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1:45 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 …
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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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.
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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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 …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2014 - Udall Down 7 Points In Colorado Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Men Give Republican Big Lead  —  With strong support from men, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger in the Colorado U.S. Senate race, leads U.S. Sen. Mark Udall …
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 30, 2014 - Independent Voters Boost Crist …
Discussion: OnPolitics and National Review
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
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 …
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’
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
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
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press:
Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride  —  7 photos  —  FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola
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 …
Frank Serpico / Politico:
The Green Monster  —  How the Border Patrol became America's most out-of-control law enforcement agency.  —  But the Border Patrol has also become one of the nation's deadliest law enforcement agencies over that same period, involved in more fatal shootings—at least 46—since 2004 than perhaps any other such agency.
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
NYPD Sgt. Alberto Randazzo and Colo. woman accused of plotting on Skype to molest baby  —  EXCLUSIVE: Randazzo and Keira Norton will spend at least 15 years in prison if convicted of charges of scheming to molest her 1-year-old.  Investigators seized Randazzo's laptop computer and found …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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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: 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
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
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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: Gawker and Washington Post
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ben Bradlee's funeral: A salty and ebullient send-off, befitting the man
Discussion: FishbowlDC
delawareonline:
Husband of Sen. Hall-Long charged with sign theft
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem ‘shocked’ by ‘chickens—’ remark
Discussion: Fox News, Defense One and The PJ Tatler
Politico:
President Barack Obama's legacy pitch