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8:20 PM ET, December 3, 2014


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New York Times:
No Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case for N.Y.P.D. Officer  —  A Staten Island grand jury voted on Wednesday not to bring criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.  —  The decision was reached …
ABC News:
Watch: Obama After Eric Garner Decision: ???  This Is an American Problem???  —  Some of you may have heard there was a decision that came out today by a grand jury not to indict.  Police officers who had.  Interacted with the an individual named Eric garner in New York City.
New York Post:
Cop cleared in chokehold death of Eric Garner  —  Eric Garner seen during his arrest last August.  —  A Staten Island grand jury cleared an NYPD cop Wednesday in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his caught-on-video arrest for peddling loose cigarettes, The Post has learned.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
DOJ to look into N.Y. police case.  —  The Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the killing of Eric Garner by a New York police officer, a department official said Wednesday.  —  The probe — being conducted by the department's civil rights division …
Discussion: ABC News and The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Grand Jury Said to Bring No Charges in Staten Island Chokehold Death of Eric Garner  —  A Staten Island grand jury has voted not to bring criminal charges against the white New York City police officer at the center of the Eric Garner case, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Former RNC chairman: 'Black man's life not worth a ham sandwich'  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Wednesday criticized grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Sen. Gillibrand: I Will Ask Justice Department To Investigate Chokehold Death
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
ObamaCare author: Health law is ‘really complicated’  —  Sen. Tom Harkin, one of the coauthors of the Affordable Care Act, now thinks Democrats may have been better off not passing it at all and holding out for a better bill.  —  The Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Health, Education …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is Obamacare Destroying the Democratic Party?  —  Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, has forced a debate over fundamental party priorities out into the open.  Should Democrats focus primarily on the problems of the poor or should they first address the economic struggles of the working and middle classes?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Return of Focus Hocus Pocus  —  I've been getting correspondence from people saying that I need to respond to Tom Edsall channeling Chuck Schumer on how health reform was a mistake, Obama should have focused on the economy.  —  The thing is, I responded to this argument four years ago, and everything I said then still applies.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
2014 Headed Toward Hottest Year On Record — Here's Why That's Remarkable  —  2014 is currently on track to be hottest year on record, according to new reports from both the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.K.'s Met Office Wednesday.  Similarly, NOAA reported two weeks ago …
Discussion: Met Office
Lauren Fox / National Journal:
Ted Cruz Pushes the House to Have All-Out Spending Fight on Obama Immigration Action  —  Conservatives in the House look to Cruz once again for solutions to stop Obama.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is playing de facto House conservatives leader once again.  —  Taking the podium Wednesday …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Dear Media: This Elizabeth Lauten Nonsense Is Why Everybody Hates You  —  Last week, President Barack Obama pardoned a turkey prior to Thanksgiving Day, as is tradition.  And as in previous years, his teenage daughters Malia and Sasha stood by his side.  The daughters are cute as can be …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee: Brown Could Have Avoided Death “If He Behaved Like Something Other Than A Thug”  —  “I'm gonna tell you something â” what gets you shot is when you grab a police officer's gun, and you lunge at him, and you try to hit him in the face.  View Video ›
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Steve Almasy / CNN:
Charles Barkley: We never talk about race until something bad happens  —  Watch Brooke Baldwin's full interview with Charles Barkley on CNN on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET  —  (CNN) — Charles Barkley — who once said he doesn't create controversies, he just brings them to our attention — is at it again.
Associated Press:
Watchdog reveals thousands of docs relating to disclosure of taxpayer data to White House  —  A woman walks out of the Internal Revenue Service building in New York.  —  An IRS watchdog is acknowledging that thousands of documents related to requests between the White House and the tax agency for unauthorized tax information exist —
Plain Dealer:
Cleveland officer who shot Tamir Rice had ‘dismal’ handgun performance for Independence police  —  Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Adam Ferrise, Northeast Ohio Media Group  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice had issues …
Dan Cahill / Chicago Sun Times:
4 Downs with Mike Ditka: Ferguson, Forte and is Briggs a HOFer?  —  Before Sunday's game, five St. Louis Rams players took the field in a “hands up, don't shoot” solidarity protest for Ferguson and Michael Brown.  —  Neither the NFL nor the Rams penalized the players for their actions.
Steve Benen /
The right's ‘State of the Union plan’ continues to percolate  —  Last week, shortly before Thanksgiving, the idea that congressional Republicans might block President Obama from delivering a State of the Union address first crossed the political world's radar.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
Ben Carson stands by comparison of U.S. to Nazi Germany  —  Washington (CNN) — Neurosurgeon Ben Carson stood by his controversial comparison of the United States to Nazi Germany in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.  —  Asked by Blitzer whether he would amend or take back his comments, Carson said “Absolutely not.”
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Clinton in the void  —  She faces a challenge in how to spend her time before a 2016 decision  —  She's not going to announce her 2016 plans for at least another six weeks — possibly longer.  —  So the question for Hillary Clinton has become how to fill the space between the midterms …
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
If false, Rolling Stone story could set rape victims back decades  —  If the Rolling Stone story regarding the account of “Jackie,” a University of Virginia student allegedly gang raped as part of a fraternity initiation didn't happen the way it was described, rape victims and advocates trying …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
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Matt Higgins / CBS Houston:
Texas Expected To Sue Obama Administration Over Executive Actions On Immigration
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
GOP Opposition to Obama Pick for Immigration Post
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Rob Barry And / Wall Street Journal:
Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Stats
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