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8:50 PM ET, November 25, 2014

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Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Exclusive: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Police Officer Darren Wilson … In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown.  —  Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 …
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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 …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.  —  Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over.  —  “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met …
Discussion: ABC News and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Fanciful and not credible’: CNN legal analyst destroys Darren Wilson's testimony
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
GOP Rep. Peter King: Obama Should Invite Darren Wilson to White House
Discussion: Politico and FOX News Radio
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Legal Experts Explain Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn't Jim Crow America
Ben Casselman / FiveThirtyEight:
It's Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson's Just Did
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Reuters:
Flournoy withdraws from consideration as U.S. defense secretary: sources  —  (Reuters) - Michele Flournoy, a former top U.S. Defense Department official widely tipped as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the job …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Obama Dumped Hagel
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congress Poised To Eliminate Key Tax Breaks For Middle Class, Provide Permanent Tax Breaks For Corporations  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama Promises to Veto Pending Deal on Major Business Tax Breaks  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators neared a deal on Tuesday to make permanent a list of major tax breaks for business, infuriating President Obama.  Mr. Obama promised to veto it on the grounds that the package …
Brian Faler / Politico:   White House threatens to veto tax deal
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
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
How To Talk To Your Tea Party Uncle About Obamacare This Thanksgiving  —  As your family gathers around the table this Thanksgiving, the conversation may get a little heated if your right-wing relatives bring up President Obama's signature health law.  The Affordable Care Act remains …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   After Obama's Immigration Action, a Blast of Energy for the Tea Party
Jack Conte / Medium:
Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits  —  Pomplamoose just finished a 28-day tour.  We played 24 shows in 23 cities around the United States.  It was awesome: Nataly crowd surfed for the first time ever, we sold just under $100,000 in tickets, and we got to rock out with people we love for a full month.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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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Discussion: Power Line
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: The Politicians Are To Blame in Ferguson
Yascha Mounk / New York Times:
Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans?
Discussion: National Review and The Dish
Jason Plautz / National Journal:
Is This Congressman Trying to Name a Climate Denial Theory After Himself?
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 Earlier Items: 
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: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler