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12:25 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’
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
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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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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
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
David Axelrod hit: Chris Christie ‘Sopranos’ governor  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday teed off at a heckler and told him to “sit down and shut up!” in a heated exchange along the Jersey Shore — a confrontation captured on video that drew a stinging rebuke from one of President Barack Obama's former top advisers.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Kyliehennagin / CBS New York:
VIDEO: Gov. Christie Tells Sandy Heckler To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics and NPR
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 …
Discussion: OnPolitics and National Review
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2014 - Udall Down 7 Points …
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’
Dan O'Donnell / News/Talk 1130 WISN:
Former Trek President and CEO Confirms Mary Burke was Fired  —  In 1993, Tom Albers learned about big problems with Trek Bicycle Corporation's European division.  Sales numbers were down, and employees were in a near mutiny against the young woman Trek founder Richard Burke had put in charge.
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Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Ex-Trek execs with conservative ties say Mary Burke was forced out
Discussion: Althouse and Watchdog.org
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 …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   Biden his time for 2016  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — Hillary Clinton came …
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 …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Why Polls Tend to Undercount Democrats  —  Why Polls Tend to Undercount Democrats  —  A crucial problem is that pollsters, for a variety of reasons, are more successful at reaching Republican-leaning voters.  —  Peter Gamlen  —  ON THE BALLOT |  OCTOBER 30, 7:01 AM
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
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
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
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
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 …
BBC:
Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze  —  Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament.  —  Correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames.
CBS News:
What Americans think of Congress and the President  —  Shares -  —  Regardless of whether they will vote in a Senate race this year, 51 percent of registered voters nationwide expect the Republican Party to win control of the U.S. Senate.  Self-identified Republicans expect their party to prevail …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
 
 
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Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
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Nealjriley / CBS Boston:
Police Seek Dunkin' Robber Who Wore Obama Mask
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Hanna Rosin / Slate:
The Problem With That Catcalling Video
Staten Island Advance:
For Congress: Advance endorses Michael Grimm (editorial)
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ben Bradlee's funeral: A salty and ebullient send-off, befitting the man
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Husband of Sen. Hall-Long charged with sign theft
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Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola
Clark Mindock / Roll Call:
Democrats Losing Youth Vote: Millennials Turning to the GOP
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Instapundit
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem ‘shocked’ by ‘chickens—’ remark
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President Barack Obama's legacy pitch
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities