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5:40 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, BuzzFeed and US News
Max Boot / Commentary Magazine:
Is a National-Security Shakeup Coming?
Discussion: Time, Mashable and The PJ Tatler
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.
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
Discussion: Hot Air
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Darren Wilson has married his girlfriend
Discussion: Gawker and New York's PIX11
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  —  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 …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Politics:
Rand Paul Shows Early Strength in New Hampshire Poll
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
N.H. poll: Romney leads GOP field
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Postscript: Marion Barry (1936-2014)
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Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Thousands of lost Lois Lerner IRS emails found by IG
Discussion: FOX News Radio