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4:35 PM ET, October 31, 2014


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: With 4 Days Left, Here's The State Of The Races  —  The GOP's chances of winning the Senate are 68.5 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast, its highest figure of the year.  —  Among the 20 new polls released Thursday — it looks like there will be no Great Poll Shortage …
New York Times:
The Prospect of a Republican Senate  —  In a rare fit of realism on Tuesday, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, admitted he would be unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act if Republicans win the Senate next week and he becomes majority leader.
Norm Ornstein / National Journal:
A Republican Senate Victory Could Splinter the Party  —  The tension between setting out a positive agenda for governing and the pressure to continue to block and obstruct will be very, very high.  —  As polls show a movement toward Republicans—the new ABC News/Washington Post survey shows …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
If You Like Personhood, You'll Love The GOP Senate
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
End of the Age of Obama
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Betsy's Page
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived  —  Senate Democrats have long awaited the 2010 tea party wave to splash back on Republicans during the 2016 election cycle.  —  That moment is almost here.  —  After two years of obsessive focus on the teetering reelection prospects of red-state Democrats …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Democratic mega-donors: ‘To 2020 and Beyond’
Discussion: American Prospect and BuzzFeed
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dreamers heckle Hillary Clinton in Maryland
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton network to meet for strategy session
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack  —  Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS News correspondent who claims that her computers were hacked by the government while she was reporting on the Benghazi scandal, has released a video she took with her cellphone of one apparent hack.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Benghazi Reporter Releases Video Of Her Computer Being ‘Hacked’ (VIDEO)  —  In a promotional video earlier this month for a book that details alleged government intrusions with her computer, television and phone, former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson recalled a mysterious incident …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
New York Times:
Maine Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine for Nurse  —  FORT KENT, Me.  — Less than a day after restricting the movements of a nurse who treated Ebola victims in West Africa, a judge in Maine has lifted the measures, rejecting arguments by the State of Maine that a quarantine was necessary to protect the public.
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press:
Maine Judge Rejects State's Attempt To Impose Ebola Quarantine On Nurse
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Obama's Midterm Loss Record Could Make History  —  President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.  —  In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.
New York Post:
Democrats: Vote or we'll kick your ass  —  Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.  —  The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Lesson From My Great-Aunt  —  Is Sacrificing a bit of comfort for public health such a great indignity?  —  On a bookshelf in my home in a glass-and-brass frame I keep my great-aunt's Ellis Island health card.  It's cardboard, about as big as your hand.  She wore it on her coat during her nine-day journey from Ireland.
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown Tackles New Hampshire Geography In Final Debate  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senate challenger Scott Brown's efforts to cast himself as a New Hampshire native went awry in his final debate against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) on Thursday when a question on economic problems facing Sullivan County turned into a geography lesson.
Art Swift / Gallup:
Less Than Half of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Less than half of Americans, 47%, say they favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, similar to views found last year.  But this percentage is significantly below the 58% recorded …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Graphic: New details released in near-beheading murder of Stillwater teen, one in custody … STILLWATER, Okla. - A 21-year-old Stillwater man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of an area college student who, according to police, was nearly decapitated.
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberaland
Daniel J. Flynn / American Spectator:
The Growing Halloween Depravity of Grownups  —  Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers kill kids rushing to become adults.  Is it too much to ask of the ghoulish trio to apply their talents toward adults rushing to become kids?  —  The grownups who have decimated the ranks …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They're Not Scientists  —  WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican who is fighting a Democratic challenge from former Gov. Charlie Crist, was asked by The Miami Herald if he believes climate change is significantly affecting the weather.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Mitch McConnell widens lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes in final Bluegrass Poll  —  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday's election.
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Sen. Landrieu's remarks on race anger Republicans  —  NEW ORLEANS Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.  —  In an interview with NBC News on Thursday …
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Second-Hand Grocery Store To Open In Pennsylvania  —  Expiration dates are a luxury America's neediest cannot afford.  —  CREDIT: Shutterstock  —  A small town outside Pittsburgh is getting a new, unusual grocery shopping option.  Denise Marte is opening a store that will sell dented cans …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped  —  WASHINGTON — If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities …
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Justin Snow / Metro Weekly:
Democrat Seth Moulton rejects support from same-sex marriage opponents
The Huffington Post:
Ginsburg Was Right: Texas' Extreme Voter ID Law Is Stopping People From Voting
Discussion: Feeds and The Nation
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
State Attorney General Candidates Cite Concerns Over Political Donations
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats
National Journal:
They're Not Allowed to Talk. But Candidates and PACs Are Brazenly Communicating All the Time.
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Arizona Republic:
Gilbert school board votes to remove pages from text
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
John Stoehr / Washington Monthly:
Guns Are a Greater Public Health Threat Than Ebola
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act opponents are cherry-picking their history
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Apologizing to Japan  —  TOKYO — For almost two decades …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Hollywood pumps cash to candidates
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Dominic Lynch / The College Fix:
HALLOWEEN 2014: Ebola suits, straitjackets and other costumes vetoed by PC police
Discussion: Hot Air
Maria Konnikova / New Yorker:
Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?