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2:02 AM ET, November 3, 2013


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Washington Post:
Republican Ken Cuccinelli, running hard, has been hobbled in race for Virginia governor  —  Some of the biggest names in his party sat out the race or even switched sides.  The governor he depended on to rally the troops disappeared into a fog of scandal.  Many of the money men who had provided oomph in past elections vanished.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Virginia blame game begins  —  National Republicans agree on this much about the 2013 campaign in Virginia: It wasn't supposed to go like this.  —  Well before the last votes are cast in the state's off-year governor's race, GOP leaders are already engaged in a spirited debate over why …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
When the tea party jumped the shark  —  If Ken Cuccinelli II loses his bid to be the next governor of Virginia on Tuesday, as polls suggest he will, the date of the Republican defeat will be traced back to May 18.  —  That was the day the commonwealth's Republican Party took what had been a sure thing …
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Hatewatch Exclusive: Alleged LAX Shooter Referenced ‘Patriot’ Conspiracy Theories  —  The 23-year-old man who allegedly killed a TSA official at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday was carrying a one-page “manifesto” that included references to the “New World Order,” the Federal Reserve and …
The Hunt for Pufferfish  —  During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney ranked Chris Christie among the final contenders to be his running mate.  That is until the Republican nominee started digging into the New Jersey governor's record  —  The following is an excerpt from DOUBLE DOWN …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Gawker
Associated Press:
LAX SUSPECT SET OUT TO KILL MULTIPLE TSA OFFICERS … LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog and Twitchy
Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow / New York Times:
Finding Life After Academia — and Not Feeling Bad About It  —  ON a recent Sunday afternoon, a monthly meeting convened around a long table in a Whole Foods cafeteria on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  As people settled in, the organizer plopped down a bag of potato chips …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Andy Meek /
Sebelius Explains How Obamacare Isn't Like Tickle-Me Elmo  —  MEMPHIS — Kathleen Sebelius brushed off questions Friday about reports saying only six people signed up for coverage on the first day of the Obamacare website's operation.  —  Speaking at a library in Memphis as part of an effort …
Andy Meek / The Memphis Daily News:
Sebelius Brings Health Care Talk to Town
Obamacare losers could pack political punch
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Scott Shane / New York Times:
No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.  —  The N.S.A.'s Evolution: The National Security Agency was founded in 1952, and its surveillance capabilities were limited by legislation in 1978.  But with the attacks of September 2001 came a new sense of urgency.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
UK: Snowden reporter's partner involved in ‘espionage’ and ‘terrorism’  —  (Reuters) - British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in “terrorism” when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through …
Larry Celona / New York Post:
‘Subway Vigilante’ Goetz busted in pot sale  —  Bernhard Goetz — the infamous “subway vigilante” who became part of New York City lore when he shot four youths who he said were threatening him on the subway in 1984 — was busted Friday evening for peddling $30 worth of pot to an undercover female cop, The Post has learned.
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
WHAT THE HELL IS CHRIS CILLIZZA TALKING ABOUT?  —  The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, like a lot of mebers of the “liberal media,” is giddy at the thought of Chris Christie's likely big victory in the New Jrsey governor's race.  Yesterday Cillizza wrote the following in a post titled …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
A Phalanx of Lies  —  CNN has been pondering what they call “a particularly tough few days at the White House.”  “Four out of five Americans have little or no trust in their government to do anything right,” says chief political analyst Gloria Borger.  “And now Obama probably feels the same way.”
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John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Star Benghazi ‘Witness’ May Not Have Been an Actual Witness
Agence France Presse:
Snowden wants to help German probe, testify in US
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Wall Street Journal:
As President Obama pushed for a new health law in 2009, he made a simple pledge: If you like …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Under socialism, there's no such thing as consumer protection.
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Associated Press:
Pakistan slams U.S. for killing Taliban leader
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Reaction