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2:35 PM ET, October 13, 2015

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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Gut Test For Sanders  —  Most of the talk about tonight's first Democratic debate has revolved around Hillary Clinton and her need to be “likable” or “personable” or “authentic” or what have you, and the “also run” candidates like O'Malley and Webb who have an opportunity for massive publicity …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and ABC News
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David Freedlander / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders Isn't Socialist Enough for Many Socialists
Discussion: MSNBC, MarketWatch and ABC News
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Debate Expectations: Democratic Edition
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
What a win looks like  —  <p>LAS VEGAS — If the Republican …
Discussion: The Week
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary donors worry: ‘All the energy is with Bernie’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's declining image numbers inch upward
Discussion: WPRI-TV, Shakesville, Hot Air and Politico
Annie Karni / Politico:
A ‘Cancer’ on the Clinton Candidacy  —  <p>Halfway through her long and humbling summer, Hillary Clinton ran into an old friend who wanted to know how she was bearing up under the pressure of near-daily revelations about the use of her private email server during her time in the State Department.
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Draft Biden Releases New TV Ad to Air Before Democratic Debate
Manu Raju / CNN:
Sources: McConnell floats entitlement changes in high-stakes fiscal talks  —  Ben Carson struggles to explain debt limit stance  —  (CNN)Mitch McConnell privately wants the White House to pay this price to enact a major budget deal: Significant changes to Social Security and Medicare …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
What The Big GOP Meltdown Reveals From A Guy Who Saw It All Coming  —  The epic GOP meltdown of 2015 should not come as a surprise.  —  The modern Republican Party had been careening toward this kind of wheels-off-the-track moment for a long time.  Its knee-jerk rejectionism …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The House Benghazi investigation is now thoroughly discredited as a partisan sham.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Republicans' Incompetence Caucus  —  The House Republican caucus is close to ungovernable these days.  How did this situation come about?  —  This was not just the work of the Freedom Caucus or Ted Cruz or one month's activity.  The Republican Party's capacity for effective self …
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Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
EXCLUSIVE: Records show Ben Carson became Republican less than one year ago
Discussion: Liberaland and Independent Journal
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Adults Take the Stage in the Democratic Debate
Discussion: RedState and Slantpoint
Daniel Tepfer / Connecticut Post:
8-year-old Westport boy on trial for exuberance  —  BRIDGEPORT — New York woman wants a jury to hold her 8-year-old nephew accountable for his youthful exuberance during his birthday party.  —  Jennifer Connell claims the boy, Sean Tarala of Westport, acted unreasonable when he leaped into her arms …
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Sundance / The Last Refuge:
Busted !  CNN Uses Jeb Bush Staffer Planted In Audience To Frame Donald Trump Narrative/Hit Job....  During an appearance at a Jon Huntsman “No Labels” event, a female audience member named Lauren Batchelder played the role of a female antagonist toward candidate Donald Trump.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Nudes Are Old News at Playboy  —  Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.  —  In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion: the magazine …
Benjamin Markovits / Esquire:
The Gorgeous Balance of Emilia Clarke, Sexiest Woman Alive 2015  —  Friendly and fierce.  Kid sister and killer.  Movie star and girl next door.  —  VINCENT PETERS + ESQUIRE  —  Years ago, when I was a grad student, I worked at an ice cream shop in Oxford called George & Davis'.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Latest Unease on Right: Ryan Is Too Far Left  —  WASHINGTON — Far-right media figures, relatively small in number but potent in their influence, have embarked on a furious Internet expedition to cover Representative Paul D. Ryan in political silt.  —  In 2012 when Mitt Romney picked Mr. Ryan …
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Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Clinton server's software had hacking risk  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers …
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Planned Parenthood Stops Taking Reimbursements for Fetal Tissue  —  Affiliates will no longer accept any reimbursements for costs associated with procuring tissue from abortions  —  Planned Parenthood Federation of America said it is immediately stopping taking reimbursements …
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Jason Millman / Politico:
Planned Parenthood ends reimbursement for tissue donations
Discussion: Bloomberg.com news and Mediaite
WCNC-TV:
Gun owner speaks out after toddler shoots grandmother  —  ROCK HILL, S.C. — The woman who owned the gun that a local toddler got his hands on and was able to fire and hit his grandmother, is speaking out, calling the storage of the weapon inside her vehicle a mistake.
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Mail and NBC News
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Donald Trump to Host ‘SNL’ November 7  —  Live from New York, it's Donald Trump!  —  The GOP presidential frontrunner and real estate magnate will host NBC's “Saturday Night Live” on November 7, the show announced Tuesday.  —  His appearance comes almost exactly a year before Election Day, which will fall on November 8, 2016.
WTVT:
Police: Lakeland woman live streams herself driving drunk  —  Video courtesy Lakeland Police Department  —  LAKELAND (FOX 13) - A Lakeland woman was not only Periscoping while driving, police say she was live-streaming herself driving drunk and telling the world how drunk she was.
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Here's how Jeb Bush would repeal and replace Obamacare  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Jeb Bush is releasing a healthcare plan that would repeal President Obama's healthcare law and replace it with a new system of health insurance tax credits, reflecting two political and policy assumptions.
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Ambert Rodriguez / Jeb 2016:
Backgrounder: Health Care Plan
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Rift in Obama administration over Putin  —  <p>Vladimir Putin's intervention in Syria is creating new rifts inside an exhausted and in some cases demoralized Obama national security team, where officials pushing for bolder action see the president as stubbornly unwilling to assume new risk …
 
 
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Justin Miller / American Prospect:
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Richard Sisk / Military.com:
Women Will Likely Have to Register for the Draft, Army Secretary Says
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Rare and The Week
Julie Jordan / People.com:
Julianne Moore Launches Gun Safety Campaign: ‘This Is My Responsibility As a Parent’
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Politico:
DEBATE DAY!  - SHELDON LEANING RUBIO — ‘CANCER’ …
Discussion: National Review
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Gillibrand: I bet Biden will run for president
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Dan Rather's Big Lie hits the big screen
Discussion: Jewish World Review and Power Line
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz: The military shouldn't be a ‘cauldron for social experiments’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Is the Pentagon Telling the Truth About Afghanistan?
Discussion: RedState, Guardian, CNBC and Prairie Weather
Jonathan Rauch / The Atlantic:
Amateurs in the Oval Office