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12:15 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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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday bowed out of the presidential race after failing to attract any significant support, despite his memorable zingers and passionate commitment to pushing a hawkish foreign policy agenda.
NPR:
Video And Transcript: NPR's Interview With President Obama  —  Loading...  Listen to the Interview  —  NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House.  —  NPR YouTube  —  NPR's wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers his strategy fighting ISIS …
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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.
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Demands Apology From Clinton Over ISIL Recruiting Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama: Trump exploiting fears of ‘blue-collar men’
Discussion: ABC News and Bloomberg Business
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says Donald Trump Is “Exploiting” Blue-Collar Workers' Anger And Fear
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
Amita Kelly / NPR:
Obama Makes ‘No Apologies’ For Fighting ISIS Within ‘American Values’
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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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump calls on GOP to boot low-polling candidates  —  GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the Republican National Committee (RNC) should disqualify candidates from primary debates who have failed to file paperwork to get their names on the ballots in major states.
Discussion: Politico
Streiff / RedState:
It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video [VIDEO]
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Does Hillary's Potty Break Matter?  DEPENDS.  —  The Democrats held a stealth primary debate in the dark of night on the weekend before Christmas this past Saturday, which you may be forgiven for, like 99.9 percent of the human race, not knowing about.  But that's why we're here.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Finally, an Explanation for Hillary Clinton's Long Bathroom Break
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Donald Trump on Putin: 'Nobody has proven that he's killed anyone'
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Iran provokes the world as Obama does nothing  —  IRAN IS following through on the nuclear deal it struck with a U.S.-led coalition in an utterly predictable way: It is racing to fulfill those parts of the accord that will allow it to collect $100 billion in frozen funds and end sanctions …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Reassures Iran on Visa Restrictions
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
CNN:
Obama cites weak messaging, media saturation for Americans' ISIS fears
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
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: The Week
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Cruz consolidates support from key Christian conservatives
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's Clinton's team is genuinely jittery about the sneak peek taken by Bernie Sanders staffers into their secret voter file.
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: NPR
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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hours after grandson's death, Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Jeremy Carter, 28, died early Sunday after his heart stopped at his family's home in Peachtree City.  —  PLAINS — On Sunday, two weeks after making the cheerful announcement that there was no remaining sign …
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:
Miscellaneous Americana for the New Year  —  John Wilkes [1727-1797].  You may have heard of “that devil [John] Wilkes.”  His publication—The North Briton—made him a hero in the eyes of American patriots and Whigs everywhere, and a thorn in the side of the British ministers …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Adviser Smears Syrian Refugees With Debunked Video  —  The video, from 2012, shows Salafist Muslims protesting an intentionally provocative rally held by a far right-wing German group in Bonn, Germany.  There is no evidence Syrian refugees were involved.
Washington Post:
The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster  —  BRUSSELS — The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have brought into sharper focus the rise of a new breed of jihadists, one that blurs the line between organized crime and Islamist extremism …
 
 
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Rubio: Obama and Clinton ‘clueless’ about foreign policy
Discussion: RedState
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Will the GOP Mount a Third-Party Challenge to Trump?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Baking and yoga: The excuses that get killer thugs out of Gitmo
Ali M. Latifi / Los Angeles Times:
6 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan suicide attack
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Trump Trademarked ‘Make America Great Again’ Right After Romney Lost
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Trump will be ‘wiped out,’ polls aren't accurate
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Active-shooter training for office workers used to be about hiding. Not anymore.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Sarah Palin: Only vote for an atheist if the other candidate is Muslim and ‘literally wants to kill’ Americans
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Miss Philippines Wins Miss Universe In Bizarre Finish [Updated and with comment by Paul]
Daily Mail:
Still magic in middle age... It's Harry Potter and a new-look Hermione: Cast set to star …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
 

 
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Hong Kong Free Press:
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