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9:15 PM ET, November 2, 2015


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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Meet Your New GOP 2016 Front Runner: Ben Carson  —  Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  That's the highest percentage any GOP candidate has obtained so far in the survey.
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Gets Personal in Attacks on Marco Rubio  —  The Republican front-runner noted Rubio's perspiration when calling for more air conditioning at debate venues.  —  Republican front-runner Donald Trump is worried about rival Marco Rubio.  —  Discussing the proposed changes …
Discussion: CNN and Slantpoint
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz rising in Iowa; Clinton back out to dominant lead  —  PPP's newest Iowa poll finds a tight race on the Republican side in the state with Donald Trump at 22%, Ben Carson at 21%, Ted Cruz at 14%, Marco Rubio at 10%, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal each at 6%, and Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina each at 5%.
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Rubio's polling numbers skyrocket in NH
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Eschaton
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Cruz's silent super PACs a growing worry for campaign
Ed Tibbetts / Quad City Times:
Santorum targets Cruz on immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump's campaign says he'll negotiate directly with TV networks on debates  —  The format and content of upcoming Republican debates became increasingly uncertain on Monday after Donald Trump's campaign said the real estate mogul would negotiate his terms directly with television executives instead …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Republicans shoot themselves in foot with Latinos, again
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds  —  Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans.  Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife—and What It Says about American Society  —  In a reversal of earlier trends, death rates among white non-Hispanic Americans in midlife increased sharply between 1999 and 2013, according to a new study by economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton …
Discussion: NPR and Guardian
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Bush's Lies About the Nuclear Deal  —  Jeb Bush delivered a speech today meant to relaunch his flagging campaign.  Among other dubious foreign policy claims he made, this was the most remarkable for its dishonesty: … Bush's statement is just one falsehood after another.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush's big speech: What he said, and what he meant
Discussion: Wired, Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
TransCanada asks Obama to suspend review of Keystone XL pipeline  —  The company seeking to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is asking the Obama administration to pause the process for reviewing its permit.  —  TransCanada Corp., which until recently repeatedly pressured President Obama …
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
TransCanada Requests Suspension of U.S. Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Week
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump: DNC Chairwoman ‘crazy,’ ‘neurotic woman’  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Monday knocked the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee as a “highly neurotic woman.”  —  Trump criticized the debate process of his own party speaking with Breitbart News on Siriux XM radio …
Discussion: Mediaite, Balloon Juice and Mashable
New York Daily News:
Notre Dame academic coach fired amid claims she coerced athletes into having sex with her daughter  —  Notre Dame fired a female academic coach amid allegations she coerced young football and basketball players into having sex with her daughter, according to an internal school report obtained by the Daily News.
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” …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Lessig drops out of presidential race  —  Harvard University professor Lawrence Lessig abandoned his Democratic presidential run on Monday, capping a candidacy that failed to get any real traction at all.  —  Lessig, an outspoken academic who had been a vocal proponent of campaign finance reform …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Larry Lessig ends presidential campaign, citing unfair debate rules
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Jeb Bush Borrowed His New Slogan From England's Most Notorious Child Abuser  —  To most American voters (especially the younger ones), Jeb Bush's new slogan will mostly just sound uninspired, and slightly reminiscent of Bob the Builder.  But for pretty much anyone even mildly aware …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Stephen L. Miller / National Review:
South Park Shows How to Defeat the Social-Justice Warriors  —  South Park's PC Principal and fraternity
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
What's Killing Poor White Women?  —  For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women.  They have lost five years, and no one knows why.  —  On the night of May 23, 2012, which turned out to be the last of her life, Crystal Wilson baby-sat her infant granddaughter, Kelly.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
The Perils of Obama's Latest Undeclared War  —  Without Congressional permission, public debate, or any attempt to rally the American public's support, President Obama has ordered U.S. ground troops to a war zone, his most flagrantly unconstitutional war-making since he unlawfully helped to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi.
Discussion: American Thinker
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Ralph Nader Bizarrely Lectures Janet Yellen About Interest Rates, Says She Should Listen More to Her Husband  —  Ralph Nader is a fairly easy figure to ignore these days.  But it's worth addressing this bizarre rant addressed to Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen that the man recently wrote …
Discussion: Salon, Mother Jones and Weekly Standard
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 …
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.
Dan Merica / CNN:
First on CNN: Clinton meets with Trayvon Martin's family  —  Chicago (CNN)Hillary Clinton met Monday with a collection of parents whose African-American children have died in shootings at a local Chicago cafe, discussing their loss and outlining her criminal justice reform and gun control plans.
Discussion: Mashable, Mediaite and theGrio
Dave Boucher /
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.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
New ‘Star Trek’ TV Series a Go at CBS All Access  —  Alex Kurtzman is attached to the new series, which will premiere in January 2017 on CBS before new episodes debut on its digital and VOD platform.  —  Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Star Trek is returning to the small screen.
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Franklin Graham Praises ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law, Critizes US ‘Secularism’ In Russia Visit
The Federalist:
FINALLY: Rachel Dolezal Just Admitted That She's White
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
David Morgan / Reuters:
Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017
Discussion: Mashable, Computerworld and The Verge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Foundation spinoff won't refile tax returns
Beijing's covert radio network airs China-friendly news across Washington, and the world
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
THE BIG IDEA: Gay marriage may be settled law, but it's …
Discussion: Metro Weekly and Joe.My.God.
Sol Stern / City Journal:
What I Saw in the Schools  —  Twenty years on the New York education beat
Daily Mail:
Chicago Vocational Career Academy teacher is bullied by students in video
Andy Puzder / Wall Street Journal:
The Slow-Motion Implosion of ObamaCare