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2:45 PM ET, December 5, 2014


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Will Dana / Rolling Stone:
A Note to Our Readers  —  To Our Readers:  —  Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house; the university's failure to respond to this alleged assault …
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
U-Va. fraternity to rebut claims of gang rape in Rolling Stone  —  A lawyer for the University of Virginia fraternity whose members were accused of a brutal gang rape said Friday that the organization will release a statement rebutting the claims printed in a Rolling Stone article about the incident.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine  —  Facebook billionaire Chris Hughes and his lieutenant from Yahoo gut one of journalism's great publications, setting off waves of resignations and tears.  —  When Facebook billionaire Chris Hughes …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Even the liberal New Republic needs to change  —  When I entered journalism there were three places I badly wanted to work: The American Prospect, The Washington Monthly, and The New Republic.  The decision turned out to be easy: TNR never called me back.  The Washington Monthly didn't have entry-level positions.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New Republic staffers resign en masse  —  The majority of The New Republic's masthead resigned en masse on Friday following the owner's decision to force out the editorial leadership, move the magazine to New York, and rebrand the venerable, century-old publication as a “digital media company.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Implosion of a Washington institution  —  Two weeks ago, Washingtonians gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of The New Republic, the magazine that helped shape Woodrow Wilson's views on democracy and torpedo Bill Clinton's health plan.  —  On Thursday, the venerable Washington institution announced …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Mass Exodus At ‘The New Republic’  —  There is a mass exodus underway at The New Republic, with more than 30 editors resigning from the distinguished liberal institution on Friday.  —  The resignations were prompted by Thursday's big shakeup.  Longtime editor Franklin Foer …
Leah Finnegan / Gawker:
White Men Upset Wrong White Man Placed in Charge of White-Man Magazine
Discussion: Mashable
Eric Bradner / CNN:
George W. Bush: Garner decision ‘hard to understand’  —  Washington (CNN) — Former President George W. Bush says a New York grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner was “hard to understand.”  —  In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley …
Discussion: Politico and CANNONFIRE
New York Times:
Eric Garner, Daniel Pantaleo and Lethal Police Tactics  —  One route to justice for Eric Garner was blocked on Wednesday, by a Staten Island grand jury's confounding refusal to see anything potentially criminal in the police assault that killed him.  —  But the quest will continue.
The Hill:   Obama signals he'll put muscle behind response to police killings
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   New Twist in Lynch's Confirmation After New York Grand Jury Decision
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Christie: I'm Not Going to Second-Guess Eric Garner Grand Jury
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Protesters Fill the Streets Across the Country Over Decision in Eric Garner Case
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
The National Interest:
Wounded Donkey: The Democratic Party's Obamacare Disaster  —  “Both Harkin and Schumer are liberals lamenting what will likely be the Obama administration's main domestic-policy legacy.  They are both now saying the Democrats blew it.”  —  Democrats are finally starting to have second thoughts about Obamacare.
Discussion: NOLA River
Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Christie bridge scandal report cannot determine if governor was involved  —  TRENTON — An interim report by the joint legislative panel investigating last year's controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge could not determine if Gov. Chris Christie had any direct involvement …
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Inquiry Finds ‘No Conclusive Evidence’ Christie Knew of Lane Closures
Shawn Boburg /
GWB probe finds no evidence of link to Christie; legislative panel blames his appointees
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:   Bridgegate panel co-chair: ‘We are not done’
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Rookie NYPD officer who shot Akai Gurley in Brooklyn stairwell was texting union rep as victim lay dying  —  In the six and a half minutes after Peter Liang discharged a single bullet that struck Gurley, 28, he and his partner couldn't be reached, sources told the Daily News.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
More Jobs and Higher Wages: U.S. Recovery Starts to Hit Home  —  After more than five years of elusive gains, ordinary Americans may finally be about to see the benefits of the recovery where it really counts: in their pocketbooks and wallets.  —  The Labor Department reported Friday …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Top GOP Leader Promises Total Amnesty In 2015  —  House Speaker John Boehner's top committee chairman says he wants an immigration bill that would allow millions of foreign migrants to stay and work jobs sought by Americans.  —  “I'm going to use my assets and resources in the new year …
Megan Brilley /
Hate crime murder?  Man intentionally drove SUV into KC Muslim teen, police say  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old boy died after losing too much blood when his legs were severed in what police believe was an intentional attack outside the Somali Center of Kansas City Thursday evening.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Ali Meyer / CNSNews:
Labor Force Participation Remains at 36-Year Low
Discussion: Liberaland
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On immigration, a toxic distrust between conservatives and GOP leaders
Obama dances with Santa
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex S. Vitale / The Nation:
We Don't Just Need Nicer Cops. We Need Fewer Cops.
David Sims / The Atlantic Online:
Seen It All Before: 10 Predictions About Police Body Cameras
George Selgin / Free Banking:
A 1920-21 Recovery Myth
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Weekly Standard:
The Benghazi Report  —  An ongoing intelligence failure
Discussion: and Hot Air
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
On a Roll  —  Suddenly, things look up for the GOP.
Margaret Atwood / New York Times:
Margaret Atwood on Our Robotic Future
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Last Southern Democrat  —  HAMMOND, La.—Mary Landrieu is dead …