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11:40 AM ET, November 1, 2015

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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Cruz: CNBC debate moderators were ‘left-wing operatives’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says the moderators at CNBC's GOP presidential debate were “left-wing operatives” trying to weaken Republican presidential candidates.  —  He added future debates should be hosted by moderators who have voted …
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David McCabe / The Hill:
Trump: CNBC's Harwood a ‘fool’ and a ‘dope’  —  GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday labeled the moderator of Wednesday's much-maligned CNBC Republican presidential debate a “dope” and a “fool.”  —  “By the way — this guy John Harwood, was he a dope?”
Discussion: Townhall.com
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Carson Calls for Major Changes in GOP Debate Format, Distribution  —  Campaign also seeks to reduce the number of televised debates  —  Ben Carson's campaign wants to take the coming Republican presidential primary debates off television and broadcast them over the Internet …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Dem: CNBC's ‘circus’ debate was like ‘The Gong Show’
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
First on CNN: Trump slams Obama over ground troops in Syria  —  Norfolk, Virginia (CNN)Donald Trump on Saturday knocked President Barack Obama's decision to deploy fewer than 50 Special Operations forces on the ground in Syria, suggesting the strategy is a half-measure.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Washington Post
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:   After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind
ABC News:   Analysis: Obama Crosses Own Red Line With Syrian Deployment
Matt Steiner / Gazette:
4 dead after morning shootings in downtown Colorado Springs  —  Gunfire rang out Saturday morning east of downtown Colorado Springs, leaving bullet-riddled bodies lying in the 200 block of North Prospect Street and in front of a Wendy's restaurant on North Wahsatch Avenue.
Discussion: Guardian
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KKTV-TV:
4 Dead, Including Suspect, In Downtown Shooting Spree … Headlines List  —  “I was just sitting on my patio taking my dog out when I saw someone come around the corner, being chased by the police.”  —  Aaron Nicks and dozens of other people in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday morning watched …
Discussion: WSPA-TV and Associated Press
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Fall of the House of Bush  —  WASHINGTON — JEB, dragging his wilted exclamation point around, is so boring that it's hard to focus on the epic nature of his battle.  —  Not the battle against Donald Trump, although his beat-down by Trump is garishly entertaining.
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Jordan Alam / The Atlantic:
Where Can Queer Muslims Go to Pray?  —  In the media, being queer and Muslim often seems to amount to being a victim.  In articles on violence against LGBTQ people in Muslim-majority countries, or pieces on the challenges of coming out, the queer person's connection to Islam is often used …
Daily Mail:
ISIS ‘shot down’ Russian Sinai plane that crashed and killed all 224 passengers  — The aircraft was reported missing 23 minutes after leaving the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with 224 on board  — Initial reports that experienced pilot warned of ‘technical problem’ shortly before disaster have now been rejected
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Confidential / New York Daily News:
Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana slams current spouse Melania: 'She can't talk, she can't give a speech'  —  Ivana Trump has been very supportive of her ex-husband's presidential aspirations, but she isn't endorsing The Donald's wife as First Lady.  —  At a recent event in town …
Discussion: Althouse
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Ryan: ‘I was not elected dictator of the House’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan says he was not elected speaker to dictate, but to work alongside fellow Republicans to set the House agenda.  —  “I was not elected dictator of the House.  I was elected speaker of the House.  And that means we do it in a bottom up approach.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Seeking America's ‘lost’ greatness and finding Trump most appealing  —  The way Joe McCoy sees it, the last time America was great was when Ronald Reagan was president, when people played by the rules.  No, it was in the '70s, Holly Martin says, when you could depend on Americans to work hard.
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
 
 
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Draw Contrasts With Each Other at Iowa Event
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Doesn't Kiss Babies. That a Problem?
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
German Village of 102 Braces for 750 Asylum Seekers
Patrick Howley / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton Was Warned Not to Blame Benghazi on Youtube Video
Discussion: Allen B. West
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Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
Academia's Rejection of Diversity
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
John Oliver Doesn't Want Trump On His Show: He Has Nothing Else To Say
Discussion: Mediaite