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1:40 PM 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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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.
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton World stunned by Trump remarks
Discussion: whorunsGov, Instapundit and Politico
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.
NBC News:
Ted Cruz Blasts Washington Post Cartoon of Daughters as Monkeys  —  Sen. Ted Cruz launched an “emergency” fundraising appeal seeking to raise $1 million in 24 hours in response to a Washington Post online editorial cartoon depicting the Republican's two young daughters as dancing monkeys.
Andrew Husband / Mediaite:   Want a Ted Cruz Engraved Shotgun? The Cruz Campaign is Holding a Gun Raffle...
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.
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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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The Huffington Post:
Fox Business Network Won't Put The Undercard Debate Out Of Its Misery
Discussion: Western Journalism
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
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 …
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New York Times:
The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom  —  Families traveling from far-flung places and returning home for the holidays.  That image of an American Christmas, retold in song and movies, fits the perception of Americans as rootless, constantly on the move to seek opportunity even if it means leaving family behind.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Why America Is Moving Left  —  Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation.  —  In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African American man reportedly selling loose cigarettes illegally, was choked to death by a New York City policeman.
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.
DeAnn Smith / KCTV:
Police investigate after Facebook video appears to show molestation of girl  —  Some Kansas City area residents are outraged after a video was posted that appears to show two high school students molesting an underage girl.  The girl appears to be unconscious during the sexual assault.
Debbie Bryce / Idaho Statesman:
Cafeteria worker fired over free lunch  —  Lunch lady offered to pay district the $1.70 cost of the meal she gave to a student without money  —  She plans to seek legal counsel.  “This is just breaking my heart” … For the Idaho State Journal  —  POCATELLO
Tallahassee Democrat:
Bristol woman dies while being kicked out of area hospital  —  BLOUNTSTOWN - A Bristol woman died Monday morning after being arrested and forcibly removed by police from the Calhoun Liberty Hospital where she had gone seeking treatment.  —  Relatives said 57-year-old Barbara Dawson …
Discussion: RT and Raw Story
 
 
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