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6:15 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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Hillary Clinton Fan Threatens Mosque; Media Blame Trump  —  The mainstream media are reporting that a Bay Area plumber who allegedly planned to bomb a California mosque was a Donald Trump supporter-though he explicitly supported Hillary Clinton.  —  On Sunday, police arrested 55-year-old William Celli …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump says Clinton's bathroom break during the debate is ‘too disgusting’ to talk about
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
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.
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.
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.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Three-state poll: Crowded field helps Trump, harms Rubio as Cruz surges
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: Booman Tribune
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.
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 …
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
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
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.”
David Gibson / Religion News Service:
Franklin Graham quits the GOP over Planned Parenthood funding  —  (RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham has announced that he is abandoning the Republican Party in disgust over the move by the GOP-led Congress last week to pass a budget that Graham said was “wasteful” and provided funding for Planned Parenthood …
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.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Talk radio rallies around Ted Cruz  —  Conservative talk radio likes to flirt with Donald Trump, but its hosts are showing their commitment to Ted Cruz.  —  With a month left until the Iowa caucuses, attacks on the ascendant 2016 contender have nudged his talk radio supporters back into line …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox, NPR and Young Conservatives
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 …
Jon Austin / Daily Express:
Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels ‘COOLS planet’, says NASA  —  BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found.  —  GETTY  —  Fossil fuel burning gives of aerosols which reflect sunlight  —  Major theories about what causes temperatures …
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
NYU Advises Student Not To Apply Because They Are Too Poor  —  A New York University official's response to an email from a senior at Brown University asking for a fee waiver has set off a firestorm on Twitter about low-income students' access to higher education.
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed and Raw Story
Facebook:
Five Years Since Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Five years ago today, I signed a bipartisan bill repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - extending our country's promise of equality to those who protect it every day.  Today, Americans can serve the country they love no matter who they love …
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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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
$1.5 Million State Grant to Pay for Triangle Fire Memorial
Daily Mail:
Saudi authorities close down shop selling traditional camel urine drinks... after discovering …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee: Clinton Maybe Should Have Stayed In Bathroom For Entire Debate
Discussion: Politico
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
When Is It Okay to Exploit Fear?
Jonathan Merritt / The Atlantic:
Can the Religious Right Give Ted Cruz the Win?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Americans Trust Trump Most to Fight War on Christmas; GOP Down on Kwanzaa, Festivus
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
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ESPN:
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Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Ray Kelly closer to mayoral run
Discussion: alan.com
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton donors say Sanders is raising more than the front-runner
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg.com news
Terri Schwartz / IGN:
First Look at Game of Thrones: The Dance of Dragons Animated Feature
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable
Scott Eric Kaufman / Salon:
“The O'Reilly Factor” goes full conspiratorial, questions “the timing” of Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nicolas Cage / Reuters:
Nicolas Cage returns stolen Mongolian dinosaur skull he bought at gallery
Discussion: Raw Story, USA Today, Fuse and The Week
AccuWeather:
Warmest Christmas Eve on record to unfold across eastern US
Discussion: alan.com
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Grand Jury Declines to Indict Anyone in Death of Sandra Bland