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3:55 PM ET, December 22, 2015

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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” …
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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.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump says Clinton's bathroom break during the debate is ‘too disgusting’ to talk about  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald Trump used vulgar language as he attacked Hillary Clinton during a rally on Monday night, saying it was “disgusting” to talk about her using the restroom during …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
‘Schlonged’: Watch Trump's Astonishingly Sexist Attack On Hillary  —  Republican frontrunner Donald Trump used a campaign stop in Michigan on Monday to make astonishingly sexist attacks against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.  —  At one point, Trump told the Grand Rapids crowd that Clinton got …
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
‘Queen of YouTube’ GloZell interviews Hillary Clinton  —  The self-proclaimed “Queen of YouTube” GloZell Green sat down for an interview with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.  —  “I just interviewed our next president @hillaryclinton on @theconverstation,” …
Bernie Becker / Politico:
Analysis undercuts Trump's claim that his tax plan would cost him
Discussion: Bloomberg.com news
Rick Hampson / USA Today:
Donald Trump has dominated, but mostly hasn't yet changed American politics
Discussion: whorunsGov
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Donald Trump Launches Vulgar Attack Against Hillary Clinton
Discussion: whorunsGov
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump's attacks on Clinton get very, very personal
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Hill
New York Post:   Hillary Clinton's latest lie about videos and terrorists
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.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Great Republican Revolt … The angriest and most pessimistic people in America aren't the hipster protesters who flitted in and out of Occupy Wall Street.  They aren't the hashtavists of #BlackLivesMatter.  They aren't the remnants of the American labor movement or the savvy young dreamers …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Molly Beck / madison.com:
GOP lawmaker on concealed carry: ‘Law-abiding citizens can help clean our society of these scumbags’  —  The shooting of a man inside East Towne Mall on Saturday during a busy holiday shopping afternoon prompted a Republican lawmaker to criticize gun-free zones and call on average citizens to “help clean our society of these scumbags.”
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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.
New York Times:
Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back  —  Clifford Cain Jr., a retired electrician in Baltimore, was used to living on a tight budget, carefully apportioning his Social Security and pension benefits to cover his rent and medication for multiple sclerosis.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Secret Service agent's gun, badge stolen near White House  —  Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN)A Secret Service agent's gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen in broad daylight Monday near the agency's headquarters in Washington, according to a police report and sources briefed on the incident.
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Obama Goes Golfing After Terrorist Attack In Afghanistan Kills Six American Soldiers  —  President Obama is on vacation in Hawaii, where he was informed of a terrorist attack in Afghanistan that killed six American service members.  —  The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber …
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama Blames the Messenger  —  For a guy who rose to the presidency in large part by relying on his abilities as a communicator, Barack Obama seems to have little regard for messaging.  The president evinces a view of public relations as a distasteful business—one that is necessary …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Marco Rubio Could Lose All the Key Early States and Still Win  —  People who make bets on the presidential election give Marco Rubio a slight edge for the Republican nomination.  But there's a catch: The same betting markets show that he's an underdog in all of the early states, and not favored in any of the Super Tuesday states.
Dave Shiflett / Wall Street Journal:
Another Time, Another Trump  —  I was hired to write his first ‘campaign book,’ when he was out on a lark.  Here's what I learned about him.  —  Having written Donald Trump's first “campaign book,” the slightly revered and seldom quoted “The America We Deserve” (2000), I have been asked by …
Discussion: alan.com
Isis Threat / Jerusalem Post:
Newly crowned Miss Iraq receives threatening phone call: Join ISIS or else  — Miss Universe mishap: Miss Israel didn't win but what happened to Miss Columbia is much worse - After anti-Muslim rant, Miss Puerto Rico gets the boot  —  Shayma Qassim, 20, receives threatening phone call …
Nicolas Cage / Reuters:
Nicolas Cage returns stolen Mongolian dinosaur skull he bought at gallery  —  Tyrannosaurus bataar skull will be repatriated after it was bought by the actor from a Beverly Hills gallery in 2007  —  Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has agreed to turn over a rare stolen dinosaur skull he bought …
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story, Fuse and The Week
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
When Is It Okay to Exploit Fear?  —  When I saw that President Obama had remote-psychoanalyzed Trump voters, I knew that the right would go crazy and say that it reminded them of his infamous bitter-clinger comments from 2008.  At this point, it's Pavlovian.
AccuWeather:
Warmest Christmas Eve on record to unfold across eastern US  —  Any hopes of a white Christmas that the weekend chill brought will be dashed in the eastern United States, with this Christmas Eve shaping up to be the warmest on record in many communities.  —  “There is a high probability …
Discussion: alan.com
Mark Mueller / New Jersey Online:
EXCLUSIVE: Some Jersey City Muslims did celebrate 9/11, cop and residents say  —  In the weeks since Donald Trump ignited a firestorm by claiming “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City cheered the fall of the twin towers on 9/11, elected officials, religious leaders …
Jonathan Merritt / The Atlantic:
Can the Religious Right Give Ted Cruz the Win? … In August 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stood before a crowd of 15,000 evangelicals in Dallas, Texas, and declared: “I know you can't endorse me.  But...I want you to know that I endorse you.”
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Americans Trust Trump Most to Fight War on Christmas; GOP Down on Kwanzaa, Festivus
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ESPN:
NFL backs away from funding BU brain study; NIH to fund it instead
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
NYU Advises Student Not To Apply Because They Are Too Poor
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Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Ray Kelly closer to mayoral run
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton donors say Sanders is raising more than the front-runner
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Amy Blumsom / Telegraph:
Viewer anger over Game of Thrones rape scenes means changes in Season 6
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Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
“The O'Reilly Factor” goes full conspiratorial, questions “the timing” of Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Talk radio rallies around Ted Cruz
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP turns ‘political correctness’ into the mother of all straw men
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Susan Page / USA Today:
Jon Huntsman on the risks the GOP is courting