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2:50 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
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: Common Dreams and Raw Story
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 and Daily Mail
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
What Changed While Jeb Was Gone
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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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
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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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.
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
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
Dave Boucher / Tennessean.com:
Ben Carson touts creationism during Nashville speech  —  Republican presidential contender Ben Carson restated his views on creationism Sunday, wrapping up his weekend in Tennessee with a visit to one of Metro Nashville's largest churches.  —  Carson delivered two speeches Sunday morning at Cornerstone Church in Madison.
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 …
 
 
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Alan Carter / CBS Los Angeles:
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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
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump slams Wasserman Schultz as ‘crazy’ and ‘highly neurotic’
Discussion: OnPolitics and The Week
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Cruz's silent super PACs a growing worry for campaign
Discussion: Washington Monthly and BuzzFeed
Telegraph:
Girls must choose career or motherhood, says top head
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Mail
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