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2:55 PM ET, October 12, 2015

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CNN:
South Carolina, Nevada CNN polls find Clinton far ahead  —  (CNN)With Hillary Clinton behind in New Hampshire and holding on to a narrowing margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa, new CNN/ORC polls in Nevada and South Carolina suggest Clinton holds strong support in the two states that could prove to be a firewall for her.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
CNN expects ‘significantly smaller’ ratings for Dem debate  —  <p>The Republican and Democratic fields are like night and day, and no event will make that more apparent than Tuesday's first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, hosted by CNN and Facebook.</p><p> With only five candidates …
CBS News:
Poll: Hillary Clinton still leads Democratic race  —  The Democratic race  —  Just days before the first Democratic candidate debate, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie Sanders by 19 points in the Democratic race for the nomination nationally.  Forty-six percent would vote for her.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems pay high price for union support
Discussion: Politico
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bernie Sanders' Democratic debate challenge: turning down the volume
Discussion: The Week and KUSA-TV
Nick Gass / Politico:   Trump handicaps the Democratic debate
Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Prepares for Crucial Campaign Stretch
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
D.N.C. Officer Says She Was Disinvited From Debate After Calling for More of Them  —  Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Nevada after she appeared on television and called for more face-offs.
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
The wild card at the Democratic debate could be the guy no one's talking about  —  If there's a chance for a wild card on the stage at Tuesday's lead-off Democratic debate, the smart money's on former senator Jim Webb of Virginia.  —  Running an unconventional presidential campaign …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
DNC officer: I was disinvited after call for more debates
Burgess Everett / Politico:
POLITICO Huddle: WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR RYAN TO RUN — Cotton wants Cheney as speaker — Ex-Im makes comeback — BENGHAZI PANEL'S LATEST DRAMA  —  PLAYING HARD TO GET: How do you get the reluctant man from Janesville to run for speaker?  Jake Sherman reports there's but one way: Get the whole House GOP on board.
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senator Wants Dick Cheney To Be Speaker Of The House  —  A freshman Republican senator told Politico he wanted to see former Vice President Dick Cheney to be the next speaker of the House.  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), an Iraq war veteran and a hawk on foreign policy, endorsed Cheney as Rep. Paul Ryan …
Discussion: Politico and FOX News Radio
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The two big problems hurting House Republicans  —  Discussing the chaos gripping the House Republican caucus, Joe Scarborough put his finger on one of the major problems facing House Republicans: a lack of strategic thinking.  The former Republican congressman from Florida mused last week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans open door to weakening the filibuster  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is opening the door to changing the filibuster in response to growing pressure from Republicans angered that Democrats have blocked legislation from reaching the White House.
CBS News:
President Obama  —  Steve Kroft questions President Obama on topics including Russia's incursion in Syria, ISIS and the 2016 presidential race  —  The following is a script from “President Obama” which aired on October 11, 2015.  Steve Kroft is the correspondent.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama won't shrink from 2016 race
Discussion: Washington Times
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
A Likely Debate Highlight: Democrats' Distance From Obama
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Althouse
New York Times:
Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — When the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks on American government outposts in Benghazi, Libya, was created, Democrats immediately criticized it as a partisan effort to damage the political fortunes of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Ryan Osborne / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Cowboys-Patriots postgame brawl leaves one fan shot, another in custody  —  One man shot after the Dallas Cowboys game He was airlifted to area hospital  —  Fight apparently broke out after Cowboys game … ARLINGTON  —  A shooting victim was taken to the hospital and a suspect …
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Washington Post:
Iranian TV says Post correspondent Jason Rezaian convicted
Jim Hahn / Dell:
Michael S. Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake Lead Transaction to Combine Dell and EMC, Creating Premier End-to-End Technology Company  — Brings together the industry's leading innovators in digital transformation, software-defined data center, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security
Gillian B. White / The Atlantic:
Black Americans Would Have Been Better Off Renting Than Buying  —  The first several years of the 21st century were relatively good ones for the housing market—at least on the surface.  Homeownership climbed to around 70 percent, and all that demand meant lots of new construction and increasing home equity for existing owners.
 
 
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