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8:15 PM ET, October 29, 2015


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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Ted Cruz's best moment of the debate was also completely wrong  —  “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media,” Ted Cruz said with considerable disgust.  “This is not a cage match.”  —  Cruz ticked off the insults …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Ben Carson calls on rival campaigns to help him end ‘gotcha’ debate questions  —  LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Republican presidential front-runner Ben Carson told reporters Thursday that he was reaching out to every rival campaign to lobby for changes to future debate formats.
Washington Post:
The third Republican debate transcript, annotated  —  Wednesday night, 10 candidates participated in the third Republican debate: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former tech executive Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) …
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
In (Partial) Defense of CNBC  —  We'll send you a reminder.  —  Your reminder will be sent  —  “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media,” Senator Ted Cruz said last night, drawing himself up in a way that made him appear to slightly inflate.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Online polls: Trump won third GOP debate  —  Donald Trump emerged the victor of Wednesday night's third GOP presidential debate, according to flash polls of three websites' users.  —  Trump overwhelmingly won the contest in Boulder, Colo., according to online surveys from Time …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   This GOP underdog was the debate's big winner
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Peace Breaks Out Among the Republican Candidates
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham Blasts RNC Debate Management: It's Hurting The Party
Discussion: Mediaite
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Has the Marco Moment arrived?
Sahil Kapur / news:
Fact Check: Study Says Rubio's Tax Plan Helps Rich More Than Middle Class, Less Than Poorest
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
CNBC moderators defend debate amid criticism
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Jeb Died on That Stage
Jeff Jacoby /
The biggest loser? The media
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
The CNBC Republican Debate Was A Total Trainwreck
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Reid calls on Rubio to resign  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid tore into Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday, calling on the Florida Republican and 2016 presidential contender to resign his Senate seat as he racks up no-shows on his voting record while campaigning for the White House.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Yeah, Jeb Bush Is Probably Toast  —  The post-debate spin could become a self-fulfilling prophecy  —  “You know, I think Jeb Bush is toast,” I told one of my editors after Wednesday night's debate.  —  “I kinda do too,” he replied.  “I'm just worried because that's what everyone else seems to think too.”
John Heilemann / Bloomberg Business:
Bush's Big Bomb  —  It was even worse than it looked.  —  jheil  —  A few hours before the third Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I was hunched over my laptop, either hard at work or studying Google Maps to determine the nearest dispensary …
David Catanese / US News:
A 112-page internal document provided to U.S. News includes more dirt on Marco Rubio, Iowa vote goals and a January advertising plan.  —  Jeb Bush looks on during the third Republican debate on Wednesday in Boulder, Colo.  —  Even before Jeb Bush's uninspiring debate performance Wednesday night …
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
New York Times:
Gov. Christie, Time to Go Home  —  It's that time in the ever-long presidential campaign when candidates lacking money and mojo are starting to go back to their plows.  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey should join them.  —  Mr. Christie has been called a lot of things …
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
A D.C. cop tried to break up a group of teens.  It ended in this impressive dance-off.  —  On Monday afternoon, D.C. police officers broke up two groups of fighting teenagers.  A few minutes later, a female officer approached the lingering crowd and told the teens to disperse.
Tax Foundation:
Details and Analysis of Senator Ted Cruz's Tax Plan  —  Key Findings:  — Senator Cruz's (R-TX) tax plan would enact a 10 percent flat tax on individual income and replace the corporate income tax and all payroll taxes with a 16 percent “Business Transfer Tax,” or subtraction method value-added tax.
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
At a Success Academy Charter School, Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’  —  From the time Folake Ogundiran's daughter started kindergarten at a Success Academy charter school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the girl struggled to adjust to its strict rules.  —  She racked up demerits …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Paul Ryan elected Speaker  —  Lawmakers on Thursday elected Rep. Paul Ryan as the 54th Speaker of the House, putting an end to weeks of uncertainty over who would lead the raucous 247-member GOP conference after John Boehner's (R-Ohio) surprise resignation.  —  On a day filled with pomp …
Allyson Blair / Hawaii News Now:
In lawsuit, lesbian couple alleges they were arrested in Pupukea for kissing  —  In March, Courtney Wilson and her girlfriend Taylor Guerrero came to the islands from Los Angeles for what was supposed to be a restful vacation.  —  Instead, the trip turned into a nightmare when the pair was arrested after kissing in Foodland Pupukea.
Geoff Forester / Associated Press:
Elite Prep School Grad Gets Jail Time In Sexual Assault Case  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school has been sentenced to a year in county jail for sexually assaulting an underage classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest on the campus.
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Anna M. Phillips / Tampa Bay Times:
Lawyer for Curtis Reeves to invoke ‘stand your ground’ law  —  The lawyer for Curtis Reeves, the retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting and killing a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater last year, said Wednesday that he plans to use Florida's “stand your ground” …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
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Erik Slavin / Stars & Stripes:
Russian aircraft approach USS Ronald Reagan, prompting US fighter jet scramble
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
John Kerry: Middle East is Home of Forward-Looking Populations
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Julie MakinenContact / Los Angeles Times:
China scraps one-child policy as its society ages and workforce shrinks
Discussion: Grist and ThinkProgress
USA Today:
Move over standing desk: this one reclines
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter Defends CNBC Debate Moderators From ‘Ridiculous’ Attacks
Ted Nugent / WND:
That high-school brat had it coming
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Thomas Schaller / American Prospect:
The Republican Structural Advantage
Discussion: Washington Monthly
European Parliament:
Mass surveillance: EU citizens' rights still in danger, says Parliament