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11:30 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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: and Betsy's Page
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Ex-Trek execs with conservative ties say Mary Burke was forced out
Discussion: Althouse
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
MU poll has Walker leading Burke, with turnout still key
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Althouse
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
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 …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon Orders 21-Day Ebola Quarantine for Troops
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.  —  Credit: Peter Gamlen  —  ON THE BALLOT |  OCTOBER 30, 7:01 AM
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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?
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 …
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
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
Staten Island Advance:
For Congress: Advance endorses Michael Grimm (editorial)  —  Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island-Brooklyn) has served in Congress since 2011.  (Advance photo)  —  There are, on occasion, electoral races in which both candidates are of high quality and high integrity and conduct a tough but fair campaign about the issues.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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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Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
Hanna Rosin / Slate:
The Problem With That Catcalling Video
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden his time for 2016  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — Hillary Clinton came …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ben Bradlee's funeral: A salty and ebullient send-off, befitting the man
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Husband of Sen. Hall-Long charged with sign theft
More turmoil for House GOP lawsuit against Obama
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola
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Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Absentees put Snyder, Schauer race in dead heat
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem ‘shocked’ by ‘chickens—’ remark
President Barack Obama's legacy pitch
Skschust / CBS New York:
Police: Woman Decapitated, Son Struck By Train In Murder-Suicide In Farmingdale
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Gothamist
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
Joey / Miami Herald &
Miami Beach police investigating cop after confrontation during traffic stop
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo