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8:10 AM ET, December 21, 2015

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Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama: Trump exploiting fears of ‘blue-collar men’  —  People like Donald Trump are “taking advantage” of Americans' fears about their present and future, particularly those of “blue-collar men,” President Barack Obama said in an interview airing Monday on NPR's “Morning Edition.”
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
President Obama Says Donald Trump Is ‘Exploiting’ Americans' Fears  —  Reflecting on the rise of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, President Obama said the real estate mogul is “exploiting” Americans' anxieties about the economy and American society.
Discussion: alan.com and abc13.com
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.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: Hillary ‘goes to sleep’ during days-long absences from campaign
Discussion: Politico and whorunsGov
CBS News:
Poll: Ted Cruz leads in Iowa; Donald Trump stays atop NH, SC
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Hillary Clinton: ISIS is “going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam …
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 …
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CNN:
Hours after death of grandson, former President Jimmy Carter reveals news to his church  —  (CNN)Just hours after his 28-year-old grandson died, a shaken former President Jimmy Carter broke the news to his Plains, Georgia, church and then taught Sunday School according to the church's minister.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Miss Philippines Wins Miss Universe In Bizarre Finish [Updated and with comment by Paul]  —  Tonight's Miss Universe pageant concluded with a fiasco, as the announcer apparently misunderstood the final rankings and announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, as the winner.
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
Daily Mail:
Still magic in middle age... It's Harry Potter and a new-look Hermione: Cast set to star in highly-anticipated stage play is revealed  —  This is the grown-up Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley who will appear in next year's highly anticipated stage play - and they're very different from their big screen counterparts.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
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.
Discussion: NBC News and Mashable
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Inside Obama's secret pity party  —  Poor Barack Obama.  Americans don't appreciate his wisdom, and those nasty Republicans are picking on him again.  Woe is the leader of the free world.  —  That was the essence of his private meeting with friendly journalists, where the president gave …
Discussion: NewsBusters
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Ex-DNC head: Kasich-Rubio ticket would scare me most
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]
Discussion: abc13.com, The Week and CBS Dallas
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Trump will be ‘wiped out,’ polls aren't accurate  —  Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul (Ky.) on Sunday said it's “deeply disturbing” that Donald Trump is still the race's front-runner and predicted his rival would be “wiped out in a general election.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Active-shooter training for office workers used to be about hiding.  Not anymore.  —  A day after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., left 14 people dead, Temony McNeil was on the floor of his Washington office, pinned down by co-workers.  —  At 6 feet and 240 pounds, McNeil is no pushover.
CBS News:
Fake bomb diverts Air France flight en route to Paris  —  NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan authorities are questioning several suspects who were on an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris that was forced to land early Sunday in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa after a device suspected to be a bomb was found in a lavatory.
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
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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
Discussion: addictinginfo.org and alan.com
David Hunn / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Officer in VonDerrit Myers Jr. fatal shooting resigns after crashing car; drunk driving probe opened
Discussion: Slantpoint and Guardian
New York Times:
Hospitality and Gambling Interests Delay Closing of Billion-Dollar Tax Loophole
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Peggy Noonan: ‘Harsh Rhetoric’ From GOP Candidates ‘Makes Them Look Radical’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kevin Baker / New York Times:
Political Party Meltdown
Rama Lakshmi / Washington Post:
Hundreds protest release of New Delhi rapist
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Jezebel
Washington Post:
3rd Democratic debate transcript, annotated: Who said what and what it meant