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3:10 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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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.
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 …
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
LAS VEGAS — Martin O'Malley, who is hoping to jumpstart his presidential campaign with a strong debate performance here Tuesday, continues to get little love from his home state of Maryland.  —  The former governor is backed by just 4 percent of voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
DNC officer: I was disinvited after call for more debates
Discussion: kspr.com and American Spectator
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
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
A Likely Debate Highlight: Democrats' Distance From Obama
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Althouse
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama won't shrink from 2016 race
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Iranian TV says Post correspondent Jason Rezaian convicted  —  Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post correspondent in Tehran imprisoned for more than 14 months has been convicted in an espionage trial that ended two months ago, Iranian State TV has reported.  —  News of a verdict …
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Miranda July / New York Times:
A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna  —  The author and filmmaker Miranda July asks the pop superstar what turns her on, how she handles the pressure of public scrutiny and why she's been Googling childbirth.  (Then they become best friends.)  —  I DRESSED VERY CAREFULLY for her …
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
Amanda Cuda / Connecticut Post:
Milford schools ban Halloween  —  Milford parents and other residents are outraged by the school district's recent decision to ban the popular Halloween parades at the city's elementary schools, due to fear of excluding children who can't or won't participate in the tradition.
 
 
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