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5:20 PM ET, November 1, 2015

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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
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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 …
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 and Liberaland
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Discussion: Mother Jones 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
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Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Ryan: ‘I was not elected dictator of the House’
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.
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
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 …
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:   First on CNN: Trump slams Obama over ground troops in Syria
ABC News:   Analysis: Obama Crosses Own Red Line With Syrian Deployment
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
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
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: Prairie Weather
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 …
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
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 …
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Matt Steiner / Gazette:
4 dead after morning shootings in downtown Colorado Springs
Discussion: Guardian
 
 
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Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
No One But U.S. Believes Russia Will Abandon Assad
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Cats ARE neurotic - and they're probably also trying to work out how to kill you, say researchers
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
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Patrick Howley / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton Was Warned Not to Blame Benghazi on Youtube Video
Discussion: Allen B. West