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10:15 AM ET, October 7, 2015

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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Gallup gives up the horse race  —  <p>Gallup has been the country's gold standard for horse-race election polling ever since its legendary founder, George Gallup, predicted Franklin Roosevelt's landslide reelection in 1936.</p><p>But after a bruising 2012 cycle, in which its polls were farther off …
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Trolls GOP Field, Sending Them Copies of Her Book Hard Choices
Nick Gass / Politico:
‘Draft Biden’ group to air first national TV ad  —  <p>Draft Biden, the super PAC urging Vice President Joe Biden to make a third bid for the White House, is out with its first national television ad on Wednesday.</p><p> The 90-second spot features photos of Biden and his family …
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and Towleroad
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Hillary Clinton Readies Oppo-Research to Go to War Against Joe Biden  —  “This could be messier than Obama-Hillary '08.”  —  2.6k  —  If Joe Biden jumps into the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton will be ready to go on the offensive.  According to a source close to the Clinton campaign …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Swing-state polls show vulnerabilities for Clinton, Trump  —  <p>Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are still on top among their respective parties' voters in three key swing states, but Vice President Joe Biden and Ben Carson fare better than the primary leaders in general election matchups …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Second IT firm agrees to give Clinton's server data to FBI  —  Former secretary of state hired Datto Inc. to provide a private cloud backup of her emails  —  FBI asked the Connecticut company to turn over data.  It agreed.  —  State Department also asking again whether she turned over all of her business emails
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
FBI probe of Clinton e-mail expands to second data company … The FBI's probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton's account.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hillary's ‘Hail Mary’ hope to get past the e-mail mess  —  In 1992, a popular Republican bumper sticker — the “meme” pre-Internet — read: “Annoy the Media.  Re-elect Bush.”  It was designed to appeal to conservatives who might be seduced into voting for Ross Perot and make them rethink.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
Ted Cruz Repeatedly Grills Sierra Club President With One Simple Question — Watch the Answer He Gets  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) repeatedly grilled Sierra Club President Aaron Mair Tuesday, asking whether his organization would issue a formal retraction if evidence contrary to his global warming testimony …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?  —  Voters on both the left and the right often claim that there is no difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties, and of course that isn't true.  There's a big difference between Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia, for one thing.
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Christian group predicts the world will be ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday  —  Over a week after blood moon doomsday forecasts were proven wrong, eBible Fellowship leader Chris McCann says ‘the world will pass away’ on 7 October  —  While our planet may have survived September's “blood moon” …
Globes Online:
Huge oil discovery on Golan Heights  —  Estimates are that the amount of oil found will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come.  —  After more than a year of round-the-clock drilling, large amounts of oil have been found on the Golan Heights.
Emily Greenhouse / Bloomberg Business:
Barry Diller Says He'll Leave the Country If Donald Trump Wins the White House  —  Media executive blames the influence of reality TV for poisoning politics.  —  emserre  —  Barry Diller, the founder and chairman of IAC Interactive, knows show biz and New York real estate …
Discussion: Politico, Fusion and Power Line
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Hey, let's all make our own Donald Trump hats
Discussion: Jezebel and Balloon Juice
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
House Dem To Push Amendment Abolishing Benghazi Committee  —  A House Democrat will offer an amendment to abolish Congress' special committee on the Benghazi, in a move that simultaneously hits Republicans on Planned Parenthood and on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) Benghazi “gaffe.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
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Sean Davis / Salon:
Jason Chaffetz, grandstanding charlatan: What you need to know about the GOP's shameless up-and-comer
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Jess Cagle / People.com:
PEOPLE's Call to Action: Preventing Gun Violence  —  In this week's issue of PEOPLE, Editorial Director Jess Cagle used his Editor's Letter to address the frequency of mass shootings in America.  We have also published the office telephone numbers for all 535 voting members of the House and Senate.
Discussion: The Week
Will Rahn / The Daily Beast:
Jeb Bush Should Face Facts: It's Time to Drop Out  —  Jeb, this isn't working.  You're a bad candidate, and all you're going to do now is damage the guy who can beat Trump.  Is that what you want?  —  Jeb, this just isn't going to work.  After all that money spent, you're still sagging nationally …
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Emailgate is a political problem for Hillary Clinton, but it also reveals why she'd be an effective president  —  Hillary Clinton's emails have, in a sense, taught us nothing new about her.  She's not into transparency, she doesn't like the media (who also doesn't like her) …
BobbyJindal.com:
We fill Our Culture With Garbage, And We Reap The Result  —  I'm going to start today by venting, and I will warn you in advance that this is going to be a sermon, but someone needs to speak the truth for a change:  —  Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference …
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Jindal: Oregon Gunman's Father Is A ‘Failure’ Who ‘Owes Us All An Apology’
Alan Berlow / New York Times:
Who the N.R.A. Really Speaks For  —  AN angry and exasperated President Obama, speaking to the nation last Thursday after the slaughter in Roseburg, Ore., made one oblique reference to the National Rifle Association, asking gun owners to question whether their “views are properly being represented …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Romney's 47 percent?  Now 45 percent  —  Mitt Romney's 47 percent is now 45.3 percent.  —  The Tax Policy Center says that's now the number of households who don't pay any income taxes, an almost five percentage point increase over the 2013 estimate of 40.4 percent.
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
America's Fragile Constitution … Over the past few decades, many of the unwritten rules of American political life have been discarded.  Presidential appointees, once routinely confirmed by the Senate, now spend months in limbo.  Signing statements have increased in frequency and scope …
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Ben Carson ‘Much More Comfortable’ If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
 
 
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Zero correlation between state homicide rate and state gun laws
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New York Post:
Bon Jovi stands up for Israel — and against the boycott buffoons
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Associated Press:
AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear smugglers sought terrorist buyers
Discussion: Washington Post, Telegraph and The Week
Mark Krikorian / National Review:
The Results Are In: Obama Never Intended to Enforce Immigration Laws
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Hot Air
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Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota Trucks
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Megan Miller / WIAT-TV:
Picture of Jefferson County Deputy comforting baby goes viral
Discussion: WPRI-TV and WKRN-TV
Christian Spencer / Campus Reform:
Ivy League prof. calls Ben Carson a ‘coon’
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release