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2:15 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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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.
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.
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 …
Tony Romm / Politico:
Rand Paul on Ferguson: Criminal justice reforms part of answer  —  Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential contender, made a renewed call for reforming the criminal-justice system after a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury opted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Discussion: TIME and Hit & Run
KSDK-TV:
Last Slide  —  He said gas lines were another challenge faced by firefighters throughout the night.  Laclede Gas had to come out to the scenes of the fires to shut off service.  —  “What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we saw a couple of months ago,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.
New York Times:
Protests Flare After Ferguson Police Officer Is Not Indicted
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:
After Ferguson Decision, Fury Boils Over, From Plains to Both Coasts
Discussion: Althouse
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Prosecutor a Democrat  —  The prosecutor that announced Darren Wilson …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer slams ‘sensationalist’ press  —  Government's “failure to deliver” contributed to Democrats' catastrophic losses this fall, but Sen. Chuck Schumer did not blame the Obama administration.  Enthusiasm for his own populist Fair Shot Agenda was muted on the campaign trail …
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
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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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.
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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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.
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 …
 
 
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