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4:00 PM 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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Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Michael Brown's Stepfather Urged Protesters To “Burn This Bitch Down” After Grand Jury Announcement  —  Buster  —  Michael Brown's stepfather last night repeatedly urged protesters to “Burn this bitch down” after a prosecutor announced that no criminal charges would be filed against the Ferguson …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown.  —  The first Ferguson protests had two slogans: “Hands up, don't shoot”—referring to Michael Brown's final actions before he was killed—and “Justice for Michael Brown.”  And when you asked protesters what they meant by …
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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Witnesses Saw Michael Brown Attacking-and Others Saw Him Giving Up  —  A grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, has ruled that there is no probable cause to believe Officer Darren Wilson committed a crime when he killed Michael Brown.  Put another way, in their estimation …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Ferguson Library Sees ‘Staggering’ Spike In Donations After Grand Jury Decision  —  The Ferguson, Mo. Public Library saw a “staggering” spike in donations Tuesday in the wake of widespread unrest in the St. Louis suburb.  —  While area schools cancelled classes for the day following …
Discussion: Time, KSDK-TV and Mediaite
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn't Jim Crow America
KSDK-TV:
Last Slide  —  He said gas lines were another challenge faced …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Darren Wilson issues statement reacting to grand jury decision
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Legal Experts Explain Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Darren Wilson, recalling shooting, said Michael Brown looked like a demon
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
New York Times:
Protests Flare After Ferguson Police Officer Is Not Indicted
Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg.com:
Democrats Erred by Acting on Health Care in 2010, Schumer Says  —  Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) — Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama's health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer: Democrats Screwed Up By Passing Obamacare In 2010  —  New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats made a mistake by setting their sights on health care reform early in President Barack Obama's first term, arguing that his party should have focused on fixing the economy first.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer slams ‘sensationalist’ press
Discussion: Hot Air
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: The Politicians Are To Blame in Ferguson  —  The failure of the War on Poverty has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation.  —  We are witnessing a tragedy in Ferguson.  This city in Missouri has become a focal point for so much.
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
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Tony Romm / Politico:
Rand Paul on Ferguson: Criminal justice reforms part of answer
Discussion: Hit & Run
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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Yascha Mounk / New York Times:
Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans?  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NEARLY a century ago, Harvard had a big problem: Too many Jews.  By 1922, Jews accounted for 21.5 percent of freshmen, up from 7 percent in 1900 and vastly more than at Yale or Princeton.  In the Ivy League, only Columbia …
Discussion: National Review and The Dish
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Sen. Ted Cruz, '16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors  —  'I don't think I'm all that conservative'; If not a love match, at least some serious flirting  —  Ted Cruz addresses a small lunch group, including from left Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Michael Steinhardt, Ken Abramowitz and Mort Klein.
Jason Plautz / National Journal:
Is This Congressman Trying to Name a Climate Denial Theory After Himself?  —  Sam Rayburn and Philip Hart got office buildings.  John McCain and Russ Feingold had the campaign finance reform law.  Kennedy and Reagan have airports.  —  And in his last days in office, Texas Republican Steve Stockman appears …
Joe Millitzer / FOX2now.com:
Body found in Ferguson neighborhood  —  FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - A body was found in a Ferguson neighborhood just east of the Canfield apartments in the 9400 block of Glen Owen drive.  The body was found in a white Pontiac car parked in a driveway at around 9am.  —  The driver's side window is shot out.
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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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.
 
 
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Josh Eidelson / Businessweek:
The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist
Discussion: Firedoglake, Time, Mashable and Gawker
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Shadow Campaign Gets Ready For The Real Thing
Discussion: Political Wire
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The Conflict and the Coverage  —  THIS is the column I never wanted to write.
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France-Presse:
US economy grew robust 3.9% in third quarter
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Same-Sex Marriage Calculation, Justices May See Golden Ratio
Discussion: Above the Law, SCOTUSblog and ACS Blog
Politico:
GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ferguson Protestor: A Woman Had A Heart Attack And Police Tear Gassed Her
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Kevin B. Sanders / The New York Observer:
John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler