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9:50 AM 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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Democratic Election Ads in South, a Focus on Racial Scars  —  In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin's death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation …
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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: Washington Post
Timothy Stanley / CNN:
Lindsey Graham unfiltered: jokes about white men, Baptists  —  Washington (CNN) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is toying with the idea of a presidential bid, joked in a private gathering this month that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency …
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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: Shakesville
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Could Replace Aides Bruised by a Cascade of Crises  —  WASHINGTON — One day this month, as the nation shuddered with fears of an Ebola outbreak and American warplanes pounded Sunni militants in Syria, President Obama's national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, invited a group …
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Maine.gov:
Governor LePage Issues Statement About Healthcare Worker in Fort Kent Who Worked in West Africa
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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aco.nato.int:
NATO TRACKS LARGE-SCALE RUSSIAN AIR ACTIVITY IN EUROPE
Discussion: Hot Air
Clark Mindock / Roll Call:
Democrats Losing Youth Vote: Millennials Turning to the GOP  —  Democrats have lost ground with millennials compared to past election cycles — a development that suggests the country's youngest voters are open to both parties, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Instapundit
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Shocking Harvard poll: Millennial voters want GOP in charge, abandon Obama
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Millennials Bolt Obama for GOP in Midterms
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2014 - Independent Voters Boost Crist In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Like Republican Turned Dem A Little More  —  A jump in support from independent likely voters in the Florida governor's race leaves Democrat Charlie Crist with 43 percent …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities  —  On April 2, 2014, a protester in Oakland, California, mounted a Yahoo bus, climbed to the front of the roof, and vomited onto the top of the windshield.  —  If not the year's most persuasive act of dissent …
Politico:
President Barack Obama's legacy pitch  —  Everywhere he goes these days, President Barack Obama talks about his economic legacy in a way that he's been reluctant to do before — as an indisputable success, even as he acknowledges there's much left to fix.  —  White House officials …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem ‘shocked’ by ‘chickens—’ remark  —  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hit the Obama administration on Wednesday over an official calling the Israeli prime minister a “chickens**t.”  —  “I was shocked and disappointed on reading …
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?
Discussion: CNN, Washington Times and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Absentees put Snyder, Schauer race in dead heat  —  The race for governor has tightened into a virtual dead heat heading into the final days of this election cycle.  And the Democrats' strategy to increase turnout by getting people to vote by absentee ballot is a big driver.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Politico:
More turmoil for House GOP lawsuit against Obama  —  House Speaker John Boehner's still-unfiled lawsuit against President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional power is in more trouble.  —  For the second time in two months, a major law firm has ceased work on the lawsuit, sources say.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola  —  Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September suggests that economic activity is expanding at a moderate pace.  Labor market conditions improved somewhat further, with solid job gains and a lower unemployment rate.
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
Senate Democrats' Last Bastion: Single, College-Educated Women
Skschust / CBS New York:
Police: Woman Decapitated, Son Struck By Train In Murder-Suicide In Farmingdale
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Gothamist
Crp Comm / OpenSecrets.org:
Overall Spending Inches Up in 2014: Megadonors Equip Outside Groups to Capture a Bigger Share of the Pie
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Thom Tillis internal poll shows tied North Carolina race
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senator: Full Obamacare Repeal Not “Realistic,” Better To Put Stuff On Obama's Desk He'll Sign
Discussion: NPR, Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Final pre-election Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leading Burke in Wisconsin governor's race
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Joey / Miami Herald & MiamiHerald.com:
Miami Beach police investigating cop after confrontation during traffic stop
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Iowa Republican Copied And Pasted Passages In Newspaper Dispatches
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani / Uber Blog:
Uber Setting the Standard for Safety in Ridesharing
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and BuzzFeed
The Federalist:
New NARAL Ad: Cory Gardner Is Totally Going To Ban...Condoms?