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5:30 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 …
USA Today:
Last Slide  —  Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that with Graham's announcement, “Republicans lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate …
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
It's Official: None Of The Remaining Major GOP Candidates Accept Climate Science
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
Discussion: Vox, Slantpoint and ABC News
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race
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 …
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
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.
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
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:   Man Who'd ‘Follow’ Trump ‘To End Of The World’ Arrested In Anti-Muslim Plot
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
CBS News:
President Obama to appear on Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”  —  Jerry Seinfeld's next guest on his online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” may not technically be a comedian, but it is the first elected official to appear.  —  President Obama will kick off the show's Season 7 …
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: CNN and Fox News Insider
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Finally, an Explanation for Hillary Clinton's Long Bathroom Break
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dylan Gwinn / NewsBusters:
CBS Sports Radio Host Launches Into Bizarre Anti-Gun, Anti-Constitutional Rant  —  Share it Tweet it  —  Something weird happens when lefty sports talk show hosts have more than enough sports to talk about.  For some reason they decide to shun their veritable cornucopia of meaty sports topics …
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Congress Sets Low Expectations for 2016 Lawmaking  —  Leaders say the coming elections will loom over any legislation  —  WASHINGTON—After productivity and compromise on some key issues in 2015, Republican leaders in Congress are sending a message about next year: Don't expect us to replicate it.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Glenn Reynolds: Actually, things are pretty good  —  Free markets and free inquiry have changed the historic ‘norms’ of poverty and violence.  —  Amid stories of terrorism, government incompetence and corruption, mass migration and economic stagnation, there's actually some good news …
Kyle Dropp / Morning Consult:
Why Donald Trump Performs Better in Online Polling  —  Republicans are more likely to say they want Donald Trump in the White House if they are taking a poll online versus in a live telephone interviews.  And, if you're a highly-educated or engaged Republican voter, it turns …
Mark P. Mills / Forbes:
Shale Wars Round Two: Congress Acts On Exports.  Russia Capitulates On Price.  And OPEC Blinks.  —  The year 2015 marks the end of the old oil era.  —  Last week the U.S. Congress finally repealed the four-decade-old legislation that, until now, prohibited American firms from selling their product …
Discussion: RealClearEnergy
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
The Young Gun Gets the Gavel  —  Paul Ryan's big plans to fix the House and the GOP  —  There was something like fire in House Speaker Paul Ryan's eyes when he paused at an early-December press conference, pointed his finger in the air and denounced his party's presidential front runner.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
6 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack
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Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Syrian Refugees Bringing Flesh-Eating Disease into U.S.?
The Huffington Post:
A Big Win for Planned Parenthood
John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Theranos Complaints
Discussion: New York Times, Gizmodo and STAT
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Cotton squares off against Apple CEO
Discussion: Politico
Sam Sanders / NPR:
Obama Warns Campus Protesters Against Urge To ‘Shut Up’ Opposition
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and The Week
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
Washington Post:
Iran provokes the world as Obama does nothing
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and CNN
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Heroic high school football player killed shielding teenage girls from gunmen