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politics lead

December 1st, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Obama pushing body cams for cops

Washington (CNN) – The politics of what happened in Ferguson dominated discussions at the White House today.

Not just the shooting itself, but the community and initial police response in August.

A new federal review released Monday looked into the $18 billion in resources handed down to local law enforcement nationwide. Some of it includes high-powered military weapons and tactical vehicles.

The issue of whether police forces are too militarized isn't in the headlines much recently, but it is one of the issues the President discussed with his team today.

CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports.

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politics lead

December 1st, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Meet the frontrunner to replace Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary

Washington (CNN) - Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at the Pentagon appears to be the top choice to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel, an administration official tells CNN.

While other candidates could emerge, a separate official acknowledged that Carter is very high on the list of possible candidates as the White House has made it clear an announcement is likely to come very soon.

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national lead

December 1st, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Ferguson protesters stage nationwide walkouts

(CNN) – It was hands up, walk out.

Across the country Monday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets at 12:01 p.m. Ferguson (Central) time to mark the moment unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson.

After a few days of violent reactions in Ferguson to the grand jury's decision not to charge Wilson, today protesters around the country, largely peacefully, voiced their opposition to not only what they perceived as the specific injustice in the Brown case, but larger issues of social injustice for minorities
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world lead

December 1st, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Airstrikes mark shift in coalition focus to ISIS 'capital'

(CNN) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria has stepped up its attacks on the militant Islamist group's de facto capital, with 30 airstrikes targeting Raqqa overnight, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.

Separately, another opposition activist group based in Raqqa reported that about 30 airstrikes by "the crusader alliance" targeted areas northwest of the city.

Previously, coalition strikes have primarily targeted Kobani, near the Turkey border. The attacks in Raqqa mark an increase in coalition activity there.

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