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8:45 AM ET, December 23, 2015

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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: Politico
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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
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.
Bloomberg Business:
How Donald Trump May Be Helping Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Clinton: 'I Wouldn't Keep Any School Open That Wasn't Doing A Better Than Average Job'
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump dominates in final CNN poll of 2015  —  Donald Trump holds a commanding, double-digit lead over Ted Cruz and the rest of the GOP presidential field heading into 2016, according to the results of the latest CNN/ORC national poll released Wednesday.  —  Earning the same shares they received …
Discussion: whorunsGov
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.
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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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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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.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Only six GOP candidates likely to make next debate stage  —  The criteria for the next Republican debate could shrink the debate stage to just six candidates, potentially pushing John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul out of the main event and into the undercard debate, POLITICO has learned.
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
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
Washington Post:
The 10 best food cities in America, ranked  —  T o be a great food city, it helps to have a large body of water nearby, a classic dish or three, and a population with a fondness for drink.  —  Those are among my impressions after spending more than 60 days on the road this year …
Discussion: CBS Philly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Fiorina Slams Cruz Campaign, Iowa Radio Host Over “Full Vagina” Comment  —  “V as in victor.”  —  Scott Olson / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Carly Fiorina on Tuesday slammed Iowa radio host Steve Deace, a prominent surrogate for Ted Cruz' presidential campaign the state …
Discussion: Jezebel
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Showdown at the Mall of America  —  Last Christmas season, a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration disrupted the Mall of America and led to criminal charges against a number of protesters.  Leaders of the BLM movement have scheduled another such protest at the mall for tomorrow, so the Mall went to court to seek an injunction.
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
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
 
 
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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 …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
At least one person wounded in Long Island shopping mall shooting
Discussion: Newsday
Gerald Herbert / Los Angeles Times:
Robert Durst will return to L.A. to face murder charge in the summer
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Mark Bloomfield / The Hill:
Tax extenders on the road to tax reform
Discussion: Slantpoint
Eric Hand / Science:
Updated: NASA delays Mars InSight mission
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and Washington Post
Daily Mail:
Saudi authorities close down shop selling traditional camel urine drinks... after discovering …
Jon Austin / Daily Express:
Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels ‘COOLS planet’, says NASA
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix Sets ‘Mindhunter’ Drama Series From David Fincher & Charlize Theron
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama Blames the Messenger
Discussion: Vox and LiberalAmerica.org
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
McCain Goes Beastmode On Trump Over Putin Praise: He's A Putin Propagandist
Discussion: Mediaite