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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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump trades on fear  —  Was it something Donald Trump said?  Was it something I said five years ago?  —  Yes, actually.  —  Donald Trump's radical proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, as well as calls to carpet-bomb terrorists even if it means killing innocent civilians …
Streiff / RedState:
It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video [VIDEO]
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump calls on GOP to boot low-polling candidates
Discussion: Politico
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 Slantpoint
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
It's Official: None Of The Remaining Major GOP Candidates Accept Climate Science
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
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Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:   Man Who'd ‘Follow’ Trump ‘To End Of The World’ Arrested In Anti-Muslim Plot
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump supporter charged in plot to bomb Muslims: 'I'll follow this MAN to the end of the world'
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Press Telegraph
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Debut on Jerry Seinfeld's ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’  —  It's another example of the president's willingness to try offbeat comedy and new media platforms  —  Guy pulls up to the White House South Lawn in a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe.
Discussion: ABC News
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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
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 …
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Toni Clarke / Reuters:
FDA overturns 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men
Discussion: Hit & Run, Slantpoint and The Week
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: RedState and 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
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
Dallas Franklin / KFOR-TV:
Victim identifies Oklahoma robbery suspect by distinctive tattoos  —  TULSA, Okla. - Two people have been arrested for allegedly forcing their way into a Tulsa man's apartment and robbing the man at knifepoint.  —  The victim's description of the male suspect's unique tattoos helped police identify him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Shatters Box Office Records  —  Conventional wisdom holds that mass moviegoing is the pastime of another era.  The cultural heat emanates from television now.  Hollywood only churns out banal sequels and forgettable action films.  Netflix is the new multiplex.
 
 
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Kyle Dropp / Morning Consult:
Why Donald Trump Performs Better in Online Polling
The Huffington Post:
A Big Win for Planned Parenthood
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John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Theranos Complaints
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Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
The Young Gun Gets the Gavel
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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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”
Stacy Schiff / New York Times:
Anger: An American History
Discussion: Consortiumnews.com
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Adviser Smears Syrian Refugees With Debunked Video
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: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Heroic high school football player killed shielding teenage girls from gunmen
 

 
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Report: Nelson Peltz' Trian Partners reaped ~$1B from its Disney stock after his unsuccessful proxy fight; Disney heeded some of his calls, cutting 8,000 jobs

Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
A look at Pixar's missteps since COVID-19: movies were released on Disney+ and key executives departed, leading to a focus on sequels to get back on track

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Skydance sweetens its Paramount offer, making it more favorable to both voting and nonvoting shareholders and agreeing to put more money into Paramount

 
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