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8:25 PM ET, October 14, 2015


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Overnight ratings point to Democratic debate record  —  Final ratings won't come in until later in the day.  But preliminary Nielsen ratings indicate that CNN's Tuesday night debate was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.  —  The 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. hours averaged an 11.2 household rating …
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Newly Released Democratic Debate Ratings Prove That Voters Want Substance  —  Despite assurances from the mainstream media that Tuesday's Democratic debate would struggle to attract viewers — and suggestions its focus on policy would pale in comparison to the name-calling drama of Republican debates …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Progress Pond
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The First Democratic Debate  —  If you didn't watch the CNN Democratic candidates' debate or read our live-blogging of the proceedings last night, you should be aware that the media appetite for naming a clear winner has fed a post-debate trend towards labeling HRC as a gigantic, titanic, overwhelming cham-peen.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Jim Webb, American Hero  —  When Democratic Party presidential hopefuls were asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to list enemies they had made during their careers that they were most proud of, the only candidate who didn't include any fellow Americans was Jim Webb.
Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
Under fire from Democrats, Dallas lawmaker stands by Tweet with Nazi meme
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
What Did We Learn From the Democratic Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Debate Lesson: America Now Has an Openly Socialist Party
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Democratic Debate Magic
Washington Post:
The CNN Democratic debate transcript, annotated
Aunt who sued nephew speaks out, says she was forced to go to trial … BRIDGEPORT —The aunt who sued her nephew for damages said that she was forced to do so by Connecticut law when the insurance company only wanted to pay her one dollar.  —  Jennifer Connell sued her nephew …
Discussion:, Daily Mail and KFOR-TV
Ryan Sutton / Eater NY - All:
Danny Meyer Is Eliminating All Tipping at His Restaurants  —  Big news out of Manhattan: Dining out is about to get turned on its head.  Union Square Hospitality Group, the force behind some of New York's most important restaurants, will announce today that starting in November …
Helen / Union Square Hospitality Group:
A Letter from Danny Meyer
Jim Kiertzner / WXYZ-TV:
Raid on doctor's office after possible fetuses found in car - Was he performing illegal abortions?  —  WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned police in West Bloomfield found questionable evidence in a trunk of a car that suggests an area doctor may have been performing illegal abortions.
Samantha Allen / The Daily Beast:
Abortion Doctor Had Human Tissue, Powerful Painkiller in Trunk
Discussion: RedState, WJBK-TV and The Daily Caller
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trade pact may not come up in House until after 2016 election  —  <p>President Barack Obama's signature trade deal - the Trans-Pacific Partnership - may not get taken up by the GOP-run Congress until after the 2016 elections, senior Republican and Democratic aides said Wednesday.</p><p> Mike Sommers …
Discussion: news
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Boehner looking to move debt-ceiling bill soon
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
I experienced the irresistible torture of watching Rand Paul's campaign livestream  —  In 1996 a woman named Jennifer Ringley decided to put a camera in her apartment and broadcast her entire life over the Internet.  Because it was a new and provocative concept, and because, hey …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul Livestreams His Despair
Discussion:, Hot Air and BuzzFeed
Matt Agorist / The Free Thought Project:
Man Eloquently Flexes his Rights & Shuts Down Cops Who Detained Him for Jogging While Black  —  Talladega, AL — Father of three, Corey Dickerson was out for a jog Saturday night when Talladega's finest decided they needed to harass him.  Dickerson is not your average pushover, however, and he knew exactly how to handle himself.
Poll: Trump dominates in Nevada, South Carolina overall and on the issues  —  Controversial remarks seem to only help Carson's bid  —  (CNN)Donald Trump holds double-digit leads over Ben Carson in both South Carolina and Nevada, the third and fourth states scheduled to hold nominating contests …
The Hill:
Trump: I should have Secret Service protection  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Secret Service should be giving him protection — and he suggested partisan politics might be why the agency isn't providing it.  —  In a 90-minute interview with The Hill, the Republican …
Ian Cummings / Kansas City Star:
Man tries to put out garbage fire by driving over it in a van loaded with ammunition  —  Man abandons van after tires catch fire Flames set off live ammunition in van … A Clay County sheriff's deputy retreated to a safe distance from a van burning in a field Tuesday afternoon after he heard …
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Cruz: Black Lives Matter Is ‘Literally Suggesting And Embracing And Celebrating The Murder Of Police’  —  KALONA, IA — At a campaign stop in rural Iowa on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told ThinkProgress that activists with the Black Lives Matter movement …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Ivanka Trump on how she feels about her dad's run: It's complicated  —  <p>Ivanka Trump believes the word “happy” is a complicated one to use regarding her feelings about her father running for president. </p><p>Trump, who was speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit in Washington on Wednesday …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly: We overestimated Trump's ‘anger management’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and FTVLive
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Why They're Running: Lessons From the Democratic Debate  —  A reader (who also happens to run a tech company) has an assessment of the debate that I find more useful than a lot of what's coming from the political pros.  Jeopardy-style, he formulates his observations in the form of a question:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Deeper Significance of Hillary's ‘Enemies’ Gaffe  —  I agree entirely with Charlie below with regard to Hillary's statement that the enemy she is most proud of is the Republican party.  But I'd add a few things.  —  1. This should properly be considered a Kinsley gaffe in that she accidentally told the truth.
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Stephanie Langston / WKRN-TV:
Man shot in head, 2 others injured at party near TSU
Discussion: WIAT-TV
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Football coach says he will defy school's prayer ban
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Lawmaker Mocks Black Ex-Marine Hit By Voter Disenfranchising Law: ‘Some People Enjoy Being A Victim’
Discussion: Raw Story
George Soros / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
George Soros is spending $256k on a Louisiana political race
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Drew Karedes / KHOU-TV:
Clements HS teen accused of repeatedly stabbing father
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Big Lead
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
The secret surveillance of ‘suspicious’ blacks in one of the nation's poshest neighborhoods
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Balloon Juice