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11:00 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
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.
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
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
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
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Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Why you should always buy the men's version of almost anything
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Mary Sue and Jezebel
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
Edmundo Carrillo / Albuquerque Journal:
Police sgt. says governor was ‘inebriated’  —  SANTA FE - A Santa Fe police officer's recording shows the officer and a Santa Fe hotel security guard discussing whether Gov. Susana Martinez was intoxicated in the moments after she talked to them about a report of loud noise and bottles …
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
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 …
Daily Mail:
The super-rich ruler who stones gays, now bans Christmas: Sultan of Brunei threatens Muslims who celebrate it with up to five years in prison while Christians must keep theirs secret  — In 2014 the country introduced an anti-gay Sharia Penal Code, which includes the execution of any Muslim for sodomy
Paul Barrett / Bloomberg Business:
Mitch McConnell and the Coal Industry's Last Stand  —  Shale gas, solar, wind, new regulations and environmentalists have put relentless pressure on coal.  But the Senate majority leader still believes he can stem the tide.  —  jarowley  —  A ballad called “Coal Keeps the Lights On” …
Discussion: Politico
RT:
FBI failed to heed public warnings of Mohammed cartoon contest attack in Garland, TX … Undermining FBI Director James Comey's claim that encryption hinders terrorism investigations, the director of SITE Intelligence Group said the FBI was warned a week before the Garland, Texas attack occurred …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
nsarchive.gwu.edu:
U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time  —  According to 1956 Plan, H-Bombs were to be Used Against Priority “Air Power” Targets in the Soviet Union, China, and Eastern Europe  —  Major Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings
Discussion: RT and New York Times
 
 
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Associated Press:
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