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2:00 AM ET, November 27, 2014


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Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Reckless move: The NY Times publishes Darren Wilson's address  —  The New York Times, whether consciously or not, has just endangered Darren Wilson's life.  —  With tensions running high in Ferguson over the lack of an indictment for Wilson's killing of Michael Brown, the paper has published …
David Sims / The Atlantic Online:
Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid  —  Violence works.  Nonviolence does too.  —  In a recent dispatch from Ferguson, Missouri, Jelani Cobb noted that President Obama's responses to “unpunished racial injustices” constitute “a genre unto themselves.”
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Michael Brown Wasn't a Superhuman Demon  —  But Darren Wilson's racial prejudice told him otherwise.  —  To his friends, Michael Brown was a “gentle giant”—a “quiet person with a wicked sense of humor.”  —  Jamelle Bouie is a Slate staff writer covering politics, policy, and race.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Police Reform Is Much Bigger Than Michael Brown
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Bob McCulloch's pathetic prosecution of Darren Wilson
Discussion: Riehl World News
Steve Benen /
Will the GOP scrap Obama's State of the Union address?  —  In early 1999, the political environment in Washington, D.C., bordered on surreal.  President Clinton had just been impeached.  House Speaker Newt Gingrich had just been ousted from his leadership post, forced out by his own members.
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
GOP Mulls Not Inviting Obama to Give State of the Union  —  Congressional Republicans are weighing a variety of tactics to “address” their anger over President Obama's executive actions on immigration and are reportedly considering the idea of “refusing to invite the president to give his State of the Union address,” Politico reports.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Wisc.  Police Come To Man's Home, Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook  —  A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man alleges that Arena police violated his civil rights by charging him for calling officers racists on Facebook.  —  A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man alleges …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Todd Richmond / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Man sues Wisconsin police department, alleges Facebook-related arrest violated his rights  —  MADISON, Wis. — A man who got arrested after he posted Facebook comments calling a southwestern Wisconsin police department racist has filed a federal lawsuit alleging one of the agency's officers violated his constitutional rights.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Raw Story
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Obama ‘amnesties’ two turkeys  —  President Obama joked Wednesday about his executive actions giving legal status to as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, saying his Thanksgiving pardon of a turkey would doubtlessly be criticized as “amnesty.”
Matt Bruenig / Gawker:
Actually, Riots are Good: The Economic Case for Riots in Ferguson  —  Smirking St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took his robes off long enough yesterday to announce to the world that the killer of Mike Brown would face no criminal charges.
WATCH |  Tamir Rice shooting video at half-speed:  —  Footage at half speed shows the moment Cleveland Police opened fire and shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside the Cudell Recreation Center.  Tamir was ordered to put his hands up, but police say he did not comply.
Stewart Rhodes / Oath Keepers:
Oath Keepers Guarding Businesses in Ferguson, Missouri: Calling on Volunteers to Assist  —  Calling all skilled veterans and patriots!  We need your help in Ferguson, Missouri.  —  Oath Keepers has a Security Team on the ground right now, in Ferguson, guarding businesses.
Probation, jail time for mom who faked son's cancer  —  Probation, jail time for mom who faked son's cancer.  9NEWS at 5 p.m. 11/25/14.  —  CONNECT  —  AURORA - The mom who admitted to faking her 6-year-old son's cancer was sentenced to five years probation and 90 days in jail Tuesday in Arapahoe County.
Philip Ewing / Politico:
DHS head on new short list to replace Hagel  —  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson emerged on Wednesday as a new leading contender to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, but the race remains fluid and the timetable for an appointment still unclear.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Obama Veto Threat on Tax-Break Bill Deepens Rift Among Democrats  —  President Barack Obama's threatened veto of a $400 billion-plus tax-break bill exposed a widening fault line within the Democratic Party.  —  Negotiators from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
NAACP President: Dr. Ben Carson ‘Should Stick to the Operating Room’  —  Dr. Ben Carson, a former Fox News contributor and potential 2016 presidential candidate, said in an interview yesterday that race relations have gotten much worse under President Obama.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
NBC News:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Stent Placed in Her Heart  —  Ginsburg, 81, said in a series of interviews this year that she has no plans to retire.
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Poll: Obama's immigration policy popular, but approach isn't
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
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Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
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Danielle Scruggs /
Two FBI agents shot during confrontation with murder suspect in north St. Louis County
Discussion: Mediaite and
U.S. judges overturn gay marriage bans in Arkansas, Mississippi
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Daily Kos
Nick Hanauer / Politico:
The Pitchforks Are Coming... For Us Plutocrats
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Didn't Republicans See Obama's Immigration Move Coming?