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7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2015


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Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson dies at 73  —  Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator for Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and longtime “Law and Order” star, has died.  —  Mr. Thompson, 73, died on Sunday from after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued from the Thompson family.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Ex-Bush family advisor ‘flummoxed’ by Jeb's debate performance  —  Former Bush family advisor Mary Matalin says she was “flummoxed” by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's performance at Wednesday's GOP presidential debate.  —  The veteran GOP strategist said Bush's decision to go after Sen. Marco Rubio …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Allen / Politico:
RNC seeks to blunt revolt on debates  —  In an effort to blunt a revolt by GOP presidential campaigns over debates, the Republican National Committee on Sunday evening named a new official to work with the campaigns and networks.  The RNC, on the defensive amid complaints from the campaigns …
Discussion: news
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
GOP Presidential Campaigns Meet To Shake Up Primary Debate Process  —  Representatives for many of the Republican presidential candidates have gathered tonight near Washington, DC to work on reshaping their party's primary debates.  —  The meeting comes in the wake of last week's widely-criticized debate …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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 …
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Discussion: Guardian, Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ben Carson Wants Cheese And Crackers Gatherings Instead Of Debates  —  Ben Carson appeared on ABC's This Week and explained the problems he has with the debate format as it is.  He's not a man who has ever been involved in politics so he finds them distasteful in many ways including being asked questions about past behavior.
Discussion: ABC News and Hullabaloo
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan dismisses calls for family leave law  —  New Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday dismissed Democrats' calls for a paid family leave law as another “federal entitlement,” and said his position isn't at odds with recent remarks that he wants to spend weekends with his young family in Wisconsin.
Discussion: NBC News and Hullabaloo
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Ryan: ‘I was not elected dictator of the House’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Jeremy Gorner / Chicago Tribune:
Police: Customer with concealed carry license kills robber; 6 wounded in other shootings  —  A robbery was thwarted at a Southwest Side corner store Saturday night when a patron with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed robber, authorities said.
Discussion: Daily Mail and
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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan vows no immigration reform under Obama  —  Newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he's willing to work across the aisle with Democrats but won't do immigration reform with President Obama in his final 14 months in office.  —  “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue …
Discussion: RedState and The Moderate Voice
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
As Benghazi inquiry fades, Clinton still faces legal questions about emails  —  FBI examines handling of sensitive information during former secretary's term  —  At least 671 emails she sent or received now contain classified information  —  State Department releases latest batch of Democratic presidential hopeful's emails
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Emily Younger / KRQE-TV:
Albuquerque dentist buys back Halloween candy from kids
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
SID, Serbia — They arrived in an unceasing stream …
Discussion: Power Line and Vox Popoli
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
No One But U.S. Believes Russia Will Abandon Assad
Discussion: Hot Air
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
Marco Rubio's New Billionaire Backer Top Funder for Open Borders
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daily Mail:
Cats ARE neurotic - and they're probably also trying to work out how to kill you, say researchers
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Alam / The Atlantic:
Where Can Queer Muslims Go to Pray?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Fall of the House of Bush
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind
David McCabe / The Hill:
Trump: CNBC's Harwood a ‘fool’ and a ‘dope’
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
First on CNN: Trump slams Obama over ground troops in Syria
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'
Discussion: Althouse