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2:05 PM ET, November 1, 2015


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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’  —  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
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: Liberaland and
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 …
Joe Sutton / CNN:
1 killed in shooting at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina  —  Winston-Salem State University shooting leaves 1 dead  —  (CNN)One person died and another was injured in a shooting on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, the school said.  Both are believed to be students at the university.
Discussion: WFMY-TV, NOLA River and Scared Monkeys
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind  —  President Obama's decision to expand the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Syria is a reflection of the conflicting pressures on a commander in chief who doubts that military force alone can end the conflicts in those countries …
ABC News:   Analysis: Obama Crosses Own Red Line With Syrian Deployment
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 …
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
Marco Rubio's New Billionaire Backer Top Funder for Open Borders  —  Hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer's decision to throw his financial weight behind the donor-class 2016 favorite, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), has sparked fresh questions about Rubio's coziness with the financial interests funding his career.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
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
Daily Mail:
Cats ARE neurotic - and they're probably also trying to work out how to kill you, say researchers  —  They are well loved for their immaculate fluffy coats and unique personalities but new research suggests cats do have a much darker side.  —  A study carried out between the University …
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.
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Draw Contrasts With Each Other at Iowa Event
Discussion: Politico
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