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10:10 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  —  Democrats have known that 2014 would be a challenging election cycle since November 2008, when, buoyed by an economic crisis that began under an unpopular Republican president, they managed to capture Senate seats in Republican strongholds …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived  —  Senate Democrats have long awaited the 2010 tea party wave to splash back on Republicans during the 2016 election cycle.  —  That moment is almost here.  —  After two years of obsessive focus on the teetering reelection prospects of red-state Democrats …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton network to meet for strategy session  —  The pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary is planning a National Finance Council meeting featuring speakers like National Urban League president Marc Morial, former Obama 2012 pollster John Anzalone and longtime Bill Clinton …
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Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:   Jeb Bush Blasts Hillary Clinton's 'Businesses Don't Create Jobs' Remark
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 …
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:   Paul Broun: Obama And ‘Incompetent Boob’ At CDC Are Exposing Americans To Ebola
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
Jason Marks / WAVY-TV:
Teacher suspended for alleged racist remarks  —  CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) - A teacher at Camden County High School is under investigation for allegedly making racist comments in a classroom.  —  “It is very disturbing,” said parent Kimberley Ashcraft.  —  Ashcraft told 10 On Your Side …
Discussion: Liberaland, theGrio and Raw Story
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Apologizing to Japan  —  TOKYO — For almost two decades, Japan has been held up as a cautionary tale, an object lesson on how not to run an advanced economy.  After all, the island nation is the rising superpower that stumbled.  One day, it seemed, it was on the road to high-tech domination …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
KETV Channel 7:
At competency hearing, Jenkins endorses candidate for U.S. House  —  Convicted killer Nikko Jenkins offered his take on the race in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District at a hearing to determine his mental status Wednesday.  —  Jenkins, 28, shouted “Hey you guys, vote for Lee Terry!
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
How Candy Conquered Halloween
Discussion: Hit & Run
Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Up 3.5% in 3rd Quarter, Capping Best 6 Months in Over a Decade
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ivan Watson / CNN:
‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS
Discussion: Hot Air
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Secularist Win Is Confirmed in Tunisia
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Found Ammonium Nitrate, AK-47 In Militia Leader's Hotel Room
Discussion: MySanAntonio.com and Hullabaloo
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
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Movie ‘13 Hours’ (Exclusive)