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3:15 PM ET, November 24, 2017


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Associated Press:
The Latest: Egypt says death toll in mosque attack up to 200  —  EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — The Latest on mosque attack in Egypt (all times local):  —  Egyptian state news agency MENA reports that 200 people have been killed in a bombing and shooting attack on a mosque in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula …
Discussion: NPR and Axios
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Militants Kill More Than 235 People at Sufi Mosque in Egypt  —  CAIRO — Islamist militants detonated explosives and sprayed gunfire at a crowded Sufi mosque near Egypt's Sinai coast on Friday, killing at least 235 people and wounding 109 more, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the country's modern history.
Key developments:  —  Coordinated attack: Gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions took place at the mosque.  The attackers also opened fire on ambulances, witnesses said.  —  The target: The mosque, located in northern Sinai, is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and WTKR-TV
Militants kill more than 230 at mosque in Egypt's North Sinai
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Dave Lawler / Axios:
235 killed in Egypt mosque attack
Discussion: Politico
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Ben Shapiro, a Provocative ‘Gladiator,’ Battles to Win Young Conservatives  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Benjamin Shapiro strode down the aisle of a packed auditorium at the University of Utah like a prizefighter walking toward a ring.  He was dressed in a dark suit jacket and a gray shirt and was followed closely by a bodyguard.
Carol Robinson /
Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Alabama's largest mall 40 minutes early  —  Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Riverchase Galleria mall early  —  Shoppers getting an early start on Black Friday deals had their Thanksgiving trek to the Riverchase Galleria cut short when fights broke out in the mall.
Discussion: WKRG-TV, Law & Crime, Mediaite, AOL, IJR and Splinter
Spiegel Online:
The End of the End of History  —  The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis.  But it is symptomatic.  It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world.  —  The Chancellery in Berlin
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
How Dem insiders rank the 2020 contenders  —  Democrats predict that as many as 30 candidates will compete in their party's presidential primary in 2020.  —  And while it's still too early to say who might come out on top, buzz is building around some potential candidates, even as other hopefuls fade to the background.
Stewart Paterson / Daily Mail:
‘No suspects, no shots, no casualties’ say police after armed officers rush to Oxford Circus amid stampede of panicked shoppers sparked by fears that a gunman was on the loose  —  Police have found no evidence of shots having been fired, no suspects and no serious casualties after panic on Oxford Street late this afternoon.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
CBS News:
Oxford Circus station incident: Police respond to reports of shots fired in London - live updates
Discussion: Mediaite and KTLA
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
If Flynn Is Cooperating With Mueller, Then Case Against Trump Gets Much More Serious … The report by the New York Times that Michael Flynn has withdrawn from a joint defense agreement with President Donald Trump might indicate that he is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Michelle Robertson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Colin Kaepernick makes surprise appearance at ‘Unthanksgiving Day’ on Alcatraz  —  Colin Kaepernick made a surprise appearance at the Alcatraz Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering on Thursday.  —  A tradition since 1975, the annual dawn festivities, also known as Unthanksgiving Day …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Why Putin's Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling  —  MOSCOW — For months, President Vladimir V. Putin has predictably denied accusations of Russian interference in last year's American election, denouncing them as fake news fueled by Russophobic hysteria.
Discussion: Motherboard
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
New John Conyers accuser: He showed up to a meeting in his underwear  —  WASHINGTON — A lawyer who formerly worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, and later ran an ethics watchdog group in the nation's capital confirmed for the Free Press on Thursday that Conyers verbally abused her …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOP deficit hawks fear tax plan is secret budget-buster  —  The GOP has yet to resolve an internal clash over whether expiring tax cuts will really expire, potentially threatening the party's push for a desperately-needed legislative achievement.  —  On one side are the White House …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sharon Noguchi / Mercury News:
San Jose: Muslim teacher wearing head scarf repeatedly bullied by students  —  SAN JOSE — Eagerly anticipating her English students delving into “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” Maimona Afzal Berta arrived early to school Sept. 11.  Her classroom walls at Fischer Middle School depicted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Here's your leftover turkey: The case for Hillary Clinton 2020  —  Are you sick of Republicans?  Or just right-wingers in general?  Do you want to send a message to Washington that you aren't going to buy into their racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and classist nonsense for one second longer?
Washington Post:
States prepare to shut down children's health programs if Congress doesn't act  —  Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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John Bowden / The Hill:
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‘A great stocking-stuffer’: Deals on recreational marijuana enter Black Friday frenzy
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Germany's Merkel gets a potential lifeline as center-left party says it's willing to talk
Wall Street Journal:
Requiem for a Hit Man
Marie Solis / Newsweek:
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and NewsBusters
Peter J. Boyer / Weekly Standard:
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Shawn Cohen / New York Post:
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Weekly Standard:
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
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