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Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:
‘Daily Show’ comments cost GOP precinct chair his post  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A Buncombe County Republican precinct chairman has been asked to resign after making “offensive” comments on “The Daily Show.”  —  Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell said Don Yelton officially stepped down from his position Thursday.
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
NC GOPer Resigns After Criticizing ‘Lazy Black People’ (VIDEO)  —  A Republican precinct chairman in North Carolina was asked to resign Thursday after making racially inflammatory comments during a ‘Daily Show’ interview on Wednesday, WRAL reported.  —  Buncombe GOP Chair Henry Mitchell …
Discussion: @NCCapitol and FIRST DRAFT
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Palin: ‘No Wonder’ Why Some Think White House Fainting Was Staged  —  Sarah Palin got quite a kick out of a fringe right-wing conspiracy theory that the White House staged a woman's fainting at an event earlier this week — but she can't blame people for buying it!
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems could break with Obama on Iran
Discussion: Liberaland
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House says it was behind Durbin ‘miscommunication’
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Told Caucus That Pete Sessions Was Behind Obama Insult, Senators Say
James Ball / Guardian:
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts  —  • Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official  —  • NSA encourages departments to share their ‘Rolodexes’  —  • Surveillance produced ‘little intelligence’, memo acknowledges
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.  —  U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Snowden: NSA keeps record of every telephone call in the United States
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Reid: 'There's Not Going to Be a Grand Bargain'  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that he expected little more from the formal House-Senate budget conference than some relief from automatic spending cuts under sequestration.  —  The Nevada Democrat called the suggestion of a …
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David Lawder / Reuters:
Congressman Paul Ryan sees narrower focus for new budget talks
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Post Politics
Washington Post:
Gansler says he should have checked drinking at party  —  A month after launching his campaign for governor, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler was entangled Thursday in yet another controversy, this time acknowledging a lapse in judgment when he appeared at a beach-house party …
Discussion: Power Line and The Raw Story
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Baltimore Sun:
Gansler says that in retrospect, he made ‘a mistake’
Discussion: The Hill
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Clinton: US ‘careening from crisis to crisis’  —  Hillary Clinton on Thursday night blamed lawmakers who govern by ideology for sending the country careening from crisis to crisis.  —  Speaking at the 10th anniversary of the founding of the progressive Center for American Progress (CAP) …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, ABC News and CNN
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Republicans' embarrassing Obamacare overreach backfires  —  Beyond a basic misunderstanding of the Democrats' position in the shutdown and debt limit fights, one of the biggest reasons Republicans got themselves into so much trouble last month is that they badly misjudged both the party's commitment …
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Hohmann / Politico:
‘Serious’ Ken Cuccinelli keeps calm at debate  —  BLACKSBURG, Va. — Ken Cuccinelli might have been expected to throw the kitchen sink at Terry McAuliffe in the final debate of a governor's race the Republican attorney general is on track to lose.  —  It was more like a Nerf football.
Discussion: Blue Virginia and CNN
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Al Gore: Keystone an ‘atrocity’  —  A fiery Al Gore urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline, calling the controversial project an “atrocity.”  —  “This should be vetoed.  It is an atrocity.  It is a threat to our future,” the former vice president …
Discussion: E2-Wire
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Laura Barron-Lopez / E2-Wire:
Obama's former climate czar predicts president will reject Keystone XL
Discussion: CNN
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Man Blames Obama For His Battery Arrest  —  Cops: Floridian pushed pregnant girlfriend to ground  —  An intoxicated Floridian who allegedly battered his pregnant girlfriend told police that he was being unfairly arrested since “Obama said cops always listen to women.”
Lucy Kinder / Telegraph:
‘Offensive’ Halloween costumes banned by US university  —  University of Colorado Boulder tells students to avoid costumes including cowboys, indians, white trash or anything potentially deemed offensive  —  University students in America have been told not to wear “offensive” …
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ThinkProgress:
Activist Tweets Former NSA Chief's ‘Off Record’ Phone Call On Train  —  Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden is more used to being the one listening in on conversations than the one being eavesdropped on himself.  The tables were turned on Thursday, however …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obamacare Operator Fired After Taking Call From Hannity; Hannity To Give Her A Year's Salary  —  On the top of Thursday's broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Earline Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired.  Hannity quizzed her on how well the law …
MLive.com:
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder pushed for opinions on gay rights issues  —  LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder continues to avoid taking a stance on expanding civil rights protections based on sexual orientation, but said he's happy to discuss it at some point.  —  When asked why he hasn't taken a stand …
Benjamin Weinthal / Fox News:
Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record  —  Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Financier George Soros backs Hillary Clinton for U.S. president  —  (Reuters) - Billionaire financier George Soros, a major Democratic donor, is backing an effort to persuade former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, a spokesman said on Thursday.
 
 
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