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11:25 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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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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dreamers heckle Hillary Clinton in Maryland  —  COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Hillary Clinton was heckled repeatedly during a rally Thursday in potential 2016 rival Martin O'Malley's home state of Maryland, when more than a dozen pro-immigrant activists staggered their protests so they lasted throughout most of her speech.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
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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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:   Jeb Bush Blasts Hillary Clinton's 'Businesses Don't Create Jobs' Remark
New York Times:
The Prospect of a Republican Senate  —  In a rare fit of realism on Tuesday, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, admitted he would be unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act if Republicans win the Senate next week and he becomes majority leader.
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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
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 …
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Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown Tackles New Hampshire Geography In Final Debate
KFOR-TV:
Graphic: New details released in near-beheading murder of Stillwater teen, one in custody … STILLWATER, Okla. - A 21-year-old Stillwater man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of an area college student who, according to police, was nearly decapitated.
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
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
John Stoehr / Washington Monthly:
Guns Are a Greater Public Health Threat Than Ebola  —  Shepard Smith was the rare voice of reason during the most fevered hours of the Ebola madness that temporarily gripped the nation this month (October).  The Fox News anchor dedicated four minutes of a newscast to explaining what had been evident once you took a deep breath.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
National Journal:
They're Not Allowed to Talk.  But Candidates and PACs Are Brazenly Communicating All the Time.  —  Candidates, committees, and outside-group allies are sharing more information than ever thanks to a law easily bypassed and a Federal Election Commission stuck in gridlock.
Discussion: ABC News
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.”
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
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
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
 
 
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats
Arizona Republic:
Gilbert school board votes to remove pages from text
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Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act opponents are cherry-picking their history
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Victoria Stilwell / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Up 3.5% in 3rd Quarter, Capping Best 6 Months in Over a Decade
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Colorado's election ‘day’ nearly half over; signs of anxiety on left
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