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1:50 PM ET, November 24, 2014


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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama's Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team …
ABC News:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down … Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, senior administration officials confirmed today to ABC News.  —  President Obama will announce Hagel's departure Monday morning from the Rose Garden of the White House.
Discussion: Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
How Do You Spell Scapegoat? H-A-G-E-L
CNN:   Chuck Hagel Fast Facts
David Sims / The Atlantic Online:
The Gospel of Rudy Giuliani  —  On Sunday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on Meet the Press to discuss the killing of Michael Brown.  Giuliani offered the kind of candor and tough talk that almost made him president: … Yes.  It's almost as if killers tend to murder people who live near them.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Giuliani: 'White Police Officers Won't Be There' If Blacks 'Weren't Killing Each Other' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Police: Woman Saying She's ‘Ready For Ferguson’ Shoots, Kills Self By Accident  —  St. Louis police were investigating an incident in which a woman waving a gun inside a vehicle and saying she was “ready for Ferguson” apparently shot herself in the head by accident, CNN reported Sunday.
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
Shimon Prokupecz / CNN:
Police: Woman allegedly kills herself with gun bought to prepare for Ferguson unrest  —  St. Louis (CNN) — A woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberaland
John McCormick / Bloomberg Politics:
Rand Paul Shows Early Strength in New Hampshire Poll  —  Republican Rand Paul is showing early strength for a possible 2016 presidential bid in the first primary state, where a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll shows him running slightly ahead of more established names.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
N.H. poll: Romney leads GOP field
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground  —  The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group.  —  “The most important” part of Rand Paul's assessment of …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS
John Fund / National Review:
Lincoln — or Schoolyard Bully?  —  Even some of Obama's allies cast a cold eye on his penchant for lawmaking.  —  President Obama held a private screening of the Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln at the White House in late 2012, and an ABC News reporter tweeted that Obama was “incredibly moved” …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
SNL skit suggests Obama's immigration executive action is unconstitutional
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides  —  1. Officer Bron Cruz' body camera shows him beginning to raise his gun toward Dillon Taylor as Taylor walks away.  2. Taylor continues to face away from Cruz.  Cruz can be heard ordering Taylor, “Get your hands out, now.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Brian Stelter /
Exclusive: Why TV anchors met secretly with Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown  —  Practically every journalist covering the death of Michael Brown would like to interview Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Brown.  —  In the pursuit of that interview …
Discussion: Politico, New York Magazine and theGrio
Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline  —  (Reuters) - Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal.
Discussion: National Review, Time and Israel Matzav
Wall Street Journal:
No Iran Nuclear Deal Seen by Monday Deadline
Discussion: Fox News and Israel Matzav
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Postscript: Marion Barry (1936-2014)  —  Give him this: Marion Barry was the most vivid local politician in the history of the District of Columbia.  Like Earl and Huey Long, of Louisiana, he was a kaleidoscopically strange and contradictory political beast: a man of civil rights …
Adam Serwer / BuzzFeed:
Why D.C. Will Always Love Marion Barry
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Giving thanks for government  —  Raise your hand if you love big government — you know, intrusive, controlling high-tax big government.  —  Not you, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  The only Socialist elected to Congress is excused from this caucus.  —  But seriously, every Republican …
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's Amnesty Will Cost $22,000 Per US College Grad
Washington Post:
Bill Cosby's legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Graft Hobbles Iraq's Military in Fighting ISIS
Discussion: Time and ParaPundit
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
Mona Mahmood / Guardian:
US air strikes in Syria driving anti-Assad groups to support Isis
Nicole Hensley / NY Daily News:
Transgender woman buried by family as a man at Idaho funeral
Discussion: theGrio and FOX News Radio
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell preps for 2016 battle
 Earlier Items: 
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Bigger Than Immigration  —  Don't let yourself get lost in the weeds.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Thousands of lost Lois Lerner IRS emails found by IG
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
9-month-old girl shot inside Brooklyn home while dad cleaned gun: police
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Making of an Imperial President
Discussion: The Dish and Outside the Beltway