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9:40 AM ET, November 2, 2015


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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Read the letter that Ben Ginsberg drafted for the GOP summit  —  At the start of a meeting Sunday night between 12 of the 14 leading Republican presidential campaigns, GOP lawyer and dealmaker Ben Ginsberg distributed a draft of a letter that could be sent to any media sponsor.
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.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Discussion: The Week
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP assigns staffer to handle debates, networks
Mike Allen / Politico:
RNC seeks to blunt revolt on debates
Discussion: news and NPR
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
GOP Presidential Campaigns Meet to Shake Up Primary Debate Process
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
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Former US Senator, Actor Fred Thompson Dead at 73
Discussion: Associated Press
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Fred Dalton Thompson dies at 73
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:
Richard Corcoran, former Marco Rubio chief of staff, endorses Jeb Bush for president  —  When Jeb Bush campaigns through the Sunshine State on Monday he will be joined by a powerful Florida politician many will be surprised to see at his side.  —  Richard Corcoran, the Florida House Speaker Designate …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   It's Time For Jeb To Go  —  Until now, I have taken a benign view …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:   Ex-Bush family advisor ‘flummoxed’ by Jeb's debate performance
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:   What Changed While Jeb Was Gone
NBC News:
Meet the Press Transcript - November 1, 2015
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
Brian Faler / Politico:
Ryan's move could be big boost for tax reform  —  Paul Ryan's rise to House speaker is fanning hopes that a once-in-a-generation tax overhaul might be on the horizon.  —  The Wisconsin Republican who claimed the gavel last week is one of Congress' preeminent tax experts …
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan hires 8 communications staffers  —  Speaker Paul Ryan has hired eight communications staffers as he builds what he promises will 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
Chicago Tribune:
Family of man shot by customer with concealed carry license: 'Something doesn't seem right'  —  The stepson of a 55-year-old suspected robber shot dead Saturday night at a Southwest Side store by a customer with a concealed carry license expressed anger, frustration and doubt about the incident Sunday.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Associated Press
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Partisan Growth Gaps  —  Last week The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article by Carly Fiorina titled “Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics,” ridiculing Mrs. Clinton's assertions that the U.S. economy does better under Democrats.  “America,” declared Ms. Fiorina, “needs someone …
Discussion: NPR
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 …
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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: Above the Law and Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
The Democrats in Opposition  —  They can become the party of working Americans and win.
Discussion: Slantpoint
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