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1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2015


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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's outrageous claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You raised some eyebrows yesterday with comments you made at your latest rally.  I want to show them, relating to 9/11. … TRUMP: “It did happen.  I saw it.”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Washington Post's Fact Checker Doesn't Read the Washington Post  —  I wrote earlier today about the liberal media attacking Donald Trump's statement that on 9/11, “thousands and thousands” of American Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the successful terrorist attacks.
New Jersey Online:
Christie on Trump saying ‘thousands’ in N.J. cheered on 9/11: 'I don't recall that'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Trump on Terrorism
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
We Found Where Donald Trump's “Black Crimes” Graphic Came From  —  So today, this happened.  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (yes, him again) re-tweeted the following blatantly racist graphic: … Not only is this racist, it's completely false.
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Trump takes heat for tweet about black murder rates  —  Donald Trump is taking heat on social media for a Sunday afternoon tweet of statistics purporting to show that the vast majority of murdered black people in the U.S. are killed by other black people.  —  The tweet was apparently Trump's response …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government  —  Broad criticism, but positive performance ratings in many areas  —  Overview  —  A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply cynical about government, politics and the nation's elected leaders in a way that has become quite familiar.
Kevin Litten / NOLA River:
John Bel Edwards calls Medicaid expansion ‘among the highest priorities’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa  —  On Saturday night, five young Syrians slouched into a dive bar in New York and ordered drinks.  When the bartender asked if off-brand vodka was O.K., they had to smile.  They were all exiles from Raqqa, the provincial city in northern Syria that ISIS …
Discussion: National Review and
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Allergan to Merge in $155 Billion Inversion Deal  —  Merger will move one of the top names in corporate America to a foreign country  —  Pfizer Inc. and Allergan PLC said Monday that they would merge in a so-called inversion deal worth up to about $155 billion that would create the world's biggest drug maker by sales.
New York Post:
ObamaCare's imploding even without repeal  —  It's looking like ObamaCare won't survive even if Congress can't manage to repeal it.  —  The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, said last week that it's losing too much — $425 million — from policies sold on the health exchanges, and may have to pull out by 2017.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Reform Lives!
Discussion: Washington Post
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Steals From His Attacks on Jeb Bush to Hit Hillary Clinton's ‘Stamina’  —  Donald J. Trump has, over the last few days, been road-testing a new criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton — that she is too low-energy to be president.  —  After using that line of argument …
Chad Kiewiet De Jonge / ABC News:
Clinton Leads Trump in Trust to Handle Terrorism
Discussion: news
Tammy Mutasa / WLWT-TV:
Muslim UC student says she was attacked because of her religion  —  'I'm terrified to cross the street now,' woman says  —  A Muslim woman is speaking out after she says she was called a terrorist and almost run over by an angry man in Clifton Monday night.
Discussion: Raw Story and
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Ben Carson, author of book about the Constitution, incorrectly states that Thomas Jefferson crafted it  —  It's a common misconception that Thomas Jefferson participated in drafting the United States Constitution in 1787.  But as Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric …
Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
Richard Dawkins says UK cinemas should screen the Lord's Prayer  —  Vociferous critic of religion says anyone thin-skinned enough to be offended by church advert deserves to be offended  —  The Church of England has received unlikely backing from the biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins …
Ari Melber / MSNBC:
Ex-Benghazi investigator sues Trey Gowdy for discrimination and defamation  —  A former investigator for the House Benghazi Committee filed a federal lawsuit against the committee Monday, opening a new chapter in legal skirmishes over the Benghazi attacks and subsequent investigations.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Opportunist  —  On the morning of October 10th, Marco Rubio, Florida's junior senator, mounted a small stage at the Elks Lodge in Boulder City, Nevada, a popular retirement spot near Las Vegas.  In his twenties, as an obscure Republican state legislator, Rubio exhibited such innate political skill …
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Tony Todd / France 24:
French far-right sees popularity rise after Paris attacks
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Backfire: Hillary Tweets All Sexual Abuse Accusers Deserve To Be ‘Believed,’ Is Reminded Of Her Husband
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Gangs of New York: Sicilian mafia offers Big Apple protection from ‘psychopathic’ ISIS
Discussion: Independent Journal
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Front-Runner Donald Trump Was Once A Pro-Obama Blogger
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
In U.S., 51% Say Government Should Ensure Healthcare Coverage
Discussion: Politico, Fusion and Wonk Wire
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Obama to Hollande: Stay the course against Russia
Discussion: ABC News
Andrew O'Hehir / Salon:
The GOP-ISIS nightmare coalition: Islamic extremists and the anti-immigrant right have the same goal …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jeff Jacoby /
At 60, National Review's battle of ideas is as spirited as ever