Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Many Americans will pause for the next few days to celebrate ancient and long-cherished traditions with their families, like baking cookies, exchanging gifts, and arguing over who would win a hypothetical general election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
'16 from 30,000: Happy holidays and thank you for a great year, Lid readers! It's been a wild 2015 -- and we certainly never had to stretch to find material in this fascinating, unpredictable and often straight-up weird election. You stuck with us as we tinkered with this publication, you offered us great feedback and joke ideas, and some of you even recommended us to your friends and family. (Because nothing says "I Care" like giving the gift of The Lid!)
We're taking a breather until after the New Year so that we can celebrate with our loved ones and spend more time explaining to our parents who "Deez Nuts" is. We'll see you in 2016. Happy New Year!
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
Ted Cruz blasted the Washington Post for publishing a cartoon than depicted his young daughters as monkeys.
Ben Carson says he may shake up his campaign.
Hillary Clinton said she "deplores" Donald Trump's tone but that she's not surprised by his insults anymore.
Rand Paul used his annual "airing of grievances" for Festivus to throw some serious shade at his opponents.
A legal scholar tells Ari Melber that Donald Trump's Muslim ban might be constitutional after all.
The rules didn't apply this year when it came to politics.
FOR THE RECORD…
"I've got to be honest with you. I've got to lay it out on the table: I also went to the bathroom."
- Bernie Sanders, defending Hillary Clinton's from Trump's attack on her delayed return from a break during Saturday's Democratic debate