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6:10 PM ET, December 7, 2014


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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rolling Stone Publishes Updated Apology over UVA Rape Story  —  Last Friday Rolling Stone published a brief and, to many, unsatisfactory Readers Note retracting a large part of its story on a UVA gang rape, which was falling apart in the face of the Washington Post's re-reporting.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
If You Were An Early Reader Of the WaPo UVA Rape Expose...  Jackie UP, Rolling Stone further DOWN.  If you were an early reader of the Washington Post UVA rape expose exonerating Phi Kappa Psi I am begging you to go back and re-read it; despite the absence of any hints such as “UPDATED” …
Julia Horowitz / Politico:
Why we believed Jackie's rape story  —  Because it rang true for so many of us on the University of Virginia campus.  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— It was a near-unanimous reaction: shock, but not surprise.  Disgust, but not doubt.  Those were the feelings that characterized the endless conversations …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
The Rolling Stone Fiasco Is Terrible News for Rape Survivors
Discussion: Addicting Info, Mashable and Althouse
Sean Kelly /
12-Year-Old Girl Discovers She's Eight Months Pregnant By 54-Year-Old Man  —  A 54-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and charged for impregnating a 12-year-old girl, according to  —  Elbert Richardson, of Brockton, MA, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated rape …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Limbaugh on Eric Garner: The Left Wanted a Powerful State, ‘Here It Is’  —  Rush Limbaugh appeared on Fox News Sunday to bemoan the “grievance industry” that is “literally ripping our fabric apart.”  —  Limbaugh said that the aftermath of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases called …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Redditt Hudson / Washington Post:
Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.  There's only one fix.  —  Redditt Hudson, a former cop, works for the NAACP and chairs the board of the Ethics Project.  The views expressed here are his own.  —  Police officers drag away a protester to take him into custody during …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Unfogged
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General  —  The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson: Ban Satanists Displays; Only ‘Legitimate Religions’ Are ‘Reality’ At Christmas  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued over the weekend that a Satanist holiday display should be banned from the Florida state Capitol where a Christian nativity had been erected because they did not practice a “legitimate religion.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Chicago Tribune:
19 hospitalized, thousands evacuated in ‘intentional’ gas leak at Rosemont hotel  —  Several thousand people, some dressed as animal characters, were evacuated from a Hyatt hotel in suburban Rosemont when an “intentional” chlorine gas incident at the Midwest FurFest convention led to 19 people being hospitalized early Sunday morning.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Dems' final insult: Landrieu crushed  —  Cassidy trounces incumbent with Republicans set to control 54 Senate seats in the next Congress.  —  AP Photo  —  In the final insult of a devastating 2014 election for Democrats, Sen. Mary Landrieu, the party's last remaining statewide officeholder …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP Senate majority grows as Cassidy crushes Landrieu
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
San Francisco Chronicle:
IMAGE 1 OF 72  —  Demonstrators toss out smoke bombs during a march in Berkeley, California on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  Demonstrators were responding to the grand jury verdicts in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York City …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
What the Fate of The New Republic Reveals  —  SOMETIMES media events synchronize almost too neatly.  Last weekend, the entity known as Vox Media, whose array of properties includes this year's big liberal-journalism start-up,, announced that its latest round of investment had raised …
Discussion: Power Line and Vox Popoli
Obama, complaining of sore throat, diagnosed with acid reflux  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who had medical tests on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat, is suffering from acid reflux, the president's physician said.  —  “The president's symptoms are consistent …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Acid reflux causing Obama's sore throat
Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Israel strikes near the Syrian capital: Syrian TV  —  (Reuters) - Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.  —  An Israeli army spokesman said he would not comment on the “foreign reports”.
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New York Post:
Thieves steal 5-foot crucifix from church during service
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Michael Specter / New Yorker:
The Trouble With Cheap Oil
Discussion: Power Line
Dylan Byers / Politico:
TNR cancels December issue after mass staff resignation
 Earlier Items: 
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
GOP Gains Largest House Majority Since Truman Administration
Discussion: Power Line and Outside the Beltway
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
US to keep 1,000 more troops than planned in Afghanistan
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NYTimes Fails to Disclose Clinton Paid for Interviews About Administration
Discussion: The Mahablog