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3:25 PM ET, October 30, 2015


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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
RNC pulls out of NBC debate  —  The Republican National Committee has pulled out of a planned Feb. 26 debate with NBC News after widespread criticism of this week's CNBC debate from both the party and campaigns.  —  “We are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: GOP campaigns plot revolt against RNC  —  Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party's messy debate process — and how to remove power from the hands of the Republican National Committee.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Yes, Marco Rubio's Finances Are a Big Deal  —  We'll send you a reminder.  —  Your reminder will be sent  —  The big post-debate story is about the media.  CNBC is being pilloried by Republicans for the way it conducted last night's event, in Boulder, Colorado.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Carson calls for change in debate format
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Not Ready for Prime Time Bush  —  Like Scott Walker, Jeb couldn't rise to the demands of the national stage.  —  We'll begin with what went wrong with the Republican debate in Boulder, Colo., then look at what went wrong with Jeb Bush.  —  CNBC's debate moderators have famously come under fire …
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
If You're Black, Lead the Pack  —  Ben Carson shows that being a minority and a conservative is not a contradiction.  —  H  —  ere's something you may not know: Dr. Ben Carson is black.  —  Of course, I'm being a little cute here.  The only way you wouldn't know he's black is if you were blind and only listened to the news.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Romney alum rebuts Bush whispers: Rubio passed our vetting  —  A longtime top aide to Mitt Romney is pushing back against charges from the Jeb Bush campaign that Romney came across unflattering information about Marco Rubio when he was vetted for the VP slot in 2012.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Where Does Jeb Go From Here?
David Catanese / US News:
A 112-page internal document provided to U.S. News includes …
The Hill:
Bush supporters pick up the pieces after disappointing debate
Discussion: Instapundit
U.S. to deploy small number of special forces to Syria in advisory role  —  U.S. President Barack Obama plans to deploy a small number of special operations forces to Syria to advise rebels Washington deems moderate, U.S. sources said on Friday, a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Obama to Send Troops to Syria
Discussion: The Federalist and Shakesville
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Policy and Character  —  David Brooks writes a pro-Marco-Rubio column, and in passing says this: … It won't surprise you to learn that I disagree deeply.  My experience is that the best way to figure out a candidate's true priorities — and his or her character — is to look hard at policy proposals.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio Moment  —  So after all the meshugas on the right over the past few years, the Republicans could wind up with two new leaders going into this election, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.  That's a pretty excellent outcome for a party that has shown an amazing tendency to inflict self-harm.
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
‘Shell-shocked’ CNBC staffers had long flight home  —  For the CNBC employees who boarded a charter plane right after Wednesday's bruising GOP debate, the redeye flight was physically smooth but emotionally turbulent.  —  People were exhausted, but also rattled and worried.
Storm gusts blow giant, inflatable pumpkin through Peoria  —  Halloween came early for drivers and pedestrians as a giant, inflatable pumpkin emerged from a group of trees before bouncing through a Peoria intersection and down the roadway in video captured on Thursday.
Hugh Forrest / South by Southwest 2016 Music …:
SXSW Announces March 12 Online Harassment Summit  —  Earlier this week we made a mistake.  By cancelling two sessions we sent an unintended message that SXSW not only tolerates online harassment but condones it, and for that we are truly sorry.  —  The resulting feedback from the individuals involved …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton allies shout ‘sexism’ at Sanders  —  The once respectful Democratic primary has devolved into a slugfest about gender, with Hillary Clinton surrogates expressing outrage over how Bernie Sanders is conducting his campaign — even calling for him to fire his staff over alleged sexist remarks.
Discussion: The Week and MSNBC
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders: Aide's remark about Clinton for VP was ‘inappropriate’
Discussion: Shakesville
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Bill de Blasio endorses Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and The Week
Adam Ganucheau /
Alabama Teacher of the Year who left Mountain Brook for Birmingham is resigning  —  Ann Marie Corgill, 2015 National Teacher of the Year finalist and 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year, has submitted a letter of resignation to Birmingham City Schools.  —  Corgill, a fifth-grade teacher …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate approves two-year budget deal in 3 a.m. vote  —  The Senate passed a two-year budget deal that raises the debt ceiling early Friday morning, sending the agreement to President Obama's desk.  —  The deal was approved in a 64-35 vote after 3 a.m. after a late speech by Sen. Rand Paul …
Dave Urbanski /
College Dean Accuses Texas Officers of Stopping Her for ‘Walking While Black’ — Police Claim Dashcam Video Tells a Different Story  —  Dorothy Bland, dean of the journalism school at the University of North Texas, is used to taking a walk at daybreak.  But rain delayed her exercise regimen …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeb's “Having A Blast” Running For President, He Says
Discussion: Daily Kos
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