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6:15 PM ET, November 22, 2015


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Dara Lind / Vox:
Protester gets punched at Trump rally.  Trump: “Maybe he deserved to get roughed up”  —  Yesterday, at a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, AL, a local activist named Mercutio Southall Jr. started shouting “Black Lives Matter!” as Donald Trump spoke.  What followed was a physical altercation between Southall …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump: My Fans Were Right To Beat Up Black Protester  —  After his supporters beat up a Black Lives Matter protester on video, Donald Trump suggested that they may have done the right thing.  —  The protester, a black man, reportedly started chanting Black Lives Matter at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturay.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump on rally protester: ‘Maybe he should have been roughed up’  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at a convention center here on Saturday morning was “so obnoxious and so loud” that “maybe he should have been roughed up.”
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Limbaugh: Trump doing a ‘great service’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says GOP primary front-runner Donald Trump is doing a “great service” by taking on the media and political correctness in his presidential campaign.  —  “Donald Trump is, I think, doing a great service,” Limbaugh said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: Liberaland and Hullabaloo
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
GOP fears Trump's Muslim comments could hurt  —  Donald Trump's rhetoric since the Paris terrorist attacks appears to have helped him with GOP primary voters, according to most polls.  But Republican insiders are concerned that his words could come back to haunt the party as it seeks to appeal to a broader audience.
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   Trump doubles down: Thousands in NJ cheered on 9/11
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump: Open to Independent Bid if GOP Doesn't Treat Him ‘Fairly’
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump advocates waterboarding enemy combatants
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and Raw Story
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump Tweets Fake, Racist And Wildly Inaccurate Murder Statistics
Discussion: Mother Jones
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Donald Trump
Discussion: Business Insider and
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Trump refuses to rule out third-party run
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Cancel the Debate! CNN Caught Selectively-Editing Trump's ‘Muslim’ Comments
Mike Flynn / Breitbart:
Majority of Americans Feel Like ‘Stranger in Own Country’
Discussion: Independent Journal
CBS News:
Poll: Trump retakes lead, Cruz surges in IA; Rubio second in NH  —  Donald Trump has returned to the lead in Iowa while Ted Cruz has now surged past Ben Carson into second place.  Carson has slipped from a first-place tie into third.  —  While Iowa's Republicans generally feel Trump is ready …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump leads, Carson second as GOP voters favor change over experience
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
How ISIS Defeats Us
Discussion: National Review
Julia O'Donoghue / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
John Bel Edwards beats David Vitter to become Louisiana's next governor  —  State Rep. John Bel Edwards, a relatively unknown Democrat from a rural Amite, will be the state's next governor after toppling Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in one of the biggest political upsets in the state's history.
Rex Murphy / National Post:
Hillary's hypocrisy  —  It's an odd world.  Glamour magazine recently named the former Bruce Jenner as its Woman of the Year.  In all respectable circles, she is of course now recognized as Caitlyn Jenner, after coming out as a woman.  In this context, coming out is simply to be understood as an act of self-declaration.
Discussion: Instapundit
Valerie Gonzalez / KGNS:
Five Syrians Stopped at Laredo International Bridge One  —  Five more Syrians have been stopped at a Laredo port of entry on Friday.  This brings the total number of Syrians seeking to enter the US through our city this week up to 13.  —  According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security …
Iran says sentences Washington Post reporter Rezaian to prison  —  An Iranian court has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to a prison term, the state news agency said on Sunday quoting the judiciary spokesman, a case that is a sensitive issue in contentious U.S.-Iranian relations.
Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
Choose to Be Grateful.  It Will Make You Happier.  —  TWENTY-FOUR years ago this month, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain.  Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner.
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New York Post:
Al Sharpton gives himself 71% raise thanks to de Blasio, Obama
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Objectification of Muslims in America
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
DHS chief: No credible threat of terrorist attack in US
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Eschaton
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Buchanan: Terror attacks bringing ‘retreat of liberalism’
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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Paul Sperry / New York Post:
900 ‘homegrown’ ISIS cases being investigated in US: FBI
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Avi Selk / The Scoop Blog:
Armed protesters gather outside Islamic Center of Irving
Discussion: Slantpoint, ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
‘The Statue of Liberty Must Be Crying With Shame’
Benjy Sarlin / MSNBC:
How Ted Cruz could win the GOP nomination
Discussion: Hot Air, NBC News, RedState and Power Line