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10:00 PM ET, December 3, 2014

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New York Times:
Protests After Grand Jury in Eric Garner Chokehold Case Doesn't Indict Officer  —  A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man's death, a decision that drew condemnation …
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ABC News:
Watch: Obama After Eric Garner Decision: ???  This Is an American Problem???  —  Some of you may have heard there was a decision that came out today by a grand jury not to indict.  Police officers who had.  Interacted with the an individual named Eric garner in New York City.
New York Post:
Cop cleared in chokehold death of Eric Garner  —  Eric Garner seen during his arrest last August.  —  A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop Wednesday in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, The Post has learned.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
DOJ to look into N.Y. police case  —  For the second time in ten days, the Obama administration is scrambling to contain tensions and anger unleashed by a local grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in connection with the death of a black suspect.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Former RNC chairman: 'Black man's life not worth a ham sandwich'  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Wednesday criticized grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Sen. Gillibrand: I Will Ask Justice Department To Investigate Chokehold Death
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
ObamaCare author: Health law is ‘really complicated’  —  Sen. Tom Harkin, one of the coauthors of the Affordable Care Act, now thinks Democrats may have been better off not passing it at all and holding out for a better bill.  —  The Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Health, Education …
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is Obamacare Destroying the Democratic Party?  —  Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, has forced a debate over fundamental party priorities out into the open.  Should Democrats focus primarily on the problems of the poor or should they first address the economic struggles of the working and middle classes?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Return of Focus Hocus Pocus  —  I've been getting correspondence from people saying that I need to respond to Tom Edsall channeling Chuck Schumer on how health reform was a mistake, Obama should have focused on the economy.  —  The thing is, I responded to this argument four years ago, and everything I said then still applies.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
Ben Carson stands by comparison of U.S. to Nazi Germany  —  Washington (CNN) — Neurosurgeon Ben Carson stood by his controversial comparison of the United States to Nazi Germany in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.  —  Asked by Blitzer whether he would amend or take back his comments, Carson said “Absolutely not.”
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David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ben Carson Lashes Out At Wolf Blitzer: Don't ‘Focus On The Words’ When I Compare U.S. To Nazis
Discussion: Liberaland
Kendall Breitman / Politico:   Ben Carson: Presidency ‘horrible and stressful’
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Dear Media: This Elizabeth Lauten Nonsense Is Why Everybody Hates You  —  Last week, President Barack Obama pardoned a turkey prior to Thanksgiving Day, as is tradition.  And as in previous years, his teenage daughters Malia and Sasha stood by his side.  The daughters are cute as can be …
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
2014 Headed Toward Hottest Year On Record — Here's Why That's Remarkable  —  2014 is currently on track to be hottest year on record, according to new reports from both the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.K.'s Met Office Wednesday.  Similarly, NOAA reported two weeks ago …
Discussion: Met Office
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Lauren Fox / National Journal:
Ted Cruz Pushes the House to Have All-Out Spending Fight on Obama Immigration Action  —  Conservatives in the House look to Cruz once again for solutions to stop Obama.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is playing de facto House conservatives leader once again.  —  Taking the podium Wednesday …
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Plain Dealer:
Cleveland officer who shot Tamir Rice had ‘dismal’ handgun performance for Independence police  —  Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice had issues …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee: Brown Could Have Avoided Death “If He Behaved Like Something Other Than A Thug”  —  “I'm gonna tell you something â” what gets you shot is when you grab a police officer's gun, and you lunge at him, and you try to hit him in the face.  View Video ›
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Watchdog reveals thousands of docs relating to disclosure of taxpayer data to White House  —  A woman walks out of the Internal Revenue Service building in New York.  —  An IRS watchdog is acknowledging that thousands of documents related to requests between the White House and the tax agency for unauthorized tax information exist —
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Dan Cahill / Chicago Sun Times:
4 Downs with Mike Ditka: Ferguson, Forte and is Briggs a HOFer?  —  Before Sunday's game, five St. Louis Rams players took the field in a “hands up, don't shoot” solidarity protest for Ferguson and Michael Brown.  —  Neither the NFL nor the Rams penalized the players for their actions.
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
If false, Rolling Stone story could set rape victims back decades  —  If the Rolling Stone story regarding the account of “Jackie,” a University of Virginia student allegedly gang raped as part of a fraternity initiation didn't happen the way it was described, rape victims and advocates trying …
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Clinton in the void  —  She faces a challenge in how to spend …
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Arizona pastor predicts ‘AIDS-free Christmas’ if all gays are killed, as God commands
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Uncertainty in Washington Poses Long List of Economic Perils
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Matt Higgins / CBS Houston:
Texas Expected To Sue Obama Administration Over Executive Actions On Immigration
Discussion: Addicting Info and FOX News Radio
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
GOP Opposition to Obama Pick for Immigration Post
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Rob Barry And / Wall Street Journal:
Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Stats
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Carson Gets Ready
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