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5:55 PM ET, October 6, 2015

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Christian Spencer / Campus Reform:
Ivy League prof. calls Ben Carson a ‘coon’  — U Penn Prof Anthea Butler tweeted “If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award” in response to Ben Carson's claim that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property.  — In the past, Butler has tweeted that God is a …
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Carson slams Obama for Oregon visit with shooting victims' families  —  <p>If he were president, Ben Carson would not visit Roseburg, Oregon, in the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting, as President Barack Obama is scheduled to do on Friday.  The Republican presidential candidate …
USA Today:
Ben Carson: On gun control, Snowden — and Trump  —  NEW YORK — Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who trails only Donald Trump at the top of the Republican presidential field, says the lesson of the nation's latest mass shooting isn't to enact more limits on guns but to consider whether …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Insistent Ben Carson Tells Whoopi That Hitler Really Could Happen Here
Discussion: The Week
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
In first national ad, Clinton hits GOP on Benghazi  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is seeking to capitalize off of Republicans' comments linking her political performance with the House committee investigating the 2012 violence in Benghazi, Libya.
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Paul Singer / OnPolitics:
Democrats crush Republicans in grammar; Chafee on top
Discussion: Fusion and The Week
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
New Analysis Ranks Presidential Candidates By Their Supporters' Grammar
Discussion: addictinginfo.org and Hullabaloo
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Dems, Don't Freak Out About Rubio Just Yet  —  Sure, it's easy to understand why liberals would be worried about him.  But let's take a look at his drawbacks, shall we?  —  So in the past week or so, it seems that people have decided that Marco Rubio is going to be the GOP nominee.  What people, you ask?
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Marco Rubio's Chances Are Rising  —  A lot has changed since April, when Marco Rubio announced his presidential bid.  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was the top candidate of mainstream conservative activists and donors.  Jeb Bush seemed like a fund-raising juggernaut with natural appeal …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, Salon and The Week
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Holding Steady Nationally
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release  —  The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:   U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates Under New Sentencing Guidelines
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Exclusive: Biden himself leaked word of his son's dying wish  —  <p>Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August.</p><p>Aug. 1, to be exact — the day renowned Hillary Clinton-critic Maureen Dowd published a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/ 02 …
Lisa Robinson / Vanity Fair:
Rihanna in Cuba: The Cover Story  —  Rihanna is firmly in control of her life and career—but not of her image, which has veered between club-hopping temptress and poster child for victims of domestic abuse.  As the 27-year-old readies her long-awaited new album, she talks candidly …
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Julie Miller / Vanity Fair:
Rihanna Praises Rachel Dolezal: “I Think She Was a Bit of a Hero”  —  In Vanity Fair's November cover story, Rihanna weighs in on the controversial N.A.A.C.P. chapter president who was “outed” as white.  —  When Rachel Dolezal first made headlines this summer, after the N.A.A.C.P. chapter president was …
Kim Fields / KTFT:
Fellow diners accuse Nampa family of ‘ruining their dinner,’ deliver nasty note  —  BOISE - A Nampa mom is upset after she says she received a nasty note from her fellow diners accusing her 10-month-old son of “ruining” their dinner with his yelling.  —  Katie Leach admits that her son's “new thing” is yelling.
Discussion: Eater, WGN-TV, Daily Mail and FOX31 Denver
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Graham opposed Sandy aid but wants help in South Carolina  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham is asking for federal aid for his home state of South Carolina as it battles raging floods, but he voted to oppose similar help for New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2013.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
The 'Morning Joe'-Clinton campaign stalemate  —  <p>There's a mandate on MSNBC's "Morning Joe": No candidate surrogates or spokespeople can appear on the show until the candidate agrees to be interviewed.  And it all started with the Hillary Clinton campaign.</p><p>" The rule …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Stock photo company offering campaigns gaffe-free images
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Approaches Debate, and Bernie Sanders, With Caution  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is grappling with a pressing and difficult question: How can she contrast herself to Bernie Sanders in next week's Democratic presidential debate and beyond, without employing the sort of attacks that could boomerang to harm her?
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and Mediaite
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Shawnmcginnis / KTLA:
Hollywood Mother Collapses, Dies While Feeding Baby Who Then Chokes to Death: Police  —  The bodies of a woman and her 1-year-old son, who were likely dead for days, were found inside a Hollywood apartment Monday along with a second boy who was suffering from severe dehydration after a worried neighbor called 911.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
What no politician wants to admit about gun control  —  President Obama is clearly fed up.  His speeches after mass shootings — speeches that have become a bit of a morbid ritual, given how regularly the shootings occur — have grown angrier, more emotional, and more disgusted …
Vindicator:
Man “too high” on marijuana calls Austintown police for help  —  AUSTINTOWN — Township police were called to a home Friday night by a man who complained he was “too high” after smoking marijuana.  —  According to a police report, authorities were called to the 100 block of Westminister Avenue …
Joe Concha / Mediaite:
Exclusive: NBC's Andy Lack to Meet with Keith Olbermann on Possible MSNBC Return  —  The apex of MSNBC's 19-year existence was arguably its run during the 2008 presidential campaign.  Barack Obama was an electric, historic and therefore ratings-generating candidate.
BobbyJindal.com:
We fill Our Culture With Garbage, And We Reap The Result  —  I'm going to start today by venting, and I will warn you in advance that this is going to be a sermon, but someone needs to speak the truth for a change:  —  Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference …
Justin Wm / Washington Post:
Nice try, but judge rules swinger sex parties unprotected by First Amendment  —  The town of Windsor Locks, Conn. — population 12,000 — doesn't seem a Vegas-like magnet of bawdy behavior.  For those looking for something to do, there's the New England Air Museum and the Connecticut Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
 
 
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Sean Davis / Salon:
Jason Chaffetz, grandstanding charlatan: What you need to know about the GOP's shameless up-and-comer
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Megan Miller / WIAT-TV:
Picture of Jefferson County Deputy comforting baby goes viral
Discussion: WKRN-TV and WPRI-TV
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Huntsman Swipes at His Former Chief of Staff Chaffetz: ‘Self-Promoter,’ ‘Power-Hungry’
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Saturday Night Live donates to Hillary campaign
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