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7:25 AM ET, November 2, 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.
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Fred Thompson, Former Senator, Actor and Presidential Candidate, Dies at 73  —  Fred D. Thompson, a former United States senator, actor and presidential candidate, died in Nashville, on Sunday, his family said in a statement.  He was 73.  —  Mr. Thompson, a Tennessee Republican …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Fred Dalton Thompson dies at 73
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Former US Senator, Actor Fred Thompson Dead at 73
Discussion: Associated Press
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
It's Time For Jeb To Go  —  Until now, I have taken a benign view of Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy.  I have said from the beginning that he has zero chance of getting the Republican nomination, but he was a good governor and he has as much right to seek the nomination as anyone else.
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 …
NBC News:
Meet the Press Transcript - November 1, 2015
Discussion: Althouse
David Weigel / Washington Post:
GOP contenders demand greater control over crucial debates  —  Several Republican presidential campaigns began mapping out new demands Sunday for greater control over the format and content of primary debates, which have attracted big audiences and become strategically critical for the 2016 cycle's expansive field of contenders.
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 …
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ben Carson Wants Cheese And Crackers Gatherings Instead Of Debates
Discussion: ABC News and Hullabaloo
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan hires 8 communications staffers  —  Speaker Paul Ryan has hired eight communications staffers as he builds what he promises to be a large-scale press shop to lead the GOP messaging operation.  —  Ryan (R-Wis.) has said he'll spend a lot of time on television communicating the party's message.
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan dismisses calls for family leave law
Discussion: NBC News and Hullabaloo
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP hurts itself with Medicare attacks  —  It is a riddle.  —  Republicans running for the party's presidential nomination continue to push cuts in Medicare spending even as Republican voters oppose cuts in Medicare spending.  —  Seventy-seven percent of Medicare beneficiaries are white …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Cruz's silent super PACs a growing worry for campaign  —  The super PACs backing Cruz's presidential run have yet to reserve any TV time in the early primary states - or anywhere else - despite a combined $38 million warchest that ranks second only to Jeb Bush's $103 million operation.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Political Wire
Micah Morrison / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's rogue agenda: Why Sid Blumenthal matters  —  Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal Photo: (Left) ZumaPress, (right) EPA  —  After the media inexplicably dubbed Hillary Rodham Clinton the “winner” of the Benghazi hearings, her apologists dismissed a line of questioning into her unofficial adviser, Sidney Blumenthal.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Bacon causes cancer?  When pigs fly!  —  Halloween week kicked off with big scary news from the World Health Organization: Processed meat is now in the same category of carcinogens as cigarettes . . .  . . . and sunshine.  —  The new WHO study (actually from a subsidiary …
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:, and Daily Mail
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Ransdell Pierson / Reuters:
Sprint says aims to slash costs up to $2.5 billion, layoffs loom
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and Tech Times
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Clinton campaign attorney represented voting group now charged with registering dead people
Discussion: RedState
Girls must choose career or motherhood, says top head
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Mail
New York Times:
In Arbitration, a ‘Privatization of the Justice System’
Discussion: Instapundit
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Read the letter that Ben Ginsberg drafted for the GOP summit
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
The Democrats in Opposition  —  They can become the party of working Americans and win.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Emily Younger / KRQE-TV:
Albuquerque dentist buys back Halloween candy from kids
Discussion: FOX40
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan vows no immigration reform under Obama
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Carly Fiorina Says She Was Wrong on ‘92%’ Claim
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
Marco Rubio's New Billionaire Backer Top Funder for Open Borders
Discussion: Talking Points Memo