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5:15 PM ET, November 20, 2015


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Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Donald Trump's Plan for a Muslim Database Draws Comparison to Nazi Germany  —  NEWTON, Iowa — Donald Trump “would certainly implement” a database system tracking Muslims in the United States, the Republican front-runner told NBC News on Thursday night.  —  “I would certainly implement that.
NBC News:
Donald Trump Retakes Lead in GOP Race; Ted Cruz Makes Gains: Poll  —  In the Republican primary race, the newest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll shows Donald Trump has the frontrunner spot to himself, with 28% support among Republican and independent voters who lean Republican.
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
Rubio Trumps Trump: Shut Down Any Place Muslims Gather To Be ‘Inspired’ — Not Just Mosques  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) seems to be going further than even Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in advocating the crackdown of U.S. Muslims.  He doesn't just want to consider shutting down mosques …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Clinton: Trump's rhetoric on Muslims ‘shocking’
Discussion: ABC News
Nick Gass / Politico:
Carson: U.S. should have a database on all immigrants
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Donald Trump Says He'd ‘Absolutely’ Require Muslims to Register
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump, Cruz inject tough rhetoric on Islam into GOP race
Mali attack: Special forces storm hotel to free hostages  —  Malian special forces have entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, to end a siege by gunmen.  The hotel says 137 people remain inside.  —  The gunmen stormed the US-owned hotel, which is popular with foreign businesses …
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Mali Hotel Attack: At Least 27 Dead as Hostage Situation Ends
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Eric Bradner / CNN:
CNN Republican presidential debate criteria announced  —  (CNN)Republicans have three ways to make the cut for the main stage of their fifth presidential primary debate, sponsor CNN announced Thursday.  —  Candidates must meet one of three criteria in polls conducted between October 29 …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Operative Plans ‘Guerrilla Campaign’ Against Donald Trump  —  Move comes as growing number of Republicans fear damage to party's image and ‘Hillary Clinton will become president’  —  A well-connected GOP operative alarmed by the enduring strength of Republican Donald Trump's presidential bid …
Chris Miller / KUTV-TV:
Utah junior high school asks students to draw ‘terrorism propaganda poster’  —  (KUTV) A group of parents in Salem, Utah are angry when they learned their children were handed an assignment this week that required them to draw a “terrorism propaganda poster.”
Dora Scheidell /
Utah school apologizes for homework assignment to make propaganda poster for terrorist group  —  SALEM, Utah — Students in ninth grade at Salem Junior High School were given a homework assignment where they were told to draw a propaganda poster for a terrorist organization.
Josh Haskell / ABC News:
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama administration takes immigration battle to Supreme Court  —  The Obama administration took the battle over immigration to the Supreme Court on Friday, formally asking the justices to review a federal court decision that left in place a nationwide injunction against President Barack …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Save Immigration Plan
Discussion: Above the Law
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Princeton president and protesters reach agreement; bomb threat deemed not credible  —  On Friday afternoon, the university issued an alert reassuring the campus community: “An investigation by the Department of Public Safety in consultation with other law enforcement agencies has determined …
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Woodrow Wilson was extremely racist — even by the standards of his time
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Farce Awakens  —  Erick Erickson, the editor in chief of the website, is a serious power in right-wing circles.  Speechifying at RedState's annual gathering is a rite of passage for aspiring Republican politicians, and Mr. Erickson made headlines this year when he disinvited Donald Trump from the festivities.
Blake Neff / The Daily Caller:
Columbia Student Claims To Be Traumatized By Reading About White People  —  A student at Columbia University is urging the school to inject more diversity into its required courses, claiming she suffered severe emotional trauma from reading too many books by and about white people.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Pilots Confirm: Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes  —  U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance …
Reid Wilson / Morning Consult:
How Do Voters Feel About Your Governor?  —  Voters take a dim view of just about everything that happens in Washington, D.C., and few believe the country is headed in the right direction.  But those same voters have a much better opinion of officials who govern their own states.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Steve King, Citing Obama's Time In Indonesia, Says Obama Is Filling U.S. With Terrorists  —  “But you know, while I was going on, he was going to a school in Indonesia, so his idea of America is entirely different than the idea that most Americans have of what we ought to be like …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Kamel Daoud / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It  —  Black Daesh, white Daesh.  The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity's common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims.  The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things.  The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia.
Benjamin Haas / Agence France-Presse:
Chinese police shoot dead 28 from ‘terrorist group’  —  Chinese police have killed 28 members of a “terrorist group” in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, authorities announced Friday, in the bloodiest such operation in months and as Beijing denounces Western “double standards” in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Uncertain Leadership in Perilous Times  —  Paris is different, but the president can't seem to change.  —  After great pain, a formal feeling comes—  The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs—  In the days after Paris Emily Dickinson's poem kept ringing through my mind as I tried …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Bevin claims Herald-Leader cartoon is racist  —  The Lexington Herald-Leader was buried under an onslaught of phone calls, emails and social media posts after it published an editorial cartoon on Thursday that Gov.-elect Matt Bevin said attacked his children and displayed the …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio On Closing Mosques: We Should Close Any Place ‘Where Radicals Are Being Inspired’  —  When asked on Thursday night about Donald Trump's comments that the U.S. may need to shut down mosques in order to prevent terrorist attacks, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) did not criticize the real estate mogul's remarks …
Jess Bidgood / New York Times:
Tape Found Over Portraits of Black Harvard Professors  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Black slashes of tape appeared across the portraits of some African-American professors at Harvard Law School on Thursday morning, outraging students and faculty members and touching off a day of discussion about racial injustice at the school.
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Guy Benson /
Hillary: Muslims ‘Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Terrorism’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
File Says N.S.A. Found Way to Replace Email Program
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
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How France's Leaders Failed Its People
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
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