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6:55 PM ET, December 21, 2015

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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 …
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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
Streiff / RedState:
It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video [VIDEO]
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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Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
It's Official: None Of The Remaining Major GOP Candidates Accept Climate Science  —  Say goodbye to the only major Republican presidential candidate who publicly accepts mainstream climate science.  —  On Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
USA Today:   Last Slide  —  Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona …
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
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.
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Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Man Who'd ‘Follow’ Trump ‘To End Of The World’ Arrested In Anti-Muslim Plot
Discussion: The Bob and Chez Show
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump supporter charged in plot to bomb Muslims: 'I'll follow this MAN to the end of the world'
Discussion: Press Telegraph and ThinkProgress
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
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.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
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 …
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
Michele McManmon / Guardian:
Kenny Rogers on Donald Trump: ‘I love what he says, I have to admit’  —  On the cusp of retirement, the country legend talks about his plans for a theme park, his prediction for the next Hank Williams and why he admires Trump  —  ne warm Houston evening 65 years ago, a teenage girl ran …
Discussion: Independent Journal
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
John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Theranos Complaints  —  Blood-testing startup's practices investigated over concerns about accuracy, protocol  —  U.S. health regulators are investigating complaints about laboratory and research practices at Theranos Inc. by two former employees of the blood-testing startup company …
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.
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.
 
 
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Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Court Backs Pennsylvania Governor's Suspension Of Death Penalty
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
U.S. lets in four times as many suspected terrorists as it keeps out
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
6 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack
Discussion: Politico and abc13.com
Dylan Gwinn / NewsBusters:
CBS Sports Radio Host Launches Into Bizarre Anti-Gun, Anti-Constitutional Rant
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Syrian Refugees Bringing Flesh-Eating Disease into U.S.?
The Huffington Post:
A Big Win for Planned Parenthood
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
 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
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton campaign sweats out data breach damage