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11:35 PM ET, December 22, 2015

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Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush: Trump's potty mouth helps Clinton  —  BERLIN, N.H. — Jeb Bush blasted Donald Trump's off-color comments about Hillary Clinton, telling reporters he has stretched the limits of political incorrectness too far and threatens to allow the likely Democratic nominee to play the victim.
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Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Clinton Takes Shot at Trump: 'Shouldn't Let Anybody Bully His Way to the Presidency'  —  The war of words between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continued Tuesday in Iowa with the former Secretary of State saying, “We shouldn't let anybody bully his way to the presidency.”
Justin Wm / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's ‘schlonged’: A linguistic investigation  —  In a long campaign that's far from over, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comment in Grand Rapids, Mich., that Hillary Clinton — former first lady, former U.S. senator, former secretary of state, woman — “got schlonged” …
Bloomberg Business:
How Donald Trump May Be Helping Hillary Clinton  —  Attacks tend to make the Democratic front-runner stronger.  —  jeneps  —  Donald Trump's insults against Hillary Clinton prompted the Democratic presidential front-runner on Tuesday to lambaste her Republican counterpart as a bully.
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: 'I Wouldn't Keep Any School Open That Wasn't Doing A Better Than Average Job'
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
Rick Hampson / USA Today:
Donald Trump has dominated, but mostly hasn't yet changed American politics
Discussion: whorunsGov
Associated Press:
Support for legal abortion at highest level in 2 years  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an Associated Press-GfK poll showing an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans alike over the last year.
Discussion: RH Reality Check and Hit & Run
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
HHS watchdog launches fetal tissue investigation  —  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (IG) will investigate federal oversight of fetal tissue research in the wake of controversial undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Only six GOP candidates likely to make next debate stage  —  The criteria for the next Republican debate could shrink the debate stage to just six candidates, potentially pushing John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul out of the main event and into the undercard debate, POLITICO has learned.
Ann Telnaes / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props  —  There is an unspoken rule in editorial cartooning that a politician's children are off-limits.  People don't get to choose their family members so obviously it's unfair to ridicule kids for their parent's behavior while in office or on the campaign trail- besides, they're children.
KPNX:
AZ lawmaker who believes Earth 6,000 years old leads education panel  —  An Arizona lawmaker who believes the Earth is 6,000 years old is the new chairwoman of the state Senate committee that oversees education-related legislation.  —  Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen of Snowflake has a gift …
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Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Arizona GOP taps creationist chemtrail truther to lead Senate education committee
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
The 10 best food cities in America, ranked  —  T o be a great food city, it helps to have a large body of water nearby, a classic dish or three, and a population with a fondness for drink.  —  Those are among my impressions after spending more than 60 days on the road this year …
Discussion: CBS Philly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Fiorina Slams Cruz Campaign, Iowa Radio Host Over “Full Vagina” Comment  —  “V as in victor.”  —  Scott Olson / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Carly Fiorina on Tuesday slammed Iowa radio host Steve Deace, a prominent surrogate for Ted Cruz' presidential campaign the state …
Discussion: Jezebel
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Virginia to end concealed carry reciprocity with other states  —  RICHMOND — Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) plans to announce Tuesday that Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Showdown at the Mall of America  —  Last Christmas season, a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration disrupted the Mall of America and led to criminal charges against a number of protesters.  Leaders of the BLM movement have scheduled another such protest at the mall for tomorrow, so the Mall went to court to seek an injunction.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Three-state poll: Crowded field helps Trump, harms Rubio as Cruz surges  —  MIAMI — The crowded GOP field is harming Marco Rubio and helping Donald Trump, according to three new polls of likely Republican voters taken in New Hampshire, South Carolina and in Florida that also show Ted Cruz surging.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Marco Rubio Could Lose All the Key Early States and Still Win
Justin Thompson-Gee / WDJT-TV:
Police: Woman Chants “ISIS is good, ISIS is great” During Sex  —  An 82-year-old woman called Brown Deer Police Sunday night requesting police because she heard someone chanting, “ISIS is good, ISIS is great” while having sex.  —  The incident took place in the 4400 block of Dean Road.
Gerald Herbert / Los Angeles Times:
Robert Durst will return to L.A. to face murder charge in the summer  —  Robert Durst after a court proceeding in New Orleans in March 2015.  —  New York real estate heir Robert Durst will return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the summer in the killing of his writer friend Susan Berman, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Discussion: KQED News, Jezebel and KTLA
AnnieRose Ramos / CNN:
Muslims shield Christians when Al-Shabaab attacks bus in Kenya  —  (CNN)Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets.  —  But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn't go according to plan.
Eric Hand / Science:
Updated: NASA delays Mars InSight mission  —  NASA has suspended its next mission to Mars after problems with a French-built seismological instrument could not be fixed in time for the scheduled launch.  The mission, a lander called InSight that was to listen for tremors on Mars …
Discussion: The Verge, Washington Post and Engadget
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix Sets ‘Mindhunter’ Drama Series From David Fincher & Charlize Theron  —  The House of Cards executive producer/director David Fincher is expanding his Netflix portfolio with a second drama series, Mindhunter, we have learned.  Like House of Cards, which Fincher developed with Kevin Spacey …
Discussion: Engadget and The Verge
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
At least one person wounded in Long Island shopping mall shooting  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  At least one person was injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting at a Long Island shopping mall.  —  The shooter opened fire about 1 p.m. just outside the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, reported WABC-TV.
Daily Mail:
Saudi authorities close down shop selling traditional camel urine drinks... after discovering the owner had been filling the bottles with his own bodily waste  —  Saudi authorities have closed down a shop selling traditional camel urine drinks after discovering the owner had been filling the bottles with his own bodily waste.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Gateway Pundit
Tax Policy Center home:
An Analysis of Donald Trump's Tax Plan  —  This paper analyzes presidential candidate Donald Trump's tax proposal.  His plan would significantly reduce marginal tax rates on individuals and businesses, increase standard deduction amounts to nearly four times current levels, and curtail many tax expenditures.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
McCain Goes Beastmode On Trump Over Putin Praise: He's A Putin Propagandist  —  McCain says Putin is “a bully and thug and to pay a compliment to this KGB apparatchik murderer is something that I just can't find in anyway plausible and is incomprehensible.”  —  Win Mcnamee / Getty Images
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Mark Bloomfield / The Hill:
Tax extenders on the road to tax reform
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
$1.5 Million State Grant to Pay for Triangle Fire Memorial
Jon Austin / Daily Express:
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama Blames the Messenger
Discussion: Vox, LiberalAmerica.org and NPR
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Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
NYU Advises Student Not To Apply Because They Are Too Poor
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed and Raw Story
Dave Shiflett / Wall Street Journal:
Another Time, Another Trump
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New York Times:
Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Great Republican Revolt
Discussion: New Republic and Booman Tribune