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6:35 AM ET, November 17, 2015


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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
No, State Governors Can't Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees  —  More than half a dozen state governors have come out against President Obama's plans to relocate several thousand Syrian refugees within the United States.  Some have pledged to actively resist settlement of these refugees.
The Hill:
Cruz to offer bill banning Syrian refugees  —  Sen. Ted Cruz has struck back at President Obama's implication that his rejection of Syrian refugees is “shameful,” telling CNN he will be introducing legislation banning Muslim Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg Business
Matt Clinch / CNBC:
8 state governors oppose Syrian refugee relocation  —  Obama: Would be a ‘mistake’ to send ground troops to Syria  —  President Obama outlines the developing strategy to fight ISIS, and the danger ISIS poses to the world.  —  Multiple Republican governors on Monday added to opposition …
USA Today:
After Paris attacks, governors refuse to accept Syrian refugees
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Chides Republicans Who Want to Screen Muslim Refugees
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Governors revolt against Obama's Syrian refugee plan
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   State Department: Only 2% Of Syrian Refugees In U.S. Are Military-Aged Men With No Family
Dara Lind / Vox:
Is Mike Huckabee right that refugees from hot countries hate Minnesota? An investigation.
Syrian refugees shunned by some in U.S. after attacks in Paris
Megan Apper / BuzzFeed:
Huckabee: Put Syrian Refugees in Homes of “Limousine Liberals”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Governors rush to slam door on Syrian refugees
Nick Gass / Politico:
Huckabee calls on Ryan to prevent entry of Syrian refugees, or to step down
Discussion: CNN and Niskanen Center
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Rand Paul calls for moratorium on issuing visas to citizens of countries with a ‘jihadist movement’
Discussion: Hot Air
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama calls idea of screening Syrian refugees based on religion ‘shameful,’ defends White House strategy
Lanford Beard /
Source: Charlie Sheen Is HIV-Positive  —  Charlie Sheen is going on the Today show to discuss being HIV-positive, sources tell PEOPLE.  —  According to top Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman, he was approached by people close to Sheen six months ago to deal with the crisis, but never dealt with him directly.
Charlie Sheen — Threats of Lawsuits Unraveled HIV Secret  —  As we reported, Charlie will discuss his HIV status Tuesday on “Today.” … Charlie Sheen kept his HIV status under wraps, but everything unraveled when some former partners threatened him with lawsuits ... TMZ has learned.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Clinton ‘often confused’ says staffer in email  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “often confused,” according to a 2013 email from her longtime aide Huma Abedin.  —  The comment, which is likely to attract attention from Clinton's critics on the presidential campaign trail …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CNN's Jim Acosta Grills Obama on ISIS: 'Why Can't We Take Out These Bastards?'  —  During a Monday press conference in Turkey, President Barack Obama was grilled by CNN's Jim Acosta about his previous statements downplaying ISIS and why the United States couldn't kill the “bastards.”
Shaquille Brewster / MSNBC:
Carson: al Qaeda was not a threat in 2003
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Myth of the Terrorist Mastermind  —  Now that French authorities have named a suspected chief planner of the Paris attacks—27-year-old Belgian ISIS veteran Abdelhamid Abaaoud—the press is building him up as if he's 100 feet tall.  Abaaoud isn't just another opportunist butcher of innocent flesh …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The surprising reason why ISIS may be lashing out: because it's losing  —  On Thursday, one day before terrorists who appear to have been linked to ISIS launched a series of devastating attacks across Paris, President Obama went on ABC and made a comment that now looks pretty bad:
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and NOLA River
Ari Soffer / Reuters:   Poll: Most Americans support escalating fight against ISIS
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
BlackLivesMatter Protesters Disrupt Students in Library: ‘F*ck You, You Filthy White F*cks!’  —  Protesters at Dartmouth University disrupted students studying in the library, reportedly directing profanity towards white students and physically pushing others.
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Citing Paris Attack, CIA Director Criticizes Surveillance Reform Efforts  —  CIA Director John Brennan said Monday he suspects the Islamic State is currently working on more terrorist plots against the West following Friday's attack in Paris that killed at least 129 people and injured hundreds more.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
After Paris Attacks, C.I.A. Director Rekindles Debate Over Surveillance
Discussion: Political Wire
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Usually Dispassionate Fox News Anchor Bill Hemmer Goes Off on Obama Terror Speech  —  America's Newsroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer was uncharacteristically opinionated and aggressive after President Barack Obama's remarks Monday morning at the G20 Summit over Friday's French terror attacks.
Wall Street Journal:
Paris Stadium Attacker Got to Europe Using Fake Syrian Passport  —  Man apparently posed as refugee, entered through Greek island of Leros  —  ATHENS—Mystery deepened over a Paris attacker who traveled to Europe via Greece and the Balkans, after French officials said Monday that the Syrian passport he had used was indeed a fake.
Star Tribune:
Top student body officers at University of Kansas face calls to resign over diversity demands  —  LAWRENCE, Kan. — Racial tensions are growing at the University of Kansas with a call for three top Student Senate leaders to resign and a recent graduate initiating a hunger strike.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Dayna / Matter:
On Gawker's Problem With Women  —  A former staff writer describes how a media company founded on whistleblowing and radical transparency failed its female employees. … n July 16, published a tabloid story about a male escort's thwarted dalliance with a media executive.
Discussion: Poynter. and Portland Mercury
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg Business:
Obama Rejects Calls for U.S. Troops to Fight Islamic State
The White House:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
The Hill:
Day one promises pile up for GOP hopefuls
Discussion: WND, Daily Kos and The Week
Milo Yiannopoulos / Breitbart:
I'm a Gay Man and Mass Muslim Immigration Terrifies Me
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP campaigns tell RNC not to let Adelson stack the debate crowd
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
The Equalizer: Bill de Blasio vs. Inequality
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Josh Meyer / NBC News:
ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock
David Edwards / Raw Story:
WATCH: Obama absolutely destroys Jeb Bush for his ‘dark impulse’ to have a ‘religious test’ for refugees
Lawrence Hurley / Raw Story:
Supreme Court rejects anti-abortion group's Planned Parenthood case
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
CBS News:
Sarah Palin's view
Discussion: Slantpoint and The Daily Caller