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3:15 PM ET, October 30, 2014

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Tim Cook / Businessweek:
Tim Cook Speaks Up  —  Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.  I come from humble roots, and I don't seek to draw attention to myself.  Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Cruz on Apple CEO TIm Cook being gay: ‘Personal decision’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday responded to Apple CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay by saying that was his “personal decision.”  —  Cruz, who opposes gay marriage, switched to the larger issue when asked on CNBC on Thursday …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Polls Tend to Undercount Democrats  —  Polls show that the Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the Senate.  They lead in enough states to win control, and they have additional opportunities in North Carolina and New Hampshire to make up for potential upsets.
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John Frank / Denver Post:
COLORADO U.S. SENATE: FINAL DENVER POST POLL SHOWS DEADLOCKED CONTEST  —  One of the nation's most-watched U.S. Senate races is headed for a photo finish, as the final Denver Post poll in the 2014 election shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Republican rival Cory Gardner are essentially tied.
Discussion: National Review and The Spot
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2014 - Udall Down 7 Points …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
White House in Denial: President Obama Is Costing Democrats Control of the Senate  —  The administration insists that vulnerable Democrats should have supported him more.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  —  White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they're using their own fantasies to do it.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham: White Men Will ‘Do Great’ Under My Presidency (AUDIO)  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joked in a private meeting this month that white men would “do great” under his presidency, according to audio obtained by CNN.  —  The South Carolina Republican confirmed to the news outlet …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Shakesville
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: GOP brand ‘sucks’  —  DETROIT — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledged Wednesday a problem that many Republicans admit only privately: their party brand “sucks.”  —  The weakness, Paul added, is particularly serious when it comes to appealing to black voters.  —  “Remember Domino's Pizza?
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Ashley Killough / CNN:   Rand Paul: The GOP's brand ‘sucks’
FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight's Senate Forecast  —  FiveThirtyEight's election forecasting model combines hundreds of opinion polls with historical and demographic information to calculate odds for each Senate race.  We estimate the probability that each party will win control of the Senate by running those odds through thousands of simulations.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'  —  All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
David Axelrod hit: Chris Christie ‘Sopranos’ governor
Discussion: Washington Post
Toronto Star:
Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment  —  One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.  —  Actress, Lucy DeCoutere, comes forward with details of her alleged assault by Jian Ghomeshi.  —  Photos View photos
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Antic Right Wing Blogger Now Stalking His Biggest Critic  —  After a pitstop for an Italian dinner on Tuesday night, right-wing agitator Charles C. Johnson showed up at what he thought was the residence of his biggest online adversary — a man who just so happens to share his name …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: Exit To Recountland  —  Republicans got favorable news in Georgia on Tuesday, where a Monmouth University poll put their candidate, David Perdue, eight points ahead of the Democrat Michelle Nunn.  The poll is something of an outlier relative to the consensus — nonetheless …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended  —  Don't believe the naysayers: Our country is doing better than ever, and this People magazine cover proves it.  —  I started receiving People magazine recently, and as I was leafing through its ho-hum 40th anniversary issue …
Discussion: Hit & Run
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Jeannine Aversa: (202) 606-2649 (News Media)  —  National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, Third Quarter 2014 (Advance Estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes …
John Fund / National Review:
Non-Citizens Are Voting  —  Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next week's elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections?  —  A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Hillary Clinton could end up alone in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) — Imagine if Iowa held a caucus and nobody but Hillary Clinton showed up.  —  Democrats of all stripes, including Clinton allies, have predicted for months that the former Secretary of State — who was campaigning …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents  —  MOSCOW — NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an “unusual” series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Movie ‘13 Hours’ (Exclusive)  —  Chuck Hogan, the author of ‘The Town’ and ‘The Strain,’ wrote the script for the Paramount film  —  In a massive change of pace, Michael Bay is going from toy tentpole to a Benghazi political drama.
Hanna Rosin / Slate:
The Problem With That Catcalling Video  —  On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours.  More specifically, it's a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black …
The Boston Globe:
Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, has died at age 71  —  Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn't need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston's economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall, died Thursday.
Discussion: NPR and New York Magazine
Matt O'Brien / Washington Post:
Why the Fed is giving up too soon on the economy  —  Two years and $1.7 trillion later, the Fed's latest round of bond-buying, or QE3, is officially over.  What did it get us?  —  Well, the best answer is what it didn't get us: a recession in 2013.  Now the words “fiscal cliff,” “sequester …
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Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
The Fed Has Not Stopped Trying to Stimulate the Economy
 
 
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CBS Dallas:
Texas Ebola Fears Lead To Struggles & Reports Of Discrimination
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
The Hill:
‘No plans’ to treat foreign Ebola patients in US, says official
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
Scott Brown Worries That Ebola and Polio May Come Across the Border
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
NY pol puts ‘D.C. baby’ in new ad
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Prosecutors Suspect Repeat Offenses on Wall Street
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Frank Serpico / Politico:
The Green Monster  —  How the Border Patrol became America's …
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria
Discussion: Daily Mail, The Jawa Report and Hot Air
CBS News:
What Americans think of Congress and the President
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Staten Island Advance:
For Congress: Advance endorses Michael Grimm (editorial)
Discussion: Mediaite, Washington Post and Gawker
BBC:
Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze
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Former Trek President and CEO Confirms Mary Burke was Fired
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem ‘shocked’ by ‘chickens—’ remark
Discussion: Fox News, Defense One and The PJ Tatler