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2:35 PM ET, December 18, 2015


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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
DNC penalizes Sanders campaign for improper access of Clinton voter data  —  Officials with the Democratic National Committee have accused the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders of improperly accessing confidential voter information gathered by the rival campaign of Hillary Clinton, according to several party officials.
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Franklin Pierce/Herald poll: Cruz, Rubio, Christie surge toward front-runner Trump; Hillary climbs back in NH  —  A pack of more proven GOP contenders led by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz is surging closer to Donald Trump in New Hampshire, while Democrat Hillary Clinton has clawed …
New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's dream debate is one nobody watches  —  Busy Saturday night?  Probably, what with the NCAA bowl games, the Jets' must-win battle in Dallas and opening weekend for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  So you'll skip the Democratic presidential debate — just as Hillary Clinton hoped.
Discussion: New York Times and Viking Pundit
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders Bristle at Holding Debates on Weekends  —  If a presidential debate is held and nobody watches, does it really happen?  —  While viewers are expected to watch the third Democratic debate on Saturday night, they are unlikely to be doing so in the droves …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Fired Sanders aide: I wasn't peeking at Clinton data files  —  (CNN)The Bernie Sanders campaign staffer who was fired for accessing data unique to the Hillary Clinton campaign's vote file, told CNN on Friday that he was only trying to “understand how badly the Sanders campaign's data was exposed” …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Sanders Campaign Threatens Lawsuit Against DNC For Blocking Data Access  —  This post has been updated.  —  The campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee if the committee continues to keep the campaign from accessing its voter data.
Discussion: NBC News, RedState and Associated Press
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders' campaign threatens to sue DNC
Discussion: Shadowproof and FiveThirtyEight
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
DNC Data Breach: What Happened and What It Means for Bernie Sanders' Campaign
Discussion: Mediaite and
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Accessed Confidential Clinton Data
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Donald Trump left Joe Scarborough stunned after being asked about Vladimir Putin killing journalists  —  During a Friday-morning interview with Donald Trump, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was baffled by the Republican front-runner's embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Trump Pattern  —  Again and again over the last six months we've seen Donald Trump take memes and messages which are either implicit in mainstream Republican politics or explicit on the fringes of conservatism and make them loud and explicit.  That might be on bashing Mexican immigrants …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
German Lopez / Vox:
Donald Trump on Vladimir Putin's alleged human rights abuses: “at least he's a leader”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Putin praises ‘bright and talented’ Trump
Vernon Freeman Jr / WTVR-TV:
Augusta County schools closed Friday after parental outrage over Arabic assignment  —  AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. — Augusta County schools and all administrative offices are closing Friday December 18, after parental objections to a controversial high school geography assignment involving Arabic.
Dan De Luce / Foreign Policy:
Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me  —  In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out — and still has no strategy for fixing Syria.  —  Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Rubio misses spending bill vote  —  Sen. Marco Rubio missed Friday's Senate vote approving a massive $1.8 trillion end-of-the-year spending bill and tax package — a day after he suggested that he could try to slow the legislation down.  —  The Florida Republican, who is running for president …
Ken White / Popehat:
An Open Letter to Reuters Reporters Nate Raymond and David Ingram  —  Dear Mr. Raymond and Mr. Ingram:  —  Today you reported on the arrest of the widely-hated Martin Shkreli on securities fraud charges.  You ran a picture of the “perp walk” — the once-free now-defendant being led away in handcuffs by law enforcement:
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mashable
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
New York pizza parlor owner admits to recruiting for ISIS  —  The owner of a Rochester, N.Y., pizza parlor pleaded guilty on Thursday to trying to recruit people to join Islamic extremists in the Middle East.  —  The man, 31-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh, used the Internet to find potential supporters …
Keith Naughton / Bloomberg Business:
Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw  —  Accident rates are twice as high as for regular vehicles  —  Most mishaps are fender benders caused by inattentive drivers  —  The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that's supposed to lead to a world without accidents …
The Nation:
Rahm Emanuel Must Resign  —  From Laquan McDonald to Homan Square, Rahm has tacitly endorsed police violence.  —  By  —  In the coming months, a jury will consider the fate of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with first-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times at close range.
Discussion: Newsalert
House approves bill to avoid shutdown  —  Ryan: Budget bills are a ‘bipartisan compromise’  —  Washington (CNN)The House overwhelmingly backed a $1.1 trillion spending package on Friday that avoids a government shutdown and funds federal agencies through next fall.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
DHS official: ‘Apples and oranges’ to use no-fly list for guns  —  A top official at the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday appeared to break with the White House's call for Congress to ban people on the federal no-fly list from buying guns.  —  “I believe it would be apples and oranges” …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
White House promises ‘non-traditional’ State of the Union
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Wall Street Journal:
The Grim News About Demographics and Federal Spending
Fox News:
Feds can't say whereabouts of those whose visas were revoked over terror threat
Mike Walker / New York Post:
I just found out I'm in an ISIS video
Bloomberg Business:
As Trump Surges, Adelson Says He Might Sit Out Some Primaries
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Crimes Against Muslim Americans and Mosques Rise Sharply
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffers / CBS Philly:
Neighbors Of Harrisburg Teen Charged With Supporting ISIS Express Disbelief
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Pamela Geller and Gizmodo
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Ted Cruz Isn't Telling the Truth
Discussion: Washington Post and Bold
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Woman burns man's genitals with hot iron during sex