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1:35 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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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.
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 …
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama: Trump exploiting fears of ‘blue-collar men’
Discussion: ABC News and Bloomberg Business
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: Mediaite and Business Insider
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump calls on GOP to boot low-polling candidates
Discussion: Politico
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Donald Trump: ‘I will demand an apology from Hillary’
Streiff / RedState:
It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video [VIDEO]
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Demands Apology From Clinton Over ISIL Recruiting Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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  —  Goffstown, NH-As the third Democratic debate faded to a five-minute commercial break, Hillary Clinton had exactly one minute and 45 seconds to walk out of the gymnasium at St. Anselm College to the ladies' restroom …
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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: CNN and Hot Air
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Reassures Iran on Visa Restrictions
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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.
 
 
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Peter Sblendorio / New York Daily News:
Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez suspended after anti-Muslim rant
Discussion: Breitbart and Western Journalism
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Adviser Smears Syrian Refugees With Debunked Video
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Will the GOP Mount a Third-Party Challenge to Trump?
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
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
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Trump Trademarked ‘Make America Great Again’ Right After Romney Lost
 Earlier Items: 
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
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.
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