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7:40 AM ET, December 23, 2015


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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.
Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Clinton Takes Shot at Trump: 'Shouldn't Let Anybody Bully His Way to the Presidency'  —  The war of words between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continued Tuesday in Iowa with the former Secretary of State saying, “We shouldn't let anybody bully his way to the presidency.”
Bloomberg Business:
How Donald Trump May Be Helping Hillary Clinton  —  Attacks tend to make the Democratic front-runner stronger.  —  jeneps  —  Donald Trump's insults against Hillary Clinton prompted the Democratic presidential front-runner on Tuesday to lambaste her Republican counterpart as a bully.
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
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
‘Queen of YouTube’ GloZell interviews Hillary Clinton
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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  —  —  Carly Fiorina on Tuesday slammed Iowa radio host Steve Deace, a prominent surrogate for Ted Cruz' presidential campaign the state …
Discussion: Jezebel
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
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.
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
Gerald Herbert / Los Angeles Times:
Robert Durst will return to L.A. to face murder charge in the summer  —  Robert Durst after a court proceeding in New Orleans in March 2015.  —  New York real estate heir Robert Durst will return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the summer in the killing of his writer friend Susan Berman, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Discussion: KQED News, KTLA and Jezebel
Ashley Thorne / National Association of Scholars:
Roses and Thorns: NAS's Top 10 List for 2015 … The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a list of its top 10 “influencers” in higher education this year.  It includes an advocate for trigger warnings, an activist for women in science, and the University of Missouri students who forced Tim Wolfe to resign.
Discussion: Power Line
Eric Hand / Science:
Updated: NASA delays Mars InSight mission  —  NASA has suspended its next mission to Mars after problems with a French-built seismological instrument could not be fixed in time for the scheduled launch.  The mission, a lander called InSight that was to listen for tremors on Mars …
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and Washington Post
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
At least one person wounded in Long Island shopping mall shooting  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  At least one person was injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting at a Long Island shopping mall.  —  The shooter opened fire about 1 p.m. just outside the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, reported WABC-TV.
Discussion: Newsday
AnnieRose Ramos / CNN:
Muslims shield Christians when Al-Shabaab attacks bus in Kenya  —  (CNN)Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets.  —  But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn't go according to plan.
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Mark Bloomfield / The Hill:
Tax extenders on the road to tax reform
Discussion: Slantpoint
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
$1.5 Million State Grant to Pay for Triangle Fire Memorial
Daily Mail:
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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
Five Years Since Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama Blames the Messenger
Discussion: Vox and
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
McCain Goes Beastmode On Trump Over Putin Praise: He's A Putin Propagandist
Discussion: Mediaite
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
NYU Advises Student Not To Apply Because They Are Too Poor