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10:50 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: Raw Story, Mother Jones and The Week
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Republican Campaigns Meet in an Effort to Alter Debates  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The presidential candidates in the crowded Republican field can agree on at least one thing: just how frustrated they are with the debate process so far.  —  In the aftermath of the CNBC debate on Wednesday in Boulder …
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
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: Washington Post and NPR
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Republicans shoot themselves in foot with Latinos, again  —  Republicans are pulling out of their only scheduled debate that would be aired on a Spanish-language TV network.  So Democrats may respond by holding a second gathering aired on one.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Juan Williams / The Hill:   GOP hurts itself with Medicare attacks
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 …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:   What Changed While Jeb Was Gone
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
It's Time For Jeb To Go  —  Until now, I have taken a benign view …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Ex-Bush family advisor ‘flummoxed’ by Jeb's debate performance
Discussion: ABC News
NBC News:
Meet the Press Transcript - November 1, 2015
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
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
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: Balloon Juice and Political Wire
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.
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
Anita Bennett / The Wrap:
Quentin Tarantino Expected to Apologize for Police Brutality Comments (Exclusive)  —  Director is planning to break his silence after the controversial remarks, but Jamie Foxx tells Tarantino to “keep telling the truth”  —  After a week of silence and rising police outrage …
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Tarantino rallies against cops, but his own cousin nearly died in line of duty
Discussion: Truth Revolt and Daily Mail
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
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Daily Mail:
Islamist extremists are extorting ‘infidel tax’ from fellow prisoners in some of Britain's toughest jails
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With Specter of Marijuana Monopoly
Washington Post:
Russian airline official rules out technical error as cause of crash
Ransdell Pierson / Reuters:
Sprint says aims to slash costs up to $2.5 billion, layoffs loom
Discussion: Tech Times and 24/7 Wall St.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Bacon causes cancer? When pigs fly!
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Clinton campaign attorney represented voting group now charged with registering dead people
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
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: Hullabaloo and Instapundit
Micah Morrison / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's rogue agenda: Why Sid Blumenthal matters
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
The Democrats in Opposition  —  They can become the party of working Americans and win.
Discussion: Slantpoint