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2:00 PM ET, November 3, 2014


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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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Tom Harkin: Don't Be Fooled Because Joni Ernst Is “Really Attractive,” “Sounds Nice”  —  “I don't care if she's as good looking as Taylor Swift...”  —  Retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn't be fooled because Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice.”
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Joni Ernst: ‘Very offended’ by Tom Harkin  —  Iowan GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst responded on Monday that she was “very offended” by Sen. Tom Harkin's comments comparing her looks to Taylor Swift.  —  “I was very offended that Sen. Harkin would say that, I think it's unfortunate …
Discussion: Liberaland
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Sen. Harkin: Joni Ernst Is ‘As Good Looking As Taylor Swift’ But Wrong For Iowa
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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,” …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Joe Biden: ‘Ready to compromise’
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
James Hohmann / Politico:
Final Senate survey: It's the GOP's to lose
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Don Surber and The Hill
John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Republicans hear strong anti-Obama, anti-Dem rhetoric at Manchester rally  —  MANCHESTER - A few hours after Hillary Clinton energized Democrats ahead of Tuesday's election, about 400 Republicans cheered on the top of their ticket, linking all of their opponents to President Obama.
Discussion: Raw Story and Booman Tribune
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
Nicole Weisensee Egan /
Terminally Ill Woman Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Own Life  —  Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon.  She was 29.  —  “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love.
Janet Eastman / Oregonian:
Brittany Maynard's death confirmed, friends and family post their goodbyes  —  Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill 29-year-old who said she moved to Oregon to use the Death with Dignity Act, has died, a nonprofit group working with the family confirmed Sunday.
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.
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP holds slight leads in CO, AK Senate contests
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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.
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Atheists Score Major Win In Federal Court  —  An federal district court in Oregon has declared Secular Humanism a religion, paving the way for the non-theistic community to obtain the same legal rights as groups such as Christianity.  —  On Thursday, October 30, Senior District Judge Ancer Haggerty issued …
Hunter Schwarz / Washington Post:
A lot of the celebrities who appeared in the midterm Rock The Vote PSA didn't actually vote in the last midterm  —  Celebrities are less likely to vote in midterm elections, just like us!  —  Rock The Vote released a public service announcement last month with a parody of Lil Jon's …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Georgia, Michelle Nunn fadeout dashes Dem hopes, raises chance of outright GOP win  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL GEORGIA 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS MICHELLE NUNN DAVID PERDUE 2014 MIDTERMS  —  For a brief time in mid-October, some Democrats believed Michelle Nunn, the party's Senate candidate in Georgia …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Plain Dealer:
Lorain 3-year-old in critical condition, shot in the head by 4-year-old brother, police say  —  The girl was flown to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.  (File photo)  —  Patrick Cooley, Northeast Ohio Media Group By Patrick Cooley, Northeast Ohio Media Group
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Gov. Edwards Won't Agree With Landrieu About Blacks In The South  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made something of a splash last week when she said that the South isn't always the “friendliest place” for blacks.  But Edwin Edwards (D), the colorful ex-governor who spent time in prison …
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court To Consider Case On Passports Of Jerusalem-Born Citizens  —  The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday for a second time in a case that combines Middle East policy with the dueling foreign policy roles of the president and Congress.  It's a political hot potato that asks …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
U.S.-backed Syria rebels routed by fighters linked to al-Qaeda  —  BEIRUT — The Obama administration's Syria strategy suffered a major setback Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda routed U.S.-backed rebels from their main northern strongholds, capturing significant quantities of weaponry …
Can Obama Reboot?  —  Does he even want to?  —  But those numbers are now crushing his presidency, like the converging trash compactor walls in Star Wars, forcing him into a narrower political space than that occupied by presidents of the past.  “We'll never see 51 percent again …
Julian E. Zelizer / NY Daily News:
Obama's long fall  —  How a liberal hero who boasted of transcending politics got dragged so far down  —  President Obama enters the lame-duck period of his presidency a little grayer than when he started, much more cynical about the possibilities for changing the ways Washington works …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and New York Times
Charles V Bagli / New York Times:
Condé Nast Moves Into the World Trade Center as Lower Manhattan Is Remade  —  For two days last weekend, moving trucks shuttled a total of 2,800 orange crates crammed with files, photographs and books from a Times Square office tower downtown to the tallest skyscraper in North America, 1 World Trade Center.
Michael P. McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Early Voting Pulling Into the Station  —  More than 17 million people have voted in the 2014 election.  As the early vote pulls into the station, it is time to interpret the meaning of these numbers.  I track early voting statistics here.  —  It's now possible to see how states are faring in their early vote compared to 2010.
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Somebody's Flexin' Maxine!
Discussion: alicublog and CBS Los Angeles
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
States ditch electronic voting machines
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Sen. Jeff Sessions / Fox News:
Alabama Senator: Obama wants immigration amnesty, your vote can stop it
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Rachel Maddow / Washington Post:
Republicans bank on fear in this election
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic Online:
It's Cheaper to Buy a Judge Than a State Senator
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul courts the black vote
 Earlier Items: 
John Fund / National Review:
Reid on the Ropes  —  It looks as if Harry Reid is at high risk …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Roll Call
John Zogby / Forbes:
Crist Opens Up 7 Point Lead Over Scott in Florida
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Rick Hampson / USA Today:
Pope Francis agitates conservative U.S. Catholics
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Ferguson no-fly zone aimed at media