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1:55 PM ET, December 1, 2015


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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Cruz Excoriates Rubio on Foreign Policy, Links Him to Clinton  —  In an exclusive interview, the Texas Republican positions himself as a third way between “neo-con” interventionism and isolationism.  —  Ted Cruz on Monday offered his strongest denunciation so far of Marco Rubio's foreign policy views …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz hits Hillary on contraceptive rhetoric: What nonsense  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tackled the topic of contraception during a town hall late Monday in Iowa, rejecting the notion the GOP is anti-contraceptive.  —  “As I noted, Heidi and I, we have two little girls.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
John Hawkins /   The Conservative Case For Ted Cruz
Fran Spielman / Chicago:
Emanuel fires McCarthy  —  Chicago Police Supt.  Garry McCarthy has been fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the mayor confirmed Tuesday.  —  McCarthy was called into City Hall on Monday and when he left City Hall he still had a job.  But overnight, the mayor called McCarthy to tell him he was out …
Bernard E. Harcourt / New York Times:
Cover-Up in Chicago  —  THERE'S been a cover-up in Chicago.  The city's leaders have now brought charges against a police officer, Jason Van Dyke, for the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.  But for more than a year, Chicago officials delayed the criminal process …
Editorial: Police Supt.  Garry McCarthy must go  —  Chicago Police Supt.  Garry McCarthy has lost the trust and support of much of Chicago, without which he cannot do his job.  —  Supt.  McCarthy should resign.  If he does not, Mayor Rahm Emanuel should fire him.
Lance Benzel / Gazette:
Clerical glitch causes speculation about Colorado Springs shooting suspect's gender identity  —  An El Paso County clerical error was apparently to blame for Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear Jr. being listed as a woman on his voter registration card …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Cruz: Most violent criminals are Democrats
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo Politics:
Giuliani refutes Trump's 9/11 claim: ‘We had some pockets’ of people celebrating — not thousands'  —  Donald Trump's claim that he saw “thousands and thousands of people” in New Jersey cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has been refuted by police …
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and NBC News
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
MTV News posts 2001 clip that sparked Trump 9/11 claim  —  As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to offer newspaper clippings and soundbites he says are proof of his claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslim Americans cheering the terror attacks of Sept. 11 …
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Trump Card: New Report Points To DC Media Cover-Up of 9/11 NJ Muslim Celebration
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Banter
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump To CNN: Give Me $5 Million Or I Won't Be At Your Next Debate  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened Monday that he may not attend CNN's next debate unless the network forks over $5 million, which the real estate mogul said would go to charity.
Discussion: OnPolitics
William Cummings / OnPolitics:
Trump mulls debate boycott unless CNN donates $5M  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (Steven Senne, AP)  —  Donald Trump proposed demanding $5 million from CNN in order for him to participate in the next Republican presidential debate during a rally in Macon, Ga. on Monday.
Washington Post:
Donald Trump ponders charging CNN for his debate participation
Discussion: Mediaite
Richard Lawson / Vanity Fair:
The Reagan Administration's Unearthed Response to the AIDS Crisis Is Chilling  —  A new short film, When AIDS Was Funny, unearths never-before-heard audio reaction to the escalating AIDS crisis.  —  One of the most prominent stains on the reputation of the much-mythologized Reagan administration …
Tom Moran / New Jersey Online:
You won't believe why N.H.'s top paper endorsed Christie |  Moran  —  If you haven't read the fulsome endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie from New Hampshire's most influential paper, take a minute.  This could be important.  —  Know two things about this endorsement from the Manchester Union-Leader.
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Black Pastor: Donald Trump Isn't Telling The Whole Truth About Closed-Door Meeting  —  In the minutes following a closed-door meeting with black pastors on Monday afternoon, billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump touted the event as a huge success.  More than 100 leaders …
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Trump says meeting with U.S. black clergy went ‘very well’
Discussion: Friendly Atheist and Joe.My.God.
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Donald Trump Is Not a Liar  —  He's something worse: a bulls**t artist.  —  Falsehoods fly out of Donald Trump's mouth with such unstoppable frequency that it's tempting to describe him as a liar.  Among the recent Trumpian untruths is his claim to have seen a video showing “thousands and thousands” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Fox News:
Clinton emails show Benghazi response, back-patting after contentious hearing  —  As the number of classified Hillary Clinton emails grew to nearly 1,000, they also reveal how freely she and her staff shared information on the Benghazi attacks including confirming the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Do Hillary's Emails Confirm Clinton-Obama Enmity?
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Speaker Paul Ryan eyes strategy for government shutdown fight  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) strategy for avoiding a government shutdown is taking shape, with his leadership team seeking a clean break from the divisive intraparty warfare that plagued John Boehner's (R-Ohio) tenure.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Syrian refugees bill could be inserted in omnibus
Shirley Washington /
Ferguson mom's body found nude in pool of blood after meeting Facebook friend  —  FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - The Major Case Squad is activated in Ferguson after a young mother is found dead in her home.  Was the killer caught on camera?  That's what her relatives believe.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and KTLA
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
When in Paris... President Obama has a ‘working dinner’ at three-star eatery  —  As working dinners go, President Obama's meal Monday night in Paris with French President Francois Hollande, Secretary of State John Kerry and others wasn't too shabby.  —  No cartons of takeout — instead …
Obama warns Putin on intervening in Syria's civil war  —  Paris (CNN)President Barack Obama warned his Russian counterpart Tuesday against intervening in Syria's civil war, suggesting that Vladimir Putin is aware of the dangers his country faces by entering the bloody conflict.
Discussion: RedState and Independent Journal
Timothy Wheeler, MD / The Hill:
Why Congress stopped gun control activism at the CDC  —  History is not always written by the victors.  In a Nov. 20 letter to the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, House Democrats urged repeal of the 1996 ban on funding for gun control advocacy …
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Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Judge Posner's troubling explanation for his shift on same-sex marriage
Nicki / The Liberty Zone:
What if...  It seems that at least a few universities are pushing …
Suzanna Caldwell / Anchorage Daily News:
Anchorage LGBT non-discrimination ordinance targeted for repeal
Discussion: Towleroad and KTOO
Nola Marketplace / WGNO:
‘Exploding’ hoverboard blamed for destroying Lafitte family's home
Discussion: and KFOR-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Niklas Magnusson / Bloomberg Business:
Sweden Anti-Immigration Party Surges in Poll Amid Refugee Crisis
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Companies Shy Away From Spending
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
56 Arrests in U.S. This Year Related to ISIS, Study Says
Discussion: Politico, The Week and New York Times
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Spike Lee Doesn't Hold Back: On ‘Chi-Raq,’ Laquan McDonald, and How Trump Is ‘Like Hitler’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jessica Hamzelou / New Scientist:
Scans prove there's no such thing as a ‘male’ or ‘female’ brain
Discussion: Washington Post
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Aide reached out to NFL commish after Clinton head injury
The White House:
Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21