 2015

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Kate Bolduan / CNN:
First on CNN: Graham ends his campaign for the White House  —  U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham suspends presidential campaign  — Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN's Kate Bolduan in an exclusive interview that he is ending his presidential campaign  — Graham is an experienced foreign policy voice …
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet  —  Make sure you're sitting down before you read this, but: Lindsey Graham is not going to be president.  —  The South Carolina senator announced during an interview with CNN Monday morning that he will drop out of the race …
Discussion: Vox and Yahoo Politics
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Accuses Trump of Exploiting Working-Class Fears  —  President Obama said in a radio interview airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign.
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Donald Trump: ‘I will demand an apology from Hillary’  —  Donald Trump says he wants Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to apologize for claiming that he was “becoming ISIS's best recruiter.”  —  “I will demand an apology from Hillary.  She should apologize,” he told TODAY's Matt Lauer on Monday.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama: Trump exploiting fears of ‘blue-collar men’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
Annie Linskey / BostonGlobe.com:
Clinton's brief absence at the Democratic debate explained  —  Coverage of the Saturday night Democratic debate has focused on Bernie Sanders' apology to Hillary Clinton for his staff's poor judgment in viewing her campaign's proprietary data.  But Clinton issued a “sorry” of her own — although for a far less serious matter.
Discussion: CNN and Fox News Insider
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Finally, an Explanation for Hillary Clinton's Long Bathroom Break
Erick Erickson / Erick on the Radio:
Ted Cruz Is Still Best Positioned For The Nomination  —  I think Ted Cruz had a problematic week, but I do not think it has impacted him negatively with his base.  The most interesting observation to be made this coming week and over this past weekend is what Ted Cruz does with and how he treats …
Discussion: Politico
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Will Rubio work hard enough to become president? Some backers are worried.
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rubio: Obama and Clinton ‘clueless’ about foreign policy
Discussion: RedState
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Cruz consolidates support from key Christian conservatives
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Defends Trump: “Talk About Chutzpah” For Clinton To Say Trump Is In ISIS Videos  —  “Everybody knows the Benghazi excuse, that it was a video there.”  —  Justin Sullivan / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Jeb Bush on Monday came to Donald Trump's defense against Hillary Clinton's claim …
Discussion: Business Insider, ABC News and Mediaite
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump calls on GOP to boot low-polling candidates
Discussion: Politico
Streiff / RedState:
It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video [VIDEO]
fda.gov:
FDA updates blood donor deferral policy to reflect the most current scientific evidence and continue to ensure the safety of the U.S. blood supply … For Immediate Release  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance outlining updated blood donor deferral recommendations …
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Las Vegas Strip blocked off after car mows down pedestrians  —  11:45 p.m. ET: Officials don't yet know whether it was an accident or intentional.  —  11:44 p.m. ET: At least one dead and seven in critical condition, fire officials said.  There were a total of 37 patients.  —  [Original story]
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Ricardo Torres / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Car plows into pedestrians near Planet Hollywood, killing one, injuring 37 — VIDEO
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and NPR
Peter Sblendorio / New York Daily News:
Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez suspended after anti-Muslim rant  —  There's nothing pretty about this beauty queen's comments.  —  Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez has been suspended indefinitely from Miss America competition after she fired off a series of vicious anti-Muslim tweets in response to the …
Discussion: Breitbart and Western Journalism
Brendan O'Connor / Gawker:
Woman Live-streams Video of Alleged Anthony Cumia Assault  —  Anthony Cumia was arrested and charged this weekend with strangulation in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, assault in the third degree, and criminal mischief in the third and fourth degree.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton campaign sweats out data breach damage  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Accusing your opponent of committing evil and unpardonable crimes is basic presidential campaign jujitsu.  But Hillary Clinton's team is genuinely jittery about the sneak peek taken by Bernie Sanders staffers into its secret voter file.
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg.com news
Charlie Rose / CBS News:
What's next for Apple?  —  The technology giant's CEO, Tim Cook, addresses issues concerning his company — including encryption technology, corporate taxes, and manufacturing products in China  —  The following is a script from “Inside Apple” which aired on Dec. 20, 2015.  Charlie Rose is the correspondent.
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
The Young Gun Gets the Gavel  —  Paul Ryan's big plans to fix the House and the GOP  —  There was something like fire in House Speaker Paul Ryan's eyes when he paused at an early-December press conference, pointed his finger in the air and denounced his party's presidential front runner.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Heroic high school football player killed shielding teenage girls from gunmen  —  When the shooting began Thursday night in Knoxville, Tenn., Zaevion Dobson faced a split-second choice: run away and save himself or use his body as a shield to protect those around him.
The Intercept:
CBS Edits Out Criticisms of U.S. Policy From Frank Luntz Focus Group With Muslim Americans  —  When a CBS News segment featuring a focus group of American Muslims aired Friday, it highlighted their relationship to terrorism, with a particular fixation on how much responsibility they felt to condemn terrorist attacks.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Cotton squares off against Apple CEO  —  Hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton is pushing back against Apple CEO Tim Cook's opposition to “backdoors” that would ensure the government has access to a suspect's encrypted data.  —  A day after Cook reiterated his support for strong encryption on CBS's …
Discussion: Politico
Stacy Schiff / New York Times:
Anger: An American History  —  WHERE, many have asked these last weeks, do the rhetorical fireballs — the raging suspicion and rabid xenophobia — come from?  Barring people from our shores, Paul Ryan reminds us, is “not what this country stands for.”  Emma Lazarus would have agreed.
Discussion: Consortiumnews.com
Gdrosenblum / CBS San Francisco:
Tip Leads Bomb Squad To Man Suspected Of Making Bombs In Richmond Home To Harm Muslims  —  RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A neighborhood in Richmond had to be evacuated Sunday when police say a man was making explosives in his home with the intent of harming the Muslim community.
PolitiFact:
2015 Lie of the Year: the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump  —  It's the trope on Trump: He's authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians.  That's because Donald Trump doesn't let facts slow him down.  Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Mediaite and The Week
 
 
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John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Theranos Complaints
Discussion: New York Times, STAT and Gizmodo
Victor Skinner / EAGnews.org:
Planned ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest forces school to cancel mall choir concert
Sam Sanders / NPR:
Obama Warns Campus Protesters Against Urge To ‘Shut Up’ Opposition
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and The Week
Artonorato / CBS New York:
Official: Bear Attacks NJ Boy Scout Leader, 3 Scouts Left Unharmed
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Trump: I Have A “Good Feeling” About Putin, We Can Be A “Positive Force Together”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Adviser Smears Syrian Refugees With Debunked Video
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Will the GOP Mount a Third-Party Challenge to Trump?
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Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Baking and yoga: The excuses that get killer thugs out of Gitmo
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:
Miscellaneous Americana for the New Year
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013
Washington Post:
Iran provokes the world as Obama does nothing
Discussion: RedState, CNN and Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Trump will be ‘wiped out,’ polls aren't accurate
Discussion: Hot Air
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Does Hillary's Potty Break Matter? DEPENDS.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Active-shooter training for office workers used to be about hiding. Not anymore.
 

 
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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Jason Parham / Wired:
Q&A with Imran Ahmed, founder of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, on Elon Musk's lawsuit, election disinformation, social media harms, AI, and more

 
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