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10:40 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: Common Dreams and 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.
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Drops Planned Parenthood From HIV Prevention Program … Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.  —  Amid an ongoing battle over Planned Parenthood's participation in the state Medicaid program, Texas health officials are cutting off funding to a Planned Parenthood affiliate for an HIV prevention program.
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Associated Press:
Support for legal abortion at highest level in 2 years
Discussion: RH Reality Check and Hit & Run
Holly Ellyatt / CNBC:
Being a woman costs more than being a man: Study  —  Women based products face higher prices than men's  —  A new study finds female based products cost more than those for men  —  Women are paying thousands of dollars more over the course of their lives than men to purchase similar products …
Discussion: WTVR-TV and Washington Post
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
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Bush did not invent this quasi-monarchical process.  But he did embrace it. … “This is, in my opinion, nothing more than a Jim Crow law that we have unfortunately maintained to the current era.” … “Florida is a purple state...You can't help but suspect a partisan motivation.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Progressives have a sexual harassment problem  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  The Left loves to claim moral superiority over the Right when it comes to women, coining phrases like “the war on women” and claiming Republicans want to take America back back to the “Mad Men” era.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Salon and Feministing
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
 
 
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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:
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Paul Barrett / Bloomberg Business:
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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