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2:35 PM ET, November 2, 2015

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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Read the new debate demands Ben Ginsberg has compiled from Republican campaigns  —  Ben Ginsberg, the Republican attorney who's become the pro bono debate negotiator for frustrated GOP candidates, has amended his initial letter of questions to TV networks.  When Sunday night's meeting …
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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.
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.
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 …
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:
The Note: Debate Over Debates Riles GOP
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida poll shows Trump in front, with Bush's help  —  MIAMI — Donald Trump remains the clear frontrunner in Florida and, a new poll of likely Republican voters shows, he can partly thank the unlikeliest of people for that: Jeb Bush.  —  With the former Florida governor in the crowded primary …
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Candace Smith / ABC News:
Jeb Bush Invokes President Lincoln Amid ‘Jeb Can Fix It’ Tour
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Juan Williams / The Hill:   GOP hurts itself with Medicare attacks
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Swears He's Tough: ‘I Eat Nails When I Wake Up’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:
Richard Corcoran, former Marco Rubio chief of staff, endorses Jeb Bush for president
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
What Changed While Jeb Was Gone
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Rubio's polling numbers skyrocket in NH  —  Sen. Marco Rubio's star turn in last Wednesday's GOP presidential debate is already paying off, with a new poll showing his numbers rocketing upward in New Hampshire.  —  The Florida senator surged to third place behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan hires 8 communications staffers
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Muslim activists alarmed by the FBI's new game-like counter-terrorism program for kids  —  The FBI has designed a game-style Web site about extremism meant to be used by teachers and students to spot and prevent radicalization of youth, say Muslim and Arab advocacy groups who were briefed …
Discussion: Independent Journal
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Isabelle Fraser / Telegraph:
Russian plane crash: Final moments of doomed airliner revealed in flight data as it emerges crew went unpaid for two months - latest news  —  The airline of the jet that crashed into the Sinai had not paid its staff in over two months, Russian news agencies have reported.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Washington Post reporter removed from meeting with Kerry  —  A correspondent for The Washington Post was escorted out of a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov on Sunday.  —  Carol Morello asked a question about the State Department's critique …
Andy Puzder / Wall Street Journal:
The Slow-Motion Implosion of ObamaCare  —  I see firsthand in my company why not enough people are signing up and premiums are rising.  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced recently that she expects 10 million people to be enrolled in health-care coverage through …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Dana Schuster / New York Post:
'He's a mess': Insiders worry Fallon's partying is getting out of hand  —  He's one of NBC's biggest success stories — keeping “The Tonight Show” at the top of the late-night ratings with bouncy show tunes and campy games.  —  Now Jimmy Fallon is also one of NBC's biggest worries.
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
‘Colossal waste’: DOD slammed for $43M, US-funded gas station in Afghanistan  —  The $43 million gas station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan, constructed by the Department of Defense's Task Force for Stability and Business Operations (TFBSO) Downstream Gas Utilization project.  (SIGAR)
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Cassandra Vinograd / NBC News:
U.S. Spent $43 Million on Afghanistan Gas Station: Watchdog Report
Ari Melber / MSNBC:
Obama bans the box  —  On Monday, President Obama is announcing a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees.  —  It is a step towards what many criminal justice reformers call “ban the box” …
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The Independent:
Bill Gates says that capitalism cannot save us from climate change  —  There's no fortune to be made.  Even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today's and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what's tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Cruz's silent super PACs a growing worry for campaign  —  The super PACs backing Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential run have yet to reserve any TV time in the early primary states — or anywhere else — despite a combined $38 million war chest that ranks second among presidential contenders only to Jeb Bush's $103 million operation.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and BuzzFeed
 
 
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Dave Boucher / Tennessean.com:
Ben Carson touts creationism during Nashville speech
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton: “I Feel Very Disturbed” By Video Of Officer Throwing Girl To The Ground
Mike Nelson / RealClearDefense:
A Failure of Strategic Thinking in the Middle East
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump slams Wasserman Schultz as ‘crazy’ and ‘highly neurotic’
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Enlargement and the euro are two big mistakes that ruined Europe
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Telegraph:
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’
Micah Morrison / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's rogue agenda: Why Sid Blumenthal matters
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Tennessean.com:
Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson dies at 73