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9:30 AM ET, October 31, 2014

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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Obama's Midterm Loss Record Could Make History  —  President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.  —  In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.
Discussion: American Thinker
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Hollywood pumps cash to candidates  —  Celebrities are putting on a money-raising show, digging into their wallets in a last ditch effort to help Democrats and Republicans before Election Day.  —  David Letterman, Ben Affleck, former NFL quarterback John Elway, and “Scandal's” …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
It Won't Be Obama's Fault When the Democrats Lose the Senate
Richard L. Hasen / Talking Points Memo:
Messing With Texas Again: Putting It Back Under Federal Supervision  —  Readers of the entire 147-page opinion issued earlier this month by a federal district court striking down Texas's strict voter identification law as unconstitutional and a violation of the Voting Rights Act might …
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Misstep On Voting Rights
Discussion: Balloon Juice and National Review
Tim Buckland / unionleader.com:
Senate candidates sharply divided on Islamic threat, Ebola, Obamacare  —  GOFFSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown got in the last punches in what was the final round of their debates before Tuesday's election.  —  Shaheen, the incumbent Democrat …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi's Departure From First Look Media  —  Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday.  His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
End of the Age of Obama  —  The end of the Age of Obama.  It began with high hopes on a winter's night in Iowa in 2008 and ended in disappointment on a crisp fall day nearly seven years later.  —  Sure, the president has another two years in office, but he is now the lamest of lame ducks.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dominic Lynch / The College Fix:
HALLOWEEN 2014: Ebola suits, straitjackets and other costumes vetoed by PC police  —  Several universities have recently admonished their students not to wear a variety of costumes for Halloween that could potentially offend people, frighten people, or reinforce stereotypes.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola  —  FORT KENT, Me.  — In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, issued a stern warning on Thursday to medical experts coming to an international conference on tropical diseases that they should stay away …
NBC News:
Louisiana Dem: Race a Source of Obama's Woes in South  —  Noting that the South is “more of a conservative place,” she added that women have also faced challenges in “presenting ourselves.”  —  The comment prompted a fiery response from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called it “remarkably divisive.”
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Colorado's election ‘day’ nearly half over; signs of anxiety on left  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL COLORADO 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS CORY GARDNER MARK UDALL  —  The state of Colorado has embarked on a far-reaching experiment this campaign season: Its 2014 election, featuring …
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Ahmad Rashad / BACK9NETWORK:
Who's On Michael Jordan's Dream Team?  —  Michael Jordan talks to Ahmad Rashad about who he'd love to play a round of golf with... but according to the joking NBA legend, President Obama shouldn't be waiting by his phone for a call.  —  Tune in to AHMAD RASHAD airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Back9Network — DIRECTV channel 262.
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The state is failing in almost every imaginable way.  The reason why is rooted in its violent and racist past.  —  Driven by its high poverty rate, Mississippi ranks low on health and wellness.  It has one the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the country …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Radio Host Calls Campus Rape Culture ‘Big Lie’ At Rick Scott Rally  —  At a rally for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager called the issue of campus sexual assault “a big lie” invented by “the feminist left.”  —  At the Sarasota Hyatt …
Maria Konnikova / New Yorker:
Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?  —  On January 27, 2011, from a stage in the middle of the San Antonio Convention Center, Jonathan Haidt addressed the participants of the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  The topic was an ambitious one …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'  —  All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like …
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
How Candy Conquered Halloween  —  In her book “Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure,” retired Rutgers University literature professor Samira Kawash investigates the surprisingly neglected story of how business and technological innovations turned the U.S. into what a 1907 visitor called “the great candy eating nation.”
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ivan Watson / CNN:
‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS  —  Erbil, Iraq (CNN) — Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor.  Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.  —  She described to me in chilling detail …
Discussion: Hot Air
Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Up 3.5% in 3rd Quarter, Capping Best 6 Months in Over a Decade  —  The U.S. economy expanded more than forecast in the third quarter, validating the optimism that prompted Federal Reserve policy makers to stop pumping money into financial markets.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Jason Marks / WAVY-TV:
Teacher suspended for alleged racist remarks
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush Blasts Hillary Clinton's 'Businesses Don't Create Jobs' Remark
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Secularist Win Is Confirmed in Tunisia
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Paul Broun: Obama And ‘Incompetent Boob’ At CDC Are Exposing Americans To Ebola
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Found Ammonium Nitrate, AK-47 In Militia Leader's Hotel Room
Discussion: MySanAntonio.com and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Poll: High anxiety, low expectations as election nears
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Cut Deportations
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh, Power Line and Hot Air
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
McConnell campaign event proves sleepy, underwhelming
CBS Dallas:
Texas Ebola Fears Lead To Struggles & Reports Of Discrimination
Discussion: FOX News Radio
The Boston Globe:
Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, has died at age 71
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
NYPD Sgt. Alberto Randazzo and Colo. woman accused of plotting on Skype to molest baby
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story