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10:35 PM ET, December 16, 2014


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Jeb Bush / Facebook:
A Note from Jeb Bush  —  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!  —  Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.  —  Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is Jeb Bush Too Liberal To Win The Republican Nomination In 2016?  —  On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he will “actively explore” a bid for the White House.  While Bush has not yet formed a presidential exploratory committee, he's “running” for president by any practical definition of the term.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Jeb Bush Is Running for President, But Obama Has Already Destroyed His Candidacy  —  Because the right never trusted him, Mitt Romney spent the entire 2012 presidential primary burnishing his conservative credentials, and spent much of the general election on unsure footing …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz on Jeb: GOP will lose with another moderate  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz insists he's a “big fan” of Jeb Bush.  But when asked Tuesday about the former Florida governor's move toward a presidential run, Cruz suggested the Republican party would lose if they nominate another relative moderate.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Poll: Jeb Bush is a front-runner — but an underwhelming one
Money men cheer Bush news
Wilfredo Lee— / TIME:
The One Issue that Will Complicate Jeb Bush's Campaign
Associated Press:
Bush (almost) Announces; He'll ‘Explore’ Candidacy
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Hill Republicans not lining up behind Jeb Bush just yet
Jonathan H. Adler / Washington Post:
District court declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional (Updated)  —  Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama's executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional.  —  According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Republican Judge Strikes Down Obama's Immigration Order  —  In an extraordinary opinion that transforms a routine sentencing matter into a vehicle to strike down a politically controversial policy, a George W. Bush-appointed judge in Pennsylvania declared President Obama's recently …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Federal Judge Declares Obama's Immigration Action Unconstitutional
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
BREAKING: Federal judge finds Obama amnesty is unconstitutional
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and
Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Hackers Threaten 9/11 Attack on Movie Theaters That Screen ‘The Interview’  —  The Sony hackers have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korean comedy “The Interview,” substantially escalating the stakes surrounding the release of the movie.
Sony And Theater Owners Discuss Pulling “The Interview”; Press Appearances Canceled Amid Threats  —  The stars of Sony's upcoming film pulled out of all planned media appearances, including a live BuzzFeed Brews event, on Tuesday.  UPDATE: The studio also told movie exhibitors it would not object if they pulled the film from theaters.
David Perera / Politico:
DHS: No credible threat to Sony movie launch
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ted Cruz apologizes to colleagues over antics  —  Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.  —  According to five senators who attended Tuesday's caucus lunch …
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:
What Really Happened This Weekend  —  Why I tried to block Obama's amnesty.
Senate confirms Saldaña at ICE, Blinken at State
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons  —  Democrat Brad Woodhouse and Republican Dallas Woodhouse received a surprise during their joint appearance on C-SPAN when their mother called into scold them for fighting over the holidays.  (C-SPAN)
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
'Oh God It's Mom': Brother Operatives Get Surprise C-SPAN Caller  —  C-SPAN guests usually go on prepared for the occasional offensive question from a caller but when Dallas and Brad Woodhouse went on to Washington Journal Tuesday they got something different: a call from their mother.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Slantpoint
The Collapse of Putin's Economic System  —  The foundations on which Vladimir Putin built his 15 years in charge of Russia are giving way.  —  The meltdown of the ruble, which has plunged 18 percent against the dollar in the last two days alone, is endangering the mantra of stability around which Putin has based his rule.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
“Witness 40”: Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson  —  TSG probe unmasks grand jury witness who spun fabricated tale  —  The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman …
Aleksander Chan / Gawker:
Report: Darren Wilson's Key Witness Lied About Everything
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Taliban Besiege Pakistan School, Leaving 145 Dead  —  LONDON — First the Pakistani Taliban bombed or burned over 1,000 schools.  Then they shot Malala Yousafzai, the teenage advocate for girls' rights.  —  But on Tuesday, the Taliban took their war on education to a ruthless new low …
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana  —  Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
GOP Sen. Coburn blocks terrorism insurance measure  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator Tuesday blocked a bill that would have renewed a government program credited with reviving the market for insurance against terrorist strikes after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. will buy 7,000 body cameras for police officers  —  L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that the city would purchase 7,000 body cameras for police officers in an effort to increase transparency.  —  Body cameras for officers have become a major issue in the wake of the shooting …
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
Senate approves new auto safety chief  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Gay-Bashing Suspects Held on All Charges  —  On Tuesday in Courtroom 406 at the Criminal Justice Center on Filbert Street, the three defendants in the Center City gay bashing case — Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams — appeared before Judge Charles Hayden for a preliminary hearing …
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Foreign lobbying oversight found lax
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Jennifer O'NeillWriter / Yahoo Parenting:
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Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted
Associated Press:
Ex-staffer for congressman alleges harassment
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Wins iPod Antitrust Trial
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill, CBS Detroit and NPR
Eric Bradner / CNN:
McConnell: Keystone bill first up in new Senate
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Sunlight Foundation Blog:
One group dominates the second round of net neutrality comments
Discussion: National Journal and The Hill
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'I was only 18 when Bill Cosby drugged me. …
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Canada Says Parliament Shooter Wasn't a Lone Wolf
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Magazine:
An Apology to Our Readers  —  A story in <em>New York</em>'s most recent issue was false.
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Campus turns on Muslim conservative who penned satire
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
John Yoo: If the Torture Report Is True, CIA Officers Are at Legal Risk
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Balloon Juice