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4:20 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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
How Do You Spell Scapegoat? H-A-G-E-L
Discussion: NBC News, BuzzFeed and New York Times
ABC News:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down
CNN:   Chuck Hagel Fast Facts
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.
USA Today:
Reports: Ferguson grand jury has made decision  —  Evidence presented to the grand jury in Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's case may or may not be released after their decision is released.  It's up to the judge to make the evidence available.  VPC  —  A St. Louis County grand jury …
Discussion: National Review
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: theGrio, New York Magazine and Politico
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Darren Wilson has married his girlfriend
Discussion: Gawker and New York's PIX11
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Giuliani: Ferguson debate misdirected
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
In Ferguson, media's long vigil is welcomed by some, wearing on others
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.
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Al Sharpton: Rand Paul's outreach to blacks could hurt Democrats in 2016
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS
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
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.”
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
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
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Rape by fraud?  N.J. lawmaker introduces bill to make it a crime  —  Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) has introduced a bill to create the crime of ‘rape by fraud’ (Assembly Democrats' website)  —  TRENTON — Imagine this: A man woos a woman to bed with tales of his riches, fast cars and a vacation home in Monaco.
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
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” …
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Obama's Amnesty Will Cost $22,000 Per US College Grad
David Remnick / New Yorker:
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Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
Nicole Hensley / NY Daily News:
Transgender woman buried by family as a man at Idaho funeral
Discussion: theGrio and FOX News Radio
 Earlier Items: 
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Giving thanks for government
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell preps for 2016 battle
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