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7:55 PM ET, September 25, 2014


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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General  —  Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host: Holder Ran The DOJ ‘Much Like The Black Panthers Would’  —  Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said Thursday during a discussion about Attorney General Eric Holder's reported resignation that he ran the Department of Justice “much like the Black Panthers would.”
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Mahablog
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
GOP to Obama: Don't use lame-duck Congress to replace Holder  —  Conservatives are warning President Obama against using a lame-duck session of Congress to push through Attorney General Eric Holder's replacement, even as the White House signals its intention to fill the post quickly.
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Al Sharpton Says He's Helping The White House Pick The Next Attorney General  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton said his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House as they work to name a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder …
Discussion: Mediaite, RedState and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
Attorney General Eric Holder, Prominent Liberal Voice in Obama Administration, Is Resigning  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is resigning from his post, the Justice Department said Thursday.  Mr. Holder will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed.
The National Interest:
Good Riddance, Eric Holder  —  “The most polarizing man in Barack Obama's administration—besides the president himself—is calling it quits.”  —  The most polarizing man in Barack Obama's administration—besides the president himself—is calling it quits.
David Nather / Politico:
Eric Holder's real legacy  —  For someone who has been such a punching bag while in office, Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving on a more successful note: his response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, that may serve as a capstone for a civil rights legacy that could outlast the controversies of his tenure.
Discussion: ABC News and ThinkProgress
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
With Eric Holder's Exit, Obama Loses a Key Ally
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Eric Holder to resign
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Hot Air
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder to Step Down as Attorney General
Discussion: American Thinker
John Monk / The State:
VIDEO RELEASED: SC trooper charged with felony in shooting at traffic stop over seat belt violation  —  COLUMBIA, SC — An S.C. trooper who stopped a man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia and then shot him - apparently without provocation - was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Video Shows South Carolina Cop Shooting Black Man Without Any Apparent Provocation
Discussion: Hit & Run, Shakesville and Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Launch ‘Unprecedented’ Campaign Against Pro-Marriage Equality Republicans  —  National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council, and CitizenLink lash out against candidates “working to actively alienate the Republican base.”  —  Olaf Faeskorn/Tisei for Congress
New York Post:
Zoo in coverup after groundhog dropped by de Blasio dies  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio couldn't hold onto the Staten Island Zoo's squirming groundhog.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!  —  A week after Hizzoner dropped Staten Island Chuck in front of a crowd of spectators on Feb. 2 …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Cheney rips Obama for ‘Ferguson’  —  Dick Cheney says it's “outrageous” that President Barack Obama mentioned the summer's unrest in Ferguson, Mo., while speaking about ISIL during a speech at the United Nations.  —  “I was stunned,” the former vice president said on Wednesday during an interview on Fox News' “Hannity.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's exceptional U.N. address
Mission relaunched  —  The fight against Islamic State …
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Ferguson police chief tells CNN: I will not step down  —  Watch the full interview with Police Chief Tom Jackson on “Anderson Cooper 360°” tonight at 9 p.m. ET.  —  (CNN) — Ferguson, Missouri, Police Chief Thomas Jackson — under fire for his department's handling of the Michael Brown shooting …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Romney 2016 is for real  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL 2016 ELECTIONS MITT ROMNEY  —  Is Mitt Romney, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination and lost in 2008, ran again and won the nomination but lost the general election in 2012, really thinking about running yet again for president in 2016?
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
SD Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Somehow Plagiarized Biographical Sentence  —  Mary Burke had her own policies plagiarized.  —  Susan Wismer For South Dakota / Via Facebook: SusanForSD  —  Democratic gubernatorial South Dakota nominee appears to have plagiarized parts of her issues page …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Wisconsin's Dilettante  —  The daughter of Trek Bicycle founder …
Discussion: Hot Air and BuzzFeed
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Gabby Giffords's Gun-Control Ads Are Being Criticized Because They're Working  —  Strange but true: getting shot in the head will make a person want to defeat political candidates who oppose gun control laws.  Actually, getting shot in the head is usually fatal.
Discussion: National Review
Paul A. Offit / Wall Street Journal:
The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic  —  Whooping cough, mumps and measles are making an alarming comeback, thanks to seriously misguided parents.  —  Almost 8,000 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have been reported to California's Public Health Department so far this year.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Beating Brownback Would Redeem 2014  —  After reading Patrick Caldwell's very thorough explanation of why Gov. Sam Brownback's in danger of losing in November, I'm more convinced than ever that whether or not Republicans are kept from taking control of the Senate, it would be an important …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘Meet the Press’ finishes third, again  —  NBC's “Meet the Press” finished in third place for the second consecutive week on Sunday, suggesting that the boon from Chuck Todd's inaugural episode and exclusive interview with President Barack Obama was an aberration, rather than a harbinger.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Rob Davis / Oregonian:
Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates  —  The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Hosts Dub Female Fighter Pilot Who Bombed ISIL ‘Boobs On The Ground’ (VIDEO)  —  Two male co-hosts of Fox News' “The Five” cracked sexist jokes Wednesday about the United Arab Emirates' first female fighter pilot.  —  Kimberly Guilfoyle took a moment to salute Major Mariam Al Mansouri …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Raw Story and Gawker
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Daily Mail:
FBI says it has identified ‘Jihadi John’ seen in ISIS execution videos but will not reveal his identity or nationality
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Banter
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘60 Minutes’ lands Obama interview
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP poll: Dem trails in Alaska Senate race
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Incredibly Insipid War on Women 2.0
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Colorado's Politics Are as Divided as They Get
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
New York Times:
Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Theodore Dalrymple / City Journal:
The Reeducation of Dinesh D'Souza
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Leslie SalzilloFollow / Daily Kos:
Rush Limbaugh Must Be Terrified - He's Releasing Secret ‘Facts’ About StopRush
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
This Democrat likes spending your taxes, but doesn't like paying hers
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Returns to Fray and Finds Going Rough