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11:05 AM ET, November 25, 2014

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Ben Casselman / FiveThirtyEight:
It's Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson's Just Did  —  A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown.  The decision wasn't a surprise — leaks from the grand jury …
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Darren Wilson issues statement reacting to grand jury decision  —  • By Christine Byers cbyers@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8087  —  FERGUSON  • Lawyers for Darren Wilson issued a public statement Monday night after learning he would not be indicted, saying, in part, that Wilson …
New York Times:
Protests Flare After Ferguson Police Officer Is Not Indicted … CLAYTON, Mo. — A St. Louis County grand jury has brought no criminal charges against Darren Wilson, a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, more than three months ago in nearby Ferguson.
Alana Horowitz / The Huffington Post:
Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Gives Bizarre Press Conference  —  St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a press conference that many found baffling, unwieldy and inflammatory.
Discussion: Hit & Run, ABC News, Time and Raw Story
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn't Jim Crow America  —  “Civil rights” figures decided long ago that the only fair outcome would be indictment.  But that was driven by ideology, not facts.  —  The day of reckoning has arrived not just in Ferguson, Missouri but also across America.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Go to Ferguson Right Now, President Obama, and Give Your Biggest Race Speech Yet  —  President Barack Obama's unwillingness to wade deeply into the thicket of passions, grievances, suspicions, and resentments that materialized after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, has disappointed some of his strongest supporters.
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Times
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Darren Wilson Told Grand Jury That Michael Brown Looked Like A ‘Demon’  —  Ferguson, Mo. police Officer Darren Wilson testified before a grand jury that Michael Brown looked like an angry “demon” during the Aug. 9 confrontation that ended in the teenager's death.
Discussion: Gawker, Balloon Juice and Mashable
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The crisis of leadership and confidence in Ferguson, Mo.  —  Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.  The unarmed 18-year-old's body laid in the street for more than four hours.  Ever since that fateful Saturday afternoon …
New York Times:
After Ferguson Decision, Fury Boils Over, From Plains to Both Coasts
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Live Updates From Ferguson on the Grand Jury Decision in Michael Brown Shooting
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Prosecutor a Democrat  —  The prosecutor that announced Darren Wilson …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Michael Brown's Mother: 'They Still Don't Care—They Ain't Never Gon' Care'
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Ferguson police officer won't be charged in fatal shooting
Joe Concha / Mediaite:
Concha: Announcing Grand Jury Decision at Night a Needlessly Reckless One
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Viking Pundit
Erin McClam / NBC News:
Ferguson Erupts: Shots Fired After Grand Jury Decision Sparks Rage
Discussion: Gawker
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown
Discussion: abc7news.com
FOX2now.com:
LIVE Updates: Grand jury reaches decision in Michael Brown case
Discussion: Colorlines
The Hill:
How Obama and Chuck Hagel reached the end of the line  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's exit from the Obama administration came after weeks of discussion with President Obama over what role he would play in shaping defense policy over the last two years of his term.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
With Chuck Hagel's departure, Obama is turning into George W. Bush  —  When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush.  —  In a cruel echo of history, Obama is morphing into the president whose foreign policy he campaigned to overturn.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Obama Dumped Hagel
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
Kevin Lamarque / The Daily Beast:
Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary's Sudden Firing
Discussion: Liberaland
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Shake-Up Stops at One  —  WASHINGTON — Shortly after President …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
‘Stupidity’ consultant agrees to testify  —  Jonathan Gruber, the former ObamaCare adviser in hot water for his comments about the “stupidity of the American voter,” has agreed to testify at a House panel next month, setting up a healthcare showdown in what could be the final week of this Congress.
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ferguson Protestor: A Woman Had A Heart Attack And Police Tear Gassed Her  —  A Ferguson onlooker told Jake Tapper that the police tear gassed a woman who just suffered a heart attack.  —  After the decision by the St. Louis Grand jury to not indict officer Wilson was handed down to the public …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Politico:
GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown  —  House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.  —  The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding …
New York Times:
F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will announce sweeping rules on Tuesday that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on their menus.
 
 
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