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Lynn Neary / NPR:
Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's ‘Car Talk,’ Dies At 77  —  Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.  He was 77 years old.  —  Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on the weekly NPR show Car Talk.
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Scott Neuman / NPR:
‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77  —  Brothers Tom (left) and Ray Magliozzi pose under a car hood in Boston.  The comic duo hosted NPR's Car Talk for a quarter of a century before retiring in 2012.  Since then, the show has been heard in re-runs.  Tom has died at age 77.
Discussion: Gawker
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Cruz declares war if GOP wins Senate  —  In a last-minute gift to Democrats on the eve of the midterm elections, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced his plan to push for Senate Republicans to declare a rightist war against Democrats if the GOP wins control of the Senate.
Discussion: ABC News
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Washington Post:
Cruz aims to take on Obama if GOP wins Senate; won't vow support for McConnell  —  ANCHORAGE — Sen. Ted Cruz spent the final weekend of the midterms on the far edge of the country trying to help fellow Republican Dan Sullivan win a race the GOP is counting on in its effort to retake the Senate.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Georgia, Michelle Nunn fadeout dashes Dem hopes, raises chance of outright GOP win
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
New York Times:
Cancel the Midterms  —  DURHAM, N.C. — By Tuesday night about 90 million Americans will have cast ballots in an election that's almost certain to create greater partisan divisions, increase gridlock and render governance of our complex nation even more difficult.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Ben Stein: Obama ‘Is The Most Racist President There Has Ever Been’  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Economist Ben Stein believes the White House is playing the race card in an effort to get African-Americans to vote against Republicans.  —  Speaking to Fox News, Stein called President Barack Obama the most racist president in U.S. history.
Ben Shapiro / Truth Revolt:
Lena Dunham Threatens To Sue Truth Revolt For Quoting Her  —  Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book.
Laurel Brubaker Calkins / Bloomberg:
Texas Governor Intimidating Grand Jury, Prosecutor Claims  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry seems to be threatening to retaliate against grand jurors who indicted him for felony abuse-of-office and is misusing rules to try to toss out the charges before trial, a special prosecutor alleged.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Prosecutor Claims Perry Threatening Grand Jury After Indictment
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Holder sends poll watchers to 18 states  —  The Department of Justice plans to send federal monitors to 18 states to watch for discrimination against voters.  —  Monitors will head to Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico …
Discussion: Power Line
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Justice Department To Monitor Tuesday's Elections In 18 States
Discussion: naked capitalism
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Heckled by his own party's millionaire donor: Mark Udall campaign hit by friendly fire  —  Colorado senator's focus on abortion rights in a tight re-election race is the wrong issue at the wrong time according to Democratic backer Leo Beserra  —  Colorado's senior Democratic senator …
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Glenn Greenwald and Snowden: ‘Nobody Should Use Facebook’  —  During a Q&A in Canada, Glenn Greenwald was asked why his colleague and NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, wasn't on any of the social media platforms — i.e., Facebook — and Greenwald didn't mince words.
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Mary Landrieu's Remark About Blacks in the South Was True—and Politically Shrewd.  —  As a Democrat, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is running up against the late stages of partisan realignment.  But while the rise of the GOP in the South may end her political career …
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats can't escape Obama
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Undercover video shows North Carolina poll workers offering ballots to ineligible impostor - TWENTY TIMES - putting voter ID battle on the front burner  — Conservative guerrilla filmmaker James O'Keefe pretended to be a series of North Carolinians who hadn't voted in years
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Braley Donor Threatens Lawsuit Against National Review, Des Moines Register  —  A law firm aligned with Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley has threatened legal action against media outlets investigating a man featured in one of Braley's campaign ads, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Discussion: Power Line and Twitchy
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is 2014 A Republican Wave?  —  If the polls are right, Republicans will take control of the United States Senate when it reconvenes next year.  They'll retain the majority of the nation's governorships, although perhaps with a net loss of one or two seats.  FiveThirtyEight hasn't issued …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, The Dish and Politico
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away  —  A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.  —  Their message to the IRS: Sue me.  —  But the tax agency is doing anything but.
Lisa Fogarty / Opposing Views:
14-Year-Old Arrested For Wearing Rosary At Football Game  —  A 14-year-old boy from Amarillo, Texas, was reportedly hurt by a police officer after he refused to remove his rosary beads at a middle school football game Wednesday night.  —  Jacob Herrera's mother Lori Martinez says her son …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
With Defeat Looming, Democrats Retreat Into Fantasy  —  With prospects of Republicans recapturing the Senate a chilling reality—though certainly not a given—I've noticed a number of pundits, including, the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, embrace some conventional self-soothing myths about our political situation.
Scarce / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
NH GOP Chair Rallies Republican Faithful With Crazy Talk  —  Speaking to a group of republicans yesterday in Manchester, GOP Chair Jennifer Horn made this colorful metaphor about drowning all political opposition with your bare hands.  —  Horn was just one of the Speakers that also included Kelly Ayotte …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Birthers Hope GOP Congress Will Launch Obama Birth Certificate Probe  —  A columnist for the birther outlet WorldNetDaily wants conservatives to pressure Republican elected officials to initiate a probe into President Obama's birth certificate if the GOP takes control of the U.S. Senate following the midterm elections.
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
A Letter to New Hampshire Dems  —  Liberals for Scott Brown?  Here's why I think New Hampshire Democrats should vote against Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday.  I know this is a tough sell, and you're maybe sick of any kind of sell.  I'll keep it short:  —  1. Neither party is speaking to the public's deep legitimate fears.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Don't expect a shake-up  —  President Obama is not preparing a dramatic overhaul of his staff in the event of a disastrous midterm election, White House press secretary Josh Earnest indicated Monday.  —  While President George W. Bush fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld immediately …
New York Times:
Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren't Optional  —  A new data set suggests that more than three million people would have gained health insurance across 24 states if the Supreme Court had ruled differently.  —  Credit:  —  THE NEW HEALTH CARE |  NOVEMBER 3, 1:00 PM
CNN:
Vice President Joe Biden: Democrats will keep Senate  —  Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN) — Vice President Joe Biden isn't buying the growing consensus heading into Election Day that Republicans are poised to take control of the Senate.  —  “I don't agree with the oddsmakers,” …
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Hard Lesson: Statewide Poll Averages Are Usually Right.
Agence France-Presse:
FBI warns against homegrown terror threat
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Caller
Economist:
Cracks in the atheist edifice
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
My Book Argued That Obama “Fumbled the Recovery.” Here's What I Got Wrong.
Discussion: The Dish
 Earlier Items: 
Plain Dealer:
Lorain 3-year-old in critical condition, shot in the head by 4-year-old brother, police say
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberaland
Julian E. Zelizer / NY Daily News:
Obama's long fall
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Atheists Score Major Win In Federal Court
Janet Eastman / Oregonian:
Brittany Maynard's death confirmed, friends and family post their goodbyes
John Fund / National Review:
Reid on the Ropes  —  It looks as if Harry Reid is at high risk …
Discussion: Roll Call and Betsy's Page