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11:20 AM ET, December 1, 2014


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Rams players enter field with hands up  —  You can read the full statement below:
Nicole Hensley / NY Daily News:
St. Louis police officers upset over Rams players' 'hands up, don't shoot' gesture before game, demand apology  —  St. Louis Police Officers Association called for a ‘very public apology’ and wants the players involved disciplined by the team or NFL after five Rams players came onto the field …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Obama gathering civil rights leaders for Ferguson discussions  —  President Obama on Monday will focus on the relationship between local police and the communities they protect and serve in the wake of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Mo.  —  Obama will meet with Cabinet members …
Naomi Schaefer Riley / New York Post:
CNN is lying when they say Ferguson protests were ‘peaceful’
Frank Rich / Vulture:
What's saving America.  —  The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher's old show Politically Incorrect.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Hillary Clinton's rickety bridge to the White House  —  Voters lack a compelling reason to embrace Democrats, as opposed to simply rejecting Republicans  —  The grand view of American politics is that Republicans have a lock on Congress, while Democrats have an inbuilt White House advantage.
Discussion: Washington Center …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Warren towers above  —  The 2014 winner of my annual award for “Member of Congress of the Year” goes to the politician who had such a good year she now defines her party's future — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).  —  Warren faced some serious competition.
New York Times:
Boehner Uses New Mandate to Muffle Talk of a Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — John A. Boehner does not want to be remembered as the Shutdown Speaker.  —  As Congress returns from recess on Monday facing a Dec. 11 deadline for funding the government, Mr. Boehner and his fellow Republican leaders …
Discussion: Washington Post
Congress on the brink  —  Funding deadline, tax breaks come down to the wire.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
With executive action, Obama risks losing Chief Justice John Roberts  —  President Obama always knew his plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation would enrage Republicans on Capitol Hill who oppose most of what he does.  —  But by claiming the power to forge ahead based …
Matti Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel  —  The news tells us less about Israel than about the people writing the news, a former AP reporter says.  —  During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the media-saturated conflict between Jews and Arabs …
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
Poll: Americans predict more gridlock in full GOP control of Congress  —  Washington (CNN) — Half of Americans believe Republican control of both chambers of Congress will be bad for the country, and a majority say it will in fact cause more gridlock in Washington, according to a new CNN/ORC nationwide poll.
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Cory Shaffer / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland police officers accuse department of racial discrimination in wake of deadly chase  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Nine non-African American Cleveland police officers accused the police department of racial discrimination in the aftermath of the deadly Nov. 29, 2012 chase in a federal lawsuit filed late Friday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and Raw Story
Donal MacIntyre / Daily Express:
EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 passenger planes in Christmas ‘spectacular’  —  TERRORISTS are plotting to blow up five European passenger jets in a Christmas “spectacular”, security experts say.  —  DAVIDDYSON  —  Armed police patrol Heathrow amid warnings of a serious terror threat to UK airports
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
GOP staffer resigns over criticism of Obama daughters  —  Washington (CNN) — A senior Republican staffer is resigning after her comments that the Obama daughters should “try showing a little class” caused a firestorm of criticism on social media this weekend.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and
Kurt Schlichter /
Obama Shafts Hillary With Amnesty and Ferguson  —  SHARES  —  As Barack Obama invites in five million illegals to scoop up American jobs, and as those normal Americans lucky enough to still have jobs wait in traffic while morons block the freeway because some Swisher Sweets-puffing felon got himself killed …
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Supreme Court To Consider Free-Speech Rights Of Social Media Users  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.  —  The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Ferguson fallout: Attorneys on both sides react to grand jury decision
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Vox Media Valued at Nearly $400 Million After Investment
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The European Outlier  —  I'm doing some work on matters European …
William Voegeli / New York Post:
Obama is killing us with ‘kindness’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
Sisi regime shows confidence as ‘deep state’ returns to Egypt's political landscape
Discussion: naked capitalism and Power Line
Josef Federman / The State:
Israel edges closer to early election
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Not working for the working class: Column
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
David Brooks: White People ‘Need to Acknowledge Legacy of Racism’ in Police Issues
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Democrats assail Wall Street ties in Obama administration
Will Hobson / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa homeless program uses unpaid, destitute residents as steady labor force, revenue source
Discussion: Raw Story
Sean B. Carroll / The Daily Beast:
Heed the Warnings: Why We're on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Retreat to Identity  —  LAST summer, around the anniversary …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Ed Driscoll