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11:10 AM 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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is suspending his presidential run, he told supporters on a conference call Monday.  —  His announcement came on the same day as the deadline hit for him to remove his name from the South Carolina primary ballot …
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 …
Discussion: The Right Scoop and NBC News
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)  —  Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump demanded an apology Monday from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her comments that Trump was becoming “becoming ISIS' best recruiter.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
Obama Says Donald Trump Is “Exploiting” Blue-Collar Workers' Anger And Fear  —  In an interview with NPR, the president said that Republican politicians capitalized on voters' anxieties about his African-American background.  —  —  President Obama has accused Donald Trump of “exploiting...
Amita Kelly / NPR:
Obama Makes ‘No Apologies’ For Fighting ISIS Within ‘American Values’
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama: Trump exploiting fears of ‘blue-collar men’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Obama cites weak messaging, media saturation for Americans' ISIS fears
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
President Obama Says Donald Trump Is ‘Exploiting’ Americans' Fears
Annie Linskey /
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: Fox News Insider
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
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
The Force Was With Hillary Clinton in the 3rd Democratic Debate
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Cruz consolidates support from key Christian conservatives  —  Christian conservative activists whose support has been hotly pursued by Republican presidential candidates have begun to quietly coalesce around Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — a major boost for his efforts to present himself as the leading challenger to front-runner Donald Trump.
Erick Erickson / Erick on the Radio:
Ted Cruz Is Still Best Positioned For The Nomination
Discussion: Politico
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Will Rubio work hard enough to become president? Some backers are worried.
Discussion: The Week and RedState
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]
Ricardo Torres / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Car plows into pedestrians near Planet Hollywood, killing one, injuring 37 — VIDEO
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC and NPR
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.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Sanders: DNC not treating me fairly
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 …
Ali M. Latifi / Los Angeles Times:
6 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan suicide attack  —  Six foreign troops were killed and three wounded Monday in a suicide car bombing near the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, NATO officials said.  —  The U.S.-led military coalition did not immediately confirm the victims' nationalities …
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
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Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gizmodo
Washington Post:
Iran provokes the world as Obama does nothing
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Trump Trademarked ‘Make America Great Again’ Right After Romney Lost
Washington Post:
The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Trump will be ‘wiped out,’ polls aren't accurate
Discussion: Hot Air
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Does Hillary's Potty Break Matter? DEPENDS.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Sarah Palin: Only vote for an atheist if the other candidate is Muslim and ‘literally wants to kill’ Americans
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Daily Mail:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Republicans grope for way to kill Paris climate agreement
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Inside Obama's secret pity party
Discussion: NewsBusters