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12:45 PM ET, December 11, 2015


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
GOP preparing for contested convention  —  Republican officials and leading figures in the party's establishment are now preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention as Donald Trump continues sit atop the polls and the presidential race.  —  More than 20 of them convened Monday …
Fred Bever / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Not Hurting His Prospects In N.H.  —  Donald Trump's divisive plan for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. sure isn't hurting his prospects in New Hampshire.  —  A new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) shows him with his strongest lead yet among likely …
New York Times:
Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll  —  Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, a gnawing sense of dread that has helped lift Donald J. Trump to a new high among …
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Carson Threatens To Leave Party If GOP Officials Keep Plotting Over Convention  —  If Republican party bosses continue meeting to discuss how to derail Donald Trump at the convention, Trump won't be the only one to turn his back on the GOP.  Now, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he'll leave too.
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Ted Cruz Questions Donald Trump's ‘Judgment’ to Be President
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Lindsey Graham: Trump Leading Because 40% Of GOP Voters Think Obama Is Kenyan Muslim
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
Poll: Solid opposition to ban on Muslims entering U.S.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Charles Barkley bashes CNN, Donald Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll Shows Voters Split on Trump's Muslim Ban
Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino shooters planned bigger attack, investigators believe  —  An FBI dive team on Thursday searches for electronic devices or other evidence possibly left in Seccombe Lake, about two miles north of the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  —  An examination of digital equipment recovered …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   A former Department of Homeland Security agent says that an investigation …
The Federalist:
Blockbuster Allegation: DHS, State Halted Investigation Into Islamist Group Linked To San Bernardino Terrorists
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: I will mandate death penalty for killing police officers  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to issue an executive order to mandate the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer.  —  “One of the first things I'd do in terms of executive order …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump endorsed by police union after proposing Muslim ban  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the endorsement of a New England union that represents police and corrections officers Thursday evening, and said that, as president …
Michael Walsh / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump: 'I no longer think he's funny'
Mark Bowden / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump Really Doesn't Want Me to Tell You This, But ...  Over a long weekend on assignment for Playboy magazine, Mark Bowden found that behind the garish Trump façade lies only more ugliness.  —  I spent a long, awkward weekend with Donald Trump in November 1996 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump has gone too far for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen  —  Donald Trump has been frequently compared (including by me) to “far-right” populist movements in Europe.  Indeed, scholarly experts on fascism say that this — rather than fascism — is the correct comparison to make about Trump.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Voter Insecurities Feed Rise of Right-Leaning Populist Politicians
Discussion: Political Wire and Vox
Michele McPhee / ABC News:
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Empowering the Ugliness  —  We live in an era of political news that is, all too often, shocking but not surprising.  The rise of Donald Trump definitely falls into that category.  And so does the electoral earthquake that struck France in Sunday's regional elections, with the right-wing …
Discussion: Salon and Vox Popoli
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
Is Affirmative Action Finished?  —  “If this Court rules that the University of Texas can't consider race, or if it rules that universities that consider race have to die a death of a thousand cuts for doing so, we know exactly what's going to happen,” Gregory Garre, the lawyer for the University of Texas …
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Black lawmakers excoriate Scalia over ‘disgusting’ remarks
Discussion: National Review and PoliticusUSA
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Colorado ACLU Board Member: Shoot Trump Voters ‘Before Election Day’  —  Loring Wirbel, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union's Colorado chapter and co-chair of the ACLU's Colorado Springs chapter, called for supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be shot before they vote for the billionaire businessman.
Camille Paglia / Hollywood Reporter:
Camille Paglia Takes on Taylor Swift, Hollywood's #GirlSquad Culture  —  Can group selfies advance women's goals?  In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, the famed feminist urges social media packs to skip the “tittering, tongues-out mugging of Taylor Swift” — whose “twinkly persona …
Survey of Kentucky Residents on State Health Policy  —  Liz Hamel, Mira Norton, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Executive Summary  —  Kentucky has received national attention as the only Southern state to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by creating its own state-based health insurance marketplace …
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Video shows customer hit worker, break glass in NYC restaurant as he rails against Muslims; man kicks woman, calls her ‘trash’ in separate crime  —  A customer at a Herald Square restaurant burst into an anti-Muslim tirade, slapping one worker than busting glass partitions with a chair …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America's Immigration Challenge  —  On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey alleged that the San Bernardino shooters were already plotting a mass-murder attack on the United States before Tafsheen Malik received the K-1 visa admitting her to the United States.  Her husband-to-be, Syed Farook, was born a U.S. citizen.
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Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Police Chief: ‘Revolution’ Coming if Obama Tries to Disarm American People
Adam Vaughan / Guardian:
Paris climate conference: Ban Ki-moon tells governments to compromise on deal - live
Discussion: Mashable, New York Times and Daily Kos
David Kopel / Washington Post:
President Obama signs three constructive gun measures
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Priest paid his male ‘sex master’ from collection plate: lawsuit
Discussion: PinkNews
Harry Davies / Guardian:
Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users
Discussion: Gizmodo and Political Wire
New York Times:
The Court Takes Up One Person, One Vote
Discussion: Cato Institute
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Finke / State Journal Register:
State pension contribution next year up by $291 million
Discussion: WGN-TV
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
The 13 Women Who Accused A Cop Of Sexual Assault, In Their Own Words
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are Democrats Trying to Establish a Right To Immigrate to US?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Cartel leader Chapo Guzmán threatens war on ISIS after terrorists destroy drug shipment
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Thematic Convergence, or Real Old Testament Stuff...
Discussion: Vox and New York Times