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10:40 AM ET, November 3, 2015


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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama mocks GOP hopefuls for CNBC snit  —  President Obama on Monday mocked Republican presidential candidates as thin-skinned for lashing out at CNBC over the network's handling of last week's primary debate.  —  “They say, 'when I talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How The Debate Debacle Could Backfire On Republicans  —  A new round of chaos in the 2016 presidential primary has erupted, with a full-on revolt by GOP 2016ers against this cycle's debate structures.  —  After widespread frustration with the tough questioning candidates faced in last week's CNBC debate …
New York Times:
G.O.P.: Save Your Candidates From Themselves  —  Reeling after Mitt Romney's loss to Barack Obama in 2012, the Republican Party gathered for a soul-searching exercise called the Growth and Opportunity Project.  —  Project leaders surveyed thousands of Republican voters, technical experts and elected officials.
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 A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Republicans Debate Their Debates  —  The attempt by the Republican presidential candidates to wrest control of the primary debates away from news networks has, so far, mostly succeeded in highlighting internal divisions within the party.  Whether it can produce debates that are more to their liking remains to be seen.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Carson Surges Into Lead of National GOP Race  —  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 …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Ninety days until Iowa caucuses: Turmoil in the Republican race  —  With just 90 days left before the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is wide open — and the party appears to be losing control of the process.  —  The last 48 hours have been characterized …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Can Jeb Fix It?
Discussion: The New York Observer and Politico
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:   Ben Carson Is Taking Iowa One Church at a Time
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz rising in Iowa; Clinton back out to dominant lead
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious  —  Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before  —  Is the American public becoming less religious?  Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person.
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Explanations on Benghazi Attacks Winning Over Voters — WSJ/NBC Poll  —  Hillary Clinton has put to rest many voters' questions about her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted after her 11-hour appearance before a House investigative panel last month.
Discussion: The Week
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton Increases Her Lead Over Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Politico
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi Politician Who Pushed for U.S. Invasion, Dies at 71  —  Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, and then unsuccessfully tried to attain power as his country was nearly torn apart by sectarian violence, died at his home in Baghdad on Tuesday.
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 …
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Dashcam video undermines Texas prof's claim of racial profiling, says chief  —  A Texas journalism professor's explosive charge that police hassled her for “walking while black,” a claim lodged in a guest column in the state's biggest newspaper, doesn't square with the videotape, according to the police chief.
New York Times:
In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law  —  A few months before he took a toxic mix of drugs and died on a stranger's couch, Nicklaus Ellison wrote a letter to his little sister.  —  He asked for Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and Silly Bandz bracelets, some of the treats permitted …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Franken gets serious about flipping Senate to Democrats  —  On a recent October afternoon, Democratic Sen. Al Franken mistakenly ambled toward the Mansfield Room, where the party in control — namely Republicans — meets weekly to hash out strategy.  —  “I keep thinking we're in the majority …
Discussion: NBC News
NBC News:
Satellite Shows Heat Flash When Russian Metrojet Plane Crashed, But No Missile: U.S. Officials  —  While many have speculated that a missile may have struck a Russian commercial airliner that went down over Egypt's Sinai peninsula, U.S. officials are now saying satellite imagery doesn't back up that theory.
Lisa Belkin / Yahoo:
Being married to Bernie  —  From the stage at the first Democratic presidential debate, nearly all the candidates opened with talk about their families.  —  “My wife, Hong, came to this country as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam,” said Jim Webb, who then went on to name his five children …
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 …
Alison Elkin / news:
Charles Koch Says He, Brother Largely Fail at Influence-Buying  —  “So far we're largely failures at it, as you can tell,” Republican mega-donor Charles Koch says in interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” when asked if he is buying political influence and if that is at odds with his desire to end so-called corporate welfare.
Ian M. Smith / The Hill:
Leaked DHS memo shows Obama might circumvent DAPA injunction  —  A newly leaked internal DHS memorandum produced for an off-the-record agency conclave reveals that the Obama administration is actively planning to circumvent a federal court injunction that suspended part of last November's deferral-based amnesty initiative.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House rips Christie for saying Obama doesn't back police  —  The White House on Monday slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for criticizing President Obama's record on criminal justice reform.  —  Press secretary Josh Earnest called Christie's claim that Obama does not support police …
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Breaking the glass ceiling is not just for liberal women  —  Last week the ladies of “The View” proved once again that they never left the “mean girl” stage of high school, even when it comes to discussing presidential politics.  —  GOP candidate Carly Fiorina “kicked off her thing saying …
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Michelle Obama / The Atlantic:
Let Girls Learn  —  Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Mail
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Lessig Ends Presidential Campaign
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Washington Post
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama in New York: Forget Putin. GOP candidates 'can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Hastert portrait vanishes from House
Jay Greene / The Seattle Times:
Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar bookstore — at U Village
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Federal health officials approve Montana Medicaid waiver
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Franklin Graham Praises ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law, Critizes US ‘Secularism’ In Russia Visit
 Earlier Items: 
The Federalist:
FINALLY: Rachel Dolezal Just Admitted That She's White
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
What's Killing Poor White Women?
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
The Perils of Obama's Latest Undeclared War
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Foundation spinoff won't refile tax returns
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Bush's Lies About the Nuclear Deal