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7:05 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 …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
John McCain: Chuck Hagel ‘Was Up to the Job’  —  John McCain wasn't going to let the administration get away with its spin.  Early Monday morning, before daylight in Arizona, Helene Cooper reported that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would be stepping down, and that he was pushed.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
How Do You Spell Scapegoat? H-A-G-E-L
Discussion: NBC News, US News and BuzzFeed
ABC News:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down
Washington Post:
Grand jury reaches decision in case of Ferguson officer  —  A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests, sources close to the process said.
Ferguson grand jury announcement expected Monday  —  Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — Law enforcement authorities in Ferguson are prepared for a wide range of public reaction expected to follow the announcement of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting, Missouri Public Safety Director Daniel Isom said Monday on CNN.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll finds racial divide over Wilson charges  —  Washington (CNN) — Americans are sharply divided along racial lines as to whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged with murder in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday finds.
Discussion: Hot Air
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Darren Wilson has married his girlfriend
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and Gawker
USA Today:
Reports: Ferguson grand jury has made decision
Discussion: National Review
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Giuliani: Ferguson debate misdirected
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Al Sharpton: Rand Paul's outreach to blacks could hurt Democrats in 2016  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton says Rand Paul's efforts to engage black voters could present a strategic challenge for Democrats: If the Republican senator runs for president, fewer African Americans may be motivated to show up and vote against him.
Discussion: Mediaite
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground
John McCormick / Bloomberg Politics:
Rand Paul Shows Early Strength in New Hampshire Poll
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.
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.”
George Packer / New Yorker:
The Quiet German  —  The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world. … “We're finding that the ones we tested perfume and makeup on are extremely attractive to me.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE » … “All right, buddy, that'll be a ten-dollar corkage fee.”
Discussion: The Dish
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress' Weak-Sauce Benghazi Report  —  On September 11, 2012, Islamist militants attacked U.S. complexes in Benghazi, Libya.  Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.  Three other men were killed and 10 were injured.
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Poll: Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama's Immigration Actions  —  The first poll of Latino voters since Obama's executive actions, first given to BuzzFeed News, shows that nearly 90% support his move, while 80% think it would be a mistake for the GOP to oppose them.  —  AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
William H. Frey / The New Republic:
The Suburbs: Not Just for White People Anymore  —  The new racial dynamics of the American dream, in three eye-opening graphics  —  The classic image of an American metropolis was that of a polyglot city surrounded by mostly white suburbs—the “chocolate city/vanilla suburbs” of the 1950s and 1960s …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
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James Hohmann / Politico:
DNC: Convention finalist cities are Philadelphia, NYC and Columbus
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama spurns lame-duck label
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP plotting to block DC's new pot law
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court case tests the limits of free speech on Facebook and other social media
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Bill Cosby accuser Louisa Moritz plans class lawsuit over alleged sex assaults: report
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
McCain encouraging Graham to run for president
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Rape by fraud? N.J. lawmaker introduces bill to make it a crime
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's Amnesty Will Cost $22,000 Per US College Grad
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Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels