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10:15 AM ET, December 23, 2015

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CNN:
Trump dominates GOP field heading into 2016  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump seems set to end 2015 as the dominant force in the race for next year's Republican nomination for president, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now a clear — yet distant — second after a strong debate performance, a new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has found.
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
In blockbuster poll, Sanders destroys Trump by 13 points  —  Stop the presses!  According to a new poll by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) destroys Republican candidate Donald Trump in a general election by 13 percentage points.  In this new poll, Sanders has 51 percent to Trump's 38 percent.
Discussion: whorunsGov
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton World stunned by Trump remarks  —  Donald Trump's public mocking of Hillary Clinton has renewed criticisms of crass, sexist comments by the Republican presidential front-runner.  —  Clinton's campaign on Tuesday decided against a frontal attack, with communications director Jennifer …
Discussion: Instapundit
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Clinton says Trump's vulgarity doesn't shock her  —  FAIRFIELD, Ia.  — Hillary Clinton said she wasn't surprised to hear that Donald Trump had used a vulgarity to refer to her this week, but she doesn't plan to rise to his bait by responding directly to his insults.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Discussion: Vox, NBC News and Political Wire
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Elect Hillary Now  —  We want a president we can loathe all of the time—not support some of the time.  —  Dear fellow conservatives:  —  Let us now pledge to elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the United States.  —  Let's skip the petty dramas of primaries and caucuses …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Sanders: Trump “Must Have A Very Unusual Relationship With Women”  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders stood up for Hillary Clinton and debate bathroom breaks Tuesday night, as part of a rollicking rendition of his stump speech on the campus of Iowa Western Community College.
Bloomberg Business:
How Donald Trump May Be Helping Hillary Clinton
Discussion: CNN, Politico and New York Times
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: 'I Wouldn't Keep Any School Open That Wasn't Doing A Better Than Average Job'
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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Mike Allen / Politico:
What Ted Cruz said behind closed doors  —  In June, Ted Cruz promised on NPR that opposition to gay marriage would be “front and center” in his 2016 campaign.  —  In July, he said the Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriage was the “very definition of tyranny” and urged states to ignore the ruling.
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Washington Post removes cartoon depicting Ted Cruz's daughters as monkeys  —  The Washington Post on Tuesday night removed a cartoon that portrayed Ted Cruz's daughters as monkeys.  —  “It's generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it.
Fox Business:
FOX Business Network Announces Entry Criteria for GOP Primary Debates on Jan. 14  —  FOX Business Network has announced the candidate criteria for its two Republican presidential primary debates on January 14, 2016.  —  The debates, which have been sanctioned by the Republican National Committee …
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump, defying expectations, keeps climbing at the polls
Discussion: whorunsGov
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
The Long Battle for Ramadi  —  Iraqi ground forces stormed Ramadi on Tuesday in an attempt to wrest control of the Iraqi city from the Islamic State, which has controlled it for months.  —  The troops began their offensive Monday night on the edges of the city, and by midday Tuesday …
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Bernie Sanders / New York Times:
To Rein In Wall Street, Fix the Fed  —  WALL STREET is still out of control.  Seven years ago, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department bailed out the largest financial institutions in this country because they were considered too big to fail.  But almost every one is bigger today than it was before the bailout.
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg.com news
Guardian:
US stops British Muslim family from boarding flight to visit Disneyland  —  A British Muslim family heading for Disneyland was barred from boarding a flight to Los Angeles by US authorities at London's Gatwick airport amid concerns of an American overreaction to the perceived terrorist threat.
New York Times:
N.B.A. Lends Its Name and Its Stars to Campaign Against Gun Violence  —  The National Basketball Association, alarmed by the death toll from shootings across the country, is stepping directly into the polarizing debate over guns, regulation and the Second Amendment with an unusual advertising campaign …
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Arizona GOP taps creationist chemtrail truther to lead Senate education committee  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  An Arizona lawmaker who believes the earth is only 6,000 years old and that the U.S. government regularly sprays its citizens with mind-controlling chemtrails …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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KPNX:
AZ lawmaker who believes Earth 6,000 years old leads education panel
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans are caught in a brutal demographic trap. But they can still win in 2016.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ashley Thorne / National Association of Scholars:
Roses and Thorns: NAS's Top 10 List for 2015
Discussion: Power Line
Daily Mail:
The super-rich ruler who stones gays, now bans Christmas: Sultan of Brunei threatens Muslims …
Paul Barrett / Bloomberg Business:
Mitch McConnell and the Coal Industry's Last Stand
Discussion: Politico
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
At least one person wounded in Long Island shopping mall shooting
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Gerald Herbert / Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Post:
The 10 best food cities in America, ranked
Discussion: CBS Philly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Fiorina Slams Cruz Campaign, Iowa Radio Host Over “Full Vagina” Comment
Discussion: Jezebel
Jon Austin / Daily Express:
Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels ‘COOLS planet’, says NASA