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PBS NewsHour:
Hillary Clinton says she does not support Trans-Pacific Partnership  —  Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Speaking with Judy Woodruff Wednesday …
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Inside Bernie Sanders' unorthodox debate prep … Hillary Clinton has had aides lined up to run her debate prep for months.  A Washington super lawyer is mimicking Sanders and her top policy staffer is acting as Martin O'Malley.  —  Bernie Sanders started studying for next Tuesday's event not even a full week ago.
John Dickerson / Slate:
Joe Biden's Big Question  —  Why are you running?  —  Joe Biden is expected to announce whether he is running for president any day now.  If he does decide to jump in the race, there will be one critical question for which he doesn't quite have an answer: Why are you running?
Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Why Donald Trump Will Always Be a “Short-Fingered Vulgarian”
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Karen Deyoung / Washington Post:
Russia's Syria intervention may force choice on Obama: Act or yield  —  Russia's military moves in Syria are fundamentally changing the face of the country's civil war, putting President Bashar al-Assad back on his feet, and may complicate the Obama administration's plans to expand its air operations against the Islamic State.
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Ivan Krastev / New York Times:
Is Vladimir Putin Trying to Teach the West a Lesson in Syria?  —  SOFIA, Bulgaria — Last week, after Russian planes bombed antigovernment forces near the Syrian town of Homs, a senior American official complained to me: “What Russia is doing in Syria is not an effort to fight the Islamic State; it is not old-fashioned realpolitik.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP faces debt-limit divide  —  With less than a month to go until the Nov. 5 deadline, congressional Republicans are divided on what strategy to adopt in the fight over the debt ceiling.  —  Conservatives see the looming debt hike as leverage that could be used to extract concessions from the Obama administration.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Ben Carson stumbles on debt limit question  —  Ben Carson appeared to have some difficulty in explaining exactly whether he would support raising the debt limit in a recent interview.  —  “Let me put it this way: if I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget.  Absolutely would not do it.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
House creates panel to investigate Planned Parenthood  —  The House voted Wednesday to create a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood and the handling of aborted fetal tissue, all but ensuring an already-fierce partisan battle will continue into 2016.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pete Souza / New York Magazine:
Did Barack Obama do enough for his own community?  —  There is a photo by Pete Souza, the White House's canny and peripatetic photographer, that surfaces from time to time online.  The setting is Marine One, and it features a modest cast of five.  Valerie Jarrett, dressed in a suit of blazing pink, is staring at her cell phone.
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Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Rupert Murdoch: Carson could be ‘a real black president’  —  Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday said Republican Ben Carson would be “a real black president,” implying doubts about President Obama's connection to minorities.  —  The chairman and CEO of News Corporation tweeted Wednesday night: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific.
The Hill:
Right flexes muscle ahead of Speaker vote  —  The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday endorsed little-known Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) for Speaker — a bold move that raises serious doubts about whether Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy can cobble together the 218 votes on the House floor he needs to be promoted.
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www.wftv.com:
Video shows judge berating, sentencing domestic violence victim to jail  —  SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —  Channel 9 has obtained video from a Seminole County courtroom where an emotional domestic violence victim was sentenced to three days in jail for failing to show up for her abuser's trial.
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Florida judge harasses domestic violence victim before jailing her: 'You haven't even seen anxiety'
Ian Mohr / New York Post:
Matt Barnes drove 95 miles to ‘beat the s-t’ out of Derek Fisher  —  Matt Barnes with then-wife Gloria Govan, and Knicks coach Derek Fisher.  —  Knicks coach Derek Fisher is involved in a romantic relationship with the estranged wife of his former teammate Matt Barnes …
Wall Street Journal:
Accused Oregon Shooter Discharged From Army After Suicide Attempt  —  Christopher Harper-Mercer left basic training after just one month in 2008  —  The gunman who allegedly killed nine people and wounded nine others at a rural community college in Oregon last Thursday had been discharged …
Mira Kamdar / New York Times:
America's Gun Madness, as Seen From Europe  —  PANTIN, France — My mother lives near Roseburg, Ore. Her part of the world isn't often in the news in France.  But when I woke up last Friday morning, the mass shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg had made the French morning television news.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Joe Lynch / Billboard:
Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Ways Selena Gomez Is Taking Charge  —  Selena Gomez is done sitting back while paparazzi vultures and Internet trolls tear into her.  On her upcoming album Revival, the pop star is taking charge of her life, career and image in a way she hasn't before — so watch out, world.
Chelsea Manning / Medium:
Military Haircuts  —  My first post about what it's like to live, and grow as a human being: transitioning in a military prison.  —  The last few weeks have been particularly challenging for me.  For the first time in years, I felt like giving up... then, I found my “second wind” to be human.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Biden: Republicans ‘beating’ on Hispanics  —  Vice President Biden accused Republican presidential candidates of “beating” on Hispanics during an address to a Hispanic group on Wednesday.  —  In a surprise appearance at a fundraiser hosted by the Latino Victory Project PAC …
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton ‘SNL’ Cameo Could Entitle Challengers to Free Air Time  —  Hillary Clinton's appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend could trigger the so-called equal-time rule, the federal law that allows qualified opposing candidates to demand comparable air time.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Impeach the IRS director  —  “Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best.  He should [have] let the [S]outh go.  We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.”  Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune …
Carri Geer Thevenot / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sen. Reid, wife sue makers of exercise band  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his wife are suing the makers of a resistance exercise band that the lawmaker has blamed for a January accident that left him blind in his right eye.  —  Reid, D-Nev., and his wife, Landra Gould, filed …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
New York Times:
Shut Down the Benghazi Committee  —  House Republicans may be disinclined to disband the Select Committee on Benghazi with the presidential race heating up.  But at the very least they should rename their laughable crusade, which has cost taxpayers $4.6 million, “the Inquisition of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics Focus Groups: What's Powering the Ben Carson Boom  —  Despite never holding elected office, or perhaps because of that fact, the retired neurosurgeon has managed to impress many Republican voters.  —  What explains the appeal Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who …
Discussion: Business Insider
 
 
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Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg View:
How the Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment
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Washington Post:
Republican candidates' dangerous incoherence on guns
New York Daily News:
Koch brothers eyeing Marco Rubio for nearly $1B campaign contribution
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Wall Street Journal:
Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt
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Nicola Slawson / Guardian:
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Trump Says Bush and Rubio Suffer from Political Politeness
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Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Why you shouldn't be surprised that prisoners crushed Harvard's debate team
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee's First Year Of Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Didn't Go Very Well
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