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12:10 AM ET, December 17, 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.
Wilfredo Lee— / TIME:
The One Issue that Will Complicate Jeb Bush's Campaign  —  Jeb Bush loves Common Core.  The Republican base hates it.  —  Bush's announcement this morning that he plans to “explore the possibility of running for President of the United States” means that the Republican Party is going to have to sort …
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
Money men cheer Bush news
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Poll: Jeb Bush is a front-runner — but an underwhelming one
Associated Press:
Bush (almost) Announces; He'll ‘Explore’ Candidacy
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Hill Republicans not lining up behind Jeb Bush
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Bush fires starting pistol for 2016
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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 …
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
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.
William Desmond / National Law Journal:
Op-Ed: Delaying Exams Is Not a Request from ‘Coddled Millennials’  —  Over the last week, much has been said about law students' petitioning for exam extensions in light of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police officers.
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
The Independent:
There just might be life on Mars...Nasa Curiosity rover picks up mysterious methane ‘burps’ that could possibly be coming from alien organisms  —  Evidence of life on Mars could have been found by Nasa's Curiosity Rover.  —  Mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats  —  MIAMI — The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Brian Krebs / Politico:
Ever Wondered Who's Behind Those Viagra Emails?  —  The dark and deadly world of pharma spam.  —  Marcia Bergeron's body was discovered by a neighbor the day after Christmas 2006.  The coroner didn't have to look far for a cause of death: More than a hundred generic pills were found in her home …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Taliban Besiege Pakistan School, Leaving 145 Dead
Dominic Kelly /
Irate Passenger Throws Cup Of Boiling Noodles At Flight Attendant (Video)  —  Cameras caught the moment that an irate passenger on an AirAsia flight threw a cup of boiling hot noodles at a flight attendant because she wouldn't let her sit next to her boyfriend, and now, the couple may face charges.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
GOP Sen. Coburn blocks terrorism insurance measure
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
Senate approves new auto safety chief
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Foreign lobbying oversight found lax
Discussion: POGOBlog
Jennifer O'NeillWriter / Yahoo Parenting:
Second Graders Spend Recess Protesting Ferguson. Are They Too Young?
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted
Associated Press:
Ex-staffer for congressman alleges harassment
Open Enrollment Week 4: December 6 - December 12, 2014
 Earlier Items: 
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Wins iPod Antitrust Trial
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill, CBS Detroit and NPR
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Biden marks start of Hanukkah at national menorah
Discussion: Slantpoint
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.