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First Read's Morning Clips: Taking Issue with Trump's Claims

A roundup of the most important news stories of the day
Image: Chris Christie speaks during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate
Chris Christie speaks during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center on October 28, 2015 in Boulder.Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

OFF TO THE RACES: Christie takes issue with Trump’s 9/11 claim

CARSON: On the TODAY Show, he said that bringing Syrian refugees to the United States is akin to doing "things that just make some people feel good and say that we've done something."

The Washington Post delves into Carson's appeal with the most devout of Christian Republicans.

CHRISTIE: He said Monday that Trump's claim of Muslim-American celebrations in New Jersey on 9/11 "didn't happen."

CLINTON: The political unit sums up our findings from last night's email dump from Clinton's personal server, which was the largest batch yet to date. Tidbits include which political figure she referred to as “Grinch” and which cable drama she was desperate to watch.

Thirteen of fourteen female Democratic senators appeared with Hillary Clinton in Washington last night -- with the notable absence of Elizabeth Warren.

NBC's Kristen Welker reports that Clinton will speak at the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott - and she's releasing her first radio ad in South Carolina, aimed predominantly at African Americans.

CRUZ: He talked about where students got "rubbers" during his college years and said that Democrats are manufacturing a threat about the "Condom Police."

NBC’s Kasie Hunt pressed Cruz on where he stands on granting legal status to undocumented immigrants.

The Wall Street Journal looks at whether or not evangelicals can really swing a Republican to the White House, as Ted Cruz is arguing.

KASICH: NBC's Danny Freeman reports that the Ohio governor says there's "nothing personal" about his criticisms of Donald Trump.

RUBIO: POLITICO looks at his shift from political insiders to voters. "The Thanksgiving holiday marked a page-turning of sorts for Rubio’s campaign, as well. After months of jostling behind the scenes with Jeb Bush and the rest of the 2016 field in the invisible primary for donors, endorsements, money and momentum, Rubio is pivoting toward a more public-facing campaign. His focus is finally shifting from political influencers to the voters themselves."

He's heading south, campaigning in the same states where Ted Cruz has already laid early groundwork.

SANDERS: He underwent a hernia procedure in Washington DC yesterday.

TRUMP: He said after his meeting with black pastors: "The beautiful thing about the meeting is that they really didn't ask me to change the tone. I think they want to see victory."

He's doing this again: In Georgia, he floated the idea of boycotting the CNN debate unless the network donates $5 million to charity.

The New York Times says that Trump offered warm words for Al Sharpton after the meeting.

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent: “Another witness contradicts Donald Trump’s claims about disabled reporter.”

OBAMA AGENDA: The latest on the Paris climate talks

The AP: “From deserts encroaching on African farmland to rising sea levels shrinking islands of the South Pacific, leaders of poor nations most affected by climate change shared their stories of global warming with leaders of some of the richest on Tuesday. The encounters highlighted one of the biggest debates in the effort to reach an international accord to fight global warming: how much aid rich countries should give poor ones to help them adapt to climate change and reduce their emissions."

The Wall Street Journal: "President Barack Obama highlighted U.S. ties to Turkey in a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, saying he wants the two countries to work together to end the civil war in Syria. Mr. Obama and the Turkish President, who were in the French capital for a global climate summit, met to discuss the situation in Syria and the shared struggle against Islamic State. The U.S. president emphasized that Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally and said, “We have a common enemy, and that is ISIL.”

"The United States has delivered more than $260 million in non-lethal military equipment to help the government of Ukraine in its fight against a Russian-backed insurgency, but some of the U.S.-supplied gear meant to protect and transport Ukrainian military forces is little more than junk," reports the Washington Post.


*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Today at 12p ET NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Sen. John McCain, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, President & CEO of “Martha’s Table” Patty Stonesifer, plus the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker, Karen Tumulty, and Chris Cillizza.