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11:55 AM ET, November 30, 2015


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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Whisper Campaigns And “Zipper Problems”: How Jeb Bush's Allies Tried — And Failed — To Stop Marco Rubio  —  On the night of the 2010 midterm elections, a portly, silver-haired Jeb Bush stood on a stage in the courtyard of Miami's luxe Biltmore Hotel, appearing to choke back tears.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
As Cruz gains, GOP senators rally for Rubio  —  Ted Cruz has built his Senate career and presidential campaign on his willingness to stick it to the Republican establishment.  And now that he's gaining momentum in the primary, his many GOP nemeses in Congress are returning the favor by quietly coalescing behind Marco Rubio.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 takes on 2016 as the campaign kicks into high gear  —  The untamable 2016 campaign has settled into a kind of comprehensible chaos with 60 days until the Iowa caucuses.  —  Donald Trump, a contender who embodies the ultimate cross-pollination of politics and entertainment that began with Ronald Reagan …
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Cruz Condemns Colorado Shooting, Rejects Anti-Abortion Link … Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.  —  NEWTON, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is condemning the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado but also aggressively pushing …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Describes Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter As ‘Transgendered Leftist Activist’  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the latest presidential candidate trying to downplay the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in motivating the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs Friday afternoon.
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Floats Report That Planned Parenthood Shooter Was A “Transgendered Leftist”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Spiegel Online:
Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State's Rise:  —  ‘We Were Too Dumb’  —  Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark  —  Without the Iraq war, Islamic State wouldn't exist today, former US special forces chief Mike Flynn openly admits.  In an interview …
Kobe Bryant / The Players' Tribune:
Dear Basketball  —  PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR./THE PLAYERS' TRIBUNE … I knew one thing was real:  —  I fell in love with you.  —  A love so deep I gave you my all —  From my mind & body  —  To my spirit & soul.  —  As a six-year-old boy  —  Deeply in love with you
Dean Schabner / ABC News:
University of Chicago Closes Campus After Online Threat  —  The University of Chicago has canceled all classes and activities at its Hyde Park campus after being warned by the FBI of an online threat of gun violence there.  —  In an alert sent out to the campus community …
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun Times:
University of Chicago cancels classes after threat warning from FBI
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Clinton opened State Department office to dozens of corporate donors, Dem fundraisers  —  WASHINGTON - As secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists …
Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune:
State sues prisoners to pay for their room, board  —  Melvin Moore is a paroled inmate being sued by the Illinois Department of Corrections to recoup the costs of incarceration. … The $31,690 Johnny Melton received to settle a lawsuit over his mother's death was going to help him start life anew after prison.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Tony Schwartz / New York Times:
Addicted to Distraction  —  ONE evening early this summer, I opened a book and found myself reading the same paragraph over and over, a half dozen times before concluding that it was hopeless to continue.  I simply couldn't marshal the necessary focus.  —  I was horrified.
Henry McDonald / Guardian:
Northern Ireland law on abortion ruled ‘incompatible with human rights’  —  Belfast high court ruling could lead to women being allowed to have abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, rape and incest  —  A high court judge, in a historic ruling, has found that Northern Ireland's almost outright ban …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Hispanic Republican leaders shun Donald Trump  —  Prominent Hispanic Republicans are holding out hope that business mogul Donald Trump won't win the party's presidential nomination.  —  They are worried that his incendiary rhetoric on immigration will sour Latinos on the GOP and sink the party's chances of taking back the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story and whorunsGov
Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Bill McKibben: What the Paris conference on climate change can do for planet Earth  —  Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014.  —  Starting Monday, diplomats and scientists, activists and heads of state …
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:   Fostering a climate of intolerance
Sarah Knapton / New Zealand Herald:
Anti-ageing drug could let you live to 120 in good health  — Ageing - Health - Health & Wellbeing - Your Health  —  The world's first anti-ageing drug will be tested on humans next year in trials which could result in people being able to live healthily well into their 120s.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Dan Majors / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
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Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune:
State sues prisoners to pay for their room, board   Find
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Dean Schabner / ABC News:
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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
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Dan Majors / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Muslim taxi driver shot on Thanksgiving in Hazelwood calls attack a hate crime
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Keith Caulfield / Billboard:
Adele's ‘25’ Official First Week U.S. Sales: 3.38 Million
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Coalition in Which Some Do More Than Others to Fight ISIS
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama visits site of Paris concert massacre
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
Megan Cassella / Reuters:
‘I was 100 percent right’ on 9/11 Muslim remarks: Trump
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Calls for $275 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Spending
Discussion: Shakesville, Politico and ABC News
Alice Philipson / Telegraph:
Italians outraged after headmaster scraps Christmas carol concert following Paris attacks
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Jessica Hopper / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Does ‘Princess Bride’ Impression