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7:45 PM ET, December 2, 2014


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The Hill:
How the White House torpedoed Harry Reid's tax deal  —  The White House worked closely with liberal House Democrats last week to torpedo a tax deal that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-­Nev.) was negotiating with Republicans.  —  The unusual move to kill a Reid­-backed proposal …
Republicans ready to vote  —  Leaders think they can keep the government open.  —  The House will vote this week on a symbolic immigration bill and then take up a two-part government funding bill next week — a package Republican leaders believe will prevent a government shutdown.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Back to Raising Taxes on the Poor  —  Because of immigration.  It all makes sense, kind of.  —  Shares … Conservative anger at President Obama's immigration-relief plan was bound to burble up in the form of some kind of demand for revenge.
Judith Shulevitz / The New Republic:
Rolling Stone Never Gave the Villains of Its Gang Rape Story a Chance to Defend Themselves  —  When scholars of the Historical Jesus try to figure out whether certain stories or sayings reported in the Gospels are authentic—a complicated concept in this context, but never mind …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Story For Old Men  —  In “No Country For Old Men”, Tommy Lee Jones told a parable meant to encourage a potential witness to cooperate.  His success led to this exchange:  —  Carla Jean Moss: Sheriff, was that a true story about Charlie Walser?  —  Ed Tom Bell: Who's Charlie Walser?  Oh!
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Rolling Stone whiffs in reporting on alleged rape
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Author of Rolling Stone article on alleged U-Va. rape didn't talk to accused perpetrators
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Truth trumps hype in Ferguson  —  There are times when symbolic gestures pack a powerful punch.  Fifty-nine years ago yesterday, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger.  Parks' action became an important symbol for the Civil Rights movement and an inspiration to those fighting to end segregation in America.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Don Surber
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Police investigating if Michael Brown's stepfather intended to incite riot  —  (CNN) — Authorities are formally investigating whether Michael Brown's stepfather intended to incite a riot last week when he urged a crowd in Ferguson, Missouri, to “Burn this bitch down” after the grand jury's decision …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Partisanship Shifts to GOP After Midterms  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Since the Republican Party's strong showing on Election Day last month, Americans' political allegiances have shifted toward the GOP.  Prior to the elections, 43% of Americans identified as Democrats …
Discussion: Politico
Charlie Cook / National Journal:
Democrats Paved the Way for Their Own Decline  —  They have subordinated their traditional focus on helping working-class Americans move up the economic ladder in favor of other priorities.  —  Much has been said about the long-term demographic challenges facing the Republican Party.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama's dangerous legacy for Democrats
Discussion: alicublog and Washington Monthly
Meet the likely next Defense Secretary  —  Washington (CNN) — Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at the Pentagon appears to be the top choice to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel.  —  Barring any last minute complications, Ash Carter will be President Barack Obama's choice …
David Ingold / Bloomberg Politics:
Five Reasons You Don't Want to Be the Next Secretary of Defense
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air and Washington Post
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Hagel ouster highlights power shift
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Obama Settles on Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary, Officials Say
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
McConnell ‘Perplexed’ by Obama's Reaction to Midterm ‘Butt Kicking’  —  Video: McConnell on His Relationship With Obama  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Tuesday said President Barack Obama has lurched to the left since suffering a “butt-kicking” during November's midterm elections …
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell Rider Could Roll Back Campaign Finance Laws
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Cycle of Republican Radicalization  —  Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on a Quinnipiac poll from a week ago showing a striking change in public opinion on immigration.  The question was whether undocumented immigrants should be deported or should be able to get on a path to citizenship.
Sara Fischer / CNN:
Poll: Romney, Clinton top 2016 field
Christopher Hooton / The Independent:
A long list of sex acts just got banned in UK porn  —  Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.  —  The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand …
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Soap Opera Producer Is Now an Ambassador and John McCain Isn't Happy … The Senate confirmed a producer of the soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful” today to serve as ambassador to Hungary, and Sen. John McCain is not happy about it.  —  Prior to the vote, McCain, R-Ariz. …
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Inhofe's Grand Climate Conspiracy Theory: It's All About Barbra Streisand  —  That's what the GOP senator who'll be taking control of the environment committee told me several years ago.  —  The recent news on the front page of the New York Times was stark.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Grist
Hooks ISD Board Member in trouble over racial Facebook post  —  It's a very un-Christmas like Facebook post.  —  An image of a Klu Klux Klan member standing with hands folded.  The words, “I'm dreaming of a white Christmas” emblazoned on the image.  —  What may be even more disturbing …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On  —  Divorce rates increased in the 1970s and 1980s, but in the last 20 years they have dropped.  —  Years of marriage →  —  Replay  —  When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin “consciously uncoupled” this year, ABC News …
Discussion: National Review
David Brooks / New York Times:
Class Prejudice Resurgent  —  One of the features of all the Ferguson discussion over the past few months is how tinny the comparisons to the civil-rights era have sounded.  People have tried to link Ferguson to Selma and Jim Crow, but something is off.  —  That's, in part, because we've moved from simplicity to ambiguity.
Ed Krayewski / Hit & Run:
Four Members of Congress Put Their Hands Up in Solidarity With Ferguson Protesters, None Voted to Limit Police Militarization  —  Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.  Protests over the shooting yielded a militarized response from police.
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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New York Times:
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Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Why Parties Should Hope They Lose the White House
Discussion: The New Republic, RedState and The Dish
Daily Mail:
‘Go vote again tomorrow’: Video shows Louisiana mayor whose son is Sen. Mary Landrieu's chief …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Chuck Todd's wife aiding Jim Webb
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Stewart Unloads On Hannity For Blaming Ferguson On Obama, Sharpton (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eli Lake / Bloomberg View:
Why Is the FBI Still Targeting Petraeus?
Discussion: emptywheel and Hot Air